Monthly Archives: September 2016

23 Research Things programme launching 10th October

I really encourage you to take part in the new 23 Research Things programme which has been developed by colleagues from the Betty & Gordon Moore Library. It launches on Monday 10th October.

What is this 23 Research Things?

23 Research Things is a training programme that will introduce you to 23 research tools or concepts to help inform your studies, research, or knowledge of the research process.

Who is it for?

Anyone can take part in the 23 Research Things programme whether you are working at undergraduate, postgraduate, postdoctoral, or researcher/academic level. Those working directly with students and researchers are also welcome to take part.

So what are you going to cover?

All topics will be presented as a video overview with some specific examples to give context so you can apply them to your own individual situation. We’ll be covering a whole range of different things such as using Twitter for research, how to collaborate using tools, and how to communicate ideas and research to different audiences.

When will it be and how much time will it take?

The 23 Research Things programme will run during Michaelmas Term 2016, starting officially on 10 October and running through to Friday 2 December 2016. We will release around 2-3 new ‘things’ each week for you to explore and experiment with. The programme is self-directed and reflective so all participants are encouraged to blog about their experiences of the ‘things’ that we cover.

Anyone can join the programme at any time and dip in and out of topics if you do not have time to do the whole thing but anyone who does blog about all 23 Research Things during the running of the programme will get a shiny certificate at the end plus our eternal gratitude and respect for being so dedicated.

You can find out much more about the topics that will be covered here:

There’s also an an overview and timetable here:

Links to ebooks from iDiscover

If this doesn’t help to explain an issue you may be having with accessing ebooks via iDiscover please let us know.


A temporary issue with iDiscover is causing ebook links to display incorrectly. Until the issue is resolved, please access ebooks as follows:

From a search results list, click on the ebook title, rather than the green Online access link (if you do click this it will take you to the detailed record and not the ebook):


You will see that the View Online section of the detailed record is empty (this is where the link should appear if all is well):


To access the ebook, scroll down to the ‘Links’ section of the record, and choose the second link in the list (the wording of this will vary with supplier, but for all records we have seen so far it should always be the second link):


We very much hope that this is a temporary change to the way ebooks are displayed and accessed and we will update…

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Launch of new library catalogue interface, iDiscover


The new library catalogue interface, iDiscover, has now been launched

iDiscover has replaced LibrarySearch and LibrarySearch+. The Newton catalogue will be available until August 2017 when the new library management system goes live.

iDiscover combines the print and electronic resources available within the University in one search interface, which offers simple and more advanced searching.

Please do let us have your feedback on this new interface at

You can find out more at

Helping Researchers Publish event 27 September

Would you like to discover resources to help with the process of writing, editing and publishing your research?

If ‘yes!’ then this event is for you. The Office of Scholarly Communication invites researchers and graduate students in all disciplines to join them on 27th September in Lecture Room 6 and Library Seminar Room, Department of Engineering, 0900-1300, for a tour of resources for Helping Researchers Publish.

Find out more and book a place here:

Call for Research Data Ambassadors

Do you have a passion for data? Are you a GitHub ace or an Open Data advocate? Would you like to share your expertise with others?

The Research Data Team is looking for Data Champions in departments, institutes and colleges who can advocate for managing and sharing research data in their local communities.

It is worthwhile considering participating in for anyone with a keen interest in Research Data Management (RDM) and who would like to be the local RDM expert in the department.

There is more information on the Research Data Management website:

New ebook titles – August 2016

The ‘How to read a paper’ and ‘Molecular biology’ titles may be of interest to chemists.


Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during August. 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.

9781118517864_cover.indd   Education1  Education2 Engineering1  HPS1  Medicine1  Medicine2 made in spain aw.indd  Music2  Education3  English1    Business2  Business3  african1  architecture1  business4  divinity1  education4  geography1    italian1  law1  medicine3  medicine4    music3  music4politics1   african2  education6  business5     business6  education7  education8         

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Snapshot: a window into Cambridge research lives

This is Futurelib reporting back after a fascinating journey into the worlds of chemical computer coding, animal foraging activity and jazz improvisation. Let me explain… This summer we conducted a…

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iDiscover, the new catalogue interface for Cambridge University libraries – launch delayed

The launch of the new discovery and search service, iDiscover, has been delayed until mid-September.

iDiscover will replace LibrarySearch and LibrarySearch+. The Newton catalogue will be available until August 2017 when the new library management system goes live.

iDiscover will combine the print and electronic resources available within the University in one search interface, offering simple and more advanced searching.

If you are interested, find out more on the University Library website here:

Launching Cambridge Core


cambridge core

Cambridge Core is the new academic platform from Cambridge University Press. It replaces Cambridge Journals Online (CJO), Cambridge Books Online (CBO), Cambridge Histories Online (CHO), Cambridge Companions Online (CCO), Shakespeare Survey Online (SSO) and all partner press ebook content currently hosted on University Publishing Online (UPO) and combines content from them all.

Cambridge Core goes live at midnight onSunday September 4th; from that point the links in our LibrarySearch records will lead you directly to the full text content on the new platform.

Cambridge Core offers faster and more accurate search capabilities, including extensive facetted searching, UK English and US search terms, title matching to prioritise results, and a search within functionality. The Cambridge Core Reader provides the reading experience of PDF, while maintaining HTML functionality.There is a collapsible side panel for navigation, access to contextualised tables, figures and charts, improved linking to support multimedia content, and improved…

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