Database Trial – EarthDoc

We currently have a trial to a new Earth Sciences database. EarthDoc is EAGE’s online geoscience database which contains more than 62,000 event papers and journal articles. EarthDoc gives you the opportunity to consult many years of research and a vast expanse of technical knowledge. All articles and papers cover the main fields of study within Geoscience, such as: Geology, Geophysics, Near Surface, Petroleum engineering, Reservoir and Production Engineering. The trial will run until Thurs 15th February.

It will be available via OxLIP+:

Please contact Andrew Kernot in the Radcliffe Science Library ( or Elizabeth Crowley in the Earth Sciences Library ( if you have any feedback.

When is the RSL open over the vacation?

Vacation opening hours apply at the RSL until Friday 12 January 2018 (8.30am-7pm Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm Saturday and closed on Sunday).

Term-time opening hours for Hilary will start on Saturday 13 January (8.30am-10pm Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday).

The RSL will close for the Christmas and New Year period at 5pm on Friday 22 December and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Vacation loans are due back on Tuesday 16 January (ie Tuesday 1st Week of Hilary).

RSL staff would like to wish all our readers a happy festive period and a peaceful New Year!


Welcome to all new arrivals!

A warm welcome from the Radcliffe Science Library to all new students. The RSL is Oxford’s main library for science subjects and pre-clinical medicine. Please don’t hesitate to ask library staff for help. Here are a few pointers to get you started:

Women in Science website launched

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What is the key to success for women who work in science? A new website delves into the experiences of successful women in science at the University of Oxford, through a collection of video narratives.

Funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Fund at Oxford University, the interviews with 39 successful women tell an inspiring story of an ongoing culture shift for women working in science, where according to those interviewed, discrimination is rarely experienced and the work is fun, interesting and exciting.

The researchers used a thematic analysis to identify and write about the variety of issues important to the women who were interviewed, which included obtaining funding, career progression, mentorship, and taking parental leave.

Find out more at


Oxford University has a subscription to to assist you to find new funding. Features include:

  • Thousands of open calls from UK and international funders
  • Customisable weekly alerts to ensure you never miss a new funding call
  • Tools to help you share information with your colleagues and keep ahead of funding deadlines

Register for free at (while ‘on campus’, then log-in from anywhere).

User guides and more information can be found at: Contact if you have any queries.

E-Books at the RSL

Are you finding it difficult to get hold of paper copies of reading list books at libraries around Oxford? Are you stuck in a long reservation queue to borrow the books you need for revision? Need a book when the library is closed?

If the answer to any of the above questions is ‘yes!’, then be sure to check if your books are available electronically. The Bodleian Libraries provide  thousands of e-books which can be easily accessed 24/7 through the SOLO catalogue.

Search for e-books just as you would for printed books using SOLO. E-book records are highlighted by the records showing [Electronic Resource] after the book’s title and having a ‘View Online’ link which you can click to access the full-text of the book. Just like our e-journals and databases, you can use our e-book collections away from libraries and colleges by using you Single-Sign On password. Some e-book services, such as EBL, also allow you to download books to a tablet or smart phone so that you can carry on reading even if you’re not connected to the net.

At the RSL we are highlighting E-book availability by adding stickers to reference copies of printed books on the shelves on Level 2. If you visit the library to find there isn’t a  lending copy of the book you want to borrow, these stickers will remind you that this title is available as an e-book.

You can find out more information about using library e-books on our website –

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Look out for these ‘ebook available’ stickers on Level 2 books at the RSL



A warm welcome from the Radcliffe Science Library to all new students. Please don’t hesitate to ask library staff for help. Here are a few pointers to get you started: