Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online : access until 2nd October 2020

University of Cambridge members now have access to Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online until 2nd October 2020.

Please send your feedback about any of these eresources using the online form.

Since publication of the first volume, in 2015, Brill’s steadily growing Encyclopedia of Buddhism has been widely acclaimed as the long-awaited authoritative, reliable, and up-to-date reference work.

Illustrated with maps and photographs, and supplemented with extensive online resources, the print version of the thematic encyclopedia presents the latest research on the main aspects of the Buddhist traditions in original essays, all written by the world’s foremost scholars.

Ultimately consisting of six volumes, the Encyclopedia presents a balanced and even-handed view of the Buddhist traditions across Asia, offering the most reliable up-to-date accounts of well-known issues. At the same time it fills many gaps in heretofore-neglected areas. Contributions emphasize time and again that Buddhism is simultaneously constituted by a plurality of regional traditions, as well as a far-reaching phenomenon spanning almost all of Asia, and, more recently, far beyond.

The 1000-page first volume (Literature and Languages, publ. 2015)  is available online now.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Text taken from the brill platform.

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Theater Heute

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Theater Heute

From the journal website:

“Theater heute ist seit seiner Entstehung zur Instanz für die kritische Begleitung des deutschsprachigen Theaters geworden. Gegründet wurde die Zeitschrift im Sommer 1960 von Erhard Friedrich und Henning Rischbieter.

“Zusammen mit dem späteren Dramaturgen und Regisseur Ernst Wendt entwickelte Rischbieter eine Zeitschrift, die über die feuilletonistische Tageskritik weit hinausging. Dabei beobachtete Theater heute von Anfang an nicht nur das Geschehen auf den Bühnen im deutschsprachigen Raum – einschließlich der DDR – , sondern auch international.

“Neben Rezensionen trat die Reflexion übergreifender Zusammenhänge und Tendenzen im zeitgenössischen Schauspiel. Ein besonderer Schwerpunkt lag auf neuer Dramatik; jeden Monat wurde und wird ein neues Stück vollständig abgedruckt – eine Enzyklopädie der dramatischen Weltliteratur. Seit Mitte der sechziger Jahre ermittelt die Redaktion alljährlich in einer Kritiker-Umfrage das Theater, das Stück, den Regisseur sowie die Schauspieler und Nachwuchsdarsteller des Jahres – diese im Jahrbuch veröffentlichte Wahl zählt bis heute zu den meistbeachteten Auszeichnungen in der deutschsprachigen Theaterszene.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from 2004 to present.

Access the Theater Heute via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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Zeitschrift fur Religionswissenschaft

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Zeitschrift fur Religionswissenschaft


From the Walter de Gruyter website:

“Commissioned by the German Association for the Study of Religions, the Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft (Journal of Religious Studies) provides a forum for debates about important topics, questions, theories, and methods in the study of religion. The articles discuss theoretical problems on the basis of historical or contemporary examples from any region of the world. Due to their comparative perspective they contribute substantially to the disciplinary discourse in the study of religion and its neighboring disciplines.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (1993) to present.

Access the Zeitschrift fur Religionswissenschaft via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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Trial access to new text mining tool : Readex Text Explorer (access until 30 June 2020)

University of Cambridge registered students and staff now have access to a new text and data mining tool from Readex called ‘Readex Text Explorer‘. This tool can be used to text mine three new collections (see below) until 30 June 2020.

Please send your feedback using this online form.

The three new collections on trial are:

American Sermons

This database covers a range of topics such as slavery and abolition, crime and sin, theology and religion, women and children, clerical and government leaders, holidays, entertainment and rites.

American Childrens Books

This database covers many topical categories such as education, race and ethnicity, conduct and manners, literary characters, labor, death and mortality, natural history and religion.

Native American Indians

This database covers many topics such as Native American displacement, literature, relations with pioneers and the government, tribes and nations, languages and treaties.


