Manchester Film Studies

Manchester Film Studies is a growing collection of currently163 books written by leading names in the field as well as one journal: Film Studies. It covers all aspects of film studies from volumes on a wide range of British, French, Spanish and Latin American filmmakers to debates and issues that are informing current practice in film and screen studies.

This collection aims to help readers develop an understanding of how film engages with socio-cultural and political concerns, placing films in their historical context as well as covering current debates and future challenges for cinema as a medium. Manchester Film Studies will enable readers to explore many aspects of theoretical and historical film studies as well as critical approaches to classical and contemporary films.

Thanks to a collaborative purchase between the Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics Faculty Library, the Connell Fund and ebooks@cambridge, members of Cambridge University now have full text access to all of the ebooks within this collection, on and off-campus, via iDiscover or directly via Manchester Hive, MUPs online platform.

Here is a small selection of titles available within the collection to tantalise the film buffs amongst you. Access is via the links below the cover images:

Catalogue records are available in iDiscover now for the titles which have already been published in this collection, with further titles/MARC records being added as they are published online.

As usual, please contact if you have any questions about this collection or any other aspect of ebook provision at the University.

Trial access: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment ONLINE

Trial access is now enabled up to Saturday the 16th of November, to 100 volumes contained in the collection, Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment Online.

“Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (previously SVEC) is well-known as being the foremost series devoted to Enlightenment studies and has published over 500 peer-reviewed scholarly volumes since 1955, covering wide-ranging aspects of the eighteenth century and the Enlightenment, and is published in English or French.
A partnership between the Voltaire Foundation and Liverpool University Press is making volumes from the series available online for the first time.

At present, more than 400 of the previously published volumes from the series have been digitised, with further archive volumes to follow in 2020.

The digital text is fully searchable, and the online platform offers the ability for readers to save their own notes, highlights, and bookmarks on their own electronic copies and to export or print portions of each book.”

Renowned authors: Noted contributors include Marc-André Bernier, Robert Dawson, Dan Edelstein, Marian Hobson, Colin Jones, Mark Ledbury, Christiane Mervaux, John Renwick, Ritchie Robertson, and Céline Spector.

Key texts: Notable volumes in the collection include Interpreting the Ancien Régime by David Bien, Dramatic battles in eighteenth-century France by Logan J. Connors, Sublime disorder: physical monstrosity in Diderot’s universe by Andrew Curran, Ruins Past by Sabrina Ferri, The Encyclopedists as Individuals and The Encyclopedists as a Group by Frank Kafker, Lectures de Raynal and L’Histoires des Deux Indes by Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink, and Madame de Graffigny and Rousseau by English Showalter.

Please note: the trial opens up access to a selected list of 100 volumes. Full access to a particular volume is denoted by a ‘play’ symbol in the bottom right-hand corner. Preview-only access is denoted by an ‘eye’ symbol.

You may find the following user guides helpful, please click on the links to connect through to the help…

E-reader user guide (PDF)

Collection user guide (video)

