Manchester Shakespeare: new ebooks from Manchester University Press

Manchester University Press has launched a new collection not of an age, but for all time. Manchester Shakespeare provides new and significant commentary on all aspects of Shakespeare’s work (and that of his contemporaries), drawing on not only the written word, but Shakespeare in performance, in historical and cultural contexts, and in relation to critical theory.

Including approaching 50 books edited and authored by leading authorities on Shakespeare, the new collection provides critical understanding of Shakespeare’s contribution to literary and theatrical history and fresh perspectives on his plays.

Thanks to a collaborative purchase between the English Faculty Library 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 whet your appetites. Access is via the links below the cover images:

MARC records are available in iDiscover now for the 40+ titles which have already been published in this collection, with a few forthcoming titles/MARC records due later this year.

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


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

Celebrate LGBT History Month with ebooks@cambridge

rosesIn celebration of LGBT History Month, the ebooks@cambridge team shines a light on a selection of LGBT titles that are available within two of our ebook collections.

Demand-driven purchases on Ebook Central

The first group of titles are all part of our Demand-Driven Acquisition scheme with Ebook Central. In this scheme, catalogue records for a large number of ebooks meeting specific selection criteria are added to iDiscover. The books are fully accessible to users and are triggered for purchase (and therefore become a permanent part of the ebook collection) when used for longer than ten minutes or when a selection is printed. The following titles were all triggered for purchase during the academic year 2018-19. Click on the covers to access the ebooks:

Histories of the transgender child  Welcome to Fairyland  Retroactivism in the lesbian archives  Boys in the band  Gender and sexualities in Africa  Boys love

Duke University Press

Duke University Press is known for publishing field-defining scholarship in queer theory, gay and lesbian studies and transgender studies. The University Library has purchased permanent ebook access to all 2016 – 2018 titles on Duke University Press’s own platform, and currently has access to all backlist titles too. Here are some of the LGBTQ+ titles from the 2018 collection (again, click on the covers to access the books):

Mobile subjects  Desire work  My butch career  Gay priori  Fugitive life  Erotic islands  Sisters in the life  Seeking rights

All of the above titles in both collections are available to members of the University on and off-campus through iDiscover or via the links on this page. Off-campus access requires a Raven username and password.

As usual, please contact with any questions about these or other ebooks in our collection.




Oxford Handbooks Online – new titles for 2018


The ebooks@cambridge service is pleased to announce the purchase of the 2018 Oxford Handbooks Online collections in twelve subject areas across Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This purchase adds to the considerable backfile of handbooks already available to the Cambridge community via the Oxford Handbooks Online platform, and has been funded by the UL’s English Collections budget, the Connell Fund, and the Squire Law Library.


The twelve subjects covered are: Archaeology, Classical Studies, Economics & Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Religion. Here are a few of the completed 2018 titles that are already available – click on the covers for authenticated access:

water politics     community music     american sports law     freedom

Later medieval     economic geography     ethics of war     sources of international law

Monthly updates to the platform ensure that chapters from as yet unfinished handbook titles are available online in advance of print publication. With this, University of Cambridge registered users receive the most current, and authoritative coverage possible, although bibliographic records will not appear in iDiscover until handbook titles are complete.

Brand new titles in 2018 (not in iDiscover yet) include…


Oxford Handbooks Online can be accessed on and off campus via Raven. MARC records for completed ebooks in the 2018 collections are available in iDiscover  (ebooks in previous years’ collections are already searchable through iDiscover) with regular updates for completed new titles added during the year.

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

algorithmic music  eating disorders  computational economics


Explore our medical ebooks


Are you a busy medical student studying at the University of Cambridge?

Did you know about the ebooks the library has been buying for you? Many of them are the latest editions of key titles. Check out a selection below. These and hundreds more medical titles are searchable in iDiscover.

Really new additions to our ebooks collection

roitts          clinical dermatology

pediatric         drug

Pretty new ebook titles in our collection

berne                obstetrics

global health          abc

Older but still crucial…

Principles neural        Untitled-1

larsen's         palliative

If you would like to recommend medical titles for ebook purchasing please email the ebooks@cambridge team on or contact staff in the Medical Library.