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 ebooksand pocket encyclopaedias, from major French, Belgian and Swiss publishers (“Ouvrages” and “Que sais-je ?/Repères” tabs in the top banner), until 31stMay 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).
Classiques Garnier is a major French academic publisher in the field of literature, history and social sciences. We are delighted that in the current confinement circumstances, the publisher has set up for Cambridge University Library temporary online access to all its ebooks in the collections (series) that we have previously purchased any titles from. Any member of the University with access to Raven can either use this EZproxy link or use the portal A-Z Databases: Francophone Area Studies: C, selecting Classiques Garnier Numerique. Following either route, clicking “Accès aux bases en ligne” and “Livres et revues numériques” provides a “UK Cambridge” connexion enabling access to the Classiques Garnier ebooks (in html or pdf).
At the time of writing, the University Library remains open (with reading rooms shut) but it will close its doors to readers at 5pm today until further notice. Given the situation, it seems rather perverse to promote print material through this blog until the UL is fully operational again. Over the next few weeks, our posts will instead focus on books, journals, and databases which are available electronically, certainly to University staff and students.
After receiving very positive trial feedback and approval of the Library Accessions Committee, Cambridge Universityis now subscribing to the academic version of Europresse, an aggregator which allows online access to many French and Francophone national and regional newspapers and magazines including Le Monde (from 1944), Le Figaro, Libération, L’Humanité, Les Echos, La Tribune ; Le Soir, Le Temps ; Le Parisien, Ouest-France, La Provence ; L’Express, Le Point, Marianne, L’Obs, Le Monde diplomatique etc.
The ejournals@cambridge blog publicises trial access to and purchase of various databases and ejournals, and it is certainly a blog worth following. Several purchases over the last few months complement our European collections, so this post gives an overview. The subjects of these new resources span philology, politics, art history, theology, migration studies, history, and bibliography, and their contents are in English and various European languages.
Composite of samples of ephemera from the Euromaidan Protests database