Monday, 18 October 2021

Much more than teaching... Marshall Library's extensive and eclectic research collections by Simon Frost, Deputy Librarian


It’s often asserted that the Marshall Library is a teaching library and, during Full Term, this is undoubtedly the case. To suggest, however, that it is solely a teaching library belies the contributions made – and being made – by it’s extensive and eclectic collections of archives and rare books to the work of the numerous researchers who visit the Marshall from all over the World. The majority of these visits occur during vacation and illustrate the way in which the focus of the library changes from teaching to research support with archival enquires, supervision and scanning occupying proportionately more staff time.

The Marshall Library archives consist primarily of the notes, correspondence and photographs of Professor Alfred Marshall (22 boxes) and Professor Austin Robinson (108 boxes). Other Cambridge economists – Pigou, Foxwell and Jevons – are also represented together with extensive lecture notes produced by various undergraduates in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. There are also some surprises. Mary Marshall, Alfred’s wife and economist in her own right, was also an accomplished water colourist and the collection includes numerous portfolios of her work. Austin Robinson became a pilot during the First World War and flew flying boats with the Royal Naval Air Service and later with Shorts Brothers as a test pilot. He was a keen photographer his archives contain hundreds of unique photographs early aircraft and airships.

Mary Paley's watercolour album                                                

Photos from Austin Robinson's papers

Accompanying these archival materials are many thousands of rare books which originated from the working collections of Marshall, Keynes and other prominent Cambridge economists. Many of these contain significant amounts of marginalia or inter-lea
ved notes. Again, there are surprises.  An inscription in one tome indicates that it was retrieved Herman Goering’s personal train at Berchtesgaden in 1945 and was donated to the library by Nicholas Kaldor who, at the time, was Chief of the Economic Planning Staff of the US Strategic Bombing Survey.

Nicholas Kaldor

For many years these archival collections were poorly organised and widely distributed throughout the Faculty of Economics until, in the late 1990s, the then Marshall Librarian, Rowland Thomas, secured funding from the National Bank of Italy for an archivist to undertake their organization and cataloguing. At the same time the rare books were subject to a programme of retrospective cataloguing in order to make them more accessible and to highlight any notable annotations.

The simple expedient of uploading pdf files of the newly created archival catalogues to the Marshall Library website in the early 2000s garnered considerable interest amongst economic historians worldwide and material in the archives has been used in the production of at least sixteen books ranging from biographies of Marshall, Pigou and Fay to books about flying boats in the Royal Naval Air Service. The most recent publication we’ve provided assistance with is Economics of Visual Art: Market Practice and Market Resistance / Amy Whitaker (2021). We’ve also identified numerous chapters in books and journal articles that have been produced using resources in the Marshall archives.

The Marshall Library has never really been solely a teaching library. The dichotomy between its teaching and research responsibilities has always been there and it’s what continues to make it an interesting place in which to work.

Monday, 27 September 2021

Welcome to the Marshall Library for New Students

 Welcome to Cambridge from the Marshall Library Team! 

If you are a student in Economics or Development Studies we are the Library for your course. We have a comprehensive Economics and Development Studies collection, both in print and online. We have multiple copies of all your key textbooks and, where possible, we have provided ebook access too. We also hold the Archives of Alfred Marshall and other key figures from Cambridge Economics.

The Marshall Library is based on one side of the Austin Robinson Building (opposite the main Faculty of Economics entrance) and has a surprisingly beautiful Reading Room, which you will enjoy using as a study space.

To begin with during Michaelmas Term we will be operating a Book a Study Space service for longer stays in the Library space:    but we hope to be able to open up more as term progresses. If you just want to come in and borrow/return a book or speak to us for help and advice you can just come in. Keep up to date with our current library services here:

We strongly recommend that you watch our Library Induction talks either in person, or via recordings on your Moodle Induction pages. For a flavour of our space and services please watch our brief video Introduction to the Marshall Library:

We have a useful website which gives you all the information about the Library, our services and our resources such as online databases and datasets:

To find resources you need for your studies it is important that you learn how to use the catalogue iDiscover:
We have shared the Economics iDiscover workbook with you and really recommend you spend a short time doing this to get the best out of the catalogue and save time later!

For basic tips about using Cambridge Libraries, including searching iDiscover check out the Library Essentials Libguide

If you cannot find a book, journal article, database or dataset then just ask us! All the Marshall Library staff are very friendly. We are here to help you and look forward to seeing you soon in the Library.

Keep in touch by following us on Twitter @Marshalllibrary and on Facebook:

You are likely to see our mascot, Jasper the #Economicscat on Twitter and, hopefully, in catperson, at the Library where he makes a couple of visits each year

Thursday, 29 April 2021


 The Marshall Library is open and offering 12 bookable seats during Easter Term between 1-4pm from Monday 26th April to Friday 18th June.


To book a seat go to this calendar (on our website):


You must wear a mask at all times while in the Marshall Library.

You must follow the one-way system and only sit in your booked seat. 

The seats that cannot be used will be clearly marked. 

(Access to the Library is still closed unless you have booked a seat or the Bloomberg Terminal. )

You must turn up at 12.55pm and queue outside the Marshall Library door in a socially distanced manner. At 1pm a member of Library staff will open the door and supervise the entrance.

You must scan the NHS QR code track & trace poster on entrance and sanitise your hands.

You must maintain 2m distance from each other and library staff at all times.

Cleaning stations with sanitiser and disinfectant wipes will be made available on the Gallery floor near the 12 bookable seats. Please wipe the desk, seats and and managed desktop computers you have used before you leave.


In order to open the Marshall Library safely it will be necessary to have all the Library windows open to comply with covid ventilation safety requirements. This means that the reading room is cold to sit in. We recommend that you wrap up warm for your session.


You are not allowed to Browse and Borrow books, as it is not possible to open seats and provide this service too whilst complying with social distancing requirements. If you need print materials you will still have to follow the current Click & Collect system via the iDiscover catalogue to access Marshall Library materials.


If you arrive late for a session we cannot guarantee entry. If you leave your seat, except to go to the toilet in the lobby on the Marshall side of Austin Robinson Building, we will not readmit you during the afternoon session.


Only those with booked seats may use the toilets on the Marshall side of the building, unless you are Faculty of Economics and have permission to enter the building. Under no circumstances may you admit anyone else to the Austin Robinson Building to use the toilet or for any other purpose.


If any reader fails to comply with any of the terms and conditions which are set up for your safety and that of Library staff you will be asked to leave the building.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Remote Access to E-resources - some useful tips!

 If you are working at home or are remote from Cambridge here are some tips to help you.

  1.  LEAN LIBRARY - Download Lean Library to help you access book chapters and articles. It should also flag alternative access to ebooks where we have access to ebooks via different routes. Once installed in your browser links you automatically to your article via IP and subscription access. If a subscription is not available it will link you to suitable Open Access versions 
  2. BROWZINE - a new tablet application (iOS & Android) where you can browse, read and follow thousands of scholarly journals available to you thanks to the University’s subscriptions or on open access.  You can also use Browzine on your desktop. You can download Browzine for iOS or Android devices via the App store.
  3. BROWZINE LIBKEY NOMAD is a browser extension that links you to full text articles available from Cambridge University Libraries, like Lean Library it will offer OA alternatives where subscriptions are not available but it does not provide this service for ebooks.

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Accessing Bloomberg and EIKON Live Financial Data

At the Marshall Library we have two Live Financial Data Terminals available for staff and students in Economics and Development Studies: Bloomberg and EIKON.


Bloomberg is a computer software system  that enables professionals in the financial service sector to access Bloomberg Professional Services through which users can monitor and analyze real-time global financial market data. It also provides excellent news feeds. If you would like to book a session using our Bloomberg terminal please fill out our online from on the Marshall Library website:

We will email a confirmation. Please come to the front doors of the Marshall Library and telephone us on 01223 335217. A member of Library staff will come down to let you in and escort you to the terminal. 

During Covid-19 restrictions you must -
    1.     Wear a face mask at all times inside the Marshall Library
    2.     Sanitise your hands with sanitiser provided
    3.     Scan the NHS QR Track and Trace code on entry
    4.     Sanitise the Bloomberg keyboard before you leave the Library

N.B. There are no toilet facilities available on the Marshall Library side of the Austin Robinson Building
Introductory Bloomberg videos and tutorials

The terminal is available during our current opening hours of 9am-4pm -so the last bookable session each day is from 3pm.