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Madame de Graffigny

A list of titles included in the trial follows…

Jacques le fataliste et La Religieuse devant la critique révolutionnaire (1796-1800)
Voltaire et la Hollande
Voltaire on Shakespeare
Le Mariage de Figaro
Voltaire’s manuscripts and collective editions
Les Romans De L’abbé Prévost
Religion in Montesquieu’s ‘Lettres Persanes’
Rémond de Saint-Mard
Fortunes of Pope’s ‘Essay on man’ in 18th-century France
Eagle and the Dove
General Index To Volumes XXXI-LXX
Diderot et L’amitié
Diderot and the Eighteenth-Century French Press
Le Marquis d’Adhémar
La Neuvaine De Cythère
Influence of Hobbes and Locke in the shaping of the concept of sovereignty in eighteenth-century France
English Romantic Poets and the Enlightenment
Extravagant Shepherd
Molière and the Age of Enlightenment
Denis Diderot, Ecrits inconnus de jeunesse 1737-1744
Marmontel, Voltaire and the ‘Bélisaire’ Affair
Coyer and the Enlightenment
Voltaire et l’Islam
Diderot’s ‘Essai Sur Sénèque’
Voltaire’s Comic Theatre
Voltaire and Camus
Voltaire et ses amis d’après la correspondance de Mme de Graffigny
Diderot’s Great Scroll
Voltaire et son exégèse du Pentateuque
Julien Offray de La Mettrie, ‘Discours sur le bonheur’
Voltaire on War and Peace
Mme Riccoboni’s letters to David Hume, David Garrick and Sir Robert Liston, 1764-1783
La Figure dialogique dans ‘Jacques le fataliste’
Voltaire and the Form of the Novel
Language theory, epistemology, and aesthetics of Jean Lerond d’Alembert
Voltaire’s Russia
Vauvenargues trahi: pour une édition authentique de ses œuvres | Nicolas Edme Restif de La Bretonne, Le Généographe
Concordance to the Correspondence of Voltaire
Facets of Education in the Eighteenth Century
Le Mariage de Figaro
Madame de Graffigny and Rousseau
Etienne Bonnot de Condillac, ‘Les Monades’
Voltaire and Protestantism
Notable encyclopedias of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
Difficultés sur la religion proposées au père Malebranche
L’Exégèse du Nouveau Testament dans la philosophie française du XVIIIe siècle
Thémiseul de Saint-Hyacinthe, 1684-1746
Correspondance entre Prosper Marchand et le marquis d’Argens
La Bibliothéque universelle des romans 1775-1789
Rhétorique et roman au dix-huitième siècle
Voltaire et Frédéric II
Diderot et Galiani
Dossier Voltaire en Prusse, 1750-53
Rousseau dans la Révolution
Sens et fonction de l’utopie tahitienne dans l’œuvre politique de Diderot
Summary Index to Volumes 1-249
Anatomy of Superstition
Nicolas Lenglet Dufresnoy and the literary underworld of the ancien régime
Rousseau, le luxe et l’idéologie nobiliaire
La Bibliothèque bleue au dix-huitième siècle
Conscience as Consciousness
L’Esthétique de l’opéra en France au temps de Jean-Philippe Rameau
De Pascal à Voltaire
L’Utopie narrative en France et en Angleterre 1675-1761
Le Système du libertinage de Crébillon à Laclos
Philosophy of Restif de La Bretonne
Parisian Jesuits and the Enlightenment 1700-1762
Madame de Lambert et Son Milieu
Locke in France, 1688-1734
Vie et images maternelles dans la littérature française du XVIIIe siècle
Bibliographie d’Ouvrages Francais en Forme de Dialogue 1700-1750
Les Décors et les choses dans le roman français du dix-huitième siècle de Prévost à Sade
On Burning Ground
Notable encyclopedias of the late eighteenth century
Discours de l’empereur Julien contre les chrétiens
Rousseauism and Education in Eighteenth-century France
Queen of the World
Nations and Nationalisms
Le Chant de l’origine
‘Surveiller et s’instruire’
Un Nouveau Patriotisme français, 1750-1770
L’Antiquité et le christianisme dans la pensée de Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Ecrire l’Encyclopédie
Naissance et développement du vitalisme en France de la deuxième moitié du XVIIIe siècle à la fin du Premier Empire
Sublime Disorder
French Books in eighteenth-century Ireland
Rhetoric and Natural History
Gazette D’Amsterdam

Trial access: Sustainable Development Goals Online

Trial access is now enabled up to the 20th December 2019, to Sustainable Development Goals Online.

From the website: “The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals is by any standards, an ambitious programme, requiring international and trans-national collaboration by governments, businesses, NGO and citizens. The prize is a large one – make the world a better place in 2030 than it was when the programme was started, across 17 important areas.”

The platform offers “an interdisciplinary collection of digital content, including Taylor & Francis’ books and journals across all disciplines, themed around the SDGs. SDGO includes more than 12,000 carefully selected articles and chapters in an online library covering the 17 SDGs, plus teaching and learning materials including presentations, videos, case studies, teaching guides, and lesson plans.”

The Goals

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Education


The University of Cambridge has trial access from today to 30 November 2019 to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Education.

Access the resource here:

With over 140 articles and summaries available, the ORE provides in-depth overviews of the major areas of research and will continue to grow with the field over time.

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E-Books and E-Legal: What’s the difference?

Some useful advice on the difference between electronic legal deposit books and “normal” ebooks from the SPS Library…

Here at SPS, we’ve recently sent out the Summer Survey (check your emails if you’ve not done it yet, although reminders are on their way) to get feedback on the services we offer here at the Library. Whilst it is still ongoing, we thought we’d have a little peek at the responses we have had so far.

One point that was made more than once related to e-books; the variation between e-book platforms and formats and the restrictions sometimes in place e.g. not being downloadable or only usable by one person at a time. Whilst it is true that some e-book services are less user-friendly than others, we noticed that some comments seemed to be conflating “normal” e-books with the far more specific Electronic Legal Deposit resources that the University Library has access to.

Why can’t I access this online book/journal article?!?

When searching with iDiscover, you may sometimes see…

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New titles available on Routledge Handbooks Online

Thanks to the Connell Fund there are 37 new handbook, international handbook, companion, and history titles available for Cambridge University users on Routledge Handbooks Online. These have all been selected by Faculty and Departmental librarians and they cover the following subjects: Archaeology & Classics, Asian Studies, Built Environment, Communication Journalism Media & Culture, Education, Geography, History, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Security Studies, and Sociology. These new titles complement the existing collection on the Routledge Handbooks Online platform and bring the number of available titles up to 539.