The Readex Text Explorer is a tool Readex has been developing which includes Voyant at its core, but the entire workflow—from text selection forward—is custom-built for Readex.  It allows users to:

  • find texts
  • choose texts to create a corpus/sample set
  • run exploration/analysis scripts against the corpus
  • change and revise the corpus on demand
  • export the results


How to use this tool on the Native American Indians database:

  • Open the database
  • Search in Suggested Searches on Wars and Conflicts
  • Narrow to French and Indian War
  • Select the first ten texts
  • View Snapshot
  • Reveal most common terms (use either Cirrus or Terms view in upper left panel)
  • Draw initial conclusions about most common concerns reflected in this corpus (land, water, people, Britain, France)
  • Change text views to modify exploration (eg, by phrase, or document, etc.)
  • Change Visualizations
  • Change Segmentations
  • Export your work

More information about this tool is available here.


A round up of new eresrouces made available between 3rd to 17th April

As new eresources are made available due to COVID-19 they are being added to the Databases A-Z and promoted by the ejournals and ebooks teams on WordPress blogs (ejournals@cambridge and ebooks@cambridge) and Twitter (@ejournalscamb and @ebookscamb). When records are available in Alma for the new databases and collections they will be activated and be loaded into iDiscover.

The new databases and collections made available and promoted between 3rd and 17th April are listed below. Details about trial end dates are included in the blog posts that are linked to each title.


Artfilms, Bloomsbury ebooks, Textbooks on Cambridge Core, ProQuest Databases (including ProQuest Dissertation and Thesis Databases and ProQuest Video Online), Archive Direct, Project Muse, VitalSource Helps, JSTOR ebooks, SpringerLink textbooks, Brepols Online, Perlego

Arts & Humanities

Architects Journal and Architectural Review (new subscriptions from recommendations), Babelscores, Classic Spring Oscar Wilde Collection (Drama Online), Maxine Peake as Hamlet (Drama Online), Medici.TV, Littman e-library of Jewish Civilisation, Theology and Religion Online , RIPM North American and Music Periodicals, RIPM Jazz Periodicals, Bloomsbury Fashion Central, Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament

Humanities and Social Sciences

Bristol University Press and Policy Press journals (Business, Economics, Education, Law, International Relations, SPS), Oxford Handbooks – Criminology and Criminal Justice, Encyclopedia of Early Modern History, South Asia Archive

Biological Sciences

Rockefeller University Press journals (Medicine, Life science, Physiology), Thieme Connect Medical Journals , British Small Animal Veterinary Association, SIAM Epidemiology collection, Lancet Respiratory Medicine

Physical Sciences

Oxford Handbooks – Physical Sciences, Lyell Collection (Geological Society Publications), Thieme Connect Chemistry Journals, GeoScience World ebooks collection


Oxford Handbooks – Business and Management, Harvard Business Publishing Collection on EBSCOhost

For details on sending suggestions regarding new acquisition of ebooks, ejournals or eresources (databases) please see the instructions on the recommendations page.

If a subscribed version of an article is not readily available you may find the ‘Search and Discovery Tools’ pages useful. The browser plug-ins section includes details for Lean Library (which gives access to subscribed articles by reloading publisher platform URLs via Raven as well as searching for an OA copy if a subscribed version is not available) and Open Access browser plug-ins.

We hope you find this digest of recently added ersources useful.

Theology & Religion Online : access until 30th June 2020

We have access to the Theology & Religion Online collection from Bloomsbury, until 30th June 2020.

Please send any feedback about this eresource via the online form.

Theology & Religion Online is home to T&T Clark Theology Library, T&T Clark Jesus Library, and additional forthcoming resources.

T&T Clark Theology Library, part of Theology and Religion Online, offers students and scholars of theology core theological content via primary texts and supporting articles. Brand new introductory articles commissioned exclusively for T&T Clark Theology Library, written by key academics. These articles are comprehensive overviews of the theologians featured on the platform, and introduce the doctrines, their relevance for study today, and their importance for our understanding of theology

T&T Clark Jesus Library, part of Theology and Religion Online, offers students and scholars of religion and biblical studies core resources for studying the life of Jesus and his impact in history and culture. The resource contains a brand new reference work on the Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries as well as topical articles commissioned exclusively for the resource, written by leading academics.

Text taken from the Bloomsbury website.

Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament Online : access until 3rd May 2020

The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament Online is available to access until 3rd May 2020.

Please send any feedback on this database via the online form.

