Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Wireless internet access at CSL

The Central Science Library can now provide wireless access to the internet via the University Lapwing wireless service. The access point is in the main reading room on the 2nd floor but you may find that can get a connection elsewhere in the building.

This is service is available to all current members of the University via RAVEN. See here for further details.

Non University members, alumni or anyone who does not have a RAVEN account can still use the wireless service by creating a Lapwing ticket. See here for details.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Expanded DRA service at the CSL

The Library has now added four more PCs to its DRA service, bringing the total available to ten. The new machines are located on the 1st floor.

See a member of staff for details.

Friday, October 10, 2008

New ejournals archive Springer Online Archives Collection

The University Library is pleased to announce that it has purchased access in perpetuity to the Springer Online Archives Collection, making available to the university every issue and article from volume 1 onwards to 1996 of 900 journals. The collection complements the existing Springer journal subscription taken out by the Journals Co-ordination Scheme, which covers the years from 1997 onwards, thereby providing access to complete backruns online.

Springer is the world's second largest publisher of scientific, medical and technical journals. All eleven subject collection packages have been acquired.
These include:
• Behavioral Sciences
• Biomedical and Life Sciences
• Business and Economics
• Chemistry and Materials Science
• Computer Science
• Earth and Environmental Sciences
• Engineering
• Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
• Mathematics
• Medicine
• Physics and Astronomy

Both archive and current ejournals are available through SpringerLink. To locate a title or to browse the collection go to the ejournals@cambridge portal at http://sfx7.exlibrisgroup.com/cambridge/az .

Monday, October 6, 2008


The new web portal for science students, science@cambridge was launched today.

Science@cambridge aims to draw users into a virtual library space giving them immediate access to electronic information from their desktop, tools to help them navigate through the vast number of sources available, as well as on-line real-time help from library subject-experts.

This development acknowledges that for many of those working in contemporary science the library is now largely a 'virtual resource'. Science@cambridge will increase access to and knowledge of scientific electronic resources. It will help users discover, search across and improve the use of science e-resources, generally and within discipline specific areas.

Science@cambridge has been developed with the generous support of the Arcadia Trust.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New eresources@cambridge website

After a successful soft-launch during Easter Term, Cambridge University Library has today officially launched eresources@cambridge. The new site aims to provide Cambridge users with seamless access to a growing collection of subscribed electronic resources. It also has a redesigned help section, covering journal and database access for on and off campus users.

Users can also search for article citations and full text resources by using CrossSearch, a new federated searching service.

With CrossSearch, it is possible to simultaneously search over 300 key resources including, CSA, Web of Science, Science Direct and major ejournal providers. In the advanced CrossSearch interface, multiple subject areas or specific resources can be searched at once. Users can order results with relevancy ranking and clustering options, then view citations and full text in the original native interface.

CrossSearch is available direct to current students and staff within the Cambridge domain. External (off campus) access is offered via a Raven username and password.

eresources@cambridge is the first step in a series of initiatives from the University Library aimed at promoting eresource use amongst all groups of Cambridge users. It is available today at http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/electronicresources

Friday, February 29, 2008

Trial access to the SCOPUS database

The University Library has established trial access to Elsevier’s SCOPUS database on a university-wide basis until 5 April.

Developed in conjunction with researchers to provide an easily navigated single entry-point to the world’s scientific information, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database for the sciences and social sciences. It covers:

  • 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 international publishers, including coverage of:
    • Over 1,000 Open Access journals
    • 500 Conference Proceedings
    • Over 600 Trade Publications
    • Over 125 Book Series
  • 33 million records, of which:
    • 16 million records include references going back to 1996
    • 17 million pre-1996 records go back as far as 1869

Scopus also covers 386 million quality web sources, including 21 million patents. Web sources are searched via Scirus, and include author homepages, university sites and resources such as the preprint servers CogPrints and ArXiv.org, and OAI compliant resources. It is updated daily. For more information on Scopus see http://www.scopusinfo.com/

Linking to full-text articles has been set up for electronic journals for which there are subscriptions within the university.

The URL for SCOPUS is http://www.scopus.com

No passwords are required on campus. Off-campus access is available by Raven password after August 22nd.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Nature Archives (1869-1996)

The University Library is pleased to announce that it has purchased the complete Nature Archives (1869-1996), which can now be accessed online by anyone in the University.

Together with the Library's subscription to the current issues of Nature online, this means that *Nature *is now completely available online from the first issue published on 4 November 1869 to the most recent.

The archive, which cost over £100,000, has been purchased with the help of a benefactor to the University Library.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Secure Electronic Delivery

Our internal inter-library loan service is now able to deliver requests via the British Library directly to your mail inbox. This Secure Electronic Delivery service costs the same price as requests for loans or photocopied articles but appears to be much quicker. Please make sure you have a compatible version of Adobe Reader before asking for the service. Full details and a link to a test document to try are available from here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

ejournals@cambridge links in Google Scholar

As part of the upgraded ejournals@cambridge service, we have recently introduced a new feature for users of Google Scholar. When viewing search results in Google Scholar, ejournals@cambridge links can now be displayed that link to Cambridge appropriate full text ejournal holdings.

Users accessing Google scholar from a machine on the Cambridge domain should see these links automatically. Those working from outside of the domain will have to set their link preferences in Google Scholar. To do this:

  • Go to the initial Google Scholar search screen
  • Click on the preferences link by the search box.
  • Follow the instructions under 'library links' and search for ejournals@cambridge.
  • A list of linking options should now appear
  • Select ejournals@cambridge and save your selection

Similar links have been activated in other abstract and index database platforms subscribed to by Cambridge University Library, including Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Ovid and ISI Web of Science / Knowledge.

More information on ejournals@cambridge linking can be found on our help pages (http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/sfx/search.html#linking).

Sunday, January 6, 2008


The University Library has launched the new ejournals@cambridge interface, based upon the SFX Link Resolver software. This new service replaces the old A-Z list which will be available for a limited period.

Using the new service, users can search by journal title, subject, vendor or citation. To get a more detailed set of results, providing information regarding coverage and access routes, users are advised to switch from table to detail view.