What can I access from home? A guide for weekly class students

The libraries are closed: what can I still get online?

All libraries run by the Bodleian Libraries are currently closed until further notice. This includes the Continuing Education Library.

Due to unavoidable reduction in services related to Covid-19 all Scan & Deliver services are currently suspended until further notice.

Please read the guidance below which will point you in the direction of accessible online resources you can access via SOLO from home.

Continuing Education Library staff are working from home and are available to you by email! If you have any questions, need our help finding digital resources, or just want to chat, please email us library@conted.ox.ac.uk

We began as a travelling library, back in the late nineteenth century, supporting Oxford University’s Delegacy of Extra Mural Studies. Connecting our users to resources remotely is still our mission!

The information below is intended to direct weekly class students towards open access online resources. If you are studying for an award-bearing course, and have Single Sign-On (SSO) please see the guide elsewhere on this blog What can I access from home? Help with e-resources

Weekly Class students

There are some ‘open access’ digital resources which you can explore on SOLO, the library catalogue. These are password free and you don’t need to sign in to use them. Here’s how to find them:

  1. Go to SOLO http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  2. Enter your search term (topic) in the white box
  3. Keep the search scope set to Search everything (see diagram below). Click on the magnifying glass to run your search.
  4. On the results page look at the options under Show only on the left and choose Open Access (see diagram below). You should see articles and other papers. Having already chosen you can further refine by selecting or excluding options under Resource type

 

Receive six online journal articles a month free with a JSTOR account

Another option to explore is to sign up online for a free individual JSTOR account, which will allow you to access online up to six scholarly journal articles a month. JSTOR is a large archive of online journals in a range of subject areas. You will not find the most recent journal issues there because issues are added after a publisher-imposed embargo period; however, it is still worth exploring.

 

Although JSTOR is a subscription service, they offer 6 free articles a month to members of the public. To sign up visit https://tinyurl.com/uhhrbnh

 

 

 

What can I access from home? Help with e-resources

Note: Access to Oxford University’s subscripton resources from home requires a Single Sign-On username and password, for which students enrolled on awad-bearing courses are eligible.  If you do not have a Single Sign-On username and password ( for example, if you are a weekly class student) there are still open access resources that you can explore. Please see our guide on this blog What can I access from home? A guide for weekly class students.

The information below applies to students on award-bearing courses.

The libraries are closed: what can I still get online?

All libraries run by the Bodleian Libraries are currently closed until further notice. This includes the Continuing Education Library.

Due to unavoidable reduction in services related to Covid-19 all Scan & Deliver services are currently suspended until further notice.

Please read the guidance below which will point you in the direction of accessible online resources you can access via SOLO from home.

Continuing Education Library staff are working from home and are available to you by email! If you have any questions, need our help finding digital resources, or just want to chat, please email us library@conted.ox.ac.uk

We began as a travelling library, back in the late nineteenth century, supporting Oxford University’s Delegacy of Extra Mural Studies. Connecting our users to resources remotely is still our mission!

A wide range of online resources are available via SOLO and we are working to extend these services where possible.

There are two types of resources available to you online from home.

(You’ll need to have signed in to SOLO with your Single Sign On (SSO) username and password)

  1. Electronic resources indicated by a green dot (see below)
  2. E books

You will want to look out for results which have a green dot next to them and which are labelled Online access. These are the University’s electronic subscription resources and they include e books, journal articles, databases, maps, images and more. In the diagram below this is the second result.

 

During the period that the Bodleian libraries are locked down, you will not be able to access either of the other two options shown in the diagram above, only the Online access option. In normal circumstances, when the libraries are open, the Find & Request option would point you to libraries which hold a physical copy of the item; the third option, with a yellow dot and the label Electronic Legal Deposit item is also not available to you from home. However, this is the case even when the libraries are open.

Electronic Legal Deposit (eLD) is not the same as commercially available online resources. It is a special collection that has legal restrictions on use.  As these special resources need to be consulted from Bodleian Libraries computers, and the libraries are currently closed to both staff and readers, it is not possible to access these resources at this present time. If the item you are looking for is only available as one of these Electronic Legal Deposit items, and is essential for your research, please contact us (see below). We may be able to point you to an alternative online option.

