Ebooks & ejournals who lunch

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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 in your lunch break)

We will be there on the sofa area outside the cafe, please…

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World Newspaper Archive: Newspapers from South Asia, Africa, & Latin America

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Trial access is now available up to 3 December 2017 to the South Asia (1864-1922), African (1805-1922), and Latin American (1805-1922) collections in the World Newspaper Archive.

Access is via the following links:

World Newspaper Archive- South Asia Newspapers 1864-1922

This one-of-a-kind collection provides online access to a select group of South Asian newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring English-, Gujarati- and Bengali-language papers published in India, in the regions of the Subcontinent that now comprise Pakistan, and in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), South Asian Newspapers offers extensive coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped the Indian Subcontinent between 1864 and 1922.

World Newspaper Archive-African Newspapers Series 1-2 1805-1922

African Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1800-1925, offers unmatched coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped the continent during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring titles from Algeria to Angola, Zambia…

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New ebooks – September 2017

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

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Bus1   Bus2  Bus3  Chem1  Divinity  Educ1  Educ2  Eng1   English1  English2  History1    HPS1    Medicine1  Medicine2  POLIS1  POLIS2  Soc1  Soc2  Soc3  Sust1  Sust2  AMES1  AMES2  ames3  Bus4   Eng3  Eng4  HPS2      MML1  Eng5  Music1  Music2

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History of Humanities

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New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : History of Humanities.

From the University of Chicago Press website for the journal:

History of Humanities, along with the newly formed Society for the History of the Humanities, takes as its subject the history of a wide variety of disciplines including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, musicology, philology, and media studies, tracing these fields from their earliest developments, through their formalization into university disciplines, and to the modern day.

“By exploring the history of humanities across time and civilizations and along with their socio-political and epistemic implications, the journal takes a critical look at the concept of humanities itself.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2016) to present.

Access History of Humanities via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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How to get free (and legal) access to journal articles behind paywalls: the Open Access Button

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I’m sure all of you engaged in research will be familiar with messages such as this:

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It’s an example of what you see when you are trying to access a journal article and hit what’s known as a paywall. If you’re lucky, your institution has paid for a subscription: you log in and voila! The PDF appears! If you’re not so lucky, you might feel stumped and as if the only way to read the article is to pay the requested cost.

But, this isn’t necessarily the case? Did you know that usually authors are entitled to make a free version of the article available via their institution? If you’ve ever come to me asking for an article you can only find behind a paywall and I email you back a PDF in 5 minutes, it’s most likely that this is the version I’ve found.

So now you want…

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Trial access to Exact Editions

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Trial access is now available to the magazine titles published by Exact Editionswhich comprise the entirety of the back issues online.  Access is available until 11 October 2017 at the following URL:

http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=http://www.exacteditions.com/iplogin

Mobile users can also download the ‘Exactly’ app on an iOS or Android device from the relevant app store, and instantly access every title.

Some of the titles Exact Editions features are described below.  They are quite mixed in terms of communities of interest, and range from the creative arts industries to contemporary politics and business, so please inform your users as you think appropriate.  A full list of the titles accessible in this trial can be examined in this sheet.

Please tell us about your impressions of this resource/the title(s) by writing to ejournals@lib.cam.ac.uk.  Your feedback will inform whether or not we take this resource any further forward.  Thank you

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New e-resource: Global Health database

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The Medical Library and the University Library have arranged access for the University to the Global Health database, aka CABI Global Health.

Access is available for 4 users simultaneously.   Once you have finished using the database please log out of it.

Global Health is available via this link or via the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z

Produced by CABI, this database was created to ensure that key literature from all sources can be brought quickly and easily to the attention of those working in the field. The database covers all aspects of public health at both international and community levels, as well as a wealth of material from other biomedical and life science fields.

A promotional flyer is available here to help promote this resource in your library.

Global Health is the only specialized bibliographic, abstracting and indexing database dedicated to public health, completing the picture of international medical…

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Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition

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To paraphrase the words of the Chicago Manual of Style team, on Monday 21st August two rare events were celebrated in the US: a solar eclipse and the unveiling of the new Chicago Manual of Style Online.

ebooks@cambridge is pleased to announce that current staff and students of the University now have access to the new 17th edition, on and off-campus, via iDiscover or directly via this link.

About the Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is a style guide for American English, published by University of Chicago Press, prescribing writing and citation styles widely used in publishing. The Chicago citation style is also recommended to students by a number of Cambridge University departments for use in essays and other forms of work.

