Searching for ebooks

New to the world of ebooks@cambridge? Here’s a guide to help you start searching.


Do you need a book for your research right now, but you are not in Cambridge or can’t get to your library? Why not search the ebooks collection at the University of Cambridge and see if you can get hold of an electronic copy to read wherever you are?

It is best to use the search options below as the links we provide in the ebook records are designed to identify you as part of the University of Cambridge.

If you go directly to a publisher’s website or perform an internet search, you may find that you cannot access material for which we have subscriptions, as the website needs the authentication information from the URLs we provide.

There are two ways of searching for ebooks, and they are:

  • LibrarySearch covers all print and electronic holdings of the libraries of the University of Cambridge.
  • ebooks collections list on the ebooks@cambridge webpages.

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LibrarySearch allows you to search the print and electronic collections of all the libraries within the University of Cambridge.

You can refine your search to show ebooks only by clicking on the ebooks icon shown above the search results, or choosing the EBook option under the format heading from the list to the right of the results.

Once you have opened the catalogue record for the book you need you have a choice of two links to use to see full text. The first link is just under the title where it says ‘Online:’, and the second is at the bottom of the record under the heading ‘This is available online at the following:’. The text for the link will vary according to the platform where the ebook is stored. Text will include, but is not limited to:



The ebook collections  list allows you to browse ebook platforms via authenticated links. You will be prompted to enter your Raven details after clicking on the link and you will be able to search the platform for content available to members of the University.

ebooks collectionsEach entry in the ebook collections list has a brief description of the subjects covered by titles on the platform.

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For further information on accessing ebooks please see our webpage: Access instructions for ebooks collections

If you would like to contact us directly then please email us at:



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Translated Texts for Historians e-library

Originally posted on ejournals@cambridge:

New on eresources@cambridge A-Z: Translated Texts for Historians e-library

Liverpool University Press has published its renowned Translated Texts for Historians  book series since the early 1990s.  The series makes available historical sources from 300-800 AD translated into English, in many cases for the first time.

The Translated Texts for Historians e-library now offers this invaluable collection as a digital library, containing 52 volumes from the series that bring together a wealth of important historical texts with scholarship from leading academics.

Access the Translated Texts for Historians e-library via this link.

Image: Drawing of a man, face techniques – Coptic. Plain weave, painting on fabric using fabric dyes (6th – 7th century) [No. 3797; Coptic Museum, Coptic Cairo]

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Commonwealth iLibrary

Originally posted on ejournals@cambridge:

New on the OECD iLibrary platform on trial access: OECD Commonwealth iLibrary.

For the first time books and working papers published by The Commonwealth are now available online in a single research repository.

Trial access is now available until 30 October 2014.

Access the trial via this link.

Please send us your feedback on the repository by emailing

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Loeb Classical Digital Library

Originally posted on ejournals@cambridge:

Cambridge now has trial access to the new Loeb Classical Digital Library, a digitization of the entire Loeb Classical Library’s editions of Greek and Latin literature, complete with their English translations.

“The Loeb Library, with its Greek or Latin on one side of the page and its English on the other, came as a gift of freedom… The existence of the amateur was recognised by the publication of this Library, and to a great extent made respectable… The difficulty of Greek is not sufficiently dwelt upon, chiefly perhaps because the sirens who lure us to these perilous waters are generally scholars [who] have forgotten…what those difficulties are. But for the ordinary amateur they are very real and very great; and we shall do well to recognise the fact and to make up our minds that we shall never be independent of our Loeb.”

—Virginia Woolf, The Times Literary Supplement

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Hands-on training on ebooks for Cambridge librarians

Faculty of Law building, Cambridge

The ebooks@cambridge Advisory Group are running 2 hands-on ebook sessions for Cambridge University and College librarians, which are taking place next week in the Freshfields IT Training Room in the Law Faculty on the Sidgwick Site.

Tuesday 23rd September, 10.30 – 12.30

Thursday 25th September, 2.30 – 4.30

Led by Catherine Reid, Jayne Kelly and Penelope Butler.

