AccessMedicine on trial


The Medical Library and ebooks@cambridge have organised a free trial of McGraw-Hill’s AccessMedicine platform for Cambridge University registered staff and students. You can access the platform from this link and from the ebooks@cambridge collections webpage.

The publishers say; “AccessMedicine is a comprehensive medical resource providing a complete spectrum of up-to-date, authoritative knowledge. It combines over 100 of the leading textbooks in the field with an extensive selection of additional tools to enable faculty to build curriculum-specific topics and test elements to track individual progress.”

Currently the ebooks@cambridge Service subscribes to Harrison’s Online on AccessMedicine; this trial will open up access to a further 104 etextbooks published by McGraw-Hill. You will be able to search and manipulate the full text of titles such as…

Adams and Victor’s Principles of Neurology, 10e

Basic & Clincal Pharmacology, 13e

Cardiovascular Physiology, 8e

Harrison’s Manual of Medicine, 19e

Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 19e

Hurst’s The Heart, 13e

Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 14e

Sympton to Diagnosis: An Evidence-Based Guide

Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide

Each textbook offers unlimited concurrency and for the trial period will be available both on and off campus with a Raven login.

AccessMedicine is more than a static library of titles, it also offers study tools such as the popular interactive online flashcards (these allow users to drill down by resource and/or topic to focus in on areas of weakness), a drugs database, case files (providing real life cases), videos (which can be searched by category or system), and diagnostic tests.

You can create your own MyAccess profile to access self assessment functionality where you can create and save practice tests. You can save chapters, cases, videos, images and tables to your Favourites; view recently viewed content; download images directly to PowerPoint and more.

The free trial access finishes on Monday 14th November.

What do you think about this etextbook platform? If you would like to feed back your comments on AccessMedicine, whether about the content or on the usability of the resource, please email Jo Milton at the Medical Library on before the end of the trial.

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60 day free trial of Bloomsbury Collections

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The ebooks@cambridge Service have organised a free 60 day trial to the ebooks on the Bloomsbury Collections platform, spanning the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. The site features the latest research publications from Hart Publishing, Bloomsbury Academic, T&T Clark and The Arden Shakespeare, alongside scholarship from historic imprints Continuum, Berg and Bristol Classical Press. You can access the trial platform from here. Click on the Shibboleth login page and select the University of Cambridge, you will then need to enter your Raven login.

You can also access the Bloomsbury platform from the ebook collections tab on the ebooks@cambridge website.

University of Cambridge registered students, researchers and academics have full-text access to over 4,000 titles, including: various publisher and subject-based Archive & Landmark Texts collections; and the following subject collections; Anthropology, Biblical Studies, Classical Studies & Archaeology, Law, Education, Film & Media Studies, History, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Natural History, Philosophy, Politics & International Relations, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theology. The Shakespeare Archive 2003- 2012 and The Churchill Collection are also included.

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Bloomsbury Collections offer

  • unlimited concurrency for multiple users
  • the ability to download and print chapter PDFs
  • subject browsing, full text searching
  • the ability to cite, share and personalize content
  • mobile device compatibility

You can see a list of all the collections by clicking here, where a full title list is also available to download.

Trial access ends on Thursday 10th December. Please do contact the ebooks@cambridge team with your comments on both the content and the usability of the Bloomsbury Collections ebooks platform; send your emails to


Archaeopress trial

Trial access is now available up to 10th April 2015 to the Archaeopress Archaeology and Seminar for Arabian Studies series from Archaeopress.

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Archaeopress is an Oxford-based publisher specialising in academic archaeology. Archaeopress have had close links to the archaeology departments of the University of Cambridge for many years. There are currently over 75 e-titles in their archive, and around 6-9 new files are added each month.

Please check the Archaeopress title list for titles available to members of the University of Cambridge as part of the trial. As these titles will not appear in LibrarySearch you will need to use this authenticated link to access the trial content.

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Please send any feedback about this trial to

At Archaeopress, Patrick Harris ( would welcome any comments.


Free trial of Routledge Handbooks Online

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The ebooks team is pleased to announce that all Cambridge staff and students can now access the newly launched Routledge Handbooks Online collection. This new platform provides access to Routledge Handbooks, Companions and Worlds publications.This free 60 day trial enables you access to over 15,000 chapters from 325+ available volumes sorted into 18 subject collections. Available subject collections include Asian Studies, Education, Linguistics, Philosophy and Sociology.

To access Routledge Handbooks Online please click on the following link:

(Available on and off campus with a Raven login.)

Content can be searched, sorted and displayed by chapter or by ebook title and is

  • Digital Rights Management (DRM) free Teacher school RHO
  • For unlimited concurrent access
  • Available in HTML or PDF format
  • Downloadable
  • Printable
  • Annotatable

This trial will end on Thursday 12th March, so please do send any comments on the usability of the platform and the content to before this date. The ebooks team is very interested in how useful you find this collection to your studies and research.

Click on the book covers to link directly to a selection of RHO titles.

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Uh oh it’s OHO – what do you think about this free trial?

OHO bannerThe ebooks team have arranged for free trial access for University of Cambridge members to the full content of Oxford Handbooks Online, you can access the platform from here.

The trial period provides access to the Oxford Handbook series in 14 disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences, containing in-depth high-level review articles by scholars at the top of their fields. The online articles appear in advance of their print versions, or are born digital, this ensures the most authoritative coverage anywhere.

Subjects covered:

Archaeology, Business and Management, Classical Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics and Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Religion.

