Category Archives: databases

Off campus access enabled for British Standards Online (BSOL)

Great that this resource is now available off-campus too!


Access to British Standards Online is now enabled for off campus users via this link.

Both the on and off campus links are available from the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Zhere.

Records for standards in BSOL will soon be discoverable in iDiscover.   Access via iDiscover will only be available for on campus users (as we cannot at the moment build the off campus link into the iDiscover records).

The University of Cambridge started providing access to British Standards Online from December 2017.  Unfortunately it was not possible to provide both on and off campus access at the time of going live.  BSOL could not be provided for off campus users via our EZproxy server and BSOL has not yet implemented Shibboleth.  The British Standards Institute expect to implement Shibboleth by the end of the third quarter of 2018.  Until they do, we can provide off campus via…

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British Standards Online (BSOL)

We hope you find this resource useful!


The University of Cambridge now has on campus access only to the British Standards Online (BSOL) resource at the following URL

Shibboleth access is to be implemented by the British Standards Institute for off campus authentication in the second or third quarter of 2018.  We are working on providing access via EZproxy in the interim.

Access is available via the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z here

And records for the standards in BSOL will soon be available in iDiscover and updated weekly.  NB only on campus users will be able to link through to the standards from iDiscover records.

BSOL is an online library of over 90,000 internationally recognized standards with application to a wide range of subjects, from environmental management to IT security, from construction to food safety.

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How to resolve connection failure & timed out error messages

Really useful advice if you ever cannot access an eresource. Give it a go and let us know how you get on.


Connecting via EZproxy links

Some users have reported seeing error messages when connecting to resources via EZproxy links, both on and off campus.  Usually these links are in iDiscover or in the ejournals A-Z.  Over the next several weeks we are aiming to upgrade our EZproxy server, which we expect to have a beneficial effect regardless, and will be the first step towards resolving the issue.

Typical messages users have reported are: “Connection to was interrupted while the page was loading”, “This site can’t provide a secure connection” or a time out message. As we do not have a solution now, we offer the following work-arounds.  If none of these work for you, please report the issue using the form here.  Thank you for your patience.

These steps should be followed in order to regain access:

  • Clear all the cookies, browsing history and cache of your browser and restart…

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ChemRxiv Beta open for submissions

ChemRxiv is a free online submission, distribution, and archival service for unpublished preprints in chemistry and related areas.

ChemRxiv is now available in a fully functioning Beta version for use and feedback by researchers. Find out more from this ACS press release:

ChemRxiv itself can be found here.


Advance notice of British Standards Online trial access

Great news, I look forward to hearing more about the trial.


A further trial of British Standards Online (BSOL)will be held from 1 September 2017 to 31 October 2017.

URL for access and reminders and contacts will be posted here nearer to September.

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Text & Data Mining LibGuide

Please have a look at this brilliant new guide on TDM!


We are keen to help the research process where we may be able to make a contribution towards facilitating text & data mining in the University.  To that end we offer a new LibGuide on text & data mining in the growing number of guides in the Cambridge Libraries’ family of LibGuides.

The aim of this guide is to make a start towards exposing the breadth of content (mostly library-subscribed) that may be of potential exploitation by Cambridge researchers wanting to use the techniques of text and data mining in their research.  The guide summarizes the main points in the Hargreaves exception and builds on and links out to professional bodies and information sources to provide librarians and University members with a beginner’s guide to first steps in TDM and considerations it is important to make.

The guide provides a means of contacting us to clear any issues that…

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New books recently purchased

The following books were recommended by members of the Department of Chemistry and are now available to borrow.

If you are a member of the Department of Chemistry and would like to recommend anything, whether it is an online journal, a book, an ebook, or a database, please see our guidance here. Recommendations are always welcome.

The Physical and Chemical Basis of Molecular Biology: Fundamentals

CREIGHTON: The physical and chemical basis of molecular biology. Helvetian Press, 2011

NICOLAOU: Classics in total synthesis: targets, strategies, methods. Wiley-VCH, 1996

NICOLAOU: Classics in total synthesis II: more targets, strategies, methods. Wiley-VCH, 2003

NICOLAOU: Classics in total synthesis III: further targets, strategies, methods. Wiley-VCH, 2011

Book cover: Ball Milling Towards Green Synthesis

RANU: Ball milling towards green synthesis. RSC, 2015

The Biophysical Chemistry of Proteins

CREIGHTON: Biophysical chemistry of nucleic acids and proteins. Helvetian Press, 2010