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Journals and ejournals



How to find a print journal held in a library in Cambridge

All journals held in libraries in the University are catalogued online at iDiscover, the online catalogue for the libraries of the University, including Cambridge University Library and its affiliated libraries, and most faculty, departmental and college libraries.

You can also access the online Libraries Directory, which has information on every library in the University and provides links to their own web sites, if they have one, for further information.


How to locate print journals in the Balfour Library

We publish one alphabetical list of all the journal titles we subscribe to; the volumes we have (holdings); the years they cover; and their shelf mark. This list is updated annually and is distributed in hard copy throughout the Library and can be downloaded here. Please note that where you see the 'Available Online' icon you will need to search the online catalogue, iDiscover, to determine exactly what full text coverage is available and to access it.

The most recent issues of journals are displayed in the centre of the Library on the Current Periodicals Display Shelf.

Back issues are kept at their normal shelf mark, which is given on the printed lists of periodicals the Library takes (and on the front cover of the issues).

There is a map on the doors that lead to the area of the library where the photocopier is located, which indicates where books and journals are situated in the library.

Printed journal volumes are for reference only and should NEVER be removed from the Library.

Please re-shelve periodicals after use.


 How to get hold of an article published in a journal held in another library in Cambridge

The Balfour Library can request articles to be copied for you for free if the journal it is published in is held in another library in the University. The exceptions to this are the University Library and the Moore Library - you will have to visit those yourself. Alternatively, the Moore Library has a Scan & Deliver Service. See for more details.


How to get hold of an article published in a journal not held anywhere in Cambridge

You can request an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) from the British Library

See our Inter-Library Loans web page for more information


How to access an online journal

Cambridge University Library has paid for and set up access to electronic journals throughout the whole University. Access is provided to the full text of journal articles via ejournals@cambridge, which is effectively an A-Z list of journal titles at

Access from within the university network ( domain) does not require a password. "Off-campus" access is possible with your Raven password.

Enter the title of the journal in the Search box 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.

You can also search for electronic journals and their content via the iDiscover catalogue. Simply search for the title of the journal or the article title and if there is an electronic version available, you will retrieve a record for it. For journal titles, click on the 'Online access' link to check coverage and find the link to the relevant year. For articles, click on the 'Full text available' link to access the article.

Please note that if you access these journals via the publishers' web pages directly,  through scientific internet search engines such as PubMed or Google Scholar, and not through Cambridge University Library's A-Z list, you may not be able to get the full text of articles (unless you have your own personal subscription to them).

This is because all access for members of the University has been set up to channel everybody via ejournals@cambridge (see the above link) or iDiscover.

You can also access ejournals via Cambridge University Library's eresources@cambridge website.

The University also has online access to journals through the ProQuest platform. These titles cannot be accessed via the A-Z list or iDiscover. Click on the 'Publications' tab and type the journal title in the search box. Details on full text and citation/abstract coverage is provided. Click on the journal title to search for articles within the publication or browse specific issues. You can also perform Basic and Advanced searches to find specific articles.


Accessing ejournals from outside of the university network

You can access Raven authenticated services such as eresources, ejournals and Web of Science from any location inside and outside the ‘’ domain (e.g. from your PC at home or using a laptop or mobile device). Just do your search on the A-Z list or iDiscover as usual and when you click on the link for the article or journal title you will automatically be prompted for your Raven password. You should only need to enter your password once per session.


How to get a Raven password

See the University Information Services "How do I get a password for Raven?" web page.


How to recommend a journal for purchase

To recommend a journal for purchase, go to the University Library's ejournals@cambridge Help 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.

Alternatively, there is a print copy of 'Periodical Title Abbreviations', 9th edition (1994), in the Library Office. This is an alphabetical list of journal titles split into two volumes: by abbreviation and by title.

Cambridge University Library subscribes to (access from within the domain only) 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.