Study tips for the Long Vac

As students leave for their summer break, we thought it might be useful to give some tips on continuing your studies and research while away from Oxford.

From http://www.wildemedia.co.uk/blog/

1. Remote access: Using your SSO (Single Sign On) login, you can access all our ebook, ejournal and database subscriptions while away from Oxford.

Scans for courses (eSet Texts) are of course also still available on the HFL WebLearn site.

2. Using a university library near your home: Under the SCONUL Vacation Access scheme, you can use the university library near your home during that university’s vacation time. You won’t be able to borrow (just as students from other universities can’t borrow from Oxford), but you can use their printed collections. Access to databases will probably not be possible but it’s worth asking. You will need to prove you are a student at Oxford so make sure you have your University Card with you and possibly a letter from your tutor as a reference. The latter is always needed if you need to access archives. We strongly recommend that you check the library’s opening hours, admission rules, etc. in advance. Libraries often schedule building work in summer so save yourself a wasted trip by checking first!

3. Finding collections in other UK university and research libraries: search COPAC to locate collections in other UK libraries. It also includes the British Library. This is a really useful search tool. Depending on your subject, you may find specialist libraries (e.g. SOAS for Oriental, Asian and African history) particularly useful.

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4. Entering the Ivory Tower: though often applied to Cambridge University Library, the British Library is infinitely more forbidding. However, staff are friendly and welcoming so I encourage students to consider using their fantastic collections. As well as being even bigger than the Bodleian, the BL has many excellent History databases which are not available in Oxford. Check out our blog post about using the BL, how to get a reader’s card and so on. The recommendation is to register early in the morning or take a(nother) book as queues can be long.

5. Remote support: We have quite a lot of online guides: guides for sources, help using reference management software, and much more.

The HFL and RadCam will of course remain open throughout summer, excepting August Bank Holiday. Just get in touch if you need help.If you need specialist help on British & Western European history, please feel free to email the History Librarian, Isabel Holowaty. There are subject librarians for other areas also.

Have a really great summer and see you all back in October!

Study tips for the Long Vacation

As students leave for their summer break, we thought it might be useful to give some tips on continuing your studies and research while away from Oxford.

From http://www.wildemedia.co.uk/blog/

1. Remote access: Using your SSO (Single Sign On) login, you can access all our ebook, ejournal and database subscriptions while away from Oxford.

Scans for courses (eSet Texts) are of course also still available on the HFL WebLearn site.

2. Using a university library near your home: Under the SCONUL Vacation Access scheme, you can use the university library near your home during that university’s vacation time. You won’t be able to borrow (just as students from other universities can’t borrow from Oxford), but you can use their printed collections. Access to databases will probably not be possible but it’s worth asking. You will need to prove you are a student at Oxford so make sure you have your University Card with you and possibly a letter from your tutor as a reference. The latter is always needed if you need to access archives. We strongly recommend that you check the library’s opening hours, admission rules, etc. in advance. Libraries often schedule building work in summer so save yourself a wasted trip by checking first!

3. Finding collections in other UK university and research libraries: search COPAC to locate collections in other UK libraries. It also includes the British Library. This is a really useful search tool. Depending on your subject, you may find specialist libraries (e.g. SOAS for Oriental, Asian and African history) particularly useful.

british-library-313197_1280

4. Entering the Ivory Tower: though often applied to Cambridge University Library, the British Library is infinitely more forbidding. However, staff are friendly and welcoming so I encourage students to consider using their fantastic collections. As well as being even bigger than the Bodleian, the BL has many excellent History databases which are not available in Oxford. Check out our blog post about using the BL, how to get a reader’s card and so on. The recommendation is to register early in the morning or take a(nother) book as queues can be long.

5. Remote support: We have quite a lot of online guides: guides for sources, help using RefWorks, and much more.

The HFL and RadCam will of course remain open throughout summer, excepting August Bank Holiday. Just get in touch if you need help. We also have a Live Chat service for those quick questions.If you need specialist help on British & Western European history, please feel free to email the History Librarian, Isabel Holowaty. There are subject librarians for other areas also.

Have a really great summer and see you all back in October!

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Studying while away from Oxford for Long Vacation: some tips

As students leave for their summer break, I thought it might be useful to give you some tips how you can continue with your studies and research while away from Oxford.

From http://www.wildemedia.co.uk/blog/

1. Remote access: With your Single Sign On login, you can access all our ebook, ejournal and database subscriptions while away from Oxford.

Scans for courses (eSet Texts) are of course also still available on the HFL WebLearn site.

2. Using a university library near your home: Under the SCONUL Vacation Access scheme, you can use the university library near your home during that university’s vacation time. You won’t be able to borrow (just as students from other universities can’t borrow from Oxford), but you can use their printed collections. Access to databases will probably not be possible but it’s worth asking. You will need to prove you are a student at Oxford so make sure you have your University Card with you and possibly a letter from your tutor as a reference. The latter is always needed if you need to access archives. I strongly recommend that you check the library’s opening hours, admission rules, etc. in advance. Libraries often schedule building work in summer so save yourself a wasted trip by checking first.

3. Finding collections in other UK university and research libraries: search COPAC to locate collections in other UK libraries. It includes also the British Library. This is a really useful search tool. Depending on your subject, you may find specialist libraries (e.g. SOAS for Oriental, Asian and African history) particularly useful.

4. Entering the Ivory Tower: though often applied to Cambridge University Library, the British Library is infinitely more forbidding. However, staff are friendly and welcoming so I encourage students to consider using their fantastic collections. As well as being even bigger than the Bodleian, the BL has many excellent History databases which are not available in Oxford. Check out my blog post about using the BL, how to get a reader’s card and so on. The recommendation is to register early in the morning or take a book as queues can be long.

