Vacation borrowing starts Monday!

From Monday 12th June those eligible may start checking books out for the summer vacation up to a maximum of 15 items.

From Thursday 15th June the limit goes up to 30 including short loans.

Please return or renew your current loans loans by Wednesday 14th June and remember to pay your fines.

Vac loans must be returned by Monday of first week in Michaelmas Term (9th October). Please don’t leave them at home!

Remote access to British Library resources – more databases available

You may or may not know that the British Library offers remote access to a small selection of their electronic resources if you are a registered Reader Pass holder.

The list of those databases which are now available under this arrangement has grown.

They include the following which are not available in Oxford:

Resources available

  • British Online Archives all collections including:
    • BBC Handbooks and Listener Research
    • Colonial and Missionary records
    • Communist Party of Great Britain
    • Political History
  • The following Readex collections:
    • African American Newspapers Series 1, 1827-1998
    • Caribbean Newspapers 1718-1876
    • Early American Newspapers, Series 1
    • Foreign Broadcast Information Service 1974-1996 [selections of FBIS are already in Oxford, check SOLO / OxLIP+]
    • World newspaper Archive: African Newspapers, 1800-1922

If you don’t have a reader pass, then check if / how you can register with the BL.

Also useful: Other electronic resources available in the BL which are not in Oxford.

Launch of the University of Oxford’s ‘Lest We Forget’ – and how YOU can help

Today marks the launch of the University of Oxford’s ‘Lest We Forget’ project aimed at saving and preserving material owned by the public related to WW1. WEW are seeking to donations to fund the project which will lead to a national campaign of training and supporting volunteers throughout the UK to run local digital collection days in which people can bring in the material they own, it will be digitized and uploaded to a freely available web site to launch on 11th November 2018.

Please help spread the word about this project and donate by going to: https://oxreach.hubbub.net/p/lestweforget/

For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/OxfordLWF/.

2nd years – more training available in TT!

Working towards your 2nd year thesis? There are still a few more training sessions left in Trinity Term to prepare you for researching over the Long Vacation…

Referencing: Choosing and Using software

Wednesday 24 May 14.00-17.00

Location: 13 Banbury Road, Isis Room

Formatting your in text citations, footnotes and bibliography correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easier and saves you time. This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the pros and cons of a wide range of software packages and gives you the opportunity to try out five different packages (RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley and Papers) so that you can work out which one is best for you.

Objectives:

  • Understand how reference management software works and what it does
    • Understand the pros and cons of a range of reference management packages
    • Add, edit and organise references using a number of different tools
    • Add citations to documents and create bibliographies using a number of different tools
    • Make an informed decision about which reference management package works best for you

>Book a place 

Sources for Medievalists
Tuesday 30 May 14.00-16.15

Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Windrush Room

Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Hilla Wait, Eva Oledska, Charlotte Goodall, Helen Scott

A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods for British and W European history: bibliographical databases, biographical / reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.

Subjects to be covered include:

• Bibliographical databases
• Bibliographical / reference research aids
• E-books and e-journals
• Web portals
• Collections of online primary source materials

> Book a place

Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-20th centuries
Wednesday 7 June 09.30-12.30
Location: SSL, Information Skills Training Room
Presenters: Angela Carritt and Isabel Holowaty

Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching, not only news but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.

Subjects to be covered include:

  • The value of newspapers in research
  • The difficulties of using newspapers in research and effective search techniques
  • Using a range of sources for searching and reading historical newspapers
  • Using a range of sources for searching and using historical audio-visual news sources
  • Using a range of sources for searching and reading contemporary newspapers

    > Book a place

Trial until 10 July 2017: Public Information Online (PIO)

Oxford Historians are invited to trial Public Information Online (PIO). This is a web-based archive of Parliamentary and Official documents for the 20th century.

Collections include:

  • House of Commons and Lords papers from 1997-,unique access to House of Lords twentieth century historical collection.
  • The historical collection of Standing Committee debates are now in the process of being loaded to the website and are available from 1964/65.
  • The database also has a growing collection of government publications to include: the Army, Navy and Airforce Lists, 1969- and the ‘Civil Service Yearbook’, 1974-.
  • Any researcher in this area will know how invaluable the HMSO annual catalogues are, they are now available from 1922-1995.
  • PIO also consolidates and formats information and data from government sources to provide easy to use, coherent documents, for example, the ‘Annual Abstract of Statistics’.
  • PIO also contains parliamentary and non-parliamentary publications from the UK’s devolved assemblies and parliaments.
  • The database has excellent search facilities, to include browsing by parliamentary session and publishing body.

Publications are loaded daily so the collection is up to date. If you are presented with a Login page, just select PublicInformationOnline in the top left to proceed to the home page.

This trial has been set up by the Law Library, but please send feedback to isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Term Hours & £5 notes

Welcome back everyone!

