Find out more about Research Data in Oxford

The Research Data Oxford website is the University of Oxford’s central source of information and guidance about research data management – also known as RDM.

The website has recently been re-vamped. The plan is to continue developing the site over the next few months, so if there are additional topics you would like to see covered, or if you have any other feedback, please contact

Research data management is an umbrella term, covering a range of data-related activities during the whole research project life cycle, from before it starts to after the project concludes.

This includes:

  • Data management planning
  • Good practice in collecting and working with data during the live phase of the project
  • Compliance with legal and ethical requirements relating to research data
  • What happens to the data after the project is complete: preservation or disposal, and data sharing where appropriate

Good research data management is an essential part of good research. It has two key goals:

  • Smoothing the progress of the research process, by ensuring data is kept safe and that it’s possible to make the best use of it
  • Extending the life of data beyond the project, by ensuring it remains useful and accessible

Each section of the website deals with a key aspect of research data management. If you’re new to the topic, a good place to start is this section of the website.

Data Speed Dating – Find Your Perfect Research Data Management Match

Our Resource of the Month choice for February

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

February’s Resource of the Month has been selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.

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John’s choice is the Global Financial Database. It was chosen because it is a source for historical stock market, financial, and economic data unavailable from few other online sources.

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Resource Overview

The Global Financial Database (GFD) provides long-range historical financial data on stocks, bonds, bills and other instruments, covering approximately 200 countries from the early modern period to the present. Data is provided in ASCII and Excel formats.

Financial and economic data series are assigned nine metadata descriptors: Series ID; Description; Start date; End date/most recent; Periodicity; Country/territory; Currency; Series type (e.g. government bond yields) and GFD sector designation (e.g. equity). Series include:

  • Asset Allocation from the 1800s to present
  • Equities from 1694 to present
  • Economic, commodity and exchange rate data from 1200 to present
  • Fixed income and inflation from the late 13th century to present
  • National accounts and GDP from 1790 to present

The GFD uses a search platform called ‘Finaeon’. User guides and tutorials on the use of the database are provided by GFD on Youtube.

Where can you access the resource

The Global Financial Database (GFD) can be accessed via SOLO.

Our Book of the Month choice for February

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.

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February’s Book of the Month was selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.


Evelyn Ruppert & Stephan Schell

Data Practices: making up a European people

HB3582.5.A3.DAT 2021





It was chosen because it presents a set of detailed case studies in the practice of statistical data production and research methodologies within the Social Sciences.

Book Overview

This work focuses on data practices that involve establishing and assigning people to categories and goes on to consider how this matters in enacting Europe as a population and people. Five core chapters explore key categories of people – usual residents, refugees, homeless people, migrants, and ethnic minorities – and how they come into being through specific data methodologies. This includes practices such as defining, estimating, recalibrating and inferring. Additional chapters address two key subject positions that data practices produce and require: the data subject and the statistician subject.


The entities we call “Europe” and “European” can be studied in many ways, through history, institutions, language, and cultural practices… How people are counted and who is counted are crucial to both our understanding of populations and of politics.

Sally Wyatt, Professor of Digital Cultures, Maastricht University

This rigorous collection brings home how we are living through a crucial period in which data is mobilised in increasingly powerful and pervasive ways.”

Mike Savage, Professor of Sociology, LSE.

How can I access it?

This title is available in hard copy in the library and is currently located in our New Books Display Area (around the corner from our Issue Desk). Its shelfmark is HB3582.5.A3.DAT 2021 and it is available to borrow by Oxford University students and staff members.

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.

The Anthropology Collection in the SSL

In the Long Vacation 2022 the Tylor Library moved from the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME) at 51 Banbury Road, to the Bodleian Social Science Library (SSL).

Over the course of a month 9329 barcoded items were reprocessed and interfiled on the SSL shelves, with the project completed on Thursday 21 July.

All transferred items have the public note in SOLO “Formerly part of the collection of the Tylor Library.”

Where can I find books about Anthropology in the SSL?

The books have been interfiled on the SSL bookshelves using the Library of Congress Classification scheme (which was already used by both libraries). If you are new to Library of Congress or would like a refresher on how it works, take a look at our Guide to Library of Congress Shelfmarks.

The books are distributed throughout the SSL bookshelves but, given the Tylor’s specialism in social and cultural anthropology, there are some shelves which now have a high concentration of former Tylor Library books, as shown in orange on the map below:

Main Anthropology Shelfmarks

  • DS History of Asia
  • DT History of African
  • DU History of Oceania
  • F History of the Americas
  • GN Anthropology

A larger version of the map is available at Anthropology Shelfmark Plan_ A4_Jan 2023

Where can I get further information on the Anthropology collections in the SSL?

Further information regarding the Anthropology collection may be obtained by contacting the Archaeology and Anthropology Subject Librarian, Helen Worrell

Want to find out more about Reference Management?

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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.

There are a number of options to choose from:

  • EndNote
  • Mendeley
  • RefWorks
  • Zotero

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

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

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

Referencing: Choosing and using software for referencing (Face to Face)

Fri 27 January, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Referencing: EndNote (Introduction to) (Face to Face)

Fri 10 February, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Referencing: EndNote (Introduction to) (Online)

Wed 22 February, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Referencing: RefWorks (Online)

Wed 15 February, 10.30am – 12.00pm

Referencing: Zotero (Face to Face)

Fri 3 February, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Referencing: Zotero (Online)

Tues 21 February, 10.30am – 11.30am

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

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Explore Cite Them Right, an online platform designed to advise students on how to reference correctly across eight referencing styles. Based on the best-selling book in its 12th edition, by Richard Pears and Graham Shields, this programme is trusted by institutions globally, and accessed by thousands of students daily.

What makes Cite Them Right unique is the range of referencing styles which can be accessed, including Chicago, Harvard, APA, IEEE, MLA; as well as teaching the user how to reference just about any source. This platform contains useful articles and videos which help to guide students into common queries around referencing, including how to avoid plagiarism and understanding the differences between secondary and primary sources.

Where can you access the resource?

Cite Them Right can be accessed via SOLO.

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

Sign up for a Bodleian Libraries Refresher Welcome Webinar

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Are you an existing student at the University of Oxford and unsure of how the Bodleian Libraries can help you?

Did you miss your Freshers’ Week Welcome Webinar, or would you like a refresher?

Are you a new visiting student?

If so, join a 30-minute Webinar to learn how we can help you with your studies and research.

By the end of the webinar, you will understand:

  • the network of Bodleian Libraries
  • how to find items on your reading list
  • how to use the Bodleian Libraries Wi-Fi, PCs and printing
  • where to get further help

The Webinars will take place on:

  • Wed 11th January – 15:00-15:30
  • Thurs 12th January – 10:30-11:00
  • Fri 13th January – 13:30-14:00

Sign up to attend via the Bodleian iSkills website.

Our Resource of the Month Choice for January

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

January’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for International Development, Forced Migration, and African & Commonwealth Studies.

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Sarah’s choice is Kanopy. It was chosen because it provides access to a diverse collection of enriching films, available to stream anytime and anywhere — from desktop to tablet.

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Resource Overview

Kanopy provides access to over 30,000 audio visual resources. From films, to documentaries, to educational videos. Users can stream films on their laptop, tablets or mobile phones.

Additional features:

  • It can provide subtitles and transcripts
  • Users can create clips and playlists.

Where can you access the resource

Kanopy can be accessed via SOLO. Note that resource requires you to log on with your Oxford SSO again, at its homepage.