Hello! We can't give you (real) jigsaws or Tea at 3 this year, but we can bring together some academic information with ideas for taking a break. This guide will change and grow as required throughout the term. If you have an idea for something we could add, let us know.
You can contact the library for help with getting hold of books and articles, troubleshooting references, or finding contact details for accessing subject specialist help.
The best place to keep up to date with information on library provision is on the UL's coronavirus update page, which includes links to information on ebooks, journals, interlibrary loans, library support, and help with troubleshooting remote access. You can also use their online form for recommending ebooks for purchase.
You should also be able to get help from your subject library, including support with accessing ebooks, articles, and materials on Moodle.
Most ebooks can be found on iDiscover, but some of the resources being made available by publishers during this period have to be searched independently, so do have a look at the additional eresources page for more information.
It is also worth checking the ebooks@Cambridge blog for updates on newly-available material. Their blog posts give extra information on what's in the resources and how best to use them, together with tips on gaining access for any resources that need them.
If you have any questions, or need any help, please do get in touch.
For those of you looking for general reading and reading for fun, you can find lots of ebooks on iDiscover, including plenty of fiction and all of the Very Short Introductions. (Raven log-in required)
You can join the public library in Cambridgeshire and wherever you are living if you are elsewhere in the UK. This will get you access to electronic books, audiobooks, magazines, and newspapers.
There are plenty of revision playlists out there, but if you’re looking for background sounds, you could try Soundrown for a variety of natural sounds or a coffee shop or train journey.
You can also find 1 or 8 hour-long calming sound recordings, including waves, birdsong, and rain, on BBC Sounds in a set aimed at helping children get to sleep. They also have a variety of slow radio programmes for more meditative listening.
There are many options out there if you'd like to take a cultural break. Having shamelessly stolen the name of the BBC's major offering, let's start with that:
In addition to many boxsets on the iPlayer, a collection of live recordings of Shakespeare plays have been added to the iPlayer. These will also be broadcast on BBC4.
If you've seen the National Theatre's plays being shared on Youtube, you might be interested to know that these plays and more are available in the National Theatre Collection on Drama Online. No more 7 day deadlines to watch each one. (Raven log-in required)
Box of Broadcasts is a newly-available resource, on trial until 31 July 2020, and it's a little bit magic. It's an ongoing archive of programmes (and films) broadcast free to air on TV and radio in the UK. There are over 2 million recordings available and you can request recently or soon-to-be broadcast items be recorded and added to the archive. (Raven log-in and BoB acccount creation required. Only accessible in the EU. BBC News Channel now available globally.)
There are so many virtual tours and webcams available, it's easiest to give you links to some curated lists and then add to these with any new ones that stand out:
One first top tip would be to download Lean Library as a browser plug-in. It authenticates you and delivers articles where there is a Cambridge subscription or looks for an open access version if not. Doing your searching through iDiscover can also help with authentication issues.
Some useful extra help being put together by college libraries:
Daily Sudoku from the Guardian (with an archive of past puzzles)
Daily crosswords from the Guardian (quick, cryptic, and more, with an archive of past puzzles)
There are many more puzzles available online - let us know your favourite and we'll add it to the list.