New eresource : Bloomsbury Cultural History

Cambridge University members now have access to Bloomsbury Cultural History.

From the publisher website:

Bloomsbury Cultural History is an unparalleled digital reference tool providing students and researchers with exclusive digital access to Bloomsbury’s ground-breaking Cultural Histories series. Comprising curated and illustrated reference works alongside extensive eBook and image collections Bloomsbury Cultural History presents essential content within a single, fully cross-searchable platform.

Access Bloomsbury Cultural History via this direct link or the Databases A-Z.

Adam Matthew Digital Archives : access until 30 June 2020

University of Cambridge members now have access to 12 additional archives from Adam Matthew Digital until 30 June 2020.

Please note PDF downloads are not enabled for trial access.

Please send your feedback using the online form.








Area Studies India

A vital resource for the study of the British Indian Empire and the history, culture and literature of the Indian subcontinent from 1712 to 1942.

Church Missionary Society Periodicals

From its roots as an Anglican evangelical movement driven by lay persons, this resource encompasses publications from the CMS, the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society and the latterly integrated South American Missionary Society. Documenting missionary work from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, the periodicals include news, journals and reports offering a unique perspective on global history and cultural encounters.

Church Missionary Society Archive

This module is a rich repository of source materials on the work of this globally influential organisation, founded in 1799 as an Anglican evangelical movement and still active today.

Early Modern England

This project offers rare and invaluable sources for examining the lived experience of people who witnessed this pivotal era of English history. From ‘ordinary’ people through to more prominent individuals and families, these documents show how everyday working, family, religious and administrative life was experienced across England.

East India Company

This resource offers access to a unique collection of India Office Records from the British Library, London. Containing royal charters, correspondence, trading diaries, minutes of council meetings and reports of expeditions, among other document types, this resource charts the history of British trade and rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1599 to 1947.

Empire Studies

This collection offers a rich array of sources for the study of the British Empire. It features material on British colonial policy and government; perspectives on life in British colonies; the relationship between gender and empire; race; and class.








Global Commodities

This resource brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history. The commodities featured in this resource have been transported, exchanged and consumed around the world for hundreds of years. They helped transform societies, global trading operations, habits of consumption and social practices.

India, Raj & Empire

Explore the history of South Asia between the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 and the granting of independence to India and Pakistan in 1947, through the wonderfully rich and diverse manuscript collections of the National Library of Scotland.

Migration to New Worlds, Module II

From the century of immigration, through to the modern era, Migration to New Worlds charts the emigration experience of millions across 200 years of turbulent history. Explore the rise and fall of the New Zealand Company, discover British, European and Asian migration and investigate unique primary source personal accounts, shipping logs, printed literature and organisational papers supplemented by carefully compiled teaching and research aids.

Slavery Abolition and Social Justice

Bringing together primary source documents from archives and libraries across the Atlantic world, this resource allows students and researchers to explore and compare unique material relating to the complex subjects of slavery, abolition and social justice.

World’s Fairs

Explore the phenomenon of world’s fairs from the Crystal Palace in 1851 and the proliferation of North American exhibitions, to fairs around the world and twenty-first century expos. Through official records, monographs, publicity, artwork and artifacts, this resource brings together multiple archives for rich research opportunities in this diverse topic.

Eighteenth Century Journals Modules 1, 2 and 4*

Bringing together rare journals printed between c.1685 and 1835, this resource illuminates all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Topics covered are wide-ranging and include colonial life, provincial and rural affairs, the French and American revolutions, reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe, political debates, and London coffee house gossip and discussion.

*Cambridge has access already to modules 3 and 5.

Access is also available via the Databases A-Z.

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British Archives Online : trial extended until 30th June 2020

British Archives Online have generously been made accessible to the University of Cambridge by Microform Academic Publishers until 30th June 2020.

Please send us your feedback about this, and any of our other trials, via the online form.

British Online Archives is one of the United Kingdom’s leading academic publishers.