For more information please see https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/eld-explained

Limiting your SOLO search results to show only online resources is easy. Enter your search term in the search box and look under Sort & Filter Results on the left-hand side. Under Show only choose Online Resources

 

 

E books

You can easily identify e books in your SOLO search results. They have an open book symbol next to them, and a link with a green dot labelled Online access

 

In addition to finding e books in your search results, it is also possible to browse e book collections (some examples are Ebook Central and EBSCOhost. Enter these in the SOLO search box to explore their collections) For more information about finding and using e books, see the following guide:

https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/e-books/finding

A special page has been added to the above guide outlining updates to e book provision, part of the Bodleian Libraries support for remote and online learning during the period of physical library closures. We are getting more e-resources all the time; please check the above guide ( Covid-19 tab) and the Continuing Education Library http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/conted for regular updates.

If you cannot find an accessible online version of the item you are looking for, please contact us by email library@conted.ox.ac.uk and we will do our best to help you. This may include purchasing an e book, where possible, and/or helping you to find alternative online resources to suit your needs.

Email: library@conted.ox.ac.uk   Website: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/conted

Covid-19 update: E-book and enquiry service ongoing ; but scanning and posting services suspended

Unfortunately, Bodleian Libraries has now had to suspend both the scanning and postal services (as of 5pm 23 March).   We expect these services to be suspended for some weeks. However, please check back her for updates.

The Continuing Education Library staff are now working from home and can help you with:

  • E-books and articles – Bodleian Libraries has extensive electronic collections which you will be able to access through SOLO as usual. If the book you want is not available as an e-book (or is restricted to Bodleian Libraries computers) please email us on library@conted.ox.ac.uk and we will do our best to get hold of it as an e-book which you can access off campus
  • Enquiries – If you have any questions, particularly relating to finding and using e-resources please get in touch with library@conted.ox.ac.uk We are working and will be very happy to assist you by email or telephone!

Please do get in touch if we can help you with any other library matters.

Library services during closure – e-books, print books by post, scanning services

The Continuing Education Library and other Bodleian Libraries are now closed to students and readers due to the covid 19 pandemic. During the closure students on award bearing courses (for example certificate, diploma and masters courses) please use the following services:

  • E-books and articles – Bodleian Libraries has extensive electronic collections which you will be able to access through SOLO as usual. If the book you want is not available as an e-book (or is restricted to Bodleian Libraries computers) please email us on library@conted.ox.ac.uk and we will do our best to get hold of it as an e-book which you can access off campus
  • Enquiries – If you have any questions, particularly relating to finding and using e-resources please get in touch with library@conted.ox.ac.uk We are working and will be very happy to assist you by email or telephone!
  • Scanning service – We are able to scan individual book chapters and journal articles and send them to you by email. Email library@conted.ox.ac.uk to place your request
  • Postal service – we can post up to 3 books to you – please email us on library@conted.ox.ac.uk including the details of the books your require and your postal address

If you have books out on loan, do not worry about returning them by the due date as all books will be automatically renewed. There will be no fines. If you do want to return your books, then you can drop them off in the reading room book deposit box if you wish.

Christmas closed period – update

Please note that the Library will be closed from 3pm on Thursday 21st December and will reopen on Wednesday 3rd January, not Tuesday 2nd January as previously advertised.

The change is because the Department for Continuing Education is closed on 2nd January. We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Full details of opening hours and loan arrangements over the Christmas vacation period are on the library website

Online Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland

A new, freely available resource has now been published – the Atlas of hillforts of Britain and Ireland. This resource maps all 4,147 hillforts for the first time. The project to produce this award-winning resource which was created by a huge team of volunteer ‘citizen scientists’ was partly led by Professor Gary Lock, well known to OUDCE.

For background information about the project, see the OUDCE website

Network disruption Wednesday 18th May

From 08:00 BST on Wednesday 18th May 2016, the University is undertaking essential network maintenance which means that Library will have no email connectivity, there will be no access in the Library to SOLO, E-Resources etc and  Library staff will have no access to the Library system so will be unable to renew your books. The Library will be open as usual.
Please note that remote access to SOLO and e-resources will not be affected.

You also will have no access to your course sites i.e. Study Moodle (the site that hosts all award-bearing course Moodle sites and the MASS online assignment submission system) and the short course Moodle sites. Whilst the work is being carried out, the site will be unavailable to all users (including students, tutors, course directors, Registry staff and course administrators).

The network engineers will be working to keep the outage to an absolute minimum but the site may not be available again until 11:45  BST, however they will make the network available again as soon as the upgrade is complete – which may well be as early as 9:00  BST.