Bodleian iSkills Free Online Workshops taking place in 2nd Week

Bodleian iSkills LogoThe Bodleian iSkills programme is designed to help you make effective use of scholarly materials and resources. These sessions are primarily aimed at Oxford University students and staff (but check the ‘intended audience’ field in the course description before booking).

iSkills workshops will be available in Hilary Term through a combination of webinars and pre-recorded videos.

All workshops are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

Workshops taking place in 2nd Week:

Open Access Oxford: what’s happening? (Tue 26 Jan 14.00-15.00)

A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position: Green vs. Gold; funder mandates and publisher policies; Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; Act on Acceptance and OA policy for REF 2021; Open Access block grants including RCUK/UKRI and Wellcome Trust; OA website/ helpline; what’s new.
Who is this session for? Current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians.

Open Access: New Wellcome Trust Policy (Multiple dates – click here for full list)

Are you funded by the Wellcome Trust and need to know how to comply with its new open access policy from 1 January 2021? In this focussed online briefing we will: step you through the changes and new requirements; give you an update on which publishers are compliant; provide links to further Wellcome information and guidance; let you know where to find help at Oxford; and answer as many questions as we can.
Who is this session for? Current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians.

The full programme of iSkills workshops for Hilary Term is still in scheduling, but in the meantime you can view some elements of the workshops on video.  Take a look at iSkills Libguide to view available video recordings.

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For a list of all the upcoming workshops in Michaelmas Term please go to the Bodleian iSkills website.

Scan and Deliver: How to request a scan of a book chapter or journal article

Side profile of an open laptop with a book on top of it with the pages splayedIf you need to consult a book chapter or journal article, from collections held in the Social Science Library (or other Bodleian Libraries), use the Scan & Deliver service.

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

It comprises of two separate request routes:

  • OffsiteScan for items in off-site storage/closed stack
  • LibraryScan for items on the open shelves of libraries
  • OffsiteScan is available to both University and Bodleian Reader card holders.
  • LibraryScan is available to current members of the University with a SSO only

One request for a scan can be made per day via SOLO.

For full details of how to place a request, see here.

Need to borrow a book from the SSL? Use our Click and Collect Service

Women stood in the central aisle of 2 library books shelves holding a pile of books that is so tall it obscures her face.

Although the SSL reading rooms are currently closed, Oxford University staff and students can still borrow a book from our Library. To do this, use the Bodleian Libraries Click & Collect service.

For Click & Collect, place a request on SOLO for items which would usually be available to borrow. Library staff will fetch the items requested and, once the items are ready for collection, you will be emailed and invited to select a date and time to collect the items.

Our collections times are Monday to Friday, 12pm – 4pm.

If you have any questions please email us.

 

Social Science Library closed to readers from Mon 18 January

The Social Science Library will be closed to readers from Monday 18 January until further notice. Our Click and Collect and Book Returns services will operate from the library foyer 12-4 pm Monday-Friday, and our ‘Scan and Deliver’ service will continue to provide additional remote access to our resources.

A decision has been made to rebalance Bodleian Libraries’ services further, and to focus physical reading room provision on the Old Bodleian Library and Cairns Library (John Radcliffe Hospital). The Sackler Library, Social Science Library and Vere Harmsworth Library reading rooms will be closed from Monday 18 January until further notice. This decision was not taken lightly, and will be reviewed on a regular basis in line with the prevailing academic and public health conditions.

Please visit the Bodleian Libraries Hilary Term Updates page for the latest information on library service provision.

Bodleian iSkills Free Online Workshops taking place in 1st Week (18 to 22 Jan)

Bodleian iSkills Logo

The Bodleian iSkills programme is designed to help you make effective use of scholarly materials and resources. These sessions are primarily aimed at Oxford University students and staff (but check the ‘intended audience’ field in the course description before booking).

iSkills workshops will be available in Hilary Term through a combination of webinars and pre-recorded videos.

All workshops are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

Workshops taking place in 1st Week:

Open Access: New Wellcome Trust Policy (Multiple dates – click here for full list)

Are you funded by the Wellcome Trust and need to know how to comply with its new open access policy from 1 January 2021? In this focussed online briefing we will: step you through the changes and new requirements; give you an update on which publishers are compliant; provide links to further Wellcome information and guidance; let you know where to find help at Oxford; and answer as many questions as we can.
Who is this session for? Current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians.

Bodleian iSkills: UK parliamentary and government materials – an introduction (One-to-one sessions on Thursdays, from 21 Jan to 18 Feb)

One-to-one sessions for: Finding and accessing historical pre-1800 and post-1800 to present day UK parliamentary and government material. Print and digital sources will be covered. We will also cover archival material if relevant. This will be of vital help to history, politics and social sciences students using this material, to include: parliamentary papers; parliamentary proceedings and parliamentary debates; legislation; government and departmental papers.
Who is this session for? History, politics and social science students, and anyone just starting their Postgraduate studies or new to using these materials.

The full programme of iSkills workshops for Hilary Term is still in scheduling, but in the meantime you can view some elements of the workshops on video.  Take a look at iSkills Libguide to view available video recordings.

Person on their laptop watching an online training session

For a list of all the upcoming workshops in Michaelmas Term please go to the Bodleian iSkills website.

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.

 

Narrative economics

Robert J. Shiller

Princeton University Press, 2020

Available as an eBook.

