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Last updated August 2015




Oxford English Dictionary Online (O.U.P.)

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online (O.U.P. Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish)

Oxford Reference Online 
(Contains dictionaries in every subject: Art and Architecture, Classics, Computing, English Dictionaries & thesauruses, English Language Reference e.g. Dictionary of Abbreviations, Grammar, History, Literature and many more. Also includes bilingual dictionaries: French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Welsh and Irish).



EThOS (Electronic Thesis Online Service)
Ph.D. theses submitted at almost 100 UK universities are obtainable from EThOS, a service set up to provide access to all theses from participating institutions whether paper based or electronic. It achieves this by harvesting e-theses from Institutional Repositories and by digitising paper based theses as they are ordered by researchers using the system. Over 250,000 theses are already available in this way. Please note that the service is still in beta testing and that it does not yet supply theses submitted at the universities of Cambridge or Oxford although they are listed on EThOS. The service is managed by the British Library.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
A good starting point for discovering freely available electronic theses and dissertations beyond the UK. NDLTD facilitates searching across institutions.

ProQuest Digital Dissertations 
(Accessible via cam domain or using RAVEN password outside the cam domain.)
The University Library subscribes to this database which includes 2.4 million dissertation and theses citations, representing 700 leading academic institutions worldwide from 1861 to the present day. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses includes 1 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. There is a charge for ordering a dissertation from this source which is payable to ProQuest. The cost is dependent on the format selected.



Cambridge Companion Online
RAVEN password is needed outside the Cambridge University network.

Cambridge Histories Online
RAVEN password is needed outside the Cambridge University network.

E-books at Cambridge
Contains full-text electronic books published in the series 'Cambridge Companion to...' , Cambridge History of...', Routledge publications, Oxford Reference Online and many other databases.

Electronic resources at Cambridge
Cambridge University Library
RAVEN password is needed for use outside the Cambridge domain.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics

Google Books
Book search works just like web search. A keyword search searches the entire content of the book.
If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy.

University of California Press Books
Free e-books published between 1982 - 2004 are available to the public (FULL TEXT).



Ejournals at Cambridge

Periodicals Index Online
Subscription-based. Raven password is required outside cam domain. A database of millions of citations for articles published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, across more than 300 years. It enables researchers quickly and comprehensively to identify articles relevant to their field of study

Subscription-based. Raven password is required outside cam domain.
An easy to search source of detailed information (e.g. ISSN) on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.



British Library Document Supply Centre
For ordering journal articles or books. Alternatively, you could do it through the Inter-Library Loan Department at the Cambridge University Library. Staff and PhD students of the Faculty can order inter-library books through the Faculty Librarian.

Cambridge University Language Centre Resources 
Please note that most of the resources are not borrowable, but are available on instant access for use in the Language Centre.

Inter-library loans via the Cambridge University Library.

World of Learning
Tool for finding out addresses of higher educational institutions around the world and email addresses of the people who work within them. Regularly updated. You will need a RAVEN password if you want to use it outside the Cambridge domain.



Google Scholar 
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.
Features of Google Scholar

  • Search diverse sources from one convenient place
  • Find articles, theses, books, abstracts or court opinions
  • Locate the complete document through your library or on the web

Google Advanced Scholar

Supported by the Art & Humanities Research Council. Actively this service maintains an expanding database of over 100,000 high quality websites and Internet resources that are relevant to academic work in Arts & Humanities, Social Scieneces, Science Engineering and Technology, and Health and Life Sciences. Offers virtual training.

Online Cultural Training Resource for Study Abroad
This material was developed to support and enhance a student’s ability to make successful cultural adjustments both before going overseas and upon returning home from studying abroad. It was produced primarily for traditional-aged, undergraduate US-American university students. Those preparing to participate in a study abroad program will find the first seven sections useful while those who are about to, or have, returned home from an international program can refer to the final four sections. The focus is generally on the concept of culture and how it impacts one’s ability to understand and function in a new and unfamiliar environment. It concentrates on the skills, attitudes, and behaviors which all study abroad students, regardless of their specific destination, will find useful.