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Polar Studies: Polar resources online

Resources which support research, teaching and learning in Polar Studies

This LibGuide summarises the information resources we hold electronically and highlights services that you can access when studying the polar regions from home. 


iDiscover, the library catalogue, is the first place to start when searching for an online item. Logging in to iDiscover with Raven will help you access electronic resources quickly. Use the 'Articles and online resources' radio button, the eBooks drop-down location option and the 'Full text online' filter on the right-hand side of the results screen to limit your searches to items available electronically. 

north pole and south pole book covers

New ebooks from reading lists and user recommendations are being added to the University of Cambridge's permanent collection every day - recently including 'North Pole' by Michael Bravo. Image credit: Michael Bravo. 

General online databases

  • Google Scholar 
    Google Scholar searches for scholarly materials such as journal articles, research reports, dissertations and theses, preprints, technical reports, patents, manuscripts in preparation, working papers and many other document types. It is unclear what is indexed and how, however, so Google Scholar should be used in conjunction with other academic databases for more reliable results that enable you to filter by subject and refine your results. To make the most of Google Scholar, you should link your Google account to the University Library.

How to access and use ebooks

Online resources for Russian studies

This Google document lists electronic resources and databases relevant for Slavonic research. There are tabs for different subjects: Anthropology & History; Art, Film & Architecture; Geography & Geology; Languages & Cultures, Linguistics; Literature; Media & Politics; and Interdisciplinary. Some of the links require Raven login and others are openly accessible. 

Polar subject databases, resource portals and news sites

Other useful links

The Polar Library's advice on accessing electronic resources remotely

Online reading list for MPhil Polar Studies (link opens in a new window)

Online reading list for Geographies of the Arctic (link opens in a new window)

Online reading list for Glaciology (link opens in a new window)

The Polar Library's list of recently acquired ebooks

The Geography Library's list of recently acquired ebooks

Decolonising Arctic Resources LibGuide

Ebooks LibGuide

Tips and tools for reading on screens

Tips and tools on working remotely 

New e-resources

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