These include primary sources, as well as bibliographical databases, and comprise both resources subscribed to by the University Library (which will require Raven passwords for off-campus access), and material which is freely available.
You can access more online resources through the UL's [email protected] page, which includes links to visual and sound resources, film and video services, and newspapers (both archives and current).
Secondary Finding books in Cambridge ● Ebooks ● Finding books outside Cambridge ● Finding articles ● Unpublished material Primary Online sources ● Archives ● Subject gateways For further help our Lib Guide has lots of information about how to carry out research in History.
The best place to begin looking for secondary material is a specialist bibliographical database covering your area of interest, eg. Teaching staff will be able to advise on what databases there are in your subject area, or you can look at the Seeley's online resources pages, which break down electronic resources by Part I paper.
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.
In subject, the dissertations range from and many represent the earliest original work of famous men of medicine. Subject gateways are online portals to subject-specific resources, and can be excellent places to look for more information on your topic.Founded in 1737, the Royal Medical Society is the oldest student society of its kind in the United Kingdom, whose members were duty-bound to deliver a dissertation for examination by their peers. Scanned from the microfilm of the Royal Medical Society collections in the Edinburgh University Library.Ebooks are easy to use, can be accessed from home (with your Raven password), and can normally have several users accessing the text simultaneously, so access is almost always available.You may need to extend your search beyond Cambridge, to see if there is material available elsewhere which is not held by any of the libraries in the university.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.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.However, there may not be a specialist database covering your topic, in which case a more general literature search may be the best way to begin.Literature searches may also help you to find supplementary material, and to identify what is available within Cambridge.