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, and OAI compliant resources. It is updated daily. For more information on Scopus see

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

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 (