Bodleian Libraries books digitised for the the Google Books project can now be accessed via SOLO, the library catalogue.
About the project
In 2004, Oxford University entered into partnership with Google to scan the Bodleian Libraries’ out-of-copyright holdings, in particular those from the 19th century. The initial phase of this work completed in the summer of 2009, with several hundred thousand of our books being scanned and made available via Google Books (http://books.google.com/).
Items were selected solely on their copyright status and suitability for scanning, and the works that have been digitized cover a wide range of languages, disciplines, and genres. They include the first English translation of Newton’s “Mathematical principles of natural philosophy” from 1729, the first edition of Jane Austen’s “Emma”, and John Cassell’s “Illustrated history of England”.
Accessing digitised copies via SOLO in 2 steps
1. A search on SOLO will normally produce a list of “brief-display” results. If there is a digitized copy associated with a record, as in this example, a line will be added saying:
*** Digitized copy available – see Details tab for link ***
2. Clicking on the title of a bibliographic record found in SOLO or on its Details tab will display the whole record. If the digitized version is available, it will be indicated by a link on the right-hand side saying: View digitized copy (PDF) of… followed by the name of the holding library and the shelfmark of the physical copy that was scanned. Clicking on this link will download the file.
More to come
Further work is planned to enable the text in digitized copies to be searched and to make it possible to cut and paste text from the files. Additional copies are due to be added to SOLO in the future, once they have been processed by Google.
Related links: SOLO | Oxford’s digitised books | Google Books
Bodleian Libraries will be running the following classes during week 7:
WISER: E-Books [Wednesday 29 February 2.00 – 3.00]
An overview of what is currently available and how to access them from the point of view of the student, the researcher and the academic. Presenters: Hilla Wait and Jo Gardner
WISER: E-Book Readers [Wednesday 29 February 3.15 – 4.15]
How useful are e-book readers in academic work? Can they be used for accessing library materials? What are the features to look out for when considering purchase? These and similar questions will be considered with reference to the i-Pad, the Amazon Kindle and Sony Touch e-readers and smart phones. Presenters: Hilla Wait and Jo Gardner
RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences [Friday 2 March 9.15 – 12.15]
RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your references, insert them into your work, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles. This introduction is open to all but the section on importing references will focus on Science/Social Science examples. Presenters: Kate Williams and Nia Roberts
Keep up to date with WISER – Why not follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oxwiser or visit the BodWiser blog at http://bodwiser.wordpress.com. You can also check the timetable on the WISER web site at http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops or join our mailing list by sending an empty email to email@example.com
Not a member of Oxford University? – If you are not a current member of Oxford University but would like to attend a workshop please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote your Bodleian readers card barcode number.
If you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
Related links: WISER homepage | HFL training webpage
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Next week Bodleian Libraries will be running the following classes and workshops:
WISER: E-Books (Wednesday 2 November 14.00 – 15.00) – An overview of what is currently available and how to access them from the point of view of the student, the researcher and the academic.
Presenter: Hilla Wait
Book your place online.
WISER: E-Book Readers (Wednesday 2 November 15.15 – 16.15) – How useful are e-book readers in academic work? Can they be used for accessing library materials? What are the features to look out for when considering purchase? These and similar questions will be considered with particular reference to the i-Pad, the Amazon Kindle and Sony Touch e-readers and smartphones.
Presenter: Hilla Wait
Book your place online.
Have you visited LibGuides recently? – The Bodleian LibGuides service include resource and research guides covering over 80 subject. Link to LibGuides to find out what is available for your subject.
Keeping up to date with the WISER programme – Why not follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oxwiser or visit the BodWiser blog. You can also check the timetable on the WISER web site.
Not a member of Oxford University? – If you are not a current member of Oxford University but would like to attend a WISER workshop please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote your Bodleian readers card barcode number.
If you have any questions please contact email@example.com
Oxford Scholarship Online has been re-launched with new features and a revised look and feel. If you want to get an overview of the new look site, please take the tour. For a full list of new features, ckeck out the OSO New Features Guide.
According to OUP, you can now:
- Navigate seamlessly around the site with a brand new look and feel
- Use new personalization options to speed up the research process
- Quickly access relevant content with improved search and browse
- Access seminal and prize-winning titles through the OSO Archive
- Get all the latest information about new titles and features in OSO by subscribing to an RSS feed
- Quickly link from offline to online content using QR codes on all printed pages
- Filter search and browse results to see all titles with Full-Text access
- Limit searches to subject specializations to ensure the content is most appropriate to their fields of research
See OUP’s announcement for more.
Please note that while OUP has added more content (esp. University Press Scholarship Online), it may not have been subscribed to by the libraries.
We have started a trial of Early European Books (EEB) which complements EEBO. It currently only includes Collection 1 (Danish early printed books):
“Early European Books allows scholars to access and explore the printed record of early modern Europe, drawing together a diverse array of printed sources from the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. All works printed in Europe before 1701, regardless of language, fall within the scope of the project, together with all pre-1701 works in European languages printed further afield. Early European Books builds upon and complements Early English Books Online (EEBO) and is largely concerned with non-Anglophone materials. Currently only Collection 1 (drawn from the Royal Library, Copenhagen) is available.”
Collection 2 (Italian early printed books) will not be available until later this year and others (German, French, etc.) are still to follow.
EEB can be accessed from OxLIP+. The trial will run until 15 May. If you have any feedback concerning functionality or content, please e-mail Isabel Holowaty by 15 May. It should be said that we currently have no funds to pay for a subscription, but will use your responses to help prioritise the desiderata list.
ACLS Humanities E-Books has just added 576 books to its collection, bringing the total to 2790 works across a wide range of disciplines and subject areas, including important new series from the American Sociological Association, Cambridge University Press, the English Institute, the Society for Biblical Literature, and the University of Wisconsin Press.
ACLS Humanities E-Books is available to Oxford users via OxLIP+.