DiVA portal

A new link to freely accessible research material has been added to the ebook collections tab on the ebooks@cambridge webpages.

Be sure to check the box next to ‘Only documents with full text in DiVA’ before searching.

DiVA portalThe DiVA portal is a finding tool for research publications and student theses written at 36 universities and research institutions. DiVA – Academic Archive Online, is a publishing system for research and student theses and a digital archive for long-term preservation of publications.

There are 183,049 full text documents in DiVA. There are 79,669 entries in English with others being in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, German, French and Finnish. Subjects covered include humanites, social sciences, engineering, and business administration.

The universities and institutes repositories that can be searched via DiVA are:

Blekinge Institut of Technology

Dalarna University

Ersta Sköndal University College

Swedish National Defence College

The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences

Högskolan i Borås

Halmstad University

Stockholm School of Economics

University of Gävle

University of Skövde

Jönköping University

Kristianstad University

University West

Karlstad University

Royal College of Music Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design

Royal Institute of Technology

Linköping University

Linnaeus University

Mälardalen University

Mid Sweden University

The Nordic Africa Institute Nationalmuseum Swedish Environmental Protection Agency Nordic Council of Ministers

Swedish Museum of Natural History

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Örebro University

Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

Red Cross University College

Södertörn University

Sophiahemmet University College

Stockholm University

Umeå University

Uppsala University

The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute

Here are a few examples of resreach that can be found in the portal:

The soapstone birds of great Zimbabwe : archaeological heritage religion and politics in postcolonial Zimbabwe and the return of cultural property – doctoral thesis by Edward Matenga, Uppsala University, 2011

Search for neutral Higgs bosons of the minimal supersymmetric standard model in pp collisions at root s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector - Aard, G., et al., Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP), ISSN 1029-8479, E-ISSN 1126-6708, Vol. 11, 056-

The state of Guinea-Bissau: African socialism or socialism in Africa?

Aaby, Peter, Research report 45, ISSN 1104-8425 ; Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, Uppsala

New ebooks available in time for Easter 2015

Can you find and borrow all the books you need before you go home for the Easter vacation?

Frustrated that someone else beat you to that crucial book on your reading list?

Run out of space in your luggage?

5778932400_66bd670a6d_zAll might not be lost, why not have a look at LibrarySeaebook iconrch to see if we have it as an ebook? You can easily see ebooks in the LibrarySearch catalogue as they are identified by the following icon.

To view a guide on searching for ebooks please click here.

To access an ebook directly from LibrarySearch click on the text alongside the “online” part of the catalogue record, this will take you straight into the full-text of the ebook. You can do this from outside of the University campus as long as you know your Raven login. For ebooks on the Dawsonera platform you will need your Raven login on campus too.

We have just added 77 brand new ebooks to our collection, in:

Asian & Middle East Studies, Archaeology & Anthropology, Business, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Geography, History, History & Philosophy of Science, Linguistics, Maths, Music, and SPS.

You can browse our boards and link directly to some of these titles and more from the ebooks@cambridge Pinterest site.

For those studying English literature you may be interested in the 18 new titles purchased from Northcote’s ‘Writers and Their Works’ series but the English Faculty Library. New titles available include ‘Louis MacNiece and the poetry of the 1930s’ and ‘Revenge tragedy of the Renaissance’. Other titles purchased by the Library include:

Fairies in medieval romance Modernism Virginia Woolf

If Archaeology & Anthropology is more your thing then how about these?

9780500051764_26108 IncasOf Flying Saucers

Here is a selection of the other titles now available:

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Science and TechEconomic geographies Mao

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Downtime to all library online services during the weekend of 14th-15th March

Originally posted on Chemistry Library blog:

exclamation markDue to scheduled work on the power supply at the University Information Services data centre, all online library services will be unavailable on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March.

This will include all web-based services (including the Library Catalogue, DSpace, The Cambridge Digital Library, Janus, Cambridge Libraries Gateway and UL websites).

Off campus access to electronic resources will also be affected. Direct access to resources via publishers websites using an Institutional login (Shibboleth) will be possible during this time.

Copac may be used to search the Library’s collections; http://copac.ac.uk/.  Please note that Copac is unable to show the status of an item and will not display information about an item’s availability.

This means that the self-issue machine in the Chemistry Library will be unavailable during the downtime so please could you borrow and return books manually, by following the instructions provided next to the machine.

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Popular ebooks of 2014

The ebooks team have been studying your use of our owned ebook collections during 2014 and can announce that with over 2.5 million hits, usage across the collections is up by over 81.5% since 2013.

The graph below shows how ebook use peaks and troughs throughout each calendar year since 2012. The vertical axis shows the number of “hits” received.

annual usage graph

The 10 most popular titles with University of Cambridge registered users, starting with number 1 at the top, are shown below. A wide range of subjects are represented; Biology,
Business, Classics, Economics, Education, Medicine, Music, and Psychology.

Classroom based research

industrial relationseconomics of money





Robbins.inddresearch methods in educationart of love






animal cell culturebrain genderrobbins & cotranbachs well tempered





A large proportion of University of Cambridge academic ebook collections are searchable in LibrarySearch, and they are available for you to access both on and off campus (with a valid Raven login).

New ebooks are being added to the collections very regularly, and a selection of these are highlighted and accessible on our Pinterest boards.

For more information on the academic ebooks available to help your studies  please see the ebooks@cambridge webpage. You can also contact the ebooks team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions, or your Faculty/Departmental librarians if you want to recommend an ebook title.

EBSCO ebook downloading

EBSCO have introduced a new download feature to the University of Cambridge’s owned titles on EBSCOhost.


Now, when you visit the EBSCOhost website from the ebook collection tab on the ebooks@cambridge webpages or click on a link to an EBSCO title listed in LibrarySearch, you will see an icon on the left hand side of the screen that offers a full text download of our ebooks.

EBSCO downloadThe ebooks can be downloaded for a period of 3 to 7 days. You will be able to choose to download the ebook for fewer days than the total allowed – which will free it them up faster for other people on your course.

One copy of each book will always be available to view online only. The online only copies will be available to view by one person at a time and will not display the download icon.

Do you want to try downloading an EBSCO ebook? Maybe one of these titles will interest you, they were the most used EBSCO ebooks of 2014:

Companion Encyclopedia of AnthropologyProtestant Ethic and the Spirit of CapitalismPsychology of Language

Image credit: ‘Upload/Download’ by John Trainor on Flickr – https://flic.kr/p/2SBDZc

Archaeopress trial

Trial access is now available up to 10th April 2015 to the Archaeopress Archaeology and Seminar for Arabian Studies series from Archaeopress.

Body, cosmos and eternityseminar for Arabian studies (41)Experiencing Etruscan Pots

Archaeopress is an Oxford-based publisher specialising in academic archaeology. Archaeopress have had close links to the archaeology departments of the University of Cambridge for many years. There are currently over 75 e-titles in their archive, and around 6-9 new files are added each month.

Please check the Archaeopress title list for titles available to members of the University of Cambridge as part of the trial. As these titles will not appear in LibrarySearch you will need to use this authenticated link to access the trial content.

The origins of Ireland's holy wellsseminar for Arabian studies (36)The British and Vis

Please send any feedback about this trial to ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

At Archaeopress, Patrick Harris (patrick@archaeopress.com) would welcome any comments.


New Italian-language ebook collections available on Torrossa

Cambridge University Library is pleased to announce that following the purchase last year of three ebooks packages of Italian-language titles on Casalini Libri’s Torrossa ebooks platform, we have this year supplemented these packages and added the 2015 content. The three collections of scholarly titles: Language and Literature, Cinema and Theatre, and Cultural Studies, have had a total of 153 new titles added. In total there are now 266 ebooks available in full-text from the platform link here and they are also searchable in the LibrarySearch catalogue.

Full-text access is available both on and off campus (using a Raven login). This includes the facility to download, print and copy and paste from the text. Torrossa ebooks can be read on PCs, Apple Macs, laptops, iOS and Android mobile devices, but not on Kindles, Kobos or Nooks.

Please do send your feedback on these packages and the usability of these ebooks by emailing Bettina Rex, the Italian Specialist, at the University Library at italian@lib.cam.ac.uk.

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New Cambridge Companions available online (& the most popular CC titles in 2014)

New titles are added to the Cambridge Companions Online platform every month, as they are published.

Records for 14 new Companions published since December have just been added to LibrarySearch and they are…

Lighthousefairy tales     modern gothic     roman law

The Top Ten most read Cambridge Companions ebooks consulted by University of Cambridge registered users in 2014 (in order of popularity) were

The Cambridge Companions to

  1. Greek Tragedy
  2. Chaucer
  3. Medieval English Literature 1100-1500
  4. Ovid
  5. Puritanism
  6. Beckett
  7. Milton
  8. Renaissance Humanism
  9. Zola
  10. Spenser

beckett greek tragedy      medieval     humanism


Science and Engineering coursebooks from CUP

All the coursebooks in the following 5 subjects are now accessible for University of Cambridge staff and students on Cambridge Books Online and its companion platform University Publishing Online.



Earth & Environmental Sciences


Statistics and Probability

These coursebooks complement the available Cambridge University Press monographs across all subjects, and the Life Sciences coursebooks which were added back in December 2014.

Physics1The titles are searchable in LibrarySearch and are available on and off campus (with a Raven username and password).

As new titles are published they will also be made available. Access to these collections will remain until the end of June 2015 in the first instance.


Please let us know what you think about CUP ebooks by emailing the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

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DOWNTIME: All Library systems, Sunday 25th January 06:00 – 17:00

Originally posted on ejournals@cambridge:

Essential maintenance work will be carried out on Sunday 25th January 2015.

From 06:00 – 17:00 all library webservices will be unavailable including Newton, LibrarySearch, the University Library web pages, the Libraries gateway, DSpace, Janus, and the system supporting access to ejournals and eresources off campus via the ejournals@cambridge and eresources@cambridge gateways.

While access via the above services is unavailable, readers are advised to use publishers’ websites directly for access to ebooks, ejournals and eresources.

To obtain access via a publisher’s website to content you may be entitled to as a member of the University, look for the *Shibboleth* login link on publishers’ websites.   To login remotely via Shibboleth select “UK Access Management Federation”, then “University of Cambridge” from the drop-down list of institutions.  You will be prompted to enter your Raven credentials.

From 9:00 am on Monday 26th January the ebooks and ejournals/eresources helpdesks will be staffed and can…

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