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We try to keep you up to date with important information about the RSL. We use our channels to promote our services such as borrowing books and interlibrary loan (ILL). We also share details on our skills sessions for reference management, metrics and search skills. We also have important update on closures, changes to library opening hours and other updates.

You can get information on any of the following:

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  • our website

We also share information on the MPLS and MSD newsletters. If there’s another way you’d like to get information from the RSL let us know.

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What’s so great about ebooks?

Ebooks are hardly a new invention but there might be some things about the ebooks in the University of Oxford that you don’t know.

Access anytime, anywhere

Although any people like the smell of books and the feel of paper in your hands ebooks have a great advantage in that they can be accessed from anywhere. All the ebooks we purchase can be accessed from anywhere whether the room in your college or travelling the world. You just need to sign in to SOLO then follow the View Online link to the ebook or sign in to the platform.

You can also download most of our ebooks. We have thousands of ebooks from many different suppliers so the methods of download can vary. If you are having problems check out the downloading ebooks section of our ebooks guide.

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Read ebooks anytime anywhere

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Check out our Resource of the Month – November

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 RefWorks.

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Brief Description

Creating reference lists for your essays can be a pain! It’s easy to lose track of all the papers you’ve been reading and formatting your references so that all the commas and italics are in the right place may not be the most fun part of academic writing. Fortunately, RefWorks can help! RefWorks is reference management software that helps you keep track of all the books and articles you are reading. It gives you a single place to store details about these documents for later citing and referencing in your assignments. Better still, RefWorks can automatically format your in-text citations and reference lists in hundreds of different citation styles saving you time.

  • Free for Oxford University members.
  • Works online from any computer.
  • Compatible with Mac and Windows.
  • Cite using Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
  • Lots of training and support available.
  • Alumni access – you can carry on using RefWorks for free even when you’ve finished your studies at Oxford.
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Who is this useful for?

Anybody at any level of the University who is involved in scientific writing – everything from undergraduate assignments to your thesis and research papers.

How can I access it?

You can access RefWorks from any web-browser by going to https://refworks.proquest.com/. You must set up a free account to use the software. When setting up your account, we recommend using the ‘Create Account’ option rather than the ‘Use login for my Institution’ option. Please ensure you sign-up using your Oxford University e-mail account.

For help using RefWorks, contact your Subject Librarian (www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ask/subject-librarians) or attend one of our free RefWorks courses – www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ask/workshops/reference-management-workshop-handouts

Black History Month Display 2023

This Black History Month we have selected a few key titles from our collection that highlight the role of black people in history and science. We have also selected a few  titles that show some of the impact of racism in these fields. Please browse our digital display and let us know if you have any recommendations.

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Group Study Rooms

Our readers told us they wanted more group study rooms and we have listened. The RSL has not 1, not 2, but 6 bookable spaces that can be used for group study. All our group study rooms are located outside of the reading rooms and so cold food and drinks are allowed. They all have WiFi access and power points to charge your devices. We are launching a new online booking tool for all of our group study rooms. It should make room bookings quick and easy. Remember to book using your ox.ac.uk email. Keep reading for the details of our different spaces.

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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.

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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 enquiries.rsl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk 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.

Disruption

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.