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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.
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
Web of Science
Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database covering major journal literature of the sciences, social sciences and the arts. Information about each article includes a searchable author abstract and the article's bibliography so you can also search the database for articles that cite a known author or work. The search interface also provides access to the Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.
Scopus is a navigation tool covering the world's largest collection of abstracts, references and indexes of scientific, technical and medical literature. The database links to the full-text articles and other library resources.
GeoRef provides access to the geoscience literature of the world, containing over 3 million references to geoscience articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses.
- 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
Arctic & Antarctic Regions
Arctic & Antarctic Regions is the world’s largest collection of international polar databases. With over 1 million records from 1800 to the present, Arctic & Antarctic Regions covers a wide variety of sources from multiple disciplines. Many sources are indexed only in Arctic & Antarctic Regions making it the best resource for research on cold regions anywhere.
The Arctic Portal includes a Library which aims to maintain a comprehensive collection of Arctic relevant scientific and educational material. There are several portlets for information on specific Arctic-related topics.
Arctic Today is the comprehensive news source reporting on the Arctic, from the Arctic. An independent digital news site, ArcticToday partners with media organizations from around the circumpolar north, including The Independent Barents Observer, High North News and Nunatsiaq News. It offers readers on-the-ground reporting, international news, features and community perspectives.
The Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS) database contains 81,000 records describing publications and research projects about northern Canada and the circumpolar Arctic. ASTIS covers all subjects including the earth sciences, the biological and health sciences, engineering and technology, the social sciences, traditional knowledge, history, and literature. The database includes both peer-reviewed and grey literature and covers the three territories, the northern parts of seven provinces and the adjacent marine areas. ASTIS records contain abstracts, detailed subject and geographic indexing terms, and links to 23,000 online publications.
The COLD Database is comprised of the Permafrost Alert Program (2011 - Present), the Bibliography on Cold Regions Science and Technology (1900-2011) and the Antarctic Bibliography (1950-2011).
High North Research Documents
High North Research Documents includes all freely available research documents thematically relevant to the high north. The service covers all subjects and many languages, and is free and open for all. The service is provided by UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.
International Polar Year database
The International Polar Year Publications Database (IPYPD) will attempt to identify and describe all publications that result from, or that are about, the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 and the three previous IPYs.
Lyell Collection (Geological Society Publications)
The Lyell Collection is an integrated collection of Earth Science literature brings together key journals, Special Publications and titles in the Society book series including literature on glacial geology.
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) portal
SCAR provides access to repositories of Antarctic scientific data and information.
The Northern and Arctic Studies Portal 'Atiku' is an interuniversity collaboration which features international documents for research on the North and the Arctic, presented in 3 thematic collections and 6 collections by types of documents.
ArcticStat is a public and independent statistical database of socio-economic datasets and statistical tables from the circumpolar region.
National Snow and Ice Data Center
NSIDC manages and distributes scientific data, creates tools for data access, supports data users, performs scientific research, and educates the public about the cryosphere.
Polar Data Catalogue
The Polar Data Catalogue is a repository for diverse data sets generated by Arctic and Antarctic researchers
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