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How to find online journals using iDiscover

Use iDiscover to search the University’s libraries print and online collections using a single search. Find journal articles, books, ebooks, ejournals, videos, theses, open access content and more. You can search by DOI, filter and refine your searches by location, format, date of publication etc. Consult this LibGuide for help on using iDiscover.

What does "Online access restricted to designated PCs in the main UL + affiliate libraries" mean?

Where it says on a record for a journal or a book that "Online access restricted to designated PCs in the main UL + affiliate libraries", this means that it is an e-legal deposit copy. Cambridge University Library is one of six 'legal deposit' libraries in the UK & Ireland. This means it must receive a copy of every book and journal published in the UK from the publisher, for free. Recently the law was changed to include electronic books and journals and so many publishers now choose to deposit the online versions instead. These items are available on designated PCs in the main University Library and Affiliated Libraries only (which does not include the Chemistry Library), please see this website for more information on how to access them.

What does "UL: Temporary Store 2. Request via Inter-Library Loan" mean?

Many items are currently being held in an off-site store which is not accessible, i.e. a 'dark' store. If a record on iDiscover says that an item's location is "UL: Temporary Store 2. Request via Inter-Library Loan" this means that you need to make a free request for it as an Inter-Library Loan item. We recommend that you use the Betty & Gordon Moore library's Inter-Library Loan service to do this (see the 'University Library Temporary Store' section of this website for more information).

Other ways of finding online journal content

Use a citation or specialist subject database to find scientific literature. Use eresources@cambridge for online resources for your subject area or for links to our services to help you find online articles, ejournals, databases, ebooks and more. 

Use our very own Chemistry Journal Access list which provides access to the full text of many chemistry journals that should be available for University of Cambridge staff and students with a valid Raven ID. This has been designed for use when you're away from the University so you can get direct access to subscribed ejournal content.

Access to ejournals off-campus

You can install this off-campus access bookmarklet which you can use to reload any page through the University Library's proxy server.

Online journals: a note on using Google and Google Scholar

If you access these journals via the publishers' web pages directly, or through scientific internet search engines such as PubMed or Google Scholar, you may reach a 'paywall' requesting payment for access to a journal article despite the fact that in most cases the University will subscribe to that journal.

This is because all access for members of the University has been set up to channel everybody via the University Library server and publisher websites may not recognise your IP address as being a member of the University with subscribed access. We recommend in this case that you search for the journal via the University Library server, as listed on this page.

When searching Google Scholar from within the University network, on the right hand side of the screen you should see "@cam find full text" buttons for direct access to the resource on the University Library server.

How to access an online journal via the University Library's A-Z list

Cambridge University Library subscribes to thousands of ejournals. Access is provided to the full text of journal articles via ejournals@cambridge, which is effectively an A-Z list of journal titles.

Access from within the university network does not require a password. Off-campus access is possible using your Raven password.

You can search for a journal by its title. Or simply click on the letter that the title you are interested in begins with, scroll down the list, and click on the link for your particular title.

Details on the journal host, any password information, and coverage is given by each title. Follow the links to find articles.

Printed journals

The Department of Chemistry List of Serials and Periodicals (Raven authenticated access) has several copies also located around the library in red binders, and provides details of all titles held by the Chemistry Library in print format, along with date sequences and shelf location.

Bound periodicals are shelved in Units 1-12, situated to the left on entry to the library.

Series volumes are shelved in Units 13-17 situated on the right hand side of the library.

Titles marked 'basement' are not publicly available and must be requested.

What if the printed journal you need is located in another library in Cambridge?

You are able to access most other libraries in Cambridge (except for college libraries which generally only admit their own members). We recommend that you consult the Libraries Directory website to look up the library and find out its location, admission policies, opening hours, etc. before you visit.

The Chemistry Library has reciprocal arrangements in place with some Cambridge libraries whereby library staff will scan journal articles or book chapters on behalf of our readers, and vice-versa, so before you make a special visit to another library please check with us first to see if this service is possible.

The Betty & Gordon Moore Library offers a free 'Scan & Deliver' service to get remote access to any of its material that is not currently available electronically.

Open access journals

Many journals are now published according to an "open access" model which means that they are freely available to all. The Dictionary of Open Access Journals, DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. Please visit our Open access publishing website for more information.

Try oaDOI, an open access DOI resolver: if there's an open access version of the article, the oaDOI URL will send you there, instead of the paywalled article landing page.

Journal abbreviations and how to find bibliographic information on journals

You may have been given or have found a citation where the journal title has been abbreviated. Unfortunately there is no international standard for abbreviations but there are some places you can check:

All That JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources, where you can search for abbreviations and acronyms, or browse them by category.

The University of British Columbia Science and Engineering Journal Abbreviations where you can search for abbreviations and acronyms, or browse them by title.

CAS Source Index (CASSI) Search Tool to quickly identify or confirm journal titles and abbreviations for publications indexed by CAS since 1907, including serial and non-serial scientific and technical publications.

Cambridge University Library subscribes to Ulrichsweb.com (access possible on- and off-campus via Raven password) which is the authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types - academic and scholarly journals, Open Access publications, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more from around the world.

Apps and mobile device access to journal content

See the Keeping up to date with the latest research page for further information on how to access the full text of some University subscribed journal content on your mobile device using apps.

How to recommend a journal for purchase by the Chemistry Library

Please visit the Recommend a book or other resource website.