OHO is available both on and off campus (with a Raven login) and the articles and ebooks are offered with unlimited concurrency. Articles can be downloaded as PDFs and you can create your own personal account on the platform to take advantage of further user features such as setting favourite titles and saving searches. For the trial period the catalogue records will not be available in LibrarySearch.

To help you get the most out of this trial there is a useful short video guide to using OHO which is available from here, and the latest content updates can be perused from here.

Free access is due to end on Wednesday 30th April, but in the meantime it would be REALLY useful if you could email the ebooks team with your feedback on OHO, both on the usability of the platform and the content. These comments will be analysed in conjunction with usage statistics and if OHO proves to be a popular resource then selected subject modules may be purchased using the Connell Fund. Please email with any comments.

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Trial access to IET ebooks

IET bannerIf you’re studying, researching or teaching Engineering or Technology at Cambridge University you may be interested to explore the IET Digital Library platform where trial access is available to IET ebooks Ultimate Collection 1979 – 2013. Access both on and off campus is available, but the titles are not searchable in LibrarySearch so please access directly from the publisher’s platform here.

The ebooks included in this trial are recognizable by  subscribed icon and with these titles you can read, copy, print and download chapter level PDFs or complete book PDFs. You may also spot free content which is indicated with a free content symbol. For those ebooks not included in the trial you can browse the table of contents and chapter/abstract pages.

Trial access to these ebooks will end on Monday 31st March.

Please let the ebooks@cambridge team know at if you have any comments, good or bad about this collection or about the IET Digital Library generally.

Note: we already subscribe to the current ejournals on this platform, click on Journals to access.

Another note: IET = The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Translated Texts for Historians book series – free trial

University of Cambridge members can now access the Translated Texts for Historians E-Library until Friday 7th March.

This is a 54-volume digital library with over 14,000 pages of translated historical sources from A.D. 300–800. Examples of the content include the political letters and speeches of Ambrose of Milan to Zachariah of Mytilene’s Chronicle.

Books can be read online by going to the E-Library and clicking on the titles…


… and then the book cover which says ‘Look Inside’


Note that during the trial we do not have the ability to download the PDF.

You may find it easier to read the title if you click to FullscreenTTfH

Access is available both on and off campus. If you are off campus you will need to log in using Raven:

1. Go to the Translated Texts for Historians E-Library

2. Click on ‘Institutional Login’ on the right hand side of the page:

InstLoginTTfH3. Select the country (United Kingdom) and institution (University of Cambridge) – note that if you tick ‘Remember my selections’ you won’t have to do this each time you access the content.

4. Click ‘Log in’, and then enter your Raven details as usual.

If you think this online collection is valuable and useful for your studies please send your comments to the ebooks@cambridge team on If you don’t like the platform or find it difficult to use, please contact us to tell us why.

English Historical Documents online – free trial

EHD iconUniversity of Cambridge users can now access Routledge’s English Historical Documents (EHD) online for a trial period. Launched in November 2013, this online resource contains over 5,500 indexed and fully searchable key primary documents on British History from 12 volumes, spanning over 1400 years. The collection includes the out of print American Colonial Documents to 1776, edited by Merrill Jensen, and Dorothy Whitelock’s Volume 1, 500 – 1042, critical for those studying Anglo-Saxon literature and history.

Content can be explored by subject, date, people and places. Users can create their own personalised login where they may highlight and annotate documents, bookmark entries, save and manage searches. Documents can be opened as PDFs and printed, downloaded, shared, and cited.

Anglo Saxon chronicleAccess to this trial is available on campus and from off campus from this link. You will need to login with a Raven username and password when away from Cambridge, then click on shibboleth to take you into the full-text content.

Trial access will end on Monday the 17th February. If you think this online collection is valuable and useful for your studies please send your comments to the ebooks@cambridge team on If you don’t like the platform or find it difficult to use, please contact us to tell us why.

Trial access to Italian-language titles on Casalini’s Torrossa ebooks platform

torrossaCambridge University Library is pleased to announce that trial access is now available to 113 Italian-language titles on Casalini Libri’s Torrossa ebooks platform. Three current collections of scholarly titles are included in this trial; Language and Literature (49 ebooks), Cinema and Theatre (40), and Cultural Studies (30). Six titles are included in more than one collection.

The ebooks are available from the platform link here and are searchable in the LibrarySearch catalogue. Full-text access is available both on and off campus (using a Raven login).

Torrossa ebooks can be read on PCs, Apple Macs, laptops, iOS and Android mobile devices, but not on Kindles, Kobos or Nooks. There will be no download, print or copy & paste capability during the trial period, but if the University Library decides to purchase these collections then all of these functions will be enabled.

To open the ebooks and read online, select a title by subject, by title or by publisher, and then click on a part or chapter of the title on the right-hand side of the screen. You should then be able to click on Full text button to open the PDF up in Adobe.

If you have problems opening Torrossa PDFs in Firefox, try following these steps in the browser: Tools – Options – Applications – in the Search box type PDF – highlight Portable Document Format (PDF) on the left-hand side & choose Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox) on the right-hand side of the screen – click OK.

There is also help available from the FAQ section on the ebooks platform.

The trial will remain available until Wednesday 15th January.

The ebooks@cambridge team and the Italian Specialist at the University Library are interested to receive feedback on the usability of these ebooks, and any comments on the content covered would also be very helpful. Please email either or Any feedback received will be considered in addition to a review of usage statistics which will be analyzed near the end of the trial period.

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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.