 

 

 

January’s book of the month was selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because of the way it shows how stories help drive economic events – and why financial panics can spread like epidemics.

Book Overview

Stories people tell – about financial confidence or panic, housing booms, or Bitcoin – can go viral and powerfully affect economies, but such narratives have traditionally been ignored in economics and finance because they seem anecdotal and unscientific. In this ground breaking book, Economist Robert Shiller explains why we should not ignore these stories at our peril—and how they can inform analysis and understanding.

Using a rich array of examples and data, Shiller argues that studying popular stories that influence individual and collective economic behaviour—what he calls “narrative economics”- may vastly improve our ability to predict, prepare for, and lessen the damage of financial crises and other major economic events.

Reviews

“… explores how the public’s subjective perceptions can shape economic trends… A sensible and welcome escape from the dead hand of mathematical models of economics.”The Economist

“Shiller’s thorough discussion and many examples are certainly convincing as to the importance of narratives in individual economic decision-making and aggregate economic phenomena.” Sonia Jaffe, Science

How can I access it?

This title is available as an eBook via SOLO. Oxford University staff and students can access eBooks remotely by logging into SOLO with their SSO.

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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.

 

Noise disturbance in the Library: Mon 11 to Wed 13 Janurary

A wooden surface with a variety of tools laid out on it, including a hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, Stanley knife, Alan keys, a drill and screws.

From Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 January, electrical work is being carried out on the second floor of the Manor Road building. Drilling is likely to be audible in the open plan area to the left of our main PC area. Staff can advise on alternative quieter areas to sit.

 

 

Changes to SSL Opening Hours: Sat 9 to Sun 17 January

ClockPlease note that during the period Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 January our opening hours will change as follows:

  • Sat 9 Jan: CLOSED
  • Sun 10 Jan: CLOSED
  • Mon 11 Jan: 10am – 4pm
  • Tues 12 Jan: 10am – 4pm
  • Wed 13 Jan: 10am – 4pm
  • Thurs 14 Jan: 10am – 4pm
  • Fri 15 Jan: 10am – 4pm
  • Sat 16 Jan: CLOSED
  • Sun 17 Jan: CLOSED

Access to the library is strictly by avanced booking only using the SpaceFinder web tool.

Once finalised, we will update you on the opening hours from Mon 18 January onwards.

Two new OUP Politics eBook collections now available

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We are happy to inform you that two OUP Politics Trove sub-collections comprising 26 eBook titles are now available and on SOLO (listed below). Many of these titles are on reading lists.

Please note that this subscription currently runs until 31 July 2021.

  1. An Introduction of Political Philosophy / Wolff (3rd ed.)
  2. Contemporary Political Philosophy / Kymlicka (2nd ed.)
  3. Contemporary Security Studies / Collin (5th ed.)
  4. Democracies and Authoritarian Regimes / Kendall-Taylor et al
  5. Democratization / Haerpfer et al (2nd ed.)
  6. Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Cases / Smith, Hadfield and Dunne (3rd ed.)
  7. Global Environmental Politics / Morin, Orsini and Jinnah
  8. Global Political Economy / Ravenhill (6th ed.)
  9. How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation / Clark, Foster and Bryman
  10. Human Rights: Politics and Practice / Goodhart (3rd ed.)
  11. International Relations and the European Union / Hill, Smith and Vanhoonacker (3rd ed.)
  12. International Relations of the Middle East / Fawcett (5th ed.)
  13. International Relations Since 1945 / Young and Kent (3rd ed.)
  14. International Relations Theories / Dunne (4th ed.)
  15. Introduction to International Relations / Jackson, Sorensen and Moller (7th ed.)
  16. Introduction to Politics / Garner, Ferdinand and Lawson (4th ed.)
  17. Issues in Political Theory / McKinnon (4th ed.)
  18. Political Ideologies / Wetherly
  19. Political Research Methods and Practical Skills / Halperin and Heath (3rd ed.)
  20. Political Thinkers / Boucher and Kelly (3rd ed.)
  21. Politics / Ferdinand, Garner and Lawson
  22. Politics in the Developing World / Burnell, Rakner and Randall (5th ed.)
  23. Strategy in the Contemporary World / Baylis, Wirtz and Gray (6th ed.)
  24. The Globalization of World Politics / Baylis, Smith and Owens (8th ed.)
  25. The Politics of the Earth / Dryzek (3rd ed.)
  26. US Foreign Policy / Cox and Stokes (3rd ed.)

To access them search for the title on SOLO (or click directly through by using the links above) and log on with your SSO to view them remotely.

 

HathiTrust emergency temporary access to eBooks reinstated

A close of up of a womans hands holding a tablet with an image of book shelves on it, in the background are books on shelves.We are pleased to announce that the Bodleian Libraries have reinstated their emergency access arrangement with the HathiTrust.

This service enables on-screen read access to 1.5 million in-copyright items in the HathiTrust Digital Library, which have been verified as held in the Bodleian’s collection in ph­­ysical form (in addition to approx. 4 million public domain items already available).

This service is available for Oxford University members only.

You can access resources directly using your SSO on the HathiTrust website:

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You can also access material using the links from existing records in SOLO, where a digital copy is available via HathiTrust (as per example below).

Image of the book 'Mastering Metrics' by Joshua David record on SOLO showing a orange icon underneath with the words 'Full Text via HathitTrust'