All titles are free of Digital Rights Management (DRM) and available in PDF and HTML format. All chapters have an accompanying abstract. The titles are available on and off campus (using a Raven login) and all of them are searchable in iDiscover. You are also able to filter your searches on the platform so that only “full access only” (owned) titles and chapters are displayed.

Complete “clickable” list of new titles:

of interest for Archaeology & Classics

of interest for Asian Studies

of interest for the Built Environment

of interest for Communication, Journalism, Media & Culture

of interest for Education

of interest for Geography

of interest for History

of interest for Literature

of interest for Philosophy

of interest for Politics

of interest for Religion

of interest for Security Studies

of interest for Sociology

Cambridge Elements; “a dynamic reference resource for graduate students, researchers and practitioners”

Back in May 2018 the ebooks@cambridge team first posted about the then newly emerging Cambridge University Press Elements titles. This publishing programme has now officially launched and the amount of available titles are steadily increasing, with 76 Elements now hosted and accessible on Cambridge Core and searchable in iDiscover.

Cambridge Elements are a new concept in academic publishing and scholarly communication, combining the best features of books and journals. They consist of original, concise, authoritative, and peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific research, organised into focused series edited by leading scholars, and provide comprehensive coverage of the key topics in disciplines spanning the arts and sciences. This innovative format takes just 12 weeks to publish, and the born-digital titles are between 40-75 pages long. There are over 70 series already under contract, with another 30 in the planning stages. Two hundred titles are expected to be published in 2019, and CUP expect to standardly publish in the region of 250 titles per year.

Elements are organised in series within the following subjects.

All of these Elements titles in all of the series will be available for University of Cambridge registered students and staff. Catalogue records for newly published Elements will be added to iDiscover on a monthly basis, alongside the monograph and coursebook title records.

Click on the book covers below to connect to a selection of Elements titles on Cambridge Core. Please note: some of these titles are “coming soon” and some Elements are published Open Access.



If you have queries about any of the Elements titles please contact the ebooks@cambridge team at

Enhanced access to Peter Lang monographs

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The ebooks@cambridge Service and the University Library is pleased to announce that free, perpetual, full-text access is now available to a defined collection of over 1,350 Peter Lang research monographs. These titles were published since 2010 and have been purchased in print by the University Library. Along with their Open Access monographs the total of accessible ebook titles on the Peter Lang platform numbers just over 2,200.

Peter Lang publishes research monographs predominantly in German and English and some other European languages across all disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences including;

  • Art
  • Economics and Management
  • Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • Film and Performance Studies
  • German Language and Literature
  • History
  • International Law
  • Linguistics
  • Media and Communication
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Romance Languages and Literature
  • Sociology
  • Theology

Univesity of Cambridge registered users have access to all titles dispaying a green unlocked padlock green iconand also to those displaying a yellow unlocked padlock icon (the Open Access titles) yellow icon.

You can access the full text in html or PDF format for reading online or by downloading chapter PDFs. Please click on ‘Expand All’ under the Table of Contents section at the foot of each book page to open up the chapter access. All accessible titles are searchable in iDiscover and are available with unlimited concurrency both on and off campus (via a Raven login for non open access titles).

There is a publisher-supplied user guide with information on searching, browsing, and citing references which you can access from here.

Jean Barois     Der Zweite Weltkrieg im polnischen und deutschen kulturellen Gedächtnis    Santiago de Compostela     Transatlantic Poe

aristotle on the meaning of man     hearts and minds     Les littératures du Maghreb et d_Afrique subsaharienne     Metalinguistic perpsectives on germanic languages

Please contact the ebooks team on if you have any questions or feedback.

Statistically speaking, how popular were our ebooks in 2017?

The ebooks@cambridge team have collated the ebook collection usage statistics for the calendar year 2017. Last year over 56,000 academic ebook titles were consulted across nearly 60 platforms. Cambridge librarians can download the whole dataset from the Usage statistics section of the ebooks@cambridge intranet site, but a brief summary of the findings is also presented in this post.

4,035,929 hits were recorded on ebooks…

Lets have a look at how these hits were distributed:

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Ebook usage spiked in 2017, there was over a 22% rise on 2016 figures, after a couple of years of levelling out. The graph below illustrates the growth in our ebook collection usage since 2012, during this 6 year period there has been a rise of over 284%:

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October was once again the standout month where our ebooks were working the hardest (over 617,000 hits), followed closely by November. September was the sleepiest month for our ebook collections but they still attracted over 138,000 hits:


Platform highs

Our most popular ebook platforms are well used generally because there are large numbers of ebook titles hosted on them (including titles which appear on sometimes multiple reading lists), covering a wide range of subjects.

