New to the Social Science Library? Come on a Library Tour

Group of students walking through the SSL bookshelves on a tour of the library.

We are offering 20 minute welcome tours to new undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, in 0th week of Michaelmas term:

  • Wednesday 5 October: 11am, 3pm
  • Thursday 6 October: 11am, 12pm, 5pm
  • Friday 7 October: 11am, 5pm

No booking is required, so come along to find out how to use our library and get advice from staff.

We look forward to welcoming you!

 

Working Remotely? Need a Book Chapter or Journal Article? Use our Scan & Deliver Service

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

The service was rolled out more widely in response to the pandemic to support students and researchers working remotely. Since June 2020 (when staff came back on-site after the first Lockdown), 3000 scans have been processed by SSL staff members.

Using the Service

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

Requests are normally fulfilled within seven working days, Monday-Friday. This excludes weekends and any University holidays.

The service is currently free.

Placing a Request

It comprises two separate request routes:

  • OffsiteScan for items in off-site storage/closed stacks
  • 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

You can place a Scan and Deliver request through SOLO.

OffsiteScan requests:

  1. Log in using your Oxford Single Sign On (SSO) or non-Oxford Member (Bodleian Reader) login
  2. Locate the relevant item record
  3. In the ‘Find and Request’ section of the record select ‘Scan & Deliver’.

LibraryScan requests:

  1. Log in using your Oxford Single Sign On (SSO)
  2. Locate the relevant item record
  3. In the ‘Export Options’ section of the record select ‘LibraryScan’
  4. If an OffsiteScan is available, please choose this over a LibraryScan.

Watch the Scan & Deliver Training Video which will guide you through the process.

Receive your Request

Once your request has been completed, your scan will be posted on a server and you will receive an email including a link to the scan. Your request will be available to access for 14 days.

Files are retained for 28 days, so please contact us as soon as possible if you need us to restore your file after the 14 day period has passed.

Your Scan and Deliver request is for individual research use only, and may not be shared, distributed or posted elsewhere online.

 

 

Our Resource of the Month choice for September

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

 

September’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Helen Worrell, Subject Consultant for Anthropology.

 

Helen’s choice is Anthropology Online. It was chosen because it brings together a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behaviour the world over.

Resource Overview

Anthropology Online brings together a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behaviour the world over. The database contains more than over 100,000 pages of full-text material, including tens of thousands of pages of previously unpublished material from major archives. Cross-searchable with Ethnographic Video Online, Alexander Street’s collection of classic and contemporary films for the anthropology classroom, Anthropology Online provides sociologists, anthropologists, cultural historians, and others with complete works of the key practitioners and theorists alike throughout the discipline.

Where can you access the resource

Anthropology Online can be accessed via SOLO.

 

Our Book of the Month choice for September

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.

 

September’s book of the month was selected by Helen Worrell, Subject Consultant for Anthroplogy.

 

 

After society: anthropological trajectories out of Oxford

Edited by Joao de Pina-Cabral and Glen Bowman

Berghahn Books

Available at GN25.AFT 2020 but currently on display at our New Books Display Area.

 

 

It was chosen to introduce the newly moved Anthropology collections and highlight the recent history of Oxford’s Anthropology department.

Book Overview

In the early 1980s, when the contributors to this volume completed their graduate training at Oxford, the conditions of practice in anthropology were undergoing profound change. Professionally, the immediate postcolonial period was over and neoliberal reforms were marginalizing the social sciences.  Here self-ethnography is used to portray the contributors’ anthropological trajectories, showing how analytical and academic engagements interacted creatively over time.

Reviews

“This volume provides a valuable mix of autobiographical reflections on what it was to be a student of anthropology at Oxford at a particular time in the Institute’s history. Such reflections are all the more insightful, written as they are, by former students who by now have had largely successful (indeed very successful) careers in the discipline.