Kotobarabia: Arab Leaders, Historians & Philosophers ebooks collection

Koto LogoThe University Library is pleased to announce that access to 5,000 ebooks in the Kotobarabia: Arab Leaders, Historians and Philosophers collection is now available for University of Cambridge users.

The Arab Leaders, Historians and Philosophers Collection provides a compendium of early works of an astounding variety of disciplines from important Arab writers, spanning fields from feminism and social theory, to classics of literature, history, and the sciences. Includes works by the Four Imams of the Sunni Sect, the Al Azhar Modern Sheikhs, various authors of the Modern Arab Enlightenment, and rare works by the former Egyptian royal family.

Kotobarabia is the largest online provider of Arabic ebooks and one of the leading Arabic digitisation agencies in the world.

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Content is mainly in Arabic with metadata in both Arabic and transliteration, and you can search the platform in English, by author, title, subject and publisher.Titles can be printed and downloaded as PDFs, and users can create their own customised favourite title lists on the East View platform.

Searches in Arabic script are supported on the kotobarabia platform.

Titles are searchable in LibrarySearch and available both on and off campus (with a Raven login).


Thousands of Italian ebooks available in LibrarySearch

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In the light of increasing numbers of Italian language ebooks becoming available and the growth in ebook production in Italy, we have set up a facility whereby our readers can easily recommend such titles for purchase.

The University Library has signed up for a mediated patron driven acquisition scheme (PDA) making 13,000+ ebook titles available for users to recommend for purchase. This scheme is available now and will run for the foreseeable future. This is how it works…

Records for the entire Italian-language ebook content hosted on Casalini’s Torrossa platform are searchable in LibrarySearch. Each title is recognizable by the gold ebook icon and clickable text “To suggest this title for purchase please follow the online link and click on the lightbulb icon”. An example is shown below.


You will be taken to the details of the title on the Torrossa ebook platform, where you will be able to view brief bibliographic details of the title, read an abstract, and view a sample page.


To recommend this title for purchase, please click on the lightbulb icon lightbulbnear the top right hand side of the screen, this will open up a blank form where you are able to write your reasons for recommending the ebook and leave your contact details, preferably name, email address and barcode. Click on ‘Send’ to email this form to the University Library’s Italian Specialist for consideration. If approved for purchase the ebook will be available within 5 working days of your request. You may be contacted by the Italian specialist for further details if required.

Once an ebook is purchased, access to it is available both on and off campus (with a Raven login), for unlimited concurrent users. Entire titles can be downloaded for 14 days at a time, after which time they will disappear from your device. You are free to download entire titles as many times as you require, and you may print and save sections within permitted copyright limits.

An owned ebook title on the Torrossa platform displays a green PDF icon, alongside View and Downloads buttons at the top of the screen.


The University Library already owns the 2014 and 2015 publications of the Language and Literature, Cinema and Theatre, and Cultural Studies ebook collections hosted on Torrossa, so these 266 titles are already available for registered Cambridge users and can be found in LibrarySearch.

Do please contact us if you have any comments or queries. We hope that this facility will prove to be a valuable asset and that it will help develop our Italian collections.

Bettina Rex.

Oxford Scholarship Online EBA

The University Library has arranged full-text access to the complete Oxford Scholarship Online ebook collections in the following subjects: Classical Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, Business & Management, Economics & Finance, & Political Science. The 7,515 new ebooks are immediately available from Oxford Scholarship Online.

This evidence based purchase (EBA) scheme includes all Oxford University Press monographs published in the subjects listed above across all publication years. This collection will grow as new titles are published. This extended access complements existing owned collections of OSO monographs (up to 2009) and the Law collection which is currently subscribed to by the Squire Law Library.

The catalogue records for these Oxford Scholarship titles are loaded into LibrarySearch and Cambridge librarians will be able to identify them once they are tagged with OSO EBA trial (hopefully from the beginning of September 2015). Oxford Scholarship Online ebooks are available both on and off-campus (using a Raven login) with unlimited concurrent access and offer chapter printing and downloads.

