Important information about dawsonera ebooks

The company that owns dawsonera, one of our longstanding ebook aggregator platforms, went into administration in June. It is very likely that the Dawsonera platform, which currently hosts about 3,500 of our ebooks, will be taken offline from the end of the evening, Thursday 30th July.

As a result, from Friday 31st July, users may come across dead links for Dawsonera ebooks in iDiscover. The loss of access will only be temporary, but at the moment, we are unable to specify a date when access to these titles will be made available.

The ebooks team is currently working with our other key ebook aggregator suppliers to make sure that the ebooks we have purchased will be made available on a different platform or platforms.

Any notes added to Dawsonera ebooks by individual users will not be transferred to the new platform, so if you want to keep notes please do export them before the end of the day on Thursday 30th July.

We do apologise for the inconvenience this potential temporary loss of access will cause, and we will be working as hard as we can to ensure any loss of access is as brief as possible. If you have any questions please do get in contact with the ebooks@cambridge team on

JSTOR scholarly ebooks – now available until the 31st of August

In March, JSTOR worked with their publisher partners to open up 35,000+ scholarly monograph titles to academic library communities to support the sudden shift to remote teaching, learning, and researching. Further information about this initial scheme is available from this blog post published in April. While this initiative was originally due to end on the 30th June, many of these participating publishers have now agreed to extend access until the 31st of August. More than 32,000 front list and back list titles from 48 publishers will be included in this second tranche. You can download a title list from this link.

Participating publishers include:

Title records will appear in iDiscover soon. You can also search the JSTOR platform to find the temporary titles alongside our owned ebook and ejournal collections.

AAS-IOP Astronomy ebooks

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The American Astronomical Society (AAS) have partnered with IOP Publishing to create an exciting new collection of astronomy and astrophysics ebooks to further the AAS mission: “to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe.”

Launched in 2017, AAS-IOP Astronomy ebooks is the new official book program of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and aims to share in depth the most fascinating areas of astronomy, astrophysics, solar physics and planetary science. The series includes publications in the following topics:

Books in the program range in level from short introductory texts on fast-moving areas, graduate and upper-level undergraduate textbooks, research monographs and practical handbooks.

The titles published in Releases 1 and 2 of the AAS-IOP ebook collections have been purchased in perpetuity by the University Libraries, and are now searchable in iDiscover as well as from the following link;

New titles will be added to the collection as they are published online. A selection of available titles are listed illustrated below, and links to each title can be clicked on from the list below the book cover gallery.

Miyake, Fusa – Extreme Solar Particle Storms

Lique, François – Gas-Phase Chemistry in Space

Levesque, Emily M. – Astrophysics of Red Supergiants

Levan, Andrew – Gamma-Ray Bursts

if you have any questions or comments about this ebooks collection, please do get in contact with the ebooks team at

‘MyCollection’ Maths and Statistics ebooks on SpringerLink

Cambridge University Libraries is pleased to announce that access has been opened up to Springer Mathematics and Statistics 2015-2020 ebook collections on SpringerLink.

There are currently about 2,700 available titles, and further titles will be added as they are published. Monographs, contributed volumes, handbooks and textbooks in Springer designated sub-disciplines such as Partial Differential Equations, Functional Analysis, Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes, Mathematical Physics, Topology, Game Theory, Integral Equations, and Engineering Fluid Dynamics are included in these collections.

Records for these DRM-free titles will be loaded into iDiscover over the next few days, and are accessible for unlimited concurrent users, both on and off campus via a Raven login.

These yearly collections will be available in full until the 31st December 2020 in the first instance, at which point some of the most popular titles will be purchased in perpetuity.

Selective titles in Engineering, Computer Science and Architecture have also been purchased in perpetuity and will be searchable in iDiscover very soon.

