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The University subscribes to a range of resources which can be accessed both on- and off-campus (with your Raven login). It's possible to access these resources in a variety of ways:


EJournals Homepage

eresources@cambridge is a good place to start when trying to access a electronic resource. 

Resources can be browsed by type (i.e. Newspaper, Journal, Thesis, eBook, etc.) or by subject. 

Alternatively you can search by title of the resource (i.e. Scopus, IBSS, Factiva, DNSA).

Going directly to a database rather than using iDiscover has its advantages for more in-depth literature searching. In the majority of the large databases you can create personalised accounts to: save search results; set up content alerts for your favourite journals or research topic; export citations using bibliographic software and store your popular keyword searches.

If you would like some help using eresources, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us, or have a look at the ejournals@cambridge blog which provides updates on new resources and ejournals, and guidance on how to use various platforms.


If you're not sure which database or eresource you need, you can use iDiscover to search by keyword or subject heading. 

iDiscover searches across all databases to which the university subscribes and the results can be customised to fit what you need. You can search for both books and journal articles via iDiscover - just type in the title to search. You can filter the results by Availability, Resource type, and more using the menu on the right-hand side.

See the iDiscover Libguide for more information on the features of iDiscover

We recommend that you use referencing management software to keep track of citations. There are training courses available from the University for the main software packages. The most popular packages are: