What’s new in the library: Part 1 – Resources


What’s new in the library: Part 1 – Resources

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We hope you have had a great summer break and you’re looking forward to the new academic year. To help you prepare, here is an update on all the changes that have taken place and what’s new within our campus libraries. In this first part we’re looking at some of the amazing new resources that have been added to our collections. From expanded journal access and additional e-book collections to archives, primary sources, and historic newspaper collections, there’s something new to interest everyone.

New titles book display

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Wondering what new books, media, and other resources are being added to the shelves in Augustine House? We have a new place to display new titles on the ground floor of Augustine House. Find the new display near the self-issue machines on the ground floor. Look to get a flavour of the items coming in and of course, become the first person to borrow them!

Musical Scores

Two comments from the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2022 highlighted dissatisfaction with the musical scores collection in terms of its size and content. We liaised with music academics and students to start ordering any missing key pieces.

The scores can be found at the end of the main collection on the moving shelves on floor 3. Due to their discreet appearance (e.g. thin spines, lack of hardback covers, etc.) it is more likely that you’ll need to check LibrarySearch rather than browse the collection. We found the scores had been inconsistently catalogued, making it harder to survey the whole collection on LibrarySearch. We’re updating all our records, so their format shows as ‘notated music’ so that they are now more consistent and discoverable. All the classical music scores have been updated and 400 other scores with classmarks in the 780s (pop, jazz, musicals) are now being changed.

The collection of music scores can be identified by selecting the filter ‘notated music’ under ‘format’.

View on LibrarySearch

New resources added to Your Digital Library in 2023

We’re always looking to expand Your Digital Library. Here’s just a flavour of what’s been purchased in 2023 so far.

More e-book collections

From your feedback we know expanding our e-book collections is a priority for students and staff alike:

We have purchased the following e-book collections:

Bloomsbury e-book collections: We’ve purchased four new Bloomsbury e-book collections comprising 168 new titles:

  • Art & Visual Culture 2022
  • Design 2021
  • Film & Media Studies 2021
  • Music & Sound Studies 2021

Edward Elgar eBook collections – We are pleased to announce that we’ve added Edward Elgar eBook Collections that are close to the heart of our CCCU community, with the addition of Elgar sustainability climate change and Elgar diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility collections. Another 168 new e-book titles in total.

IEEE ebooks collections – We’ve added Wiley 2023, MIT 2023, Artech House 2023, IEEE River Complete and Wiley Data Security Library Complete, totalling 804 new e-book titles.

Suggest an e-book is back!

Back by popular demand, we have relaunched the suggest an e-book service, so you can make suggestions for titles through the button on LibrarySearch. We’ll only consider titles that cost under £150 to ensure we can consider as many suggestions as possible. Have a read of Vicky’s Suggest an e-book blog, to find out what titles we’ve bought in the past and more on how you can make a suggestion.

You read, we buy

Since summer 2022 we have had access to over 46,500 Cambridge University Press titles on Cambridge Core covering a wide range of subject areas. At the end of the academic year, we added the most used titles permanently to the digital library. Access to the full collection has been renewed for the academic year 2023-24 with the addition of Cambridge Companions Online and Cambridge Histories Online. 

  • Cambridge Companions is a series of authoritative guides, written by leading experts, offering lively, accessible introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics, and periods with over 600 titles, 4000 essays and bibliographies.
  • Cambridge Histories is a globally respected series of over 400 volumes spanning fifteen subject areas across the humanities and social sciences, with a concentration on political and cultural history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, music and the arts.

But that’s not all!

The most used titles from ScienceDirect will be permanently added to the collection too. This collection provides access to over 6,300 e-book titles covering engineering, neuroscience, and psychology.

Expanded access to journals

  • BMJ Case Reports is a journal, offering reports of cases covering a wide range of healthcare-related disciplines. Cases include common and rare conditions as well as offering new learning objectives. All cases are peer-reviewed.
  • Henry Stewart Business and Management Journals.  The collection provides access to 22 business and management journals, with over 7,500 peer-reviewed online vocational articles, case studies and applied research from practitioners and scholars. Subjects covered include marketing, management, finance and banking, real estate and digital business.
  • ScienceDirect journal backfiles. We carefully monitor “turnaways” (that is when a user has tried to access a full-text journal article and was denied access.) All journals with the highest turnaways for Elsevier journals have been purchased to provide ongoing access to these articles. The subjects covered are psychology, business, management and accounting, forensic medicine, pathology and medical technology and nursing and health professions. Providing access to backfiles for 1,200 journals.
  • Taylor & Francis Journals Medical Collection has been added to the existing Taylor & Francis journal collection. The medical collection provides access to 235 journal titles covering allied and public health, clinical psychiatry and neuroscience, general medicine and dentistry, pharmaceutical and science and toxicology journals.

Archives & Primary Sources

AM Research Methods

AM Research Methods is a new platform designed to develop students’ primary source literacy and critical thinking skills.

  • Research Methods: Foundations – The module introduces key approaches and methodologies of working with source material. With practical advice and instruction from experts around the world, it provides foundational guidance on where students can find historical documents, the questions they might want to post and how best to conduct their own research and analysis of materials.
  • Interrogating Colonial Documents and Narratives (publishing later in 2023) – Provides practical guidance for students re-examining primary sources and de-centring dominant narratives. Thematic tools and guides will support digital learning and critical approaches to colonial sources with a focus on reading against the grain, interpreting archival silences and uncovering marginalised voices and perspectives.

Queer Pasts

Queer Pasts is a collection of primary source document collections and essays on queer history.  The word “queer” is used in its broadest and most inclusive sense. Queer pasts embraces topics that are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender and includes work on sexual and gender formations that are queer but not necessarily LGBT.

Disability in the modern world

Disability in the Modern World is a collection of primary sources, supporting materials, and archives, along with 125 hours of video focussing on disability history and disability studies.

Historic Newspapers Collections

The entire British Library Newspaper collection is now available!

We now have access to all the British Library Newspapers archives available from Gale (except for Part 6 which covers Irish newspapers).  The British Library newspaper collection covers three hundred years of newspaper publishing in the UK. With more than 160 regional newspaper titles, this collection gives you access to around 5.5 million pages of historic content, from articles to advertisements, reflecting the social, political, and cultural events of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Access through Find Databases.

The Illustrated London News, 1842 -2003

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003 includes every published issue, from the first in 1842 to the last in 2003. Entirely full-text searchable with high-quality digital imaging from flat unbound print sets, it combines information and the power of pictures to provide a unique perspective on virtually every aspect of modern life and those who helped shape it over more than 160 years. Access through Find Databases.

Even more new resources!

A final round-up of what’s new in 2023 for CCCU…


More than a million images sourced from cultural institutions worldwide. Subjects include art, design, architecture, sculpture, fashion, history, manuscripts, social sciences and technology. Get started with our new Artstor database guide.

The Literary Encyclopedia

The Literary Encyclopedia is a reference work for English, American, German, Russian, Italian, French and Classical Latin works of literature as well as expanding coverage of Hispanic, Japanese, Classical Greek, Canadian, East European and various postcolonial literatures.

Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Nineteenth-Century Fiction is a collection of 250 British and Irish novels from the period 1782 to 1903, stretching from the golden age of Gothic fiction to the Decadent and New Woman novels of the 1890s. Major novelists of the period such as Austen, Scott, Mary Shelley, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy and the Brontës feature alongside popular romances, sensation fiction, colonial adventure novels and children’s literature.


Scopus is a multi-disciplinary database containing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, trade publications, book series and web resources.  It is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings covering over 84 million records and more than 7,000 publishers. Find out more in Full access to Scopus is here!

Trip Medical Database

Trip Medical Database is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care quickly and easily.

That’s a lot of new resources! I hope you’ve discovered something new for your learning, research or teaching. If you need help accessing new resources remember to contact your Learning and Research librarian. Students can book an in-person or online meeting through the Learning Skills Hub.

And I’ll be back soon for part 2 where we will look at any changes to support, facilities and services available.

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