A taster of available titles are listed below:

Oxford Handbooks Online – the 2020 updates and 3 new subject collections

The ebooks team are very pleased to announce that the 2020 updates for all the Oxford Handbooks subject collections have been purchased in perpetuity for Cambridge registered users. This purchase adds to the considerable backfile of handbooks already available to the Cambridge community via Oxford Handbooks Online, and adds three more complete subjects to our owned collections;

Complete coverage for all subjects from Foundation up to and including 2020 is now complete, and all subjects are listed below;

  • Archaeology
  • Business and Management – NEW
  • Classical Studies
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice – NEW
  • Economics and Finance
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Neuroscience (Open Access)
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences (2017-2019) – NEW
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology

Monthly updates to the platform ensure that chapters from as yet unfinished handbook titles are available online in advance of print publication. So you receive the most current, and authoritative coverage possible. Please note that bibliographic records will not appear in iDiscover until handbook titles are published fully online.

Oxford Handbooks Online can be accessed on and off campus via Raven.

Selective titles from the new collections…

Click on the links below to access the full text of the books in the gallery above…

Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries

Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility: Psychological and Organizational Perspectives

Oxford Handbook of Prisons and Imprisonment

Oxford Handbook of Generality in Mathematics and the Sciences

Oxford Handbook of Nanoscience and Technology : volume 2

Please contact the ebooks@cambridge team on if you have queries or feedback on this collection.

Elsevier’s ClinicalKey Student – the Bookshelf Feature

Guest post by Jo Milton, University of Cambridge Medical Library.

Bookshelf is one of the key features of ClinicalKey Student.  With this facility you are able to

  1. download books for online or offline access
  2.  highlight text
  3.  make, share and save notes
  4. create flashcards (revision cards)
  5.  add bookmarks
  6. export your notes to Microsoft OneNote and to
  7. share highlights and notes with other ClinicalKey Student users

Bookshelf is usable through a browser or can be downloaded via an app to various devices (Android, IoS, Windows 10+ and Mac Desktop / Laptop) for offline access.

NOTE:  When using Bookshelf for the first time you need to be in a book chapter before you click the ‘Launch Bookshelf’ link.  After this you can access Bookshelf from the ‘Bookshelf’ link at the top of the screen or from within a book chapter.

To use the Bookshelf facility search for a title and select a chapter and click on the Launch Bookshelf button;

Select a chapter. 

The icons on the left hand side of the column enable features such as notebook, flashcards or view images associated with each chapter.  Tooltips display when you hover over an icon.

Example of highlighted text and copying of citation.

At the bottom of the screen – options include adding bookmarks, fast highlighting and reading aloud of the text.

By clicking on the Bookshelf link from the main screen you can view all the books on Your Shelf and see your notes etc.

For more information view Launching the Bookshelf this one-minute video demonstrates the steps to launch Bookshelf for the first time and the different access points to the Bookshelf.

Bookshelf can also be used offline via an app.

There are two types of Bookshelf apps:

  • Mobile App (iOS or Android): You can download the app directly from the iOS or Android app store. To find the app, search for the name of the app ClinicalKey Student Bookshelf).
  •  (Windows 10+ Desktop App): The name appears as ClinicalKey Student Bookshelf. During the download process, you will be prompted to install the app and agree to the terms and conditions. This will create a menu icon and add a shortcut on your Windows 10 desktop.
  •  (Mac OS Desktop App): Download the Mac version and follow the steps on the screen to complete the download and install the app.

For more information on the Bookshelf app please view this page

Please let us have your feedback on this feature and ClinicalKey Student.  Trial access is until 31st August 2020.  The platform can be accessed from the following link;

You send your feedback using this feedback form.

Nearly 30,000 ScienceDirect ebooks : access until the 31st July 2020

University of Cambridge registered students and staff have temporary access to ebook titles included in the following collections on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform; “All Access”, “Freedom Collection 2020” and “Freedom Collection Backlist” ebooks, until the 31st of July 2020.

The books are available from the following link:

Please let us know what you think about these collections by sending your feedback via the online form.

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There are nearly 30,000 ebook titles available, spanning a wide range of subjects included in the following ScienceDirect “domains”;

Physical Sciences and Engineering

Life Sciences

Health Sciences

Social Sciences and Humanities

A selection of available titles are shown below.

Al Manhal eLibrary : access until 31st July 2020

University of Cambridge registered students and staff now have temporary access to the Al Manhal eLibrary until the 31st of July 2020.

Please let us know what you think about this collection by sending your feedback via the online form.