Available titles are indicated with a green unlocked padlock icon as illustrated in the following screenshot.

music osoThe access will continue until the 30th June 2016 in the first instance. As this is an evidence based purchase model during June 2016 the University Library will select titles to be purchased, based on popularity and librarian selection. If you would like to recommend titles for purchase, please send details in an email to Dr Gotthelf Wiedermann in the University Library (ghw21@cam.ac.uk) before the end of May 2016.

The ebooks@cambridge team and the University Library are keen to know what you think about opening up access to these Oxford Scholarship Online subject collections, please send any comments or questions to ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk or ghw21@cam.ac.uk.

Oxford Handbooks Online

The ebooks@cambridge team would like to announce that members of the University of Cambridge now have access to the complete collection of Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO) in the following subject areas:

OHOOur existing collection of titles from OHO has been increased thanks to funding from the University Library.

The Oxford Handbooks series brings together the world’s leading scholars to write articles that survey the current state of scholarship in their field. The articles review the key issues, reveal original arguments and concepts, and set the agenda for new research.

Monthly updates introduce articles in advance of print publication and beyond the book, online-only content ensures the most current, authoritative coverage anywhere.

An Editor in Chief and Editorial Board of leading scholars in each subject area have additionally been appointed to guide editorial development and ensure that scholarship meets the highest standards for academic quality. This team of leading scholars will commission online-only peer reviewed articles expanding research in cutting edge topics and ensuring comprehensive coverage of fast-moving disciplines.

Please click on the book covers below to access some of OHO’s most recently added content.

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Some articles are made available before the publication of the Handbooks. The full text of the following articles are available:

Britain, Gaul, and Germany: Cultural Interactions by Tom Moore from the forthcoming title The Oxford handbook of Roman Britain.

Researching Music Therapy in Medical Settings by Cynthia M Colwell from the forthcoming title The Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy.

Sacramental and Liturgical Theology, 1900-2000 by Kimberley Hope Belcher from the forthcoming title The Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology.

Oxford University Press offer an instructional video on how to use OHO.

Please use this link to explore the content on the Oxford Handbooks online platform: http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/

New Italian-language ebook collections available on Torrossa

Cambridge University Library is pleased to announce that following the purchase last year of three ebooks packages of Italian-language titles on Casalini Libri’s Torrossa ebooks platform, we have this year supplemented these packages and added the 2015 content. The three collections of scholarly titles: Language and Literature, Cinema and Theatre, and Cultural Studies, have had a total of 153 new titles added. In total there are now 266 ebooks available in full-text from the platform link here and they are also searchable in the LibrarySearch catalogue.

Full-text access is available both on and off campus (using a Raven login). This includes the facility to download, print and copy and paste from the text. Torrossa ebooks can be read on PCs, Apple Macs, laptops, iOS and Android mobile devices, but not on Kindles, Kobos or Nooks.

Please do send your feedback on these packages and the usability of these ebooks by emailing Bettina Rex, the Italian Specialist, at the University Library at italian@lib.cam.ac.uk.

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Brill Humanities & Social Sciences monographs 2015

Brill banner ebooksThe University Library is pleased to announce that University of Cambridge users can now access Brill Online’s 2015 published ebook titles across the following 9 Humanities & Social Sciences subjects. The number of ebooks in these collections will increase as new titles are published throughout the year.

Asian Studies

Brill 1





Biblical Studies, Ancient Near East & Early Christianity

Brill 2





Classical Studies

Brill 3





European History & Culture

Brill 4





Language and Linguistics

Brill 5





Literature & Culture

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Brill 6





Religious Studies, Theology & Philosophy

Brill 7





Social Sciences

Brill 8






These titles are available with unlimited concurrency and can be accessed both on campus and if you are away from Cambridge (with a Raven login). Catalogue records will be loaded into LibrarySearch in early February and there will be regular monthly updates.

The 2015 collections complement Brill’s HSS 2014 collections and Brill’s Companions in Classical Studies (1) already available to our users on Brill Online.

You can also access the Brill Online platform from the ebooks@cambridge collections web page, along with hints and tips.

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