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How can I find out when new content is made available?

Subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email to cudl-updates-subscribe@caret.cam.ac.uk and we will do our best to keep you informed of updates.

How do I link to a specific page within a book?

Our website URLs have the format:

http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/[item id]/[image number]

So http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-ADD-03996/5 links to image 5 in item MS-ADD-03996 (The Trinity College Notebook).

How do I change page while seeing as much of the manuscript as possible?

The right panel, which shows some information about the item can be collapsed by clicking on the double arrow icon in the far right of the screen. This will allow you to view more of the image while you can still page forward and backwards through the book. There is also a button within the viewer that allows you to expand it to cover the full screen.

How do I share a book on Facebook, Twitter, etc.?

When you are looking at an item there are social media icons at the bottom of the About tab. Clicking on these will allow you to share the item or page with others.

What technologies are behind the Cambridge Digital Library?

We aim to use primarily open source technologies, and to avoid the use of plugins to make the site accessible to as many people as possible. For the website we use a collection of JavaScript libraries including Seadragon Ajax for the zoomable images, ExtJS, JQuery and Glow. Behind the scenes we use the eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) and Goobi for digitising and indexing the data. The website was created by the digital library team at Cambridge University Library and is written in Java. You can find out more by contacting the Digital Library Team (see our Contributors Page for details on how to do this).

What kind of standards do you use for data?

Our data is primarily in METS, MODS and TEI formats. We are planning to provide our data for others to download and use. Please let us know what formats/APIs would be most useful to you.

Will you be offering whole pdfs of the manuscripts to download (for e-readers for example)?

This is something which we would like to do, however this may result in very large files, so may not be suitable for all books.

Why can't I see all books in Cambridge University Library online?

We are just starting to build our online collection, so we only have a few works online at the moment. You may be able to find what you are looking for at the eresources@cambridge website.

What types of searches do you support?

Searching for newton Searches the metadata for 'newton'
Searching for isaac newton Searches for 'isaac' AND 'newton'
Searching for "isaac newton" Searches for the phrase 'isaac newton'
The characters ? and * can be used as wildcards in your search.
Use ? to represent one unknown character and * to represent any number of unknown characters.

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