What’s new in the 17th edition?

As well as a much more up-to-date look, the site has been enhanced with additional content. Of…

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Garret uncovers the map collection

Maps are an incredible tool in understanding the world. Vast swathes of land can be digested in a matter of minutes. Imagine how long it would take to describe every twist and turn of a border, every wind of a road, every village, town and city in the detail a map conveys. Their use stretches from education to governance, warfare to commerce. Hence for archives, maps provide a precious source by which we can investigate the past. Where were people making maps of? Who was making them and when? What type of map was it? All of these questions and more arise when studying maps.

The Cambridge African Studies Centre Library is lucky enough to possess a collection of around 250 such maps, which we are in the process of documenting and archiving. They range widely, including as diverse topics as tourist and military maps. Whilst a new gem in our collection, it certainly is a challenging one for a Centre more used to books and papers to deal with!

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As with most of our collection, there is a distinct colonial slant to the maps we possess. Whilst we don’t have records of who donated the maps, they almost all originate in various colonial offices, or as educational tools. Maps far more prevalent  in the late 19th and early 20th century. The many exploratory expeditions across the ‘undiscovered’ world – as with David Livingstone for instance – uncovered discoveries that demanded proper documentation. And those colonial officers who followed these first explorers documented the lands that they ruled. As such, there are many fascinating maps of Africa in our collection, of which we’ve picked out some our highlights of our archiving so far.

The first is a beautiful map produced by the government of Rhodesia, modern day Zambia, in 1964 which, claiming to be comprehensive, details all the journeys of Europeans in Rhodesia prior to 1890. What’s more, on the reverse is a full list of those Europeans who visited the area in that same timeframe, beginning as early as the 16th century with the first Portuguese explorers. It’s just a shame that this list would be obscured during the display of the map itself! The maps clear purpose is educational, but the focus on Europeans, to the exclusion of any mention of the natives, does add an additional layer of interest to the map. Having been printed in 1964, it seems plausible that it could have been used to legitimise the European presence in Rhodesia in the face of strong anti-colonial feeling, by emphasising the long European presence in the country. Whilst just conjecture, it is amongst the many interesting questions raised by these maps.

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Our collection has also been left various French maps made by the Institut Geographique National, including a set concerning Algeria made around 1962. Again, these maps are gorgeous (though that might just be me…), detailing the vast expanse of the Sahara, which is less empty than you might think! Their compilation during, and publication at the end of, the Algerian war, in which France reluctantly retreated, suggests that they did not plan well their withdrawal, with at least some government departments expecting to continue their presence in the country.

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Finally, we discovered several fascinating hand-drawn maps which detailed various land-disputes in the Gold Coast, modern day Ghana. These maps are mostly drawn up by a certain Ernest S. S. Woods of the 2nd Surveyors Brigade – an individual touch not often found in cartography. For colonial historians these documents provide an interesting perspective on Ghanaian compliance with, and possible use of, the British legal system. Furthermore, it gives an unflattering view of British justice, which is so often touted – however spuriously – as one of the greatest benefits of British rule. The document, which was signed off by Woods, the surveyor, in 1922, was then signed off by the court in 1928 – 6 years later! But the maps we have in our collection gives a sense of the scale of the task the British authorities faced – incredibly detailed and accurate maps had to be drawn up to resolve complex conflicts amongst their new subjects across vast areas.

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Maps were an important tool for the coloniser. They demarcated international boundaries – however arbitrary – surveyed lands for for governments based far away in Europe, and detailed natural resources to utilise – to give just a taster of all the flavours of maps we’ve found. With several large wads to go, be sure to check our Twitter feed for any other gems we uncover!

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Garret Shannon has kindly given his time to the African Studies Library before starting his degree at Durham in October

Reference and User Services Quarterly moves to OA

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The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announces that its Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) journal will move to open access beginning with the fall 2017 issue.

RUSQ disseminates information of interest to reference librarians, information specialists and other professionals involved in user-oriented library services. The decision to move RUSQ from subscription based to open access was based on many factors, most notably the open access movement strongly supported by librarians. Other factors include ensuring a continued pool of strong authors and articles, ease of access for readers as well as broader worldwide access as the cost for professional journal subscriptions is extremely prohibitive.

“It is essential for RUSA to clearly live the values that we espouse as professionals; the move to open access is an important step in that direction,” states RUSQ Editor, Barry Trott. Read more about the transition from the editor in the first open access issue…

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