Check out our resource of the month for October

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:

Rachel Scanlon

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Rachel has selected Patent Information LibGuide curated by Alessandra Vetrugno.

Brief Description

The Patents Information LibGuide has gathered together a range of resources on patents including key resources on the patent application process and international databases which list published patents including Espacenet and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The guide also contains a list of scientific databases which include patent information as well as resources on keeping up to date with patent information.

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Toilet paper roll patent by S. Wheeler

Who is this useful for?

Patent information is useful for those researching Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering, Pharmacology and those interested in keeping up to date with technical developments in these fields.

How can I access it?

The Patent Information Guide is available on our guides website with many other useful guides for researchers. It is available to anyone and doesn’t require any sign in.

Check out our Resource of the Month for September

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.

Text that says resource of the month over small images of books, computer equipment and scientific equipment

This month’s selector is:

Karine Barker

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Karine Barker

Karine has selected the ClinicalKey Student database Elsevier.

Brief Description

ClinicalKey Student is an online education platform for students and faculty providing access to:

  • Over 200 textbooks including those recommended for the pre-clinical and clinical courses.
  • Over 850 associated videos.
  • Over 85 000 copyright cleared images for visual learning and enhancing lectures.

Recently acquired with our subscription is ClinicalKey Student Assessment, an extensive bank of single best answers (SBA) with case studies, tools and analytics for students to test their learning progress while also assisting teachers in preparing teaching content. The questions progress from basic sciences to clinical sciences and are graded from easy to difficult within each category.


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Who is this useful for?

Pre-Clinical medicine and Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate students will receive the most benefit from this database, as well as clinical medicine students. It will also be useful to faculty teaching medical courses.

How can I access it?

This resource is available through SOLO. If you have signed into SOLO, ClinicalKey will create an account for you based on your Single Sign On (SSO) details. If you have not logged into SOLO you will be asked to log into ClinicalKey with your Single Sign On (SSO). You will need to create an account to use ClinicalKey but this will allow you to save books and resources to your shelf.

New Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Portraiture at the Re-Opening of the Radcliffe Science Library

The Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion project presented several challenges along the way, but we are pleased to present a display featuring historical scientists connected to Oxford to various degrees thanks to recommendations we received from staff and students at the University. To learn more about the project, including some of the steps we took to get feedback, check out our previous blog post.

This collection of portraiture, which will be refreshed on a regular basis, includes deceased scientists, some well-known and others lesser known, spanning from the 16th to the 21st centuries. They represent various aspects of inclusion through their career choices, achievements, and personal characteristics.

You will encounter their gaze in several locations within the library, primarily in the reading rooms above doors, and at the end of bookcases housing works related to the subjects they worked on. If you wish to learn more about them, you can scan the QR code next to their portraits, which will provide additional information about who they were, and read the essay by Lola Milton-Jenkins, the winner of our writing competition, on “Robert Burton: Pioneer of Men’s Mental Health.”

We will also display current members of the University of Oxford scientific community selected from our nomination call who have made outstanding contributions to support equality, diversity, and inclusion in the medical and mathematical, physical, and life sciences divisions.

We hope that you will find the newly renovated library, along with its new portraiture, to be an inspiring place for study and reflection, where you feel welcome, valued, and respected.­­

If we have inadvertently overlooked any historic scientists with a connection to Oxford whom you believe should be celebrated on our walls, please provide us with their details. We will periodically review our display every two years.

We have published blog posts about several of the portraits, see the full list below and click on the links to view the individual blog posts.

Books moving back to the RSL

After being out of the building for over two years the books and staff of the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) will be returning to our newly refurbished building for October 2023. Can you tell we’re excited?

Moving the books from the Vere Harmsworth Library (VHL) will take some time so we’re going to begin packing up our books in early September. From 4th September until the end of the month we will be packing and moving books from the VHL to the RSL.

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Book fetching service

During that time the book you are looking for may not be on our shelves. To help with this we will be operatine a fetching service. You can ask the staff at the desk or email to get our staff to fetch a book from the boxes for you. As this is a time consuming process, it will be faster for readers to order books from Offste or get them from another library so we will not fetch books that meet those criteria.


During the book move there may be some noise disruption in the VHL particularly on the 2nd floor. We will try to keep the disturbance to a minimum.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Improving our websites with your help

The Research Data Oxford and Open Access Oxford websites both provide University members with essential information and resources to help with publishing and managing research. We are currently undertaking projects to improve both these websites so that information is shown in a more user-friendly way and that the content on both sites is aligned with the needs of students, researchers, administrators and academics.

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At this stage, we would particularly like to invite researchers and research support staff for their feedback on both websites. Participants will meet with an external consultant via videoconference. The usability testing does not involve technical questions, and it is not a test of your knowledge or skills: it is about understanding how the websites help (or hinder) researchers and research support staff in their work. It doesn’t matter if you have little or no experience of Open Access and/or research data management: it’s important to get feedback from people who are new to the topics as well as those with more expertise.

The aims of the tests are to:

  • Understand what users want and what’s needed in order for them to meet Research Data Management/Open Access obligations
  • Determine how well the websites fit into established workflows
  • Consider and prioritise enhancements to the websites to improve the user experience

The user testing sessions will be recorded, and these recordings will be securely stored for a reasonable time by the Bodleian Libraries for future reference to support website improvements.

When is this happening?

There are two rounds of user testing:

  • 1st round in September 2023
  • 2nd round in November 2023

You will be needed for one round of user testing only – i.e. September OR November, at a time convenient for you. The testing session will take a maximum of 90 minutes to cover both websites.

If you are interested in participating, please email Tony Langley.

3D printing downtime

Unfortunatrly due to staff shortages and moving equipment back to the Radcliffe Science Library we’ll be unable to take orders for our 3D printing service after 31 July. Any orders paid for on or before 31 July will be printed though it may take a few days depending on how busy the service gets.

Orange construction sign which says "Temporarily closed for construction"We apologise for the inconvenience and we’ll have the service up and running again when we reopen the RSL. Our guide will still be avilable for information on 3D printing.

If you have any questions please let us know.

Height adjustable desks

The RSL collection and staff are in the VHL for another few months before we move back into the RSL after the refurbishment is finished. You can check out our blog for updates on how the refurbishment is going. Luckily the VHL has great facilities including Height Adjustable Desks.

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There are two desks in the library, one with a chair and one without. Both are electronic and fully adjustable so they can be raised to standing desk height or lowered to suit someone in a wheelchair, or someone who needs to sit lower than the other desks.

Photograph of two height adjustable desksThere is no booking required, you can just come in and use them if they are free.

ILL Deadline

Our free InterLibrary Loan (ILL) is a great way to access articles and chapters that are not available in SOLO. Just fill out the online form and we’ll try and get a copy of what you need from another UK library:

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For books the items can be ordered to the vere Harmsworth Library (VHL), where the RSL collection is currently located. For journal articles or individual chapters you can be sent an electronic version.

You can make requests until 15 August this year. After that the service will be unavailable for a short time, until 23 August. Still plenty of time to get your orders in.


Disability Pride Month

In the United States, July is disability pride month and it is being acknowledged in more places. Bodleian Libraries offers a range of services to disabled readers.

Our webpage Services for disabled readers, details the services we can offer including:

  • Guide to physical accessibility in Bodleian Libraries
  • ARACU can provide alternative formats to printed materials
  • SensusAccess a fully automated service that converts your documents into alternative formats

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All Bodleian Libraries have a local disability liaison, who can discuss access and specific arrangements for you at that library. Marija Babić is the liaison for the Radcliffe Science Library.