New online resources available!

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Three new online resources have been purchased for our readers. All are now available on SOLO:

 

  • Polling the Nations [available at http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/OXVU1:LSCOP_OX:OXFORDOXF05482] – a compilation of full-text questions and responses from over 14,000 national, state, and local surveys conducted since 1986 by more than 1,400 polling organisations in 100 countries. It is described by Choice as “a resource beyond compare in the polling field”.
  • NK Pro [available at http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/OXVU1:LSCOP_OX:OXFORDOXF05512 ] – an independent news, information and data platform that concentrates uniquely on North Korea. NK Pro features daily news, high level analysis, opinions and interviews from a range of scholars, diplomats, experts and North Korean defectors.
  • NK News [available at http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/OXVU1:LSCOP_OX:OXFORDOXF05513 ] – an independent, privately-owned specialist information source that focuses on North Korea. The site intends to provide authoritative news, opinion & analysis, research tools, data and subject specialists.

Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford: what’s happening? (Tue 22 August 14.00 to 15.00)

Next week, Bodleian Libraries will be running the following FREE workshop.  Please follow the link below to book your place:

Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? (Tue 22 August 14.00-15.00)

A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position, including guidance on how to comply with the Open Access requirements for the REF and mandates from key funding bodies whilst respecting your publisher’s rights and policies.

Topics included:

  • what is open access?
  • key terms – Gold, Green, Article Processing Charges
  • Act on Acceptance and fulfilling REF requirements
  • How to find out about research council or funder requirements
  • How to find out your publisher’s Open Access policy
  • Funds for the payment of APCs and how to apply
  • Oxford policy for payment of APCs for RCUK funded research
  • Where to get more information & help;

Who is this session for: Current Oxford University academics, researchers, postgraduate research students, research support staff and librarians

Venue: Manor Road Building, Seminar Room E

Call for Reading Lists: please send by 29th August

Please send your reading lists to ssl-orders@bodleian.ox.ac.uk as soon as you can, by 29 August 2017 at the latest.

This will give us time to provide the resources your students need.

New books can take several weeks to arrive so we need to order them as soon as possible. We will be working hard to process the reading lists we receive over the next few weeks.

To find out more about the degree programmes we support, as well as guidance on how you can help us process your reading lists click here.

Bodleian Digital Services unavailable from 1pm 4 August to 1 pm 7 August

Some Bodleian Digital Services will be unavailable from 1pm 4 August to 1 pm 7 August due to planned maintenance.

 

The following services will not be available from Friday afternoon to Monday morning:

 

Digital Miscellanies Index

Allegro Catalogues

British Book Trade Index

BEAM

Maps and Music – Digitised Card Catalogue

EMLO

FIHRIST

First Folio

Force Migration Online

Bod-Inc Online

London Book Trades

Serica

Shan

 

Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

August Book of the Month

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.

 

Methodological practices in social movement research

edited by Donatella Della Porta

Oxford University Press, 2014

Shelfmark: HM881.MET 2014

 

 

 

 

Our Book of the Month for August was selected John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics, Sociology and Social Policy and Intervention. It was chosen because of its practical and refreshing ‘how to’ approach to conducting research.

 

 

Book Overview:

Social movement studies have grown enormously in the last few decades, spreading from sociology and political science to other fields of knowledge, as varied as geography, history, anthropology, psychology, economics, law and others. With the growing interest in the field, there has been also an increasing need for methodological guidance for empirical research. This volume addresses this need by introducing the main methods of data collection and data analysis as they have been used in past research on social movements.

Each chapter presents specific discussions on every stage of research: from research design to data collection, management and the use of the information gathered. Throughout, research dilemmas and choices are presented, illustrated, and discussed.

Review:

not a mere list of descriptions of methods, but a collection of critical reflections on the research process and, most importantly, on our roles as researchers. The book presents methodological solutions to situations that often arise in empirical research, and will connect with and bring comfort to readers coming up against similar issues.’
Leonardo Custódio, University of Tampere

Where can I find it?

Our ‘Library Use Only’ copy of the title is currently on display on top of our New Books Display Area (located round the corner from our Library Issue Desk). We also have an additional lending copy. The shelfmark for the title is HM881.MET 2014

There is also an electronic version of the title available. This can be viewed on a Library computer, or for those with a Single Sign On, it can be viewed remotely. Further details regarding access can be found here.

