General Election Book Display

The UK is holding a General Election on Thursday 4th July 2024.

Ten books about elections and voters are displayed around a sign about the upcoming UK General Election

We’ve collected some borrowable titles for our collection on the subject of elections, and the voters that participate in them. The display can be found just around the corner from the issue desk!

As well as the books on display there are a number of eBooks available:

 

Electoral pledges in Britain since 1918

The Politics of Promise

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Re-)Mobilizing voters in Britain and the United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underprivileged voters and electoral exclusion in contemporary Europe

 

 

 

 

 

A more general guide to resources relating to politics and international relations can be found on the Bodleian LibGuide for the subject. 

 

 

If you aren’t already enrolled to vote in the Election, the deadline to do  so is the 18th June. 

 

 

 

 

If there is a book on the subject that you think we should have please email ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or complete the online form.

Take the SSL home with you: ways to access library materials remotely

A view of a field with a house in the background. The words 'Take the SSL home with you' are above.

If you are an Oxford University student and need to access library resources while you are away from Oxford, follow our tips below:

Open laptop with an open book on it.Remote access via SOLO

Access e-books, e-journals and databases remotely by logging in to SOLO with your Single Sign On (SSO) Take a look at the Bodleian Libraries SOLO Guide for further information.

Image of the chat box for SOLO Live Chat

 

For help with finding and using items on SOLO, you can also get assistance via SOLO Live Chat.

This service is staffed from Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Look for the chat box to the right of the SOLO webpage.

Screen shot of how the SOLO catalogue displays eBooks. Under the title is a green circle with the words 'Online access' next to it.

eBooks

Our eBook Subject & Research Guide has lots of information on how to access and use Oxford University eBooks.

A photo from above of an open laptop on a desk, next to it are 2 books and a pair of glasses.

ORLO (Oxford Reading Lists Online)

Most postgraduate reading lists are available on ORLO and scans, online articles and e-books can be accessed there.

Staff member scanning a book

Scan & Deliver

Scan & Deliver is a free electronic document delivery service which enables you to obtain scans of book chapters or journal articles via email from the Bodleian Libraries’ print collections.

Open laptop on a desk with the words Further Information on itFor more information on the above, and to find out about further resources available remotely, consult the Bodleian Libraries Online and Remote Access webpage.

Questions, need Help?

An image of a person holding an image of a speech bubble with a question mark inside.

Any questions, just get in touch with us!

Email: ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Telephone: 01865 271093

Summer Vacation Opening Hours

On Sunday 23 June our Summer vacation opening hours will begin. We will be open:

Sunday – CLOSED

Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm

Saturday: 10am – 4pm

 

 

Free Bodleian iSkills workshops in 8th week

A photo of a laptop open with the iSkills logo on the screenBodleian iSkills workshops aim to develop your skills in information discovery and scholarly communications, covering a variety of resources across a wide range of disciplines. They are primarily aimed at University of Oxford students and staff. Some workshops take place face-to-face, whilst others are run online.

The workshops are FREE but online booking is essential. A list of the sessions taking place this term can be found on the iSkills Workshops webpage.

A cartoon image of a person's hands resting on a laptop with a woman's head and shoulder's on the screen, a cup of coffee, notebook and pens next to them on the table.

Workshops taking place this week in 8th week

Tuesday 11 June 14:30-16:00

Open Scholarship: Logistics of Open Scholarship
The second in a duo of courses (attendees should attend the Fundamentals course or complete the eLearning module
Digital Induction to Open Access prior to Logistics) that will cover the logistics of researching, publishing, and locating open scholarship resources and tools at the University of Oxford.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams. 

Our Book of the Month choice for June

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

June’s Book of the month is:

Місяць війни. Хроніка подій. Промови та звернення Президента України Володимира Зеленського

Misi͡at͡sʹ viĭny : Khronika podiĭ : Promovy ta zvernenni͡a prezydenta Ukraïny Volodymyra Zelensʹkoho

The Month of War: A Chronicle of Events: Speeches and Announcements by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy

 

Compiled by Oleksandr Krasovyt͡sʹkyĭ and V.M. Voronin.

Kharkiv: Folio, 2022

This title is available to request from the Bodleian Closed Stacks and can be taken out on loan from the library.

 

 

 

It was chosen because it offers a blow-by-blow account of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, interspersed with President Zelenskyy’s daily speeches and announcements. Readers can use this book to chart the invasion as it unfolded, along with the international response.

