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 ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk or contact staff in the Medical Library.


Taylor & Francis eBooks – a new ebooks platform


Taylor & Francis have launched a new ebooks platform, Taylor & Francis eBooks. This new platform replaces the old Taylor and Francis eBooks and CRCnetBASE platforms and will be a single destination for University of Cambridge registered users to access library-purchased publisher ebook content across the Taylor & Francis imprints; these include CRC Press, Psychology Press, Routledge, Routledge Academic, and Routledge India .

Searching and finding accessible content

The new platform offers an enhanced user experience, with searching at the book title and chapter level and the ability to limit search results to owned content. You can also filter search results by subject, publication date and imprints (e.g. Routledge or CRC Press). Owned ebook content displays in search results or browse screens with a green tick icon, and Open Access content displays with a yellow @ symbol, both of these are shown in the screenshot below. (There are currently over 1,300 owned ebooks hosted on Taylor & Francis eBooks, and an additional 30 Open Access titles, these titles span mainly the Arts, Humanities and Social Science subjects, with a few owned titles in Veterinary Sciences, Engineering and other Sciences.)

access T&F ebooks

Downloading and reading online

Plugins are no longer needed to be able to download chapters or whole ebooks as PDFs, or to read books online. *Note: not all books and chapters will be able to be read online but all of our owned ebooks should be available for downloading as PDFs. Below is an example of an entry page for a library-purchased ebook, indicated by the green ‘Full Access’ icon. This title is not available for reading online but is available for downloading, as indicated by the text in the pale blue bar.

book display

The publisher states that IE11 and above, Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome web browsers are all supported and that the site is fully responsive on a mobile phone and tablet. *Note: the online reader should work fully on a PC or tablet devices but some features will not be enabled on a mobile phone.

Redirecting links

As of Tuesday November 7, 2017, permanent redirects have been activated from the old content to the new platform. So the vast majority of the authenticated URLs in our owned ebook records searchable in iDiscover will now lead to the ebook content hosted on the new platform. *Note: there are currently a very small number of Routledge and CRC Press titles which will continue to be hosted on the old platforms, this is for a variety of reasons which are being worked on by the publisher, and in time all of these titles will be migrated on to the new platform. A list of these titles are available on request from the ebooks team.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the new platform are available from the publishers website.

If you want to send feedback or report any issues with access to Routledge or CRC Press ebooks hosted on the new Taylor & Francis eBooks platform, then please contact Jayne and Lindsay in the ebooks team, on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

*Note: it is anticipated that the Routledge Handbooks Online collection will migrate to the new Taylor & Francis eBooks platform during 2018. It is also planned that the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics will migrate to the new platform, at some future date.

Changes to Dawsonera ebook downloading

Those of you who use Dawsonera ebooks may have noticed that the way you can download ebooks from the platform is changing. The following notice has been displayed on the downloading part of the site for the past couple of months.

Dawsonera download changes

From Tuesday the 31st October Adobe Reader will no longer support the downloading of Dawsonera ebooks, instead you will need to have the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software loaded onto your PC or laptop. (You also need ADE to download Ebook Central ebooks, so if you can download these then you should be ok.)

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) will be required for downloading both PDF and ePub Dawsonera ebooks onto a PC or a laptop. You can download ADE for free from here. Some e-readers also support ADE, and you can access a list of these from the ADE website.

For those users who want to download Dawsonera ebooks onto mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, you will need to ensure you have Bluefire Reader installed. This free app can be found at the iOS App Store or the Android alternatives.

To download ebooks:

  • Create an Adobe ID if you don’t already have one. Go to the Adobe website, click SIGN IN then “get an Adobe ID”.
  • Download ADE or the BlueFire Reader app.
  • Authorise ADE or the BlueFire Reader app with your Adobe ID.
  • Access the e-book on Dawsonera via iDiscover and choose to download to either Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader as appropriate.

There is also guidance on downloading ADE on the Dawsonera help pages.

You can authorise up to 6 computers / devices with your Adobe ID. Authorising your computers / devices with the same Adobe ID means that an ebook you download to one will be available to you on the others.

You may find it advisable to select the read onlineoption if you are not using your own computer or laptop to access Dawsonera ebooks. Although you may well be able to download using ADE on the university’s managed cluster computers, unless that machine is authorised to your own Adobe ID, then that ebook download will be tied to that machine. Authorising computers you may never use again to your Adobe ID may not be the best use of your 6 device limit.



Ebooks & ejournals who lunch


If you want to find out more about using ebooks, ejournals and databases in an informal setting, then why not pop in to one of our lunchtime drop-in sessions? Expert library staff will be on hand to answer your questions on finding, accessing and downloading the ebooks, ejournals and databases provided for you by your libraries. Please do bring your phones, laptops, and tablets  if you have queries about downloading articles or ebooks.

There will be an entirely optional short e-resource-related quiz, if you complete it you can win a small prize. There will also be some supplier freebies such as bags and pens available for all, and maybe even some edible goodies.

Venue: Alison Richards atrium (ground floor)

Days: Tuesday 17th October & Monday 6th November

Time: 12.45 – 2pm (drop in anytime during your lunch break)

We will be there on the sofa area outside the cafe, please come and say hello!


New Elsevier medical e-textbooks


Ebooks@cambridge are pleased to announce that there are 7 new medical e-textbooks available on the Elsevier eLibrary platform.