5. Remote support: We have quite a lot of online guides: guides for sources, help using RefWorks, and much more.

The HFL and RadCam will of course remain open throughout summer, excepting August Bank Holiday. Just get in touch if you need help. We also have a Live Chat service for those quick questions.If you need specialist help on British & Western European history, please feel free to email me, Isabel Holowaty, the History Librarian. There are subject librarians for other areas also.

Have a great summer and see you all back in October!

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Studying while away from Oxford: some tips

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From http://www.wildemedia.co.uk/blog/

As students leave for their summer break, I thought it might be useful to give you some tips how you can continue with your studies and research while away from Oxford.

1. Remote access: With your Single Sign On login, you can access all our ebook, ejournal and database subscriptions while away from Oxford.

Scans for courses (eSet Texts) are of course also still available.

2. Using a university library near your home: Under the SCONUL Vacation Access scheme, you can use the university library near your home during that university’s vacation time. You won’t be able to borrow (just as students from other universities can’t borrow from Oxford), but you can use their printed collections. Access to databases will probably not be possible but it’s worth asking. You will need to prove you are a student at Oxford so make sure you have your University Card with you and possibly a letter from your tutor as a reference. The latter is always needed if you need to access archives. I strongly recommend that you check the library’s opening hours, admission rules, etc. in advance. Libraries often schedule building work in summer so save yourself a wasted trip by checking first.

3. Finding collections in other UK university and research libraries: search COPAC to locate collections in other UK libraries. It includes also the British Library. This is a really useful search tool. Depending on your subject, you may find specialist libraries (e.g. SOAS for Oriental, Asian and African history) particularly useful.

4. Entering the Ivory Tower: though often applied to Cambridge University Library, the British Library is infinitely more forbidding. However, staff are friendly and welcoming so I encourage students to consider using their fantastic collections. As well as being even bigger than the Bodleian, the BL has many excellent History databases which are not available in Oxford. Check out my blog post about using the BL, how to get a reader’s card and so on. The recommendation is to register early in the morning or take a book as queues can be long.

5. Remote support: We have quite a lot of online guides: guides for sources, help using RefWorks, and much more.

The HFL and RadCam will of course remain open throughout summer, excepting August Bank Holiday. Just get in touch if you need help. We also have a Live Chat service for those quick questions.If you need specialist help on British & Western European history, please feel free to email me, Isabel Holowaty, the History Librarian. There are subject librarians for other areas also.

Have a great summer and see you all back in October!

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HFL vacation loan allowance increases to 40 books today

Images: Flickr/Leo Reynolds

The History Faculty Library’s loan allowance has increased to 40 books today.
Books borrowed on vacation loan are due back on Monday 8th October (Michaelmas Term 1st week)

Short loans
Short loans are also available to be borrowed as vacation loans from today.

HFL move
This summer the HFL is moving into the Racliffe Camera in the Bodleian Library. There will be some disruption to services and to access to the collections. For more information about the move please visit our website. You can keep up to date with key dates via email, by using the ‘Sign up to Mailing List’ option in the top left corner.

Related Links: HFL move information | HFL borrowing information

Summer vacation loans start today

Summer Vacation Loans at the History Faculty Library

Monday 11th June Vacation loans begin (up to 10 items as usual, not including short loans).  Short loans books will continue to be loaned for 2 days until Thursday and will then become available for vacation loans.

Thursday 14th June Vacation loans extend to 40 items including short loans

Monday 8th October Vacation loans due back

This summer the HFL collections and staff are moving into the Radcliffe Camera.
Until Friday 17 August return books to HFL, Old Indian Institute.
From Monday 20 August return books to the Lower Camera, Bodleian Library.

 

Be prepared:

  • Check locations of material on SOLO
  • Borrow up to 40 books for the long vacation
  • Contact staff in advance if you need access to non-borrowing material from the end of July to September.

Throughout the summer you can contact us on 01865 277262 or by email at library.history@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Related links: HFL move webpage

HFL move update 7/6/12: new info on our website

The HFL’s webpages with information about the move of the Library’s collections and staff have been updated.
The details of the move are being finalized and the move/transfer of items is planned to take place between July and September 2012.  While there will inevitably be some degree of disruption we shall endeavour to keep it to a minimum.

Throughout June and into the move period we will be providing frequent updates on the move on both the main Bodleian website and, laterally, the History Faculty Library website.  We are also contacting individual reader groups and stakeholders, to provide more detailed updates as well as notifying readers in situ through signage and notices.

Here’s some top tips to help you avoid disruption when using the libraries during the summer:

Related links: HFL move webpages | Bodleian Library major projects page

 

Bodleian Upper Camera services and closure during Long Vacation

The Upper Camera will be closed for re-flooring work from 18 July until 1 October. A fetching service from open shelf material will be provided on week days. There will be no book fetching service to UCam in week 4 July and HFL staff will provide minimal invigilation service in week 11 July.

OLIS will be down 8-18 July.

The UCam and LCam opening hours are as follows:

UCam

Mon. 4 July  –  Fri. 8 July 9am – 5pm    No bookservice
Sat. 9 July 10am – 4pm
Mon. 11 July – Fri. 15 July 9am – 5pm  Invigilated space
Sat. 16 July 10am – 4pm
Mon. 18 July – Sat. 1 Oct CLOSED

LCam

Mon. 4 July  –  Sat. 1 Oct
Mon. – Fri.  9am – 5pm
Sat. 10am – 4pm

Closed Sat. 27 – Mon. 29 Aug. inclusive for the Bank Holiday weekend