Until 20 February 2012, the University Library will be conducting a university-wide trial of Cambridge Books Online and Cambridge Companions Complete. Both trials are given access to the full text of Cambridge University Press e-books in many subject areas.

Cambridge Books Online (CBO) offers extensive scholarly access to more than 13,000 e-books, primarily recently published works, from Cambridge University Press, covering subjects from all disciplines across science, technology, medicine, humanities, and social sciences. Textbooks are currently not available on Cambridge Books Online.
Click here to browse the subject areas and all the e-books in Cambridge Books Online

Cambridge Companions
Cambridge Collections Online brings together subject or theme-based PDF collections of Cambridge titles, making them available together online as subscription packages. At present, they offer four collections based on the Cambridge Companions series: The Complete Cambridge Companions (472 titles), the Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics Collection (256 titles), the Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture (159 titles) and the Cambridge Companions to Music (57 titles). Cambridge Companions Online are grouped according to the series they are commissioned into as print titles and are automatically allocated to the relevant collection.

Cambridge Companions is organized into three cross-searchable collections:

  • Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics offers essays on major authors, periods and genres, written by experts and designed for student readers. Each author is placed in literary and historical context; their major works are analyzed either in separate chapters or grouped according to theme, and their influence on later writers assessed. This collection covers key periods and aspects of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as periods of English literature such as Old English or the Victorian Novel, and literary genres such as Modernism or Greek Tragedy, providing contextual information about political, social, religious and artistic relationships.
  • Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture offers specially-commissioned collections of essays intended to serve as reference works for an inter-disciplinary audience of students and non-specialists. Addressing topics and figures ranging from Plato through Kant to Habermas, and philosophical movements such as the Scottish Enlightenment and German Idealism, this collection contains essays taken from the Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture (more than 150 volumes). Each volume also includes a substantial bibliography and other elements such as glossaries and timelines.
  • Cambridge Companions to Music provides specially commissioned essays on composers, instruments and musical topics, written with the student, the performer and the music lover in mind.
    The full text of the Shakespeare Survey Online, which appears on the same webpage, is not part of this trial.

 A useful walk-through guide is available on the Cambridge Books Online platform.

 Print, copy and download permissions may vary from collection to collection.

 Access to Cambridge Books Online and Cambridge Companions is available via IP. For off-campus access, please login via VPN first

 The URLs for the trials are:

You can find the trials also via the library eLibrary. It is listed both under Databases a-z and under Databases by discipline. 

Please inform me when you think this database has added value for you, and whether the Library should have permanent access.

If you have questions, feedback (during or after the trial) and/or any other comments contact me.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation!


Angélique Bessems




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