Searching for books
There are two key library catalogues you may use when studying at Cambridge:
- Girton Library catalogue (Heritage) – search Girton Library’s collection and see if items are available or already on loan. See our eGuide for further information.
- iDiscover – to search across the University’s print and electronic collections (including books, eBooks, journals, newspapers, articles and much more). Most, but not all, of Girton’s collection can be found here. See our iDiscover: eGuide for further information.
You will be able to borrow from Girton’s Main Library and the University Library. Your subject-specific library is the SPS Library.
Search Spacefinder to find places of study within Cambridge.
Searching bibliographic databases
EconLit Includes journal articles, essays, research papers, books, dissertations, book reviews, and working papers. More than 1.1 million records and covers subjects from accounting, consumer economics, monetary policy, labour, marketing, demographics, modelling, economic theory, planning, and more.
IBSS Contains bibliographic information from an international selection of publications (including over 2800 journals) in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology.
Many of the major law journals are available electronically as searchable databases:-
Justis CELEX For access to titles such as Family law, Human rights, Law reports, Law reports digest, The English reports, Times law reports, Weekly law reports.
HeinOnline For access to American legal publications
Lexis Library Formerly LexisNexis Butterworths and LexisNexis Professional for access to case law and journals published by LexisNexis, Butterworths and others, as well as major newspapers from around the world, including the All England law reports and Hill & Redman’s law of landlord and tenant – easiest access is via the Squire Law Library’s listing (on and off campus – no passwords required on-campus; UIS or Raven password required off-campus)
WestLaw For access to US legal databases and UK journals such as Construction law journal, Conveyancer and property lawyer, Journal of planning & environment law, Landlord and tenant review, and Planning & environmental law bulletin
Undergraduate and research students at the Faculty of Law are drawn to three different referencing styles. More details and guidance are below:
The Bluebook: a Uniform System of Citation Password required – please contact the Law Faculty’s Library inquiry desk
The Maroonbook The University of Chicago Manual of Legal Citation
Find eBooks on iDiscover. Read an introduction to eBooks or guidance on finding and using eBooks for further information.
For information on searching for websites, see the leaflet eGuige: Searching the internet using search engines. Printed copies are also available in the Library.
The Virtual Training Suite provides introductions to using the web which is tailored to specific disciplines. The full list is available at and tutorials which might prove useful to land economists include:
Internet for economics – www.vtstutorials.co.uk/tutorial/economics
Internet for law – www.vtstutorials.co.uk/tutorial/law
Internet for geography – www.vtstutorials.co.uk/tutorial/geography
UK Data Service Social Economic and population data resources.
One of the easiest ways to discover information of academic value on the internet is to use one of the many subject-related gateways or hubs, e.g.:
BAILII British and Irish Legal Information Institute providing access to freely available public law information
NBS resources Links to information in the architecture, engineering and construction sectors from National Building Specification, part of RIBA Enterprises and owned by the Royal Institute of British Architects