Find out more about Reference Management

Formatting your text citations, footnotes and bibliography correctly for your essay or thesis can be a chore. Using Reference management software makes it easier and saves you time.

To find out more about the different software available, how they work, and which will best suit your needs:

The Bodleian Libraries Reference Management LibGuide, includes comprehensive information on different reference management software, including the pros and cons of using each one.

Attend one of the upcoming Bodleian iSkills Reference Management training sessions:

Referencing: Choosing and using software

Friday 7 February, 9.30-12.30 & Monday 2 March, 14.00-17.00

Referencing: Endnote (Introduction to)

Friday 21 February, 9.00-11.30

Referencing: Mendeley

Thursday 12 March, 14.00-17.00

Referencing: RefWorks

Thursday 25 February, 9.30-12.30

Referencing: Zotero

Wednesday 12 February, 14.00-17.00

Click on the session title links above to book a place. For a complete list of Bodleian iSkills training sessions see here.

You can also get advice on reference management from your Subject Consultant. Find out their contact information here.

Coming up next week: Free Bodleian iSkills Workshop: Getting started in Oxford Libraries and more.

Wondering how to get started using Oxford Libraries? Need a refresher on how to search our library catalogue (SOLO) and get information to come to you? Want to learn how to manage your data? Sign up for one of the upcoming free Bodleian iSkills Workshops.

Click on the image below for further details and booking links.

The programme is designed to help you make effective use of scholarly materials and library facilities.

Whilst primarily aimed at Graduates, some of the introductory sessions this term are aimed at all Library users. Just check the ‘Intended Audience’ details on the course information page.

Online booking is required.

A full list of iSkills workshops coming up this term can be found here.

Repairs to automatic front door

Repairs are currently under way today Thursday 23 January to the Social Science Library’s automatic doors at the entrance to the library.

The library will be fully accessible as normal from 9.00am to 10.00pm, however there may be some noise disturbance particularly in the entrance area for part of the day.

Thanks to all our readers for their patience during these important maintenance works.

Learn something new in 2020: Find out more about the courses you can attend to aid your studies and research

The Bodleian Libraries and the Social Sciences Division are offering a wide variety of courses this Hilary Term. So if you are interested in improving your research skills or want to make more effective use of scholarly materials then read on below.

ToolskitThe Research Skills Toolkit is a free hands-on workshop for graduate research students. In a lively 2-hour session, you will try out a variety of tools and online services to support your research. Repeat sessions will be taking place this January:

  • Tues 21 Jan, 10:00 – 12:00
  • Thurs 23 Jan, 14:00 – 16:00
Sessions will take place at Oxford University IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Click here for further information and to book your place.

The Social Sciences Division and its departments run a range of research and professional skills training for DPhil students.

Click here to see a full list of the courses available this Hilary Term, and for further information on how to book a session.

Brush up your knowledge of:

  • Information discovery and searching for scholarly materials
  • Endnote, RefWorks, Zotero and Mendeley for managing references and formatting footnotes and bibliographies
  • Keeping up to date with new research
  • Measuring research impact
  • Understanding copyright and looking after your intellectual property
  • Open Access publishing and complying with funder mandates for open access
  • Managing your research data

Attend a free Bodleian iSkills workshop in information discovery & scholarly communications.

Primarily aimed at Graduates, the programme is designed to help you to make effective use of scholarly materials.

For a full list of Hilary Term’s workshops click here.

Possible noise disturbance: Wed 8 to Fri 17 January 1 to 2pm

There may be some drilling noise audible within the Library from 1-2pm today and for the rest of this week (Wed-Fri, 8-10 January) and also during 1-2pm next week (Mon-Fri, 13-17 January). This is due to lighting replacement work taking place in the Manor Road Building.

Please ask staff for advice on the quietest spaces to work in the Library during this time.

Our Book of the Month Choice for January

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.


Sociology as a population science

by John H. Goldthorpe

Cambridge University Press, 2016

Shelfmark: HM585.GOL 2016




The Book of the Month for January has been selected by John Southall, the Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.



It was chosen because of the way it provides a rationale for recent developments in sociology which focus on establishing and explaining probabilistic regularities in populations and making use of large scale survey data.

Book Overview

John H. Goldthorpe is one of Britain’s most eminent sociologists and a strong advocate of quantitative sociology. In this concise and accessible book, he shows how sociology has become more securely placed within the ‘probabilistic revolution’ that has occurred over the last century in the natural and social sciences alike.

The central arguments of the book are illustrated with examples from different areas of sociology, ranging from social stratification and the sociology of the family to the sociology of revolutions. He considers the implications of these arguments for the boundaries of sociology, for its relations with other disciplines, and for its public role.


“… a remarkable book full of deep insights. It is a must-read for anyone who wishes to understand what sociological research is really about.”

Yu Xie, Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

“John H. Goldthorpe, best known for his research on social stratification and mobility, has also written incisively about the discipline of sociology for 20 years or more. Sociology as a Population Science is an important, mostly positive, and programmatic addition to that body of work.”

Michael Hout, American Journal of Sociology

Where can I find it?

We have two copies of the book. One is for library use only and the other can be borrowed on a normal loan. The library use only copy is currently on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it to have a look at it. The normal loan copy is on our open shelves. The shelfmark for the title is HM585.GOL 2016

We also have an eBook of the title. A link to it can be found on SOLO. It can be accessed in the library by all or remotely by University Card holders by signing in with your SSO.

What would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.