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 – http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/finding-resources/ebooks

E-book sticker logo

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


2020 Vision: Making Your Research Output Compliant

UPDATE: All presentations from 2020 Vision are online at http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/2020-vision
FOSTER-hiresOn the afternoon of the 21st of April the Radcliffe Science Library will be running an informal workshop at Keble College to update graduate students and researchers about Open-Access polices.

  • Do you know how HEFCE rules for the 2020 Ref are changing and how these will affect you?
  • Are you familiar with RCUK, Wellcome and other funder’s policies on Open Access?
  • Have you heard about the tools available at Oxford to help you comply with new Open Access regulations?
  • Do you know about services such as arXiv, PubMed Central and Zenodo and how they can help archive your research data and publications to meet funder requirements?

If your answer to any of these questions is ‘no’ then you should book yourself a place! You’ll find out the answers to the questions above and have the opportunity to quiz invited representatives from organisations closely involved in Open Access policy creation and implementation.

A full programme for the workshop can be found here – http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/2020-vision

You can book a place on-line here – www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2020-vision-making-your-research-output-compliant-registration-15830858524

This event is being sponsored by the FOSTER Programme (www.fosteropenscience.eu/project/)


Training for Hilary

Details of the RSL’s Research Information Training programme for 2015 are now online at http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/training/research-information-training. These are short courses taught by Subject Librarians, and are geared towards the skills and tools needed by researchers in the sciences. Sessions are available covering how to find resources, reference management, research impact and Open Access.

Bodleian iSkills logo

Upcoming Bodleian iSkills sessions in Hilary cover e-books, reference management, research skills, Open Access, copyright, the Oxford Research Archive and citation.  Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops open to all members of the University. Many sessions are oversubscribed so early booking is advised. Details are online at http://ox.libguides.com/content.php?pid=289070&sid=2376530.

3D Printing at the RSL

The Radcliffe Science Library recently acquired a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer. We also have available two 3D scanners.

The Replicator 2 is able to produce three-dimensional models using a biodegradable plastic called PLA (Poly(lactic acid)). Models for the printer can be designed using a CAD program (such as SketchUp or TinkerCad), download from object repositories such as Thingiverse or copied from existing physical objects using a 3D scanner.

The library has acquired a printer in order to give researchers and students at the University the opportunity to learn about and use this exciting technology for very little cost. We hope that people will be inspired to think about new ways in which they can use 3D printing to explore their own areas of research.

Throughout 8th week we will be running a series of demonstrations of the 3D printer. These will take place in the Entrance Hall of the RSL. Our first demonstration will be at 2 pm on Monday 1st of December. On Wednesday 3rd of December, also beginning at 2 pm, there will be a series of talks taking place in the RSL Entrance Hall in which researchers will talk about how they already use 3D printing in their work. Please join us for one or all of the talks.

We are very much looking forward to seeing what people make of (and with!) our printer. You can find out more details on the 3D Printing LibGuide – http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/3dprintingscanning

You can download a full programme for the 3D Printing in Action talks on December 3rd using the link below –

3D Printing Talk Flyer


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:

Training for Trinity

As a new term starts the Bodleian Libraries will again be running their popular series of WISER sessions. These cover everything from searching the library catalogue to managing your references and mapping with geospatial data. The first session this term may be particularly useful for those preparing to conduct literature reviews and write dissertations –

WISER: Finding stuff – Scholarly literature for your Research (Fri 2 May 9.15 – 12.15) (wk 1)
A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics

To find out about other WISER courses and to book yourself a place online, visit the WISER LibGuide – http://ox.libguides.com/workshops

Also remember that if you’re unable to attend a training session but still need help with library services or resources, you can always contact your Subject Librarian at the RSL for assistance – http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/contact/radcliffe-science-library-staff

Where is your data?

Research data management logoScientific research projects are underpinned by data built up during the project or collected together from previous research. In many cases this data will provide the evidence for the conclusions drawn from the project and will form the basis of theses and scientific papers. But what happens to all this data when the thesis has been submitted or the paper published? Would other researchers benefit from being able to access the data you have collected?  How will the data be stored safely for the future?

Questions such as these have become increasingly important for researchers as funders increasingly expect investigators to submit detailed data management plans with funding applications. Other funders are placing more requirements on researchers to ensure that their data is preserved and properly described for future reuse and sharing.

Good research data management will help you organise the data you are creating in your project and help you with practical activities such as backing up data securely, handling licensing or ethical issues that arise with the data you are collecting and arranging the long-term archiving of your data in a suitable repository.

Oxford University is providing information, training and infrastructure to ensure that researchers can plan their data management activities and ensure that data is accessible during and after your project. An updated and improved Research Data Management website has been created which you can use to –

  • Learn about data management
  • Locate useful tools and guides for different data management tasks
  • Find training courses on data managment
  • Contact the Research Data Management support team with any questions

You can visit the new site here – http://researchdata.ox.ac.uk/

Research data management services and information at Oxford University are being provided through a collaboration of IT Services, Research Services and the Bodleian Libraries.

Updates to Web of Science and SCOPUS

Two of our most popular bibliographic databases for the sciences have been recently updated. The updates have changed the appearance of both databases and also added some new functions. Some (but not all) of the changes are listed below.

Web of Science

Name changes:

A little confusingly, the database platform previously known as ‘Web of Knowledge’ has now been renamed simply ‘Web of Science’. Consequently, the database previously known as ‘Web of Science’ has become ‘Web of Science Core Collection’.

Switching databases:

Previously, you switched databases in Web of Knowledge using a set of tabs. To switch between databases now you use the dropdown menu at the top of the screen. By default this is set to ‘All Databases’. If you want to search only the former Web of Science content you need to choose ‘Web of Science Core Collection’ before you start your search.

Types of search:

You can now use the dropdown menu directly above the search boxes on the Web of Science search screen to choose the type of search you want to carry out. The options available vary according to which database you’re searching. For the Web of Science Core Collection you can choose include –

  • Cited reference search
  • Structure search
  • Advanced search

Further details about the changes to Web of Science can be found here:



Interface changes:

The design of SCOPUS has been overhauled to make it easier to find important functions and navigate around search results.

Exporting to Mendeley:

A new option to export directly to the Mendeley reference management software has been added to the other result export options.

Further details about changes to SCOPUS can be found here: