RSL in the VHL – Easter weekend closure 2023

The Radcliffe Science Library in the Vere Harmsworth Library will be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 7 April to Monday 10 April 2023 inclusive. The library will close at 7pm on Thursday 6 April and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 11 April.

Even though the library is closed, our online services will still be available:

Full details of library opening hours can be found at

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Book an appointment with your subject/outreach librarian

Your subject librarian can help with you many different tasks. You can meet them in person or via Teams or just send an email. They’ll work with whatever style of communication that suits you.

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Along with helping with your literature search and constructing search queries they can…

  • Offer support and guidance on finding subject-specific resources.
  • Can advise and and train you on reference management software and how to use different styles.
  • Teach you how to access and manage research data.
  • Purchase book recommendations and are particularly interested in purchasing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion titles to improve our collections.
  • Help with issues accessing resources.
  • And so much more…

Meet the subject Librarians at the RSL

Photograph of Karine BarkerKarine Barker
Lead Librarian – Non-Clinical Medicine & Life Sciences supporting:

  • Non-Clinical Medicine
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Anatomy and Genetics
  • Psychology

Photo of Ollie BridleOliver Bridle
Subject Librarian – Non-Clinical Medicine and Life Sciences supporting:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Forestry
  • Pharmacology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Zoology

Photograph of Rachel ScanlonRachel Scanlon
Subject Librarian – Physical and Applied Sciences supporting:

  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Materials Science
  • Statistics


Photograph of Alessandra Vetrugno holding a laptopAlessandra Vetrugno
Lead Librarian – Physical and Applied Sciences supporting:

  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics


If your subject/outreach librarian isn’t listed here check the list of subject/outreach librarians on the Bodleian Libraries website.

So whether you are starting a research project, completing an assignment or just want to get the latest information on useful tools book an appointment with your subject librarian.

Help us select chairs for the new RSL

The Radcliffe Science Library refurbishment is progressing well and is on target for completion later this year, and we are now at the point of selecting furniture for the new library.

We would very much like the input of our readers on this. To this end, we have six chairs set up in the Vere Harmsworth Library that we’d like you to try. Some have arms, some have wheels, some are adjustable. Let us know what you think!

Fill in the form in the VHL or email us at

Let us know your choices by 14 April 2023.


BrowZine is a tool that brings together online journals from multiple publishers and platforms. It allows seamless access to content licensed by the Bodleian Libraries including 1000s of articles and 100s of platforms. It has been integrated with SOLO so with one click you can

  • Download a PDF of the article
  • Go to the article on the web
  • View the contents page of the that journal issue

If you prefer to access content on your phone or tablet you may prefer to use the BrowZine app. This can be downloaded from the Android and Apple App Stores and can be used on All iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches with iOS v8.x+ ; Android Tablets and Smartphones with OS v4.1+ and on Kindle Fire HD Tablets.

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Try the App

Getting the app is very easy. Simply,

  • Download the BrowZine App from the app store for your device
  • Choose Library (select University of Oxford)
  • Login with your Single Sign On (SSO)
  • And start browsing 100s of journals

Additional Features

But wait there’s more… If you set up a personal account on BrowZine you gain access to additional features. My Bookshelf can be used to track your favourite journals and you can save your favourite article in My Articles.




RSL in the VHL – Vacation Opening Hours

As Hilary term ends, the Radcliffe Science Library in the Vere Harmsworth Library will move to vacation opening hours from Monday 13 March 2023.

The Library will be open:

  • Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 2pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Full details of library opening hours can be found at

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Check out our Resource of the Month

The RSL has a huge collection of physical and electronic materials. We have so much that we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of our items whether recently added or an existing collection item. The resources are recommended by our knowledgeable subject librarians who are excited to show off parts of the collection for their subject.

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This month’s selector is:

Ollie Bridle

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Ollie Bridle

Ollie has selected BIOSIS by Web of Science.

Brief Description

BIOSIS is a database of biological and biomedical research literature published since 1969. It not only covers academic journals, but also book chapters, meeting abstracts, technical reports, patents and other material. BIOSIS can be particularly useful to biologists as the records are enhanced with added taxonomic, genetic and biochemical information. This makes it possible to easily search for all records concerned with a specific gene or organism. BIOSIS records also benefit from the citation data available within Web of Science. This allows you to see related research available across the Web of Science platform that has cited documents you are interested in.

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Who is this useful for?

This is a valuable database for anybody studying or researching biology, biochemistry, biomedical sciences or related disciplines. A great tool for researching everything from an undergraduate essay to a journal paper.

How can I access it?

This database is available through SOLO. To access it off campus use the VPN or sign in to the journal platform with your Single Sign On (SSO).