The third edition of Ludwig Koehler and Walter Baumgartner’s Hebrew dictionary ‘The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament’ is widely acclaimed as the most up-to-date dictionary for the Old Testament and related literature in classical Hebrew and Aramaic and is now available online. The study edition has proven to be a valuable resource for scholars and students. Combining scholarly thoroughness with easy accessibility, the dictionary meets the needs of a wide range of users. The enormous advances that have taken place in the field of Semitic linguistics since the days of the older dictionaries of Classical Hebrew are well documented and assessed, as well as the often detailed discussions in modern Bible commentaries of words where the meaning is particularly difficult. Full text search and possibility to find conjugated verb forms in the context of their roots is particularly helpful to the new student. Specialist users will find here a wealth of bibliographical information on Old Testament exegesis.

The dictionary contains the complete vocabulary of the Hebrew Bible, extended with variants from the Oriental and Samaritan textual traditions, the Ben Sira fragments, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.



  • Full text search in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, English, transliterations and Scripture references
  • Conjugated verb forms immediately found in the context of their consonantal roots
  • Easily compare Hebrew and Aramaic lexemes
  • Cross references hypertexted
  • Powerful search features

Text taken from the Brill platform.


Digital dictionary of Buddhism

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : DIGITAL DICTIONARY OF BUDDHISM

From the  website for the resource:

The Digital Dictionary of Buddhism [DDB] is a compilation of Chinese ideograph-based terms, texts, temple, schools, persons, etc. found in Buddhist canonical sources.

The Chinese-Japanese-Korean-Vietnamese/English Dictionary [CJKV-E] is a compilation of Chinese ideographs, as well as ideograph-comprised compound words, text names, person names, etc., found primarily in the Confucian and Daoist classics.

It also includes vocabulary from Neo-Confucian texts, as well as other philosophical and historical sources. Its information on individual ideographs is intended to be comprehensive, containing pronunciations and meanings from ancient and modern sources from the Sinitic cultural sphere including China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Modern-day compound words are included incidentally, but the coverage of modern materials is not intended to be comprehensive.

Now available to the University of Cambridge.

Access the Digital dictionary of Buddhism via the Databases A-Z or from the iDiscover record.

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Trial access to Oxford Research Encyclopaedias

Trial access is now enabled up to 30 November 2019 for the following disciplines from Oxford Research Encyclopaedias:

African History
American History
Encyclopedia of Social Work
Natural Hazard Science
Asian History
Environmental Science
Oxford Classical Dictionary
Climate Science
International Studies
Latin American History
Criminology and Criminal Justice

Please tell us what you think about these e-resources by completing the feedback form here:









Patrologia Orientalis : trial access

The University of Cambridge has trial access to the Patrologia Orientalis database, published by Brepolis via the following link:

The trial is active from today and ends on 28 August 2019.

Please tell us how this trial has been useful to you via the feedback form.  Thank you.

The Patrologia Orientalis Database (POD) is the Online version of the famous collection of patristic texts from the Christian East, including works, recorded in non-Latin languages, that come from geographical, cultural, or religious contexts somehow linked to Rome or the Eastern Roman Empire.

This initial version of the database allows users to access texts included in the Patrologia Orientalis (PO) series in two forms: the original text and a searchable translation.

The user can search for items (such as keywords or quotes) in the language into which a text was translated in the PO. All the texts in the PO are searchable, and the reader can check the translation with the original text visible alongside as a non-searchable PDF file.

The Patrologia Orientalis is a source of prime importance for many disciplines: in Patristic Studies, in History, in Theology, in Canon Law, and so on.

Numerous major works are included in the Patrologia Orientalis. It is only right to draw attention to the Armenian, Copto-Arabic, Ethiopic, and Georgian Sinaxaria, such as the commentated edition of the Ṣoma Deggua and the Ethiopic Me‘eraf, and to Bar Hebræus’s complete encyclopaedia, also known as Candélabre du sanctuaire. The complete collection of the Homiliae Cathedrales by Severus of Antioch is outstanding, published in the Syriac translation by Jacob of Edessa, in the original Greek when extant, otherwise in the Coptic version.

Detail from a panel representing Christ and the Abbot Menas, from the Bawit monastery.