The richness and diversity of BAO’s 89 collections (currently and growing) both for the study of British and global history is staggering and will provide an online library of great value to researchers at Cambridge.

The Archive hosts over 3 million records drawn from both private and public archives. These records are organised thematically, covering 1,000 years of world history, from politics and warfare to slavery and medicine.

Whether you’re an individual interested in your family’s history, a librarian looking for ways to adapt in the digital age, or a professor in search of innovative teaching tools, we have something to meet your needs.

De Gruyter database trials : access until 1 July 2020

The University of Cambridge has access to four databases from De Gruyter until 1 July 2020:

Please tell us what you think of these databases using the online form.


Building Types Online

This database is a resource for the study and practice of architectural design. It is based on Birkhäuser’s high international standing in professional architecture books, on the knowledge of the authors and editors who are leading experts in their fields, as well as on the technical quality of the illustrations.

Deutsche Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts Online

This online database contains first editions and complete historical editions of leading representatives of the Enlightenment such as Bürger, Gottsched, Herder, Kant, Lessing, Mendelssohn, Moritz, Nicolai, Wieland and many more, the writings of the “Göttinger Hainbund” and works of the Swiss Enlightenment. Most notably however, it also contains the writings of hundreds of authors who were less well-known or are nowadays all but forgotten, but who nevertheless contributed to the literary Enlightenment in Germany with their lyrical, dramatic and epic works.

Nietzsche Online

This database Nietzsche Online provides researchers and readers complete online access to the editions, interpretations and reference works on one of the most important philosophers. Users thus obtain access to a comprehensive database containing the research results of the last forty years.

WBIS World Biographical Index Online

This is the most comprehensive and extensive biographical database with information on persons, families and groups from all classes and professions, from all countries and regions of the earth, from the 4th millennium BC to the present.

You can also access these databases via the Databases A-Z.

Oxford Bibliographies : expanded access until 31 July 2020

The University of Cambridge has temporary expanded access to Oxford Bibliographies until 31 July 2020.

Please tell us what you think of this database using the online form.

Oxford Bibliographies is a series of authoritative research guides to the essential literature in subjects in the humanities and social sciences, written and reviewed by academic experts. Individual guides are updated regularly, with 50-75 articles added per year to each subject area.

Subject areas included are: African American Studies; African Studies; American Literature; Anthropology; Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Art History; Atlantic History; Biblical Studies; British and Irish Literature; Buddhism; Childhood Studies; Chinese Studies; Cinema and Media Studies; Classics; Communication; Criminology; Ecology; Education; Environmental Science; Evolutionary Biology; Geography; Hinduism; International Law; International Relations; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies; Latin American Studies; Latino Studies; Linguistics; Literary and Critical Theory; Management; Medieval Studies; Military History; Music; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health; Renaissance and Reformation; Social Work; Sociology; Victorian Literature.

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Bloomsbury ebook subject collections : access until 30 May 2020

The University of Cambridge has access to the Bloomsbury ebook subject collections until 30 May 2020. The Bloomsbury collections provides access to over 8000 academic books across 22 subject areas in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Please tell us what you think of this collection using the the online form.



Subject Collections of Latest Research
Anthropology, Art & Visual Culture, Biblical Studies, Business & Management, Classical Studies & Archaeology, Design, Economics, Education, Fashion, Film & Media, History, Law, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Middle East Studies, Music & Sound Studies, Natural History, Philosophy, Politics & International Relations, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theology, and Bloomsbury Open (interdisciplinary)

Archive Collections
From Bloomsbury’s legacy of renowned imprints in key subject areas such as Ancient History, Christology, Continental Philosophy, Classical Literature, Modernism, Philosophy of Education, and Shakespeare Studies

Special Collections

The prestigious Ancient Commentators on Aristotle, The Churchill Collection, International Critical Commentary, and more.

