Thousands of new ebooks across science and medicine

We aim to build collections that reflect a diverse academic community and breadth of scholarship, and to support the University’s flexible and inclusive approach to teaching. To this end, we aim to continue to fill gaps in our current online collections, meet student expectations for 24/7 remote access to key materials, and address previously under-represented areas and revisions to the academic curricula.

Since March 2020, there have been considerable increases in ebook provision for both taught students and researchers across MSD and MPLS. Additional funds were made available to us during the COVID-19 pandemic, which were used to provide enhanced access to ebooks as well as expand ejournal access.

This expansion of ebook access included:

  • large collections from major publishers aimed at students and researchers across science and biomedicine
  • one-off purchases of individual texts available in perpetuity
  • some individual titles which require annual subscriptions

These include key individual ebook titles on undergraduate reading lists or individually requested, and also major reference works such as Encyclopaedia of the Life Sciences and Birds of the World. We have also acquired access to over 60,000 additional online monographs from the Springer and Elsevier ebook platforms.

There has also been a substantial increase in uptake of ORLO (Oxford Reading Lists Online) in MSD and MPLS, and staff have made great efforts to identify material newly available online, and online alternatives to reading list texts only available in print.

Very high usage levels are being reported for some these new titles and collections. For example, there were 8,000 chapter downloads from Berg’s Biochemistry online in just 6 months, and the big increases in downloads from our Elsevier and Springer ebook collections can be seen in these graphs:

Springer ebook usage from February 2021

Elsevier ebook usage from March 2021

New publisher ebook collection subscriptions in science and medicine:

MSD ebooks now available:

  • 265 key individual ebook titles in direct support of undergraduate reading lists – titles catalogued individually on SOLO

Packages:

MPLS ebooks now available:

  • 450 key individual ebook titles in direct support of undergraduate reading lists – titles catalogued individually on SOLO

Packages:

New databases and reference works:

Springer ebook collections purchased in perpetuity:

  • Earth and Environmental Science (2017 and 2020-21)* – titles catalogued individually on SOLO
  • Mathematics and Statistics (2017-21) – titles catalogued individually on SOLO
  • Chemistry and Materials Science (2017-21) – titles catalogued individually on SOLO
  • Springer Medicine (2017-2021) – titles catalogued individually on SOLO

*2018 and 2019 already purchased

New online resources for MPLS

Physical sciences

Life and environmental sciences

CABI titles

While you’re away from Oxford

The Bodleian Libraries have an extensive range of online resources to enable you to continue your studies away from Oxford.

SOLO

Filter results on SOLO by Online Resources to find resources that can be accessed remotely – look for the green Online access icon. University members can access these anywhere in the world when logged into SOLO with a Single Sign-On (SSO) ID.

E-books

The Bodleian Libraries have a large number of e-books which can be accessed via SOLO. We also have a guide to accessing and using e-books.

If you can’t find a book available as an e-book, then we may be able to purchase one. Complete the book recommendation form to put in your request.

Reading lists

Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO) allows students can access up-to-date reading lists 24/7 from a range of devices, check location and availability of listed items and access complete texts where available. ORLO can be accessed through Canvas or at http://readinglists.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ by logging in with your Oxford Single Sign-On ID (SSO).

More information on ORLO

E-journals

We have access to over 118,000 e-journals titles which can be found via SOLO or our E-journals A-Z list.

The Bodleian Libraries now have a service called Browzine to provide easier access to online journal articles. BrowZine provides access to journals licensed by the Bodleian Libraries from compatible publishers from 2005 onwards. Articles can be accessed directly from SOLO or from the BrowZine website. There are also Browzine apps for Android and iOS, and a Chrome extension which provides links to full-text content of articles while searching the web.

Readers can save articles to a personal library, set up alerts for new issues of journals, and export articles to bibliographic management tools (including Mendeley and EndNote).

More information on BrowZine

Databases

You can access over 1,300 databases across a broad range of subject areas via SOLO and also via Databases A-Z.

Free resources

There is a useful selection of free online resources at https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/e-resources/free-resources. You can also check LibGuides for subject-specific resources accessible online.

For e-resources available to everyone filter by Open Access at the top of the left hand column of search results in SOLO.

New online collections

Since the Bodleian Libraries closed in March, staff have made every effort to obtain as many titles accessible online as possible. Collections we’ve recently acquired include:

Online resources

The primary tool for accessing electronic items available across the University’s libraries is SOLO. Filter results by Online Resources to find electronic resources that can be accessed remotely – look for the green Online access icon. University members can access these anywhere in the world when logged into SOLO with a Single Sign-On (SSO) ID.