Al Manhal offers over 15,000 of ebooks from the Arab world’s leading publishers, across a diverse range of topics, with more being added every week.

Al Manhal ebook collections are available in the following subject areas: • Law • Educational Science • History, Geography & Biography • Social Sciences • Business & Economics • Language & Literature • Islamic Studies • Political Science & International Relations • Media and Communication • Art • Art and Architecture • Contemporary References • Classical Literature • Science and Technology • Heritage

Key features

• Full-text searchable publications

• Languages: Arabic, English, French

• Personal bookshelves that can be accessed offline through the App (IOS & Android)

• Highlighting, bookmarking, annotating and text-to-speech

• Copy/paste and printing with automatic citations

• ebook content matches original print 100%

Journals Collection

Al-Manhal Journals collections include an exclusive selection of over 450 peer-reviewed Journals with over 81,514 articles in English and Arabic languages published in the Arab world in the following subject collections: • Educational Science • Psychology & Philosophy • History, Geography & Biography • Social Sciences • Business & Economics • Language & Literature • Islamic Studies • Islamic Banking & Finance • Political Science & International Relations • Law • Science & Technical • Medical • Media and Communication • Art and Architecture

• Languages: Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Malay & Urdu

Dissertations & Theses Collection

Provides over 9,000 of full-text searchable dissertations from the most prominent academic foundations across the Middle East. This collection is comprised of scholarly work from master’s and Doctoral graduates from all departments of academia and across the full spectrum of research foci.

Reports: Middle East Strategic Studies Online (MESSO)

Middle East Strategic Studies Online (MESSO) is the most comprehensive source for research, intelligence and analysis in Middle East affairs. The database includes a wide range of publications from 2007 onward that includes working papers, research reports, essays, policy briefs, newspaper articles, case studies and conference proceedings from the leading think tanks and research institutes across the Middle East. MESSO is a vital tool for any practitioner or researcher of Middle Eastern affairs. It focuses on political, economic, social and security issues across the region. The growing list of over 10,000 publications provides coverage of:
• Arab-Israeli affairs • Elections and changes of government across the region • Social issues such as education, healthcare, immigration, refugees and asylum • Wars, treatises, and diplomacy • Military, defense and security • Terrorism and issues of internal security • Legislation, budgets, economic developments and international agreements

Reading books offline using the App

Make sure you have a personal account on Al-Manhal and you are signed in.

• Add your favorite titles to your bookshelf using the side-bar tool called ‘Add to Bookshelf’.

• Download the Al Manhal App on your device from Apple Appstore or Google Play Store.

• From within the app choose ‘Sync with Platform’ option from the side navigation menu.

• Sign in using your Platform credentials, then the Sync will automatically begin!

• All books currently present on your Platform Bookshelf will be listed on the App for you to download any of them.

An online user manual is available from the following link:

Wiley Digital Archives : access until 30th June 2020


We now have access to 4 further collections in the Wiley Digital Archives:

Access is available until 30th June 2020.

Please send your feedback via the online form.

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) archive

Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) was founded in 1830. The learned Society promotes the advancement of geographical science in all its aspects. The Society’s archive contains vast collections of documents, maps, photographs, expedition reports, manuscript materials and books, and span 500 years of geography, travel and exploration. The RGS holds one of the largest private map collections in the world. It includes one million sheets of maps and charts, 3000 atlases, 40 globes (as gores or mounted…

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More extended access to Francophone e-resources at Cambridge: Cairn and Brepols

As part of temporary measures to help universities during the lockdown period, Cairn, an important online collection of francophone publications in social sciences and humanities, are offering free access to all their c. 10.000 ebooksand pocket encyclopaediasfrom major French, Belgian and Swiss publishers (“Ouvrages” and “Que sais-je ?/Repères” tabs in the top banner), until 31st May 2020. Access is through Raven, at this link (Connexion > Grande Bretagne > University of Cambridge (accès distant)). Cambridge University Library also subscribes annually to 156 of the Cairn journals (out of c. 500 in total), as part of a package called “French studies and humanities” on the platform “Cairn international edition” (see the A-Z Databases: Francophone Area Studies).


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