The 5 ebook platforms with the highest usage were:

  • MyiLibrary* (896,162)
  • Dawsonera (662,853)
  • Cambridge Core** (626,680)
  • Ebook Central (469,381)
  • SpringerLink (347,544)

*MyiLibrary is now no more, as of April 2018 all owned titles migrated to Ebook Central.
**These figures exclude Cambridge Companions, Histories, and Shakespeare Survey titles.

Some of the ebooks platforms which have seen the highest increase in usage don’t necessarily host large numbers of ebook titles or receive many thousands of hits; for example Manchester Medieval Sources Online (MMSO) is included but only offers a very small focused collection of well respected titles. The number of hits on MMSO in 2017 was 549, so relatively few, but this was a very substantial increase in hits from the 2016 usage figures, hence MMSO’s inclusion in the list below.

The 5 ebook platforms/collections with the highest rises in usage were:

  • Ebook Central (+3319%)
  • Manchester Medieval Sources Online (+2514%)
  • JSTOR (+1941%)
  • University Press Scholarship Online (+485%)
  • Cambridge Companions (+391%)

Platform lows

Some of our ebook platforms host only one or two titles, or the ebooks are of very niche interest, for example the Italian-language platform Torrossa, Kotobarabia which hosts Arabic content, or Nomos where only one title has so far been purchased. Just because these ebook platforms receive fewer hits does not mean that the titles hosted on them are less valuable; bearing this in mind the five platforms with lowest usage were:

  • Nomos (7)
  • Kotobarabia (27)
  • IEEE (73)
  • Brepols (100)
  • Torrossa (114)

There are a wide variety of reasons for falls in usage, course and reading list changes, maybe a previously well used title is replaced by another, and sometimes publishers change how they count usage statistics. Here are the five platforms which saw the greatest usage declines:

  • Ovid (-74%)
  • English Historical Documents (-59%)
  • IOP Science (-38%)
  • Oxford Textbook of Medicine (-30%)
  • Wiley Online (-23%)


And finally, the top 20 ebooks for 2017 embrace a wide range of subjects…

Click on the links for authenticated access, on and off-campus:

  1. Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law* (17,877 hits)
  2. The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets (17,183 hits)
  3. Brain Gender (15,901 hits)
  4. Chicago Manual of Style (14,561 hits)
  5. Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist’s Companion (14,469 hits)
  6. Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier: The 48 Preludes and Fugues (12,129 hits)
  7. Organizational Behavior Global Edition (12,125 hits)
  8. Research Methods in Education (10,435 hits)
  9. Commentary on Lysias, Speeches 1-11 (10,212 hits)
  10. Glaciers and Glaciation, 2nd edition (9,002 hits)
  11. Ponto de Encontro: Pearson New International Edition (8,824 hits)
  12. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (8,812 hits)
  13. Kicking Away the Ladder (8,441 hits)
  14. Classroom-based Research and Evidence-based Practice : A Guide for Teachers (8,262 hits)
  15. Operations Management (8,150 hits)
  16. Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach (7,578 hits)
  17. Saul Kripke (7,176 hits)
  18. The Good Research Guide: For Small-Scale Social Research Projects (7,082 hits)
  19. Principles of Neural Science, Fifth Edition (7,060 hits)
  20. The Psychology of Language : From Data to Theory (6,821 hits)

*Considered an individual title by the publisher, but is actually more like an electronic resource, giving access to various titles. We have included it though as the number of hits it received seems to stand alone and is not the sum of the hits for the titles which appear on OSAIL.

Want to know more?

Download the complete spreadsheet of usage statistics for 2017 from the Usage statistics section of the ebooks@cambridge intranet site, or contact


Facet Publishing titles are now on Cambridge Core

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Facet Publishing ebooks for library and information professionals are now live on Cambridge Core.

“Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the library and information association is the leading publisher of academic and professional books for library and information professionals, students and researchers of Library and Information Science and archivists, records managers and the cultural heritage community globally.”

For the cataloguers out there you may be interested in J. H. Bowman’s Essential Cataloguing: the basics and Vanda Broughton’s Essential Classification (2nd ed.). essential cataloguing bowman          essential classification broughton

For those working in research data management you may find titles such as Andy Tattersall’s Altmetrics or Rice and Southall’s The Data Librarian’s Handbook useful.  altmetrics        data librarians handbook

Subjects covered also include Archives Management, Acquisitions and Collections Development, Copyright Information Law and Ethics, Information Literacy, Library Design, Museums and Cultural Heritage, and Scholarly Communication.

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Facet publications are available for all University of Cambridge registered staff and students to access, both on and off campus (with a Raven login) and these titles will be searchable in iDiscover soon.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jayne and Lindsay in the ebooks team on