Landmark Texts Collections
Online versions of the Bloomsbury Academic Collections print sets. Covering Japanese History, Biblical Studies, History (British, European, Latin American and history of science and technology), Linguistics, Literary Criticism, Philosophy and Shakespeare Studies, this historic content is reissued from extensive bodies of work from imprints such as Athlone Press, Pinter, T&T Clark, Burns & Oates, Cassell Academic, and Continuum.


Textbooks on Cambridge Core : access until 31 May 2020

The University of Cambridge has access to Textbooks on Cambridge Core until the end of May 2020. Cambridge Core provides access to a collection of over 2000 ebooks, including Cambridge Histories, Cambridge Companions, and Cambridge Elements.

Please tell us what you think of this collection using the online form.

Key features of textbooks on Cambridge Core:

  • Unlimited concurrent users, meaning any number of readers can access the resource simultaneously
  • New editions are available on publication, ensuring users can access current and up-to-date learning materials
  • Key textbooks available from across our programme, within physics, earth science, life science, mathematics, engineering, and the social sciences and humanities
  • Easy navigation to the content you need at book and chapter levels
  • Users have the ability to save their searches and content to their bookmarks for easy access at a later date
  • Extensive bibliographic reference functionality; fully referenced content with all references displayed, OpenURL compatible and linked online through CrossRef.


ProQuest databases : access until 30th June 2020

Access is available until 30th June to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, ProQuest Central, and Academic Video Online.

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


ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) Global is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, offering millions of works from thousands of universities. Each year hundreds of thousands of works are added. Full-text coverage spans from 1743 to the present, with citation coverage dating back to 1637.


ProQuest Central is the largest single periodical resource available, bringing together complete databases across all major subject areas, including Business, Health and Medical, Language and Literature, Social Sciences, Education, Science and Technology, as well as core titles in the Performing and Visual Arts, History, Religion, Philosophy, and includes thousands of full-text newspapers from around the world.


Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers more than 62,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. Curated for the educational experience, the massive depth of content and breadth of content-types (such as documentaries, films, demonstrations, etc.) in Academic Video Online makes it a useful resource for all types of patrons, giving libraries a high return on investment.

Archives Direct (National Archives online) : trial extended until 31 July 2020

University of Cambridge members now have access until 31 July 2020 to Archives Direct, via this link:

Access is available via the link in the Cambridge Libraries A_Z of eresources.


Archives Direct is a suite of collections sourced from The National Archives, Kew, the official archive of the United Kingdom. Containing diplomatic correspondence, letters, reports, surveys, material from newspapers, statistical analyses, published pamphlets, ephemera, military papers, profiles of prominent individuals, maps and many other types of document, it consists of the history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from the British state’s point of view — from the collection website

Apartheid South Africa

Confidential Print: Africa

Confidential Print: Latin America

Confidential Print: Middle East

Confidential Print: North America

Foreign Office Files for China

Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan

Foreign Office Files for Japan

Foreign Office Files for the Middle East

Foreign Office Files for Southeast Asia

The Nixon Years

Women in The National Archives, Kew


University of California journals : Access to 30 June 2020

Free access to all UC Press journals through June 2020

In recognition of the impact of coronavirus on campus instruction and the rise of unplanned distance learning, University of California Press is making all of their online journals content free to all through June 2020. Access via this link:

Tell us what you think of the UC Press journals via this feedback form.  Thank you.


UC Press journals span the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, with key subject areas that include history, literature & criticism, film & media, music, religion, and sociology.

Gastronomica: The Journal for Food Studies, Vol. 20 No. 1, Spring 2020; (pp. 83-89) DOI: 10.1525/gfc.2020.20.1.83

A Literary History of the Mandarin Orange in Canada

Great balls of golden wonder … round, perishable globes … Here a ripe pyramid most carefully laid …

See how the oranges have caught up all the light!

What joyous tones they hold

Of vivid, bold,

Hot colour!

They glow like balls moulded of molten gold. (Bowman 2015: lines 113–23)