Thousands of Cambridge University Press monographs on trial

UPO1The ebooks@cambridge Service and the University Library have arranged a trial which opens up access to all Cambridge University Press monograph titles on their University Publishing Online ebooks platform.

Along with all their Cambridge Books Online (CBO) monograph content UPO hosts hundreds of titles from their partner presses too. These are: Acumen Publishing, Anthem Press, Boydell & Brewer, Edinburgh University Press, Foundation Books, Liverpool University Press, Mathematical Association of America, Royal Economic Society and The University of Adelaide Press.


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The UPO platform looks and feels very similar to CBO, and works in much the same way. You can browse for titles by subject or search for known items or by keyword in the search box near the top right-hand corner of the home page. There is also an advanced search option which allows you to search only for accessible content or to refine by publisher if you want to.


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You can open or download chapters as PDFs as you can with all the ebooks owned on the CBO platform.

In total 13,955 new monograph titles have been activated for Cambridge University users on UPO and the catalogue records for all these new titles are being loaded over the next few days. These will be searchable in LibrarySearch and available both on and off-campus (using a Raven login).

This enhanced access arrangement is live now, starting as a month’s trial with the intention that access to all new content will remain until the end of April 2014 in the first instance.

IMPORTANT: this new content does not include access to unowned DRM-restricted titles; please contact the ebooks@cambridge team on if you would like to recommend titles that appear on UPO or CBO but are not accessible. All accessible titles are marked with a  green p

Please note: access to exactly the same CBO content is available from the Cambridge Books Online platform, but this does not include the extra titles from the partner presses.

Please let the ebooks team know what you think about the UPO platform and the extra content now available, we would really welcome your feedback.




Photo credit: D Sharon Pruitt on Flickr

Photo credit: D Sharon Pruitt on Flickr

You can scare yourself with ebooks if you want to this Halloween, who needs Jamie Lee Curtis or Freddy Krueger when you’ve got the following titles at the click of a mouse?

All titles are available in LibrarySearch because we are trialling the ‘Academic Complete’ collection on the ebrary ebooks platform. Click on the book covers to link directly through to the full text.



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Don’t have nightmares…


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Palgrave Pivot’s First Anniversary

SORRY BUT THIS ANNIVERSARY OFFER HAS EXPIRED – please send any feedback on this platform to the ebooks team on

Palgrave Pivot, the mid-length digital-first research format from Palgrave Macmillan, is celebrating its first anniversary by making 110 titles free to download until 1pm this Friday (1st November).

These titles are midway between an ebook and a journal article, and cover a range of subjects across the humanities, social sciences and business… Why not click here now to have a browse?

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If you are on campus you will be automatically authenticated to access the material. All the titles can be read online, or downloaded as a PDF or in epub format for your mobile. Note that the ‘Enhanced Ebook’ view is not complete as we only have trial access.

For off campus access:

  1. Select ‘Institutional/Athens Login’ in the top right hand corner of the webpage
  2. Select your institution’s location – ‘United Kingdom’, followed by ‘University of Cambridge’
  3. Log in using your Raven details
  4. You will then be returned to the homepage where you will find this button on the right hand side in order to start browsing the 110 titles:Browse Palgrave Pivot

Very Short Introductions – another free trial!

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Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas including…

Consciousness        Climate         Chaos                  Philosophy of Law    Chinese Literature           Folk Music
…and many more.

A full list of titles can be found on their website where it is simple to…

Browse by subject      or      Search for a title

Access is restricted to on-campus only, and you will be automatically authenticated when you enter the website. All ebooks are read in your internet browser, but you can print chapter by chapter. You can also create your own personal profile, which allows you to save titles you are reading and annotate the text by highlighting a selection and clicking the ‘Annotate’ button that appears:


These books are then accessible at any time by using the link in the top right hand corner of the screen:

'My Work' link

A help page is available with more detailed instructions on how to use the platform.

Note that these ebooks are not found in LibrarySearch, and therefore you will need to go to the website to browse.

For this trial the ebooks are not downloadable.

Please let us know what you think! Are you finding the platform simple to navigate, and do you think this resource is a useful thing to have?

This trial is available until 31st December 2013.


Ebrary’s “Academic Complete” trial has ended


THE TRIAL HAS NOW ENDED!! Thank you for your feedback.

The ebooks@cambridge Advisory Group and the University Library have arranged a free trial to “Academic Complete”, a large collection of over 87,411 titles from over 600 publishers, hosted on the ebrary ebook platform.

These ebooks allow unlimited user access, cover a wide range of subject areas and are searchable in LibrarySearch, in addition to being available to browse directly on the ebrary platform. Cambridge University users can access the ebooks on and off campus (with a Raven username and password) and can also download up to 10 entire titles at a time onto a chosen device for 14 day loans. You will need the free Adobe Digital Editions software to download whole ebooks, but this process will not work with Kindles. (Downloading to an iPad has been tested by the ebooks team and proved painless – let us know if your experience with other mobile devices differs.)

Please note, if you are on campus and want to download a title, add a book to your bookshelf, or make annotations, then you will need to sign in with your Raven details. The ‘Sign In’ link is located in the top right-hand corner.

An example of the QuickView Reader screen is shown below; there is online help available and also links to a Quick Start guide and a training video. For the purposes of this trial only the QuickView Reader is accessible. You can download an ebrary app for Android, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and download ebooks to multiple devices.

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This is the first time we have used the ebrary ebooks platform so please do let us know what you think about its usability and downloading functionality, together with your comments about content coverage and any other relevant feedback. Please email Jayne and Rachel on with your thoughts.

The trial has now ended.



Manchester Medieval Sources Online – free trial

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Trial ends Saturday 30 November 2013.

Do you think this series is useful to have as an online resource, or could the platform be improved in any way? If so please send feedback to Linda Washington in the Seeley Library at, or email the ebooks team at

From the Black Death to the Norman invasion, Manchester Medieval Sources gives History students the opportunity to study medieval life through first hand accounts, some of which have been translated into English for the first time. The series is unique in providing extensive introductory and explanatory material alongside the sources to enable students to understand the various interpretations the sources have had.

Series editors are Rosemary Horrox (University of Cambridge) and Simon MacLean (University of St Andrews).

All available titles are indicated by a small green box. PDFs can be read online or downloaded chapter by chapter.

Trial access is from on-campus only and you won’t be able to find these ebooks in LibrarySearch, so please use the following link for access:

Remember to let us know what you think.

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