These hands-on sessions will include a presentation on the basics of how to search for and access titles from our ebooks collection, and also news of new services and developments. The second half of the session will offer a chance for attendees to have a go at finding and accessing ebooks themselves. There will be a workbook which attendees can take away if they wish. This is particularly suitable for library staff who are new to the University of Cambridge or those who want to refresh their knowledge of ebooks.

These hands-on sessions are each open to 20 people and places need to be booked via the Librarians In Training booking site. There are still a few spaces left particularly for the Thursday session.

New chemistry ebooks

Originally posted on Chemistry Library blog:

Two new chemistry ebooks are now available!


Organic chemistry, by Jonathan Clayden, Nick Greeves, Stuart Warren. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2012. 2nd ed.

Organic synthesis the disconnection approach, by Stuart Warren and Paul Wyatt. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell; 2008. 2nd ed.

Click on the links above to access the ebooks via LibrarySearch. All of these ebooks are also available off campus with a Raven username and password. It should be noted that Dawsonera ebooks require the use of a Raven login on campus.

For more information about ebooks and how to access them please visit the ebooks@cambridge website.

All new chemistry ebooks are added to the list we maintain on the Chemistry Library website:

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Ebooks for music

Originally posted on MusiCB3 Blog:



I still remember the days when we advertised ebooks on music subjects at the Pendlebury Library by printing out all the covers on a poster and yes, they did all fit, first on an A4 and later on an A3 sheet of paper.

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Salem Press digital content of titles in our print collection

An addition to our ebooks@cambridge collection: Salem Literature Database


Salem Press is now providing unlimited concurrent access to digital copies of all the print versions of titles held in the University Library’s collection.

Salem Press platformThe home page for the database offers three options  under the heading ‘Reference set(s) currently available’. By clicking on the ‘+’ box beside the set title you will see a drop down list of our subscribed content.

We currently have over 30 titles available to view. With more to be added in the near future.

Titles currently available include:

When new titles are added they will appear in the list on the left hand side of the database website. To access the website please click here.

Salem saved searchNeither complete books nor chapters can be downloaded, but, if you sign up for a personal user account, you can save chapters/articles, citations and searches to your online account.

For the account you just need to enter your name and email address. Once you have verified your account from your email account you can log in via our link to the University of Cambridge ‘Family’ account.

Titles on Salem Literature are available on and off campus (with Raven authentication). You can search for these titles in LibrarySearch.

Oxford Handbooks Online

New Oxford Handbooks Online access.


The Oxford Handbooks series brings together the world’s leading scholars to write articles that survey the current state of scholarship in their field. The articles review the key issues, reveal original arguments and concepts, and set the agenda for new research.

The collection will be searchable in LibrarySearch from early August and will be available to view on and off campus. Off campus access will be via Raven login.

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When you search on the Oxford Handbooks Online website look out for the padlock symbols on restricted content (click on the image to get a better look). You can limit your search to owned content by selecting the ‘show full text results only’ from the availability box on the left hand side of the search results screen.

Our access includes handbooks and articles in Archaeology (2012 and 2013 collections), History (foundation and 2013 collections), Linguistics (foundation and 2013 collections), Music (foundation collection), Philosophy (foundation and 2013 collections), Political Science (foundation collection), and Psychology (foundation, 2012, 2013 and 2014 collections).

A full list of titles in the Oxford Handbooks Online collections can be found here. Please remember to check the title you need is included in one of the collections listed above.

bookmarkletThe links in the Oxford Handbooks Online collections list do not include our off campus link. You can use the ‘reload URL for off campus access’ bookmarklet, from the Library Toolbox to gain off campus access to any of the URLs listed.

Please feel to contact the ebooks@cambridge team with any comments, questions or feedback:

Cambridge wireless network extends to public spaces

Originally posted on Chemistry Library blog:


The University Wi-Fi network has been extended to the city’s public spaces, allowing online access just in time for the Tour de France in Cambridge next week.

High-speed Internet access points have been placed on Parker’s Piece and along central streets. If you already use eduroam or Lapwing you should automatically connect to the network. Members of the public will also be able to use the internet while out and about thanks to a free public Wi-FI pilot scheme.

To find out more and to see a map showing the areas where academics, students and staff can now access eduroam and Lapwing please visit the University Information Services website:

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