A reminder that as of 5th May the old paper £5 notes will no longer be accepted. From that date the library will only take the new polymer £5 notes as payment through the till. More information can be found on this poster.

Our Trinity Term opening hours are as follows:

Mon-Fri 9:00-22:00

Saturday 10:00-16:00

Sunday 11:00-17:00

We hope you had a great Easter Vac. We look forward to seeing you again and wish you well with your studies and your exams.

New ejournal Food & History, 1, (2003)-

Oxford readers can now access all issues for Food & History [ISSN 1780-3187] online.

An academic journal published since 2003 by the Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures de l’Alimentation (IEHCA), Food & History is the leading specialised journal in Europe in the field of food history. It covers all periods, from ancient history to post-modern times.

“The journal studies food history (from prehistory to the present), food archaeology, and food culture from different points of view. It embraces social, economic, religious, political, agronomical, and cultural aspects of food and nutrition. It deals at the same time with questions of food consumption, production and distribution, with nutrition theories and practices (medical aspects included), with food-related paraphernalia and infrastructures, as well as with culinary practices, gastronomy, and restaurants. Being positioned at the cross-roads of the humanities and social sciences, the review deliberately promotes interdisciplinary research approaches. Although most contributions are concerned with European food history, the journal principally also welcomes articles on other food cultures.” From http://www.hsozkult.de/journals/id/zeitschriften-575, accessed 21 April 2017.

The journal is listed in SOLO and Oxford eJournals. Articles are indexed in the Bibliography of British & Irish History (BBIH) and Historical Abstracts.

Easter closure 2017

The library will be closed over the Easter weekend from Friday 14 April to Sunday 16 April 2017 inclusive. We will be open on Monday 17 April from 9am-5pm. There will be no book delivery service on Monday.

We return to normal Vacation opening hours (9am-7pm) and delivery service on Tuesday 18 April. We return to Term opening hours on Sunday 23 April 2017.

Don’t forget you can access many of our eResources off-campus via SOLO using your SSO to log in.

Happy Easter everyone!

Trial until 24 April: Leisure, Travel and Mass Culture – the History of Tourism

Oxford researchers are now invited to trial Leisure, Travel and Mass Culture – the History of Tourism. This resource provides access to a highly diverse collection of material on well-known, little-known and far-flung travel destinations across the world between 1850s and 1980s.

It can be accessed via SOLO or OxLIP+. Please note that PDF downloads are not available during this trial.

From Adam Matthew Digital, http://www.amdigital.co.uk/m-products/product/leisure-travel-and-mass-culture-the-history-of-tourism/detailed-information/, accessed 27 March 2017

Collections come from multiple archives, including Thomas Cook, provide a multi-national perspective on the evolution of affordable tourism between 1850 and the 1980s. It offers researchers an interesting insight into social and cultural history, such as the growth and expansion of travel agents and transport companies and the integral role they played in the accessibility of destinations across Britain, Europe, North America and around the World.

Key subject themes include:

  • Beachfront
  • Historical, Cultural or Religious Tourism
  • Road, Rail and Automobile Travel
  • Children and Families
  • Women and Tourism
  • The Great Outdoors
  • Planning and Business
  • International Relations
  • Package Tours
  • Cruises and Organised Travel
  • Accommodation, Hospitality and Entertainment
  • Health and Medical Travel
  • Urban Tours and City Breaks

The resource features a wide range of different document types, including:

From http://www.amdigital.co.uk/m-products/product/leisure-travel-and-mass-culture-the-history-of-tourism/detailed-information/, accessed 27 March 2017

  • Travel diaries and journals
  • Scrapbooks
  • Photographs
  • Guidebooks
  • Film
  • Posters
  • Postcards
  • Leaflets and brochures
  • Correspondence
  • Periodicals
  • Maps
  • Government documents
  • Printed books
  • Ephemera
  • Prints, engravings, illustration and sketches

 

 

 

The coverage of countries is global, with documents covering the Arctic, Asia, Africa and Americas, Caribbean, Middle East and of course Europe.

Send feedback to isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk by 24 April.

New: Churchill Archive

I am pleased to announce that Oxford researchers now have access to the Churchill Archive. This resource, published by Bloomsbury Publishing in collaboration with the Churchill Archives Centre (Cambridge), is a signification collection providing access to more than 800,000 pages of original documents of Winston S. Churchill’s private papers, produced between 1874 and 1965. They include speeches, private letters, telegrams, manuscripts and government transcripts.

This resource is relevant for students and researchers of modern history, politics and international affairs. It is accessible via SOLO and OxLIP+.

CHUR 5/8/145-162     –    19 Sep 1946
Winston Churchill: “The Tragedy of Europe”
Speech notes for WSC’s speech (19 September, University of Zurich)

Accompanying the resource are specially-commissioned articles, as well as reading lists and bibliographies.

Readers can search the collection by topic, by person, by place or by period.

Also useful: