For searching across library catalogues in Cambridge, use i Discover; as well as searching library holdings it also retrieves records for ejournals and ebooks, and can be extended to search databases such as JSTOR.You can also turn searches into RSS feeds (for alerts when any relevant items are added to the catalogue), and create lists of resources with the My Discovery tool.This collection comprises over 200 volumes of hand-written dissertations, providing a unique insight into the development in medical teaching and thought during the last 250 years. Some texts are difficult to read and images are faint. Images can be saved or printed individually as PDFs.
The University's [email protected] team subscribe to thousands of ebook titles, including key resources such as the Cambridge Histories and Cambridge Companions.
These are searchable through i Discover; if there is an electronic copy of the book you are looking for, it will have the phrase "[electronic resource]" in the record after the title, and you can follow the link in the record directly through to the text.
As well as general historical databases, there are also more specialised ones, covering various regions, periods and topics.
(Most of these will require a Raven password for off-campus access.) To search across the full range of electronic journals Cambridge subscribes to go to the [email protected] page.
It is also possible to search across popular databases for article titles (as opposed to journal titles) on i Discover.
The Seeley's online resources pages provide links to some useful electronic resources for history, broken down by Part I paper.Some examples of online collections of primary source material: The Janus catalogue provides access to more than 1800 catalogues of archives held throughout Cambridge, including the archives of many colleges, and of the Churchill Archives Centre.The Seeley itself does not hold archival material, but it does have some microfilms of archive material.When it comes to thinking about dissertations, it's useful to know how and where to look for material, both within Cambridge and further afield.The following is some guidance on finding various different types of material, whether primary or secondary.This community contains an online collection of Ph D theses and selected undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations written by QMU students and researchers.Ph D theses are available to be browsed, searched, read or printed by anyone interested in their content.You may need to visit archives outside Cambridge as part of your research.To find out what archival material is held where, there are various union catalogues of archive material: To search the holdings of archives outside the United Kingdom, try Archive Grid, a major catalogue of historical documents, personal papers and family history material held in repositories around the world; you can search for collections by topic.Copac is the best way for finding material held in libraries in the United Kingdom; it is the combined catalogue of the UK's major research libraries (including the British Library, National Library of Scotland and National Library of Wales), as well as various specialist research libraries and collections (there is a list of participating institutions). It is possible to search by subject, author, title or keyword, and you can restrict your search by date, place published, type of material (eg. Search results will display where an item is held, and provide links to an electronic copy, if there is a freely available one.It is also possible to set up RSS feeds for alerts. Items not available in Cambridge can be borrowed via the UL's Inter-Library Loans service.