E-books

The Bodleian Libraries have a large number of e-books which can be accessed via SOLO. We also have a guide to accessing and using e-books.

Reading list books are made available online wherever possible. These can be accessed via SOLO and also via ORLO.

If you can’t find a book available as an e-book, then we may be able to purchase one. Complete the book recommendation form to put in your request.

E-journals

We have access to over 118,000 e-journals titles which can be found via SOLO or our E-journals A-Z list.

The Bodleian Libraries have recently introduced a new service called Browzine to provide easier access to online journal articles. BrowZine provides access to journals licensed by the Bodleian Libraries from compatible publishers from 2005 onwards. Articles can be accessed directly from SOLO or from the BrowZine website (https://browzine.com/libraries/1704/subjects). There are also Browzine apps for Android and iOS, and a Chrome extension which provides links to full-text content of articles while searching the web.

Readers can also set up a personal account which allows saving articles to a personal library, exporting articles to bibliographic management tools (including Mendeley and EndNote), sharing articles on social media and setting up alerts for new issues of journals.

For more information, please see https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/BrowZine/home.

Databases

You can access over 1,300 databases across a broad range of subject areas via SOLO and also via Databases A-Z.

Free resources

There is a useful selection of free online resources at https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/e-resources/free-resources. You can also check your subject LibGuide for subject-specific resources accessible online.

For e-resources available to everyone filter by Open Access at the top of the left hand column of search results in SOLO.

Online access to resources from HathiTrust

Update: HathiTrust access ends on 30 September

Emergency online access to materials provided by HathiTrust while Bodleian Libraries sites were closed will end on 30 September 2020. Records on SOLO have been updated to advise readers of this. After access ends, books that have been available through HathiTrust will be available for borrowing again if they are loanable copies.

The Bodleian Libraries currently has Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) from HathiTrust, which provides access to 1.5 million in-copyright items and millions more public domain items available directly from the HathiTrust website and via clear links provided on relevant records in SOLO. The HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaboration of academic and research libraries across the world and a major digital repository.

Through this arrangement, University members are able to access full text digital copies of books which exist in physical form in the libraries but cannot currently be accessed. Readers can download, in full, whole volumes of public domain books and readers with print disabilities will be able to request full book downloads on copyrighted items via ARACU.

University card holders can log in to the HathiTrust website by following the yellow login button at top right and entering Oxford into the box. Select University of Oxford to be redirected to the SSO login screen. You will need to click on the “Check Out” button on the orange bar at the top of the page for full access to specific items.

Increased access to online books

Considerable effort has been made to acquire additional e-resources. 5,000 new e-books have been added to SOLO with temporary access arranged to another 60,000 on top of the 1.47 million e-books and 118,000 e-journals already available remotely to members of the University.

Many MPLS reading list textbooks and heavily borrowed books have already been purchased for online access and we are working hard to find and make available online versions of as many others as we can. This includes work in progress to provide trial access to major new e-textbook platforms such as BibliU. Over and above this we are very keen to receive recommendations at enquiries.rsl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Here are some examples of recent purchases:

MSD

  • Berscheid, E. and Regan, P. The psychology of interpersonal relationships (2005).
  • Davidovits, P. Physics in Biology and Medicine (2019).
  • Lewin’s Genes XII (2018). 12th ed.
  • Sheehan, D. Physical Biochemistry: Principles and Applications (2009). 2nd ed.

MPLS

  • Claridge; Timothy D. W. High-resolution NMR techniques in organic chemistry (2016). 3rd ed.
  • Raković, S. and Levine, W. S. Handbook of model predictive control (2019).
  • Rudin, Alfred and Choi, Phillip. The elements of polymer science and engineering (2013). 3rd ed.
  • Schwarzer, G., Carpenter, J. & Rücker, G. Meta-analysis with R (2015).
  • Watts, John F. An introduction to surface analysis by XPS and AES (2020).
  • Schwinger, Julian. Classical Electrodynamics (1998).
  • Roscoe, Bill. Understanding Concurrent Systems (2010).
  • Kelly, A. and Knowles, K.M. Crystallography and crystal defects (2020). 3rd ed.
  • Siciliano B. Springer Handbook of Robotics (2016). 2nd ed.

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