University and Homerton resources

This page lists key University web pages.


Library catalogues

  • Homerton College Library catalogue (Heritage) Search our catalogue and access your library account. You can login to our system to check your account and renew or reserve items (your login is the five character code under the barcode of your University Card). You can also see your borrowing history and set up favourite subjects to alert you to new items that we acquire which are in your areas of interest.
  • iDiscover  A ‘universal’ catalogue search which searches the holdings of all the libraries of the University in one go. An advantage of using iDiscover: you can easily widen your search to cover online subscribed eresources and the addition of faceted search results and filters help you fine tune your search results. iDiscover will show listings for Homerton Library, but not whether the item is currently available.

Note: from January 2018, the Heritage catalogue will no longer be available. Managing your loans, and searching for items will all take place through iDiscover. More information will follow in due course.

Electronic resources

  • eresources@cambridge Portal to all online (‘electronic’) resources subscribed to by the University. Search for online journals and databases by subject, or using the A-Z lists.
  • Cambridge Digital Library Recently launched site aiming at providing online access to selected content from the University Library’s vast collections. Content will be made open and freely available to all wherever possible. Early material on the site includes some of Sir Isaac Newton’s most important work from the 1660s, including his college notebooks and ‘Waste Book’. More content is being added to the site all the time.
  • Apollo (formerly known as DSpace) University’s online electronic repository for sharing and preserving research and heritage material. For use by all students, staff, and University departments.
  • Cambridge University Skills Portal for Cambridge Undergraduates to find resources to support their academic development. For example: referencing, library skills. ‘A searchable database of online resources for undergraduates at the University of Cambridge. These resources aim to support students in their academic development in order to make the most of the learning opportunities offered at Cambridge.’
  • Cambridge Libguides for Cambridge Undergraduates to find subject specific library resources to support their independent learning. There is also a specific guide on plagiarism.

Note: We recommended that you access all University subscribed ejournals, ebooks, and databases through the University portals or through iDiscover to ensure you are able to freely access everything you are entitled to as a member of the University. For instance, there is full text access to millions of academic research papers via 20,000+ academic journals, and thousands of e-books and hundreds of high quality academic databases. The vast majority of these e-resources are expensive subscription only services not freely available on the open web.

Other library-related links

  • Homerton College Library Twitter page (@homlib)
  • Homerton College Library Facebook page
  • University Library Twitter page (@theul)
  • Faculty of Education Library Twitter page (@edfaclib)
  • Cambridge libraries gateway A Cambridge University libraries’ portal with a collection of news feeds, useful links, and help pages all in one place.
  • Map of Cambridge University libraries A Google Map showing the location of all (there are over 100!) libraries of the University.
  • Directory of libraries of the University includes contacts, web addresses and location on an online map.
  • UL toolbox A growing collection of web applications such as Newton toolbars for your browser, mobile apps, reference management tools, and the University Libraries Widget for your Facebook or iGoogle page.
  • The Arcadia Project blog A collective blog for those working on the project exploring the role of academic libraries in a digital age
  • Incunabula Project blog Incunabula are the earliest books—usually defined as those published before 1501. ‘In October 2009 Cambridge University Library launched a cataloguing project which will make records for its collection of 4,650 incunables available and searchable online for the first time’.
  • Special Collections blog [University] Library is committed to using its Special Collections to support research and teaching, and to developing digital services to make the collections accessible to the widest possible audience in new and innovative ways. At the same time, it recognises the enduring importance of the physical collections, and the need to preserve this unique cultural heritage for future generations.’
  • Tower Project Blog Tower Project was established to add records to the internet for “non-academic” books held by Cambridge University Library. The books concerned were acquired by legal deposit during the 19th and twentieth centuries but were not required for university teaching, so were stored in the University Library Tower…’

University teaching and examinations

  • Board of Examinations—Table of Dates and Examinations These pages are updated throughout the year as information becomes available.
  • Lecture lists This is a new service to provide a more usable list of course lectures throughout the University.
  • Plagiarism: University-wide statement There has been a substantial revision to this policy including an amendment to the University-wide statement on plagiarism (following a recent ruling of the University Tribunal) that a student may be found guilty of an act of plagiarism irrespective of intent to deceive, and be subject to the deprivation of a degree. The bold italics indicate the two new phrases added to the statement. There are also revisions to the procedures to be followed by examiners in handling suspected cases of plagiarism. Plus there is advice on good academic practice such as referencing and study skills.

IT and printing

  • Desktop Services and MCS (Managed Cluster Service, was ‘PWF’) The Managed Cluster Service (MCS) is the system of login-able computers all students can use throughout the University. You should have been given a login when joining the University. Homerton College Library has nine MCS workstations in the Library—at least two on each floor (eight PCs and one Mac). There are more MCS workstations in the IT Department.
  • MCS printer credits: DS-Print In order to print from the MCS workstations you need to purchase print credits from Desktop Services (DS-Print) either online or through our IT or Accounts Departments. Online purchase and balance check is (after you have logged in) via Start > All Programs > Account Management > eCredit. If you have problems printing please first see one of our FAQs (click on FAQ tab near the top of the page). Note: you cannot currently purchase print credits on the Mac, but you can print from it.
  • Passwords – lost a password? If you have a Raven password you can reset other passwords online at
  • Raven Authentication Service The University’s Raven login service is a vital element in accessing the online resources which you are entitled to use. It has replaced the old Athens authentication system (for those that remember that!) and uses the ‘Shibboleth’ system to authenticate your identity. It is particularly vital for off campus access but it’s also used for accessing many internal services. The Raven web pages explain what it is, how to use it, and what to do if you have lost it.

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