Launching Cambridge Core

cambridge core

Cambridge Core is the new academic platform from Cambridge University Press. It replaces Cambridge Journals Online (CJO), Cambridge Books Online (CBO), Cambridge Histories Online (CHO), Cambridge Companions Online (CCO), Shakespeare Survey Online (SSO) and all partner press ebook content currently hosted on University Publishing Online (UPO) and combines content from them all.

Cambridge Core goes live at midnight on Sunday September 4th; from that point the links in our LibrarySearch records will lead you directly to the full text content on the new platform.

Cambridge Core offers faster and more accurate search capabilities, including extensive facetted searching, UK English and US search terms, title matching to prioritise results, and a search within functionality. The Cambridge Core Reader provides the reading experience of PDF, while maintaining HTML functionality.There is a collapsible side panel for navigation, access to contextualised tables, figures and charts, improved linking to support multimedia content, and improved links to references.

Cambridge Core uses RefME, providing over 7,500 citation styles for you to choose from. You can save searches and content to your bookmarks, for accessing anytime. You can select multiple items of content and perform an action, either downloading as a zipped PDF file, export citations, or save to bookmarks. You can save and send content to Dopbox, Google Drive or your Kindle. Chapter abstracts are being created to help you find specific content in a particular book or subject area.

An example of an ebook is shown in the screenshot below, click on the image below for a more detailed view.


If you scroll down the screen within an ebook or ejournal issue you will see the choices you have for viewing, downloading, or citing the content on the left-hand side of the page. Click on the image below for a more detailed view.

scrolled down view


acces icon = full-text content

open access icon = Open Access content

get access = unowned content

There will be further information on Cambridge Core published on this blog in due course.



New sites for Cambridge Companions Online, Cambridge Histories Online and Shakespeare Survey

The sites for Cambridge Companions Online, Cambridge Histories Online and Shakespeare Survey Online will be updated on 31st January 2013. Following customer feedback, the new sites have a clearer look and improved functionality.

Preview of new Cambridge Companions Online

Preview of new Cambridge Companions Online

New and improved features include:

  • A clearer ‘My Companions’, ‘My Histories’ or ‘My Shakespeare’ personalisation area with the ability to save searches, bookmarks and notes, and create workgroups
  • Improved search results – results can now be viewed as chapters or as books
  • Bookmark and share tools including Facebook,
  • New content will now be published monthly, as available
  • Ability to sign up for RSS or email alerts for new titles
  • Latest titles are featured on a carousel at the bottom of the homepage
Latest titles carousel

Latest titles carousel

All URLs and DOIs including at title and chapter level will be redirected by CUP from 31st January so libraries do not need to change any links in MARC records or reading lists, and any links that students have saved will still work.

For further information see the FAQs put together by CUP.

You can preview the new-look sites in beta version from the links below:

Cambridge Books Online is also due a site redesign on 31st January, with improved user interface including a featured titles display. The redesigned site will look more like the new Cambridge Companions Online, Cambridge Histories Online and Shakespeare Survey Online sites.