Droz online: trial access to the series Textes Littéraires Français, Humanisme et Renaissance, and Calvin

Librairie Droz is a Francophone academic publisher founded by Eugénie Droz in Geneva in 1924. It specialises in Medieval and Renaissance studies, literary criticism, art history, history of the book, and social sciences (in particular economic history). Cambridge University Library has a number of standing orders to its print collections, such as Bibliothèque des Lumières, Bibliothèque de l’École des Chartes, Diderot studies, Hautes études du monde gréco-romain, Hautes études médiévales et modernes, Hautes études orientales, Histoire des idées et critique littéraire, Publications romanes et françaises, Seuils de la modernité or Travaux du Grand Siècle. We are starting a one-month trial to its three series available as ebooks: Textes Littéraires Français; Humanisme et Renaissance; and the Calvin database.

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ebooks po-russki : the April (to 1 June) 2020 Slavonic items of the month

Not an ebook (explanation at end of the post)

Russian ebooks are a novelty for Cambridge, and it is fantastic that our University staff and students can now try out three ebook platforms supplied through the vendor MIPP until 1 June.  This blog post gives an overview of the databases.  Do please give feedback about any/all of them.


This platform contains over 70,000 arts, humanities, and social sciences ebooks, plus journals, audiobooks, reference works and digital maps.  A general search box is available at the top, with an advanced search option below it on the right; note that searches do not seem to include ebook contents but rather their title and author information only.  A list of subjects is provided on the left; each subject can be expanded to show subdivisions.  When you click on a specific subdivision, you can see sample books and then, beneath them, a list of the books in that subdivision. Continue reading

More extended access to Francophone e-resources at Cambridge: Cairn and Brepols

As part of temporary measures to help universities during the lockdown period, Cairn, an important online collection of francophone publications in social sciences and humanities, are offering free access to all their c. 10.000 ebooks and pocket encyclopaediasfrom major French, Belgian and Swiss publishers (“Ouvrages” and “Que sais-je ?/Repères” tabs in the top banner), until 31st May 2020. Access is through Raven, at this link (Connexion > Grande Bretagne > University of Cambridge (accès distant)). Cambridge University Library also subscribes annually to 156 of the Cairn journals (out of c. 500 in total), as part of a package called “French studies and humanities” on the platform “Cairn international edition” (see the A-Z Databases: Francophone Area Studies).


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Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht ebooks available on trial until 20 April 2020

German academic publisher Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht has enabled access to its ebook collection for the University of Cambridge. This access will be available until April the 20th.

Access the ebooks here: https://ezp.lib.cam.ac.uk/login?url=https://www.vr-elibrary.de

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht is one of the oldest independent academic publishers in the world. It has been publishing in Göttingen since 1735. Its main focus is works in the humanities and cultural sciences.

The ebook collection comprises over 6000 titles. Particular strong subject areas are history (over 3000 titles) and theology/religious studies (over 1500 titles) but other humanities and social sciences subjects are covered as well.

Christian Staufenbiel