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.

Some online service at risk 14 to 17 July

There is some essential maintenance planned for the weekend 15/16 July. Due to this a number of services provided by IT services will be running at risk. Many will still be operational though changes are not recommended at this time and critical work should be re-scheduled where possible. The at risk period will begin 1p.m. Friday 14 July and end 1p.m. Monday 17 July.

The following services will not be available from Friday afternoon to Monday morning:

  • HFS (University of Oxford backup service)
  • IT Services Blogs
  • Chorus BTS LDAP (Chorus phone book look up for non-Chorus numbers)
  • Orchard packaging (Mac Managed Platform operated by IT services)
  • Educational Media archive storage
  • NSMS ELK syslog (Network System Management Service system log)
  • Jabber
  • Mirror – (some mirrored sites will be unavailable)
  • IT Services downloads (downloads.it.ox.ac.uk)
  • Users.ox.ac.uk
  • TEI sites (OUCS-style sites)

If you see the message ‘unavailable page’ then that website has been affected and will be unavailable during the at risk period.

The following IT services will be ay risk:

  • Nexus
  • Chorus
  • NSMS Hosted VMs
  • NSMS Virtual Datacentres
  • CUD
  • WebLearn
  • Groupstore
  • Registration
  • Mailing Lists
  • Shibboleth
  • Oak LDAP
  • Kerberos
  • WebAuth
  • Podcasts
  • Mirror (some mirrored sites will be completely available)
  • CONNECT Managed Desktops
  • CONNECT Managed Application Servers
  • NSMS Managed Servers
  • Bodleian Reader Desktops
  • CONNECT Remote Desktop Service
  • Oxmail
  • smtp.ox
  • www.ox.ac.uk
  • NSMS shared web hosting
  • NSMS server management
  • OxCORT online tutorials system
  • NSMS / MSD web hosting
  • flexlm.nsms.ox.ac.uk licence server (ArcGIS, Matlab, Intel compilers, Portland compilers)
  • NSMS Request Tracker instances
  • NSMS nagios monitoring
  • status.ox.ac.uk
  • UAS web sites
  • Chorus DNS and DHCP
  • Orchard infrastructure
  • Educational Media web sites

July Book of the Month

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.

 

The equality effect: improving life for everyone

Danny Dorling

New Internationalist Publications Ltd, 2017

Shelfmark: HM821.DOR 2017

 

 

 

 

Our Book of the Month for July was selected Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations. It was chosen because it offers a refreshingly optimistic view of the future.

 

 

Book Overview:

The Equality Effect presents the evidence on the differences between equal and unequal societies during the last ten years. Dorling outlines the supporting data in an accessible and engaging way, with a sprinkling of witty illustrations by Ella Furness.

Levels of equality within countries are associated with a range of outcomes. In the more equal countries, people are happier and healthier, more numerate, produce less waste and commit fewer crimes.

Dorling presents a compelling argument for public policy to prioritise equality. He demonstrates where greater equality is currently to be found, and how we can set The Equality Effect in motion everywhere.

 

Reviews:

‘The Equality Effect was a pleasure to read, and because the book covers research from such a broad range of disciplines, I would recommend it to anyone interested in in/equality or quantitative research more generally.’
Natasha Codiroli Mcmaster, UCL Institute of Education

Here is a book which details – with irrefutable evidence – both the damage caused by inequality and the benefits we all derive from living in more equal societies. We should all learn from it – and, above all else, act on it.’
Owen Jones, Columnist and author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class

 

Where can I find it?

The title is currently on display on top of our New Books Display Area (located round the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are however welcome to borrow it. After the end of the month it will be available on our open shelves shelved at HM821.DOR 2017

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.

Central Graduate Study Room: quiet discussion allowed

Central Graduate Study Room

With the busy exam period over, quiet discussion is now permitted in the Central Graduate Study Room again.  Following feedback from the Social Science Library Committee, this room was temporarily designated a quiet study area during Trinity Term, but has now reverted to a space for both quiet study and quiet discussion.  The East Graduate Study Room remains a quiet study area.