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Books and Ebooks

by Fabio Lahr last modified May 15, 2018 05:19 PM

Books in the SPS Library

The SPS Library is comprised of two collections: the main SPS collection (located to the left of the library as you enter) relates to Sociology and Social & Developmental Psychology; the Land Economy collection (located to the right of the library as you enter) holds books relating to the Land Economy tripos.

Our collection is purchased based on Undergraduate and MPhil reading lists. If you'd like to recommend a title for purchase, please do complete the Recommend a Book Form providing as much info as possible.

How to find books/eBooks

When looking for Books or eBooks, the best place to start is the iDiscover catalogue; searching here will bring back results from across all libraries in the University and in print or electronic format.

Follow the instructions below.

How to find Books or eBooks on iDiscover

  • Simply enter the search terms into the search box - generally a few words from the title and the author's surname works best.
  • This will bring back all resources which match these keywords (which can be a lot!). To filter down the results, use the icons on the right hand side of the list to filter by type of resource. eBooks will be identified in the search results.
  • If you're looking for a book in a specific library, it's possible to filter by library location on the right-hand sidebar.
  • If you are looking for a print copy, click through to the record to take a note of the classmark so you can find the item on shelf, making sure to select the correct library!

N.B. just because the item doesn't have Available next to it, doesn't mean there aren't copies on the shelf! Check the individual item status... quite often there are some on the shelf still. If there are none available, you can always recall the title. 

Please note, when the item status on the iDiscover catalogue says 'Temporarily shelved at SPS Cataloguing desk' or 'Order at issue desk', this means that it is stored in our basement or the Mond store and will require a member of staff to collect it for you (between the hours of 9.15am-5pm, Mon-Fri).  

  •  To access an eBook, simply click through to the record then find the link to the eBook on this page - the link is usually either just underneath the title or at the bottom where the classmark information is usually displayed. 



Some notes on eBook access

When trying to find an eBook, it's normally best to search using the library catalogue or the ebooks@cambridge site as you will be prompted for your Raven Login. If you go direct via the publisher it may be tricky to authenticate access. 

For more comprehensive information regarding searching for eBooks, new eBooks or for trouble-shooting access problems, go to the ebooks LibGuide. Also have a look at the ebooks@cambridge blog for new eBooks and platform changes.

Take a look at our Pinterest board for a list of SPS related eBooks that you can access via iDiscover:

Follow SPS Library's board 'SPS Related eBooks' on Pinterest.