Bloomberg Video Tutorials

If you have not used the Bloomberg Terminal before we recommend you download and read the Bloomberg Getting Started Guide:

Bloomberg: Our Top 25 Tips and Tricks - CJBS video from 2013

Three Bloomberg tutorial videos by Eric from May 2020

Part I - Quick Introduction to Basic Functions

Part II - Advanced Function Exploaration

Part III - Additional Economic Stock


Like the Bloomberg TerminalEikon is a software system used to monitor and analyze financial information. Eikon provides financial professionals with access to market data, analytics, and messaging tools. Information can also be exported to Microsoft Excel for continued data analysis.

During the Covid-19 restrictions we are making access to our terminal remote access only. To access the Marshall Library EIKON licence please email
explaining you are an Economics/Development Studies student (which year) or Economic/Development Studies member of academic staff. You will be granted a day long access to the EIKON data and they will send you details on how to access EIKON.
Please note you should allow plenty of time for any data downloads as all sessions end at 4pm.

Email if you want to use the EIKON licence remotely and you have not used it before. We can send you a guide in PDF format.

Cambridge Judge Business School Video Tutorials

These video tutorials have just been made available

Eikon Essentials: Introduction and Searching

Eikon Essentials: Financial Charts


Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Economics ETextbooks are now available via Kortext and Bibliu

 Due to the difficult situation this year with Covid-19 the University and the University Library have provided extra funding to support online learning. We have been fortunate to receive support from this funding for many of the key Economics Textbooks. Most of the core titles used across the Tripos and the MPhil courses are being provided by two companies: Kortext and Bibliu. 


To access these etextbooks simply search for titles on iDiscover in the usual way. You can refine your search by 'ebooks'

Click on Online access below the record and you will be taken to the relevant providers site, in this case Kortext

If you click through to the details of a record it will show you which provider is providing the ebook . It also tells you it is part of a temporary pilot collection for 2020-21

When you have clicked on Online Access you will be taken to Kortext.

You need to choose University of Cambridge from a list - or type it into the box. You will then be taken to the usual Raven login page to access the book

Then you will be asked to create a personal password for the Kortext site to access their textbooks for you:

Once you have logged in you will immediately be accessing the book you want to read online and Kortext will ask you to take a tour - so you can learn about the functionality available...

You can search the book, go to the contents page to find a chapter at a time, take notes, create bookmarks, create references to download using Endnote or Refworks, and print (up to 10%). All these functions are available on the side menu

Here is a list of the titles we have available via Kortext:

Varian, Hal (2019) Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach. Norton, 9th ed.
Mankiw, & Taylor (2020) Macroeconomics. Cengage, 5th ed.
Jones, C.(2016) Macroeconomics. Norton, 4th ed.
Mann, P. (2016) Introductory Statistics, Wiley, 9th ed.
Stiglitz, & Rosengard, (2015) Economics of the Public Sector, Norton4th ed
Dixit & Skeath (2014) Games of Strategy, Norton4th ed
Wooldridge (2019) Introductory Econometrics Cengage, 7th ed.
McLaren (2012) International Trade. Wiley
Tirole (2010)The Theory of Corporate Finance. Princeton University Press
Pepall (2011) Contemporary Industrial Organization: A Quantitative Approach. Wiley
Jones & Vollrath (2013) Introduction to Economic Growth, Norton, 3rd ed.
Acemoglu (2008) Introduction to Modern Economic Growth. Princeton University Press
Hayashi, F.(2011) Econometrics. Princeton University Press
Woodford, M. (2011) Interest and Prices: Foundations of a Theory of Monetary Prices. Princeton University Press
Camerer. C. (2011) Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments in Strategic Interaction. Princeton University Press
Bishop, S. & Walker, M. (2010) The Economics of EC Competition Law: Concepts, Applications and Measurement. 3rd ed. Thomson Reuters


We also have the following titles via Bibliu - access is via iDiscover like Kortext

When you click through to online access you get taken to the Bibliu site via the usual Raven login route

However the Bibliu site takes you straight into the book you want to use - you can see the functions on the top menu e.g. search and notes -similar to the Kortext site

Here are the titles we have via Bibliu:

Borjas, G. (2019) Labor Economics. McGraw Hill. 8th ed.
Gali, J. (2015) Monetary Policy, Inflation and the Business Cycle: An Introduction to the New Keynesian Framework and its Applications. Princeton University Press. 2nd ed.
Hillier, D. (2020)Financial Markets and Corporate Strategy. European Ed.
Lind, Marchal & Wathen (2020) Macroeconomics. 18th ed.
Mas-Colell, A. et al. (1995) Microeconomic Theory. Oxford University Press
Romer, D. (2018) Advanced Macroeconomics. McGraw Hill, 5th ed.
Stock & Watson (2020) Introduction to Econometrics. 4th Global Ed.

