“Bodies of the Earth” – photography exhibition @AfrStudiesLib & @CASCambridge

The “Bodies of the Earth” photography exhibition will run until the end of this month.  The exhibition can be viewed Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 in the Centre of African Studies and its Library

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We are pleased to be collaborating with Afroshoot and the photographers Ussi’n Yala and Rachid Tagoulla on our first foray into using our walls to promote contemporary African photography!

For more information and examples of the work included, search for the #bodiesoftheearth on Twitter and Instagram, and see the Bodies of Earth Exhibition Catalogue


New ebooks – February 2018


Here is a taster of the 115 titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during February. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

A complete list of ebook purchases is available to Cambridge library staff to download from the ebooks@cambridge section of the Cambridge Libraries Intranet.

All of the titles can be found in iDiscover. Alternatively, click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Arts and Humanities

AMES1  MML1  Music1  MML3  English1  AMES2  Classics1  Italian1

Clinical Medicine


Humanities & Social Sciences

Educ1  Educ2  Hist1  HPS1  Land1  POLIS1  Soc1  Soc2  Soc3  Soc4  econ1  law1

Physical Sciences



Bus1  Bus2  Bus3  Bus4  Bus5  Bus6

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Open Access coming to iDiscover?


Developments over December 2017 and January 2018 may improve prospects for significant benefits to the user’s search experience in iDiscover.

Expanded your results beyond your collection in iDiscover, but hit the paywall as a result?  For some time now, you could hit your Open Access button bookmarklet and get delivery of an OA repository version.   Rather than extend search from outside with a tool, a new agreement should maximise search to discovery to delivery, dramatically decreasing the pain of that journey for users.   Over 2018, we should see the integration of Primo (iDiscover) with CORE, making available in the University’s discovery service many millions of records for OA research articles, following the new partnership of the CORE service with Ex Libris.

The agreement has been described on the JISC involve blog here:

The aggregated content includes metadata (currently 90m records) and open access research outputs hosted in…

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New ebooks – January 2018


Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection this month. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

All of the titles can be found in iDiscover. Alternatively, click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

AMES1   Anth1  arch1  Bus1    Div1  Econ1  Educ1   Eng1  Film1  Gen1   Geog1  Hist1  HPS1  Land1  Law1  MatSci1  Med1  MML1  Mus1  POLIS1  Soc1  SAS1  AMES2   Bus2  Econ2  Educ2  Educ3  Geog2  Hist2  Hist3  POLIS2  Soc2  Soc3  AMES3  Educ4  Geog3

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Oxford Bibliographies Online: Political Science


Access is now available to the Oxford Bibliography Online in Political Science via this link.

View a lively discussion with Editor in Chief of Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science Sandy Maisel, as he discusses his involvement with the project and the importance of Oxford Bibliographies to students and researchers worldwide.

Political science is the study of the struggle by humans to gain and use power and authority for useful or destructive reasons. Political scientists analyze this struggle within and among nations using a variety of methodological tools and theoretical concepts and in a variety of sub-disciplines and specialties. It is imperative that students, scholars and professionals stay abreast of new discoveries, new interpretations, and new theoretical ideas. The overlapping fields of practice that come together in the study of political science make it challenging to stay informed about every applicable area. The task is made more difficult because a…

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CfP – SCOLMA 2018 Things come together?: literary archives from, in and for Africa


Things come together?: literary archives from, in and for Africa
Monday 10 September 2018, University of Birmingham


This conference will explore African literary archives, their creation, preservation, digitisation and use in research and teaching.

African literature is multi-faceted and multi-lingual. Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958) not only signalled the first stages of a new outpouring of literary creativity in Africa, but also built upon long literary traditions, both oral and written. This conference will look at archives generated by novelists, poets and dramatists, whether in oral or written form and whether in modern or ‘traditional’ genres.

Papers are invited on archives in private ownership, and those held in institutions. What is being lost, and what is preserved? How are these resources made available, and how are they being used to engage with African publics? What is the role of literary heirs as guardians of these archives? How are these records managed in public and institutional archives? What are the problems and opportunities of preserving such recent material?
A further set of questions includes the role of these archives in helping to bring about change in the teaching of literature; the linguistic content and context of this material; and special considerations relating to oral archives.

Subjects might include, but are not limited to:

  • Availability/accessibility of literary archives
  • Literature in African languages
  • Translation
  • Oral archives
  • Street literature
  • The impact of new media on African literary archives
  • Engagement with communities
  • The archives of individual writers

Researchers, writers and their family members, archivists and librarians are invited to submit abstracts of up to 500 words for consideration for this conference to Sarah Rhodes (sarah.rhodes@bodleian.ox.ac.uk) by 31 March 2018. Please include your institutional affiliation and/or a short (one paragraph) biography.

This conference is held in association with the African Studies Association (UK).
The biennial conference of ASAUK will be held at the University of Birmingham 11–13 September 2018.

For more details see:



ACLS Humanities Ebook now offering PDF chapter downloads


The ACLS Humanities Ebook platform is now offering DRM-free PDF chapter downloads for its page image titles (that’s those titles – the majority – that display the icon-book icon). This is a significant platform enhancement, greatly simplifying use of the content.

How does it work?

From the TOC page, click on a chapter heading to get into the title. Once in the e-book, you will see three buttons in the top left corner of the e-reader. Click on the button labeled “Chapter PDF”:

ACLS chapter download button

and then the “Download this chapter as PDF” link:

ACLS download link

Depending on your browser settings, the PDF will either open in a new browser tab or download directly to a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader. If the PDF opens in your browser and you wish to open it in a reader, hover your cursor over the centre-bottom of the screen and click the download button that appears:

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Perma.cc – an online source archival and citation resource


The University Information Service (UIS) has made Perma.cc available to members of the University of Cambridge. You can sign up with the UIS to be part of our organisational account to Perma.cc.

Perma.cc is a free to use service where you can create a link to the version of a web page from which you obtained information and ensure URLs listed in your citations do not lead to broken links and missing pages.

“Perma.cc, developed by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, is a caching solution to be used by authors and journal editors in order to integrate the preservation of cited material with the act of citation. Upon direction from a paper author or editor, Perma will retrieve and save the contents of a webpage, and return a permanent link. When the work is published, the author can include that permanent citation in addition to a citation to the…

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Popular ebooks, Michaelmas Term 2017

New titles available from ACLS Humanities ebooks


As of August this year, there are 154 new titles available on the ACLS Humanities ebooks platform, including titles from new publishers like The Ohio State University Press & Bucknell University Press, and expanding subject areas in Islamic Studies, Gender, Race, Architecture and more.

Here is a selection of the new titles – click on the covers to access them (a complete list of the new titles can be downloaded to Excel here: HEB2017_TitleRelease):

Stalinism  Without lying down  Ghetto  Beyond  Fixing men  whitewashing  heirs  Dust bowlDragon   Literature  Rap   Nuns

Records for the new titles are not yet available in iDiscover, but will be added in January. Meanwhile, members of the University can access all new and existing titles on and off-campus via the ACLS Humanities ebooks platform. NB For off-campus access, you will need to click on the ‘Login for Full access’ buttons that display on book title pages, select University…

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