Chest X-Ray Made Easy (4th ed.)

Clinical Chemistry Made Easy

Clinical Orthopaedic Examination (6th ed.)

Clinical Surgery (3rd edition)

Davidson’s 100 Clinical Cases (2nd ed.)

McMinn and Abrahams’ Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy (7th ed.)

Neurology (3rd ed.)

COE   clinical surgery   caha   100

These new e-etextbooks join other firm favourites which are available for students studying medicine, these include;

Gray’s Anatomy for Students (3rd ed.)

Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine (9th ed.)

Mims’ Medical Microbiology (5th ed.)

Rang & Dale’s Pharmacology (8th ed.)

Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (9th ed.)

grays    rang    robbins

These medical e-textbooks can be read online and downloaded for offline consultation for 7 days at a time. For downloading you will need to install a plugin called iPublishCentral Reader and Adobe Air if using a PC or a Mac, further information about this can be found here.

The ebooks can be accessed on and off campus with a Raven login.

If you have any queries about or feedback on the Elsevier medical e-textbooks then please email Jayne and Lindsay in the ebooks team at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.


Financial and Banking Law ebooks


moneyThe Squire Law Library is pleased to announce that access is now available to the Financial and Banking Law (FBL) ebook collection on the Oxford Legal Research Library platform.

The FBL currently contains 38 authoritative titles across a range of disciplines that encompass international financial practice including banking, bank resolution, risk and capital adequacy, capital markets, financial regulation, financial disputes, funds, islamic finance and project finance. Records for most of these titles are already searchable in iDiscover, and the rest will be added as soon as they are available. This collection is available both on and off campus with a Raven login.

A selection of available titles are listed below:

Mann on the Legal Aspect of Money (7th edition)

McKnight, Paterson, & Zakrzewski on the Law of International Finance (2nd ed.)

Derham on the Law of Set-Off (4th edition)

Regulation of the EU Financial Markets: MiFID II and MiFIR

Bank Failure: Lessons from Lehman Brothers

Bank Resolution and Crisis Management: Law and Practice

If you have any feedback on this new collection then please contact the ebooks team at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.


How to resolve connection failure & timed out error messages

Helpful advice on what to try when links in ebooks and ejournals won’t connect to the full text…


Connecting via EZproxy links

Some users have reported seeing error messages when connecting to resources via EZproxy links, both on and off campus.  Usually these links are in iDiscover or in the ejournals A-Z.  Over the next several weeks we are aiming to upgrade our EZproxy server, which we expect to have a beneficial effect regardless, and will be the first step towards resolving the issue.

Typical messages users have reported are: “Connection to libsta28.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048 was interrupted while the page was loading”, “This site can’t provide a secure connection” or a time out message. As we do not have a solution now, we offer the following work-arounds.  If none of these work for you, please report the issue using the form here.  Thank you for your patience.

These steps should be followed in order to regain access:

  • Clear all the cookies, browsing history and cache of your browser and restart…

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New titles on Very Short Introductions Online


New titles are regularly added to Oxford’s Very Short Introductions Online, the most recently published titles are listed below.

Evolution (2nd ed.)



Jewish History

European Union Law

Catholicism (2nd ed.)

Shakespeare’s Tragedies

Globalization (4th ed.)

Clinical Psychology

Organic Chemistry

Intellectual Property


This popular and accessible series offers concise introductions across a wide range of subject areas; Arts & Humanities, Law, Medicine & Health, Science & Mathematics & Social Sciences.

You can browse by subject or search the collection of currently 525 titles, and you can search at the chapter level. You can create your own personal profile which will give you the option to save titles you are reading, copy, paste and annotate the text.

The most popular VSI title amongst University of Cambridge users in 2016, attracting 3,609 “hits” was Rousseau.


Some of the more recent titles are not yet available in iDiscover, these will be loaded in early August.

Voltaire    infinity    future    eugenics    dead sea    Euro union law

Please contact the ebooks team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk with any questions.

Text & Data Mining LibGuide


We are keen to help the research process where we may be able to make a contribution towards facilitating text & data mining in the University.  To that end we offer a new LibGuide on text & data mining in the growing number of guides in the Cambridge Libraries’ family of LibGuides.

The aim of this guide is to make a start towards exposing the breadth of content (mostly library-subscribed) that may be of potential exploitation by Cambridge researchers wanting to use the techniques of text and data mining in their research.  The guide summarizes the main points in the Hargreaves exception and builds on and links out to professional bodies and information sources to provide librarians and University members with a beginner’s guide to first steps in TDM and considerations it is important to make.

The guide provides a means of contacting us to clear any issues that…

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Trial access to online resources for LGBT+ studies


The University Library has arranged trial access to online resources for LGBT+ studies: the Archives of Sexuality and Gender (Gale Cengage) and LTBT Life with Full Text (Ebsco).

Archives of Sexuality and Gender can be accessed from this link until 5 June 2017

Archives of Sexuality and Gender is an ongoing, growing series of archives comprising primary sources in LGBTQ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, sociology, health, political science, policy studies, human rights, gender studies, and more.  To date only Part I has been released: “LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940, Part I”. This collection presents important aspects of LGBTQ life in the second half of the twentieth century and beyond and illuminates the experiences not just of the LGBTQ community as a whole, but of individuals of different races, ethnicities, ages, religions, political orientations, and geographical locations that constitute this community. Historical records of political and social organizations…

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