Monday, 12 October 2020

Faculty of Economic Access to Global Financial Data, by Clare Trowell, Marshall Librarian & Mike Cerneant, Global Financial Data.

I am delighted to announce the purchase of Global Financial Data with support from the University Library and Faculty Board. This dataset should really help students with data for projects and dissertations. It should also be of great use to researchers in the Faculty of Economics. Read on to see what data is available via this new service. Mike Cerneant, our account manager, has written an explanation of what the database contains and how it may be useful. He is also happy to work with lecturers to provide Zoom Room demos for Economics classes. Please get in touch with me if you are interested in this opportunity.

Scroll down to the end of the data description to read how to access the database

Global Financial Data - what does it contain?

 Global Financial Data provides the most comprehensive, historical economic and financial information available anywhere. GFD specialises in providing Financial and Economic Data that extends from the 1000s to the present—beyond what any other data provider has ever delivered. For over twenty-five years, Global Financial Data has been accumulating and transcribing rare data sources into research-quality databases.  

GFD combines daily market data from traditional data feeds with historical values collected from print sources to generate complete, unabridged data series. These original source documents include academic journals, newspapers, periodicals, books and numerous other archival sources that were once only recorded by a quill pen. The data offered are verified, cross-referenced, tested and accurate.  

The Global Financial Database is a global macro database that provides data never before compiled into a single electronic format. It spans more than 200 global markets and extends coverage back to the year 1000. GFD supports full data transparency to enable our users to verify financial data points, tracing them back to the original source documents.

The GFD Suite of Solutions
The most comprehensive and extensive collection of economic and financial data. One of the most cited electronic databases ever developed. As part of the service GFDFinaeon you can chart, graph and analyse a number of series using custom features e.g. Screen-in-Time, Events-in-Time, Constituent Membership and Index Creator. Includes

  • Asset Classes from 1800
  • Commodities from 1000
  • Equity Indices from 1694
  • Forex form 1383
  • Fixed income from 1285
  • Emerging Markets from 1821
The GFD UK Equities is the first of its kind to provide full coverage of the exchange that once dominated world finance. It features stock prices from the Amsterdam exchange beginning in 1602 and London Stock Exchange from 1692.

  • Ordinary, Deferred and Preferred Shares
  • Emerging Markets
  • Foreign and Domestic Government Bonds
  • Dividend and Capitalization Data

This data source provides unique insight into the early stages of the US market as it grew from 14 million in 1791 to over 30 Trillion today. Going beyond NYSE GFD has researched every stock ever traded on the US Exchange, including regional exchanges such as Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, as well as equities trading on the OTC, AMEX and NASDAQ.

  • 25,000 Delisted Stocks from 1791
  • Dividend data from 1866
  • Earnings Data from 1924
  • Fundamental Data from 1950
  • Constituent Membership of each major index
Using data derived from the London Stock Exchange GFD ha calculated alternative market indices that measure stock market performance beginning in 1602, for over 50 countries. Although tick data are necessary for day-to-day decisions, accurate long-term analysis and forecasting models must rely upon historical data. These new indices can identify patterns between sectors and securities never before identified.

  • The GFD US-100
  • The GFD UK-100
  • The GFD Emerging Market Index
  • The GFD World Index

Using over 80,000 historical events that have occurred through time you will be able to identify trends in market behaviour when similar events repeat. Natural disasters, recessions, strikes, elections and assassinations are a few examples of such events.
Complex movements in real estate can optimally be analyzed using GFD/Winans Real Estate Data. Winans International US Real Estate Index (WIREI) tracks prices of new homes beginning in 1830.

  • 500 US Real Estate Indicators
  • 300 Foreign Indices
  • National, Regional, State and Metropolitan Housing Data
  • New Home sales from 1963

Accessing Global Financial Data
You can access the service via this address: 

You will have to register your own account the first time you login - but you only have to do it the first time.
To get to the Login/Register screen click the link on the top right hand side of the Home Page

When you click to register or login you will be taken to this screen

Do go and take a look and have a play with the resource. I hope you will find this dataset really useful.