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General selected online resources


Last updated October 2016




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)
EThOS aims to hold a record for all doctoral theses awarded by all UK universities (institutions). There are some gaps which they are gradually filling, but there is a record for at least 90% of all UK theses, some 400,000 records.
EThOS also provides free, direct access to the full text of as many theses as possible (approximately 160,000 at present). 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.   Equivalent services in other countries see

ProQuest Digital Dissertations 
(Accessible via cam domain or using RAVEN password outside the cam domain.)
The University Library subscribes to this collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day.  Access is to abstracts only. Full text can be purchased online via ProQuest directly or by contacting the Cambridge University Library's (UL) Inter-Library Department.



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
UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004, includes almost 2,000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction.

Access to the entire collection of electronic books is open to all University of California faculty, staff, and students, while more than 700 of the titles are available to the public.



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 covers journals from North America, the United Kingdom and the rest of the English speaking world and journals in other European languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish. It enables researchers quickly and comprehensively to identify articles relevant to their field of study.

Ulrich's Global Serials Directory
Subscription-based. Raven password is required outside cam domain.
A continuously updated source of information on more than a quarter of a million periodicals and serials published throughout the world.It includes scholarly journals, annuals, conference proceedings, trade publications, newspapers, and electronic publications, deriving data from over 80,000 U.S. and foreign publications.



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 
Resources at the Language Centre includes films, documentaries, Raven password protected online videos. Please note that some 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. The fee for an Inter-Library Loan request (books, journals articles/journal issues, theses, conference papers, selected microforms) is currently £3.00 for members of Cambridge University and £6.00 for all other readers.

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.