Book Overview

Misiats’ Viiny sets out the main events of each day from the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022, until 24 March 2022. It is in fact the first book in an ongoing series, which continues to present a day-by-day chronicle of each month’s events. The Bodleian is collecting the consequent editions of this series, either as print books, or as ebooks on East View’s ebook platform. Each daily account includes the day’s speeches and announcements from Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The book’s main compiler, Oleksandr Krasovits’kyi, is one of Ukraine’s leading publishers, editors and writers. He seems to have been working with President Zelenskyy’s office, which is one of the Copyright owners. Hence, as we might expect, the book strongly supports Zelenskyy, and his decisions. This does not mean that the book presents an inaccurate account: instead, we see how Zelenskyy and his office worked to frame events as they unfolded. The book series is itself part of the Ukrainian government’s effort to establish a narrative of the war, in part to combat the flagrant misinformation issued by Vladimir Putin’s propaganda machine.

Misiats’ Viiny and the subsequent editions of the series are an important reminder of the sheer violence of Russian aggression in Ukraine, and its senselessness. Zelenskyy’s speeches demonstrate the close historical connections between Russia and Ukraine, and their peoples. For example, he switched into Russian during his address to the population immediately after the first attacks, to call on the Russian population to demonstrate their opposition to the war. This speech also starts with a reference to Ukraine and Russia’s shared Soviet history, before asserting Ukraine’s right to move forward on its own, independent path: he insists that the Iron Curtain will fall on Russia’s border, rather than encompassing Ukraine.

Zelenskyy’s speeches also reveal the complex international response to the invasion, as it slowly shifted into an acknowledgement that the Putin administration has to be fought, rather than placated. Many of these speeches were addressed to international leaders; for example, we read Zelenskyy’s speech to the UK’s Parliament on March 8. His words reflect the mix of support and scepticism Ukraine has met since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Meanwhile the ongoing series reminds us and the international community at large that Russian terrorism in Ukraine is continuing: a shopping centre in Kharkiv was bombed on May 25, for example. The world cannot afford to forget the threat, violence and tragedy of Russian terrorism.

How can I access it?

This title is available to request from the Bodleian Closed Stacks and can be taken out on loan from the library.

Image of an open book with the pages curled to form a love heartWhat 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.

June Resource of the Month: East View’s Universal Database of Russian Central Newspapers

Each month we choose an electronic resource which we feel will be of interest to you.

An infographic of a open laptop. On top of the screen is a banner which says 'June Resource of the Month.'

Our Resource of the Month for June is East View’s Universal Database of Russian Central Newspapers. Use this database to read up-to-date issues of the Russian Federation’s leading newspapers. It also offers an electronic archive of these newspapers, going back to the late 1990s or 2000s.

An open laptop on a desk, on the screen are the words 'East View’s Universal Database of Russian Central Newspapers' Next to it are a cup of coffee and a pad and pen.

Resource Overview

East View’s Russian Central Newspapers keeps you up-to-date with the Russian Federation’s news agenda. You can download scans of around 40 of Russia’s leading news and arts newspapers, from Argumenty i Fakty (Arguments and facts) to Stroitel’naia Gazeta (Construction Newspaper). Many of these publications contain Russian government propaganda – however the collection includes opposition newspapers, such as Novaia Gazeta (New Newspaper).

Where can you access the resource

This resource can be accessed via SOLO. A Single-Sign-On (SSO) is required to access the titles remotely, as they are restricted to Oxford University students and staff members.

 

.

Submit your Book Recommendations to us by Friday 21 June

Row of books on their sides. The bottom of the books is at the front of the image. The books are set against a yellow background.

Are there any books you would like us to order for the library?

Friday 21 June is the last date for book recommendations this financial year.

You can recommend a book title to the SSL by:

  • emailing ssl-orders@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  • completing the online form on the Bodleian Libraries website under Collections and resources > Recommend a purchase
  • completing a paper Book Recommendation Form, available at our Issue Desk and at our New Books Display area

Book ordering will begin again in the new financial year, from 1 August 2024 onwards.

Free Bodleian iSkills workshops in 7th week

A photo of a laptop open with the iSkills logo on the screenBodleian iSkills workshops aim to develop your skills in information discovery and scholarly communications, covering a variety of resources across a wide range of disciplines. They are primarily aimed at University of Oxford students and staff. Some workshops take place face-to-face, whilst others are run online.

The workshops are FREE but online booking is essential. A list of the sessions taking place this term can be found on the iSkills Workshops webpage.

A cartoon image of a person's hands resting on a laptop with a woman's head and shoulder's on the screen, a cup of coffee, notebook and pens next to them on the table.

Workshops taking place this week in 7th week

 

Tuesday 4 June 11:30-13:00
Open Scholarship: Playing in the open: Getting familiar with Creative Commons licences
Create content for your teaching or research with greater confidence by attending our session on Creative Commons (CC) licences. Learn how they work, how they interact with copyright and how to use them to best effect. The session will make special reference to images but is applicable to all media, including written works. We’ll finish the session with a Creative Commons card game.

Format: Classroom-based (Radcliffe Science Library).

Tuesday 4 June 14:00-15:30
Sources for U.S. History
An online introduction to primary sources for the study of American history, from the colonial period to the 20th century. The session will provide an overview of the different kinds of information sources (early printed books, newspapers, databases and official records), and guidance on locating material for research.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams.

 

Wednesday 5 June  09:30-11:00
Discovering archives and modern manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries
This class will introduce participants to the key catalogues and finding aids for post-1800 archives and manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries. In particular the session will focus on Bodleian Archives and Manuscripts, the online catalogue for post-1800 archives and manuscripts. The session will also briefly introduce some of the major UK online gateways for discovering archives.

Format: Classroom-based (Weston Library lecture Theatre)

 

Thursday 6 June 13:00-14:00
Using Scopus for your research
A key database for those researching the social sciences, medical sciences and physical and life sciences, Scopus encompasses more than 94 million records from 5000 publishers. This interactive session will cover basic and advanced searching, highlighting features unique to Scopus and recent updates to the database.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams.

Finishing your degree this summer? Things to remember before you go

A pad and pen on a desk, with the words 'Library Checklist' on it. Next to it is a black covered notebook with the outline of a person wearing a mortarboard.Here are a number of library related things to keep in mind as you prepare to finish your degree and leave Oxford.

Return all your library books

Please return your books to the library from which you originally borrowed them. Find out the SSL’s opening hours on our webpage.

Pay for any Lost Books

If you have lost an item borrowed from one of the Bodleian Libraries, contact the library from which the item was borrowed with the author’s name, the title of the book, the shelfmark (if possible) and your name and email address.

If the book is not found, you will usually be required to pay a lost book charge.

If you have already been invoiced for a book you have lost, please pay the amount before you leave.

Consider donating textbooks

We would be pleased to receive personal copies of social sciences textbooks that are in reasonable condition and cited on reading lists. We would add these to our lending stock so future students benefit from increased provision.

In cases where we don’t have sufficient space to add donations to our collections, we send them on to a charitable non-profit organisation.

Please pass any donations to staff at our Issue Desk.

Use up your PCAS credit

PCAS logo. 3 rectangles, one yellow, one light blue and one dark blue with the word PCAS verticall next to them.

Any unused credit on your PCAS account cannot be refunded and so we urge you to use it before you leave Oxford. On request, credit can be transferred to another PCAS account. Please email PCAS Support for assistance.

 

Find out about Alumni Privileges

BODLEIAN Reader’s card

Person stood reading a book in the reading rooms of the Radcliffe Camera.

As a graduate of the University of Oxford you are entitled to apply for a Bodleian Reader Card (this is different to your “My Oxford” Alumni card). This card will grant you reference access to the Bodleian Libraries. Details on how to apply are on the University of Oxford degree holders applying for a Bodleian Reader card webpage.

‘My Oxford’ Alumni Card

My Oxford Card. Blue background with an image of the Radcliffe Camera on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduates can register for a “My Oxford” Alumni card. This will provide you with a range of benefits and discounts.

Being an Oxford Alumni entitles you to remote access to selected electronic resources. More information can be found on the Bodleian Alumni Journals access webpage.

If you have a Bodleian reader card, you will also be able to access electronic resources in the Bodleian Libraries via reader PCs.

RefWorks Reference Manager

If you have a RefWorks account, you will be able to continue to use RefWorks once you have left the University. However, you need to ensure you sign in with a personal email address to continue using the service as alumni. If you currently use your single sign (SSO) to log in to RefWorks, please read the information on the Bodleian Libraries Reference Management Guide..

Two photos on a desk with Graduates throwing their hats in the air. Under are the words The SSL staff wish you good luck for the future.

Free Bodleian iSkills workshops in 6th week

A photo of a laptop open with the iSkills logo on the screenBodleian iSkills workshops aim to develop your skills in information discovery and scholarly communications, covering a variety of resources across a wide range of disciplines. They are primarily aimed at University of Oxford students and staff. Some workshops take place face-to-face, whilst others are run online.

The workshops are FREE but online booking is essential. A list of the sessions taking place this term can be found on the iSkills Workshops webpage.

A cartoon image of a person's hands resting on a laptop with a woman's head and shoulder's on the screen, a cup of coffee, notebook and pens next to them on the table.

Workshops taking place this week in 6th week

Wednesday 29 May 14:00-15:45
Sources for Modern Global History
An introduction to key archival, printed and electronic resources, such as finding aids, bibliographic resources and primary sources for post-1800 global history. The focus will be on non-European history but will draw predominantly on English and European language resources.
Format: Classroom-based (Weston Library)

 

Friday 31 May 10:00-12:00
Referencing: EndNote
EndNote is a desktop-based reference management tool for Windows and Mac users, which helps you build libraries of references and insert them into your Word document as in-text citations or footnotes and automatically generate bibliographies. The workshop will cover: what EndNote can do for you; adding references to EndNote from a range of sources; managing your references in an EndNote library; adding in-text citations and/or footnotes to your essays and papers; and creating bibliographies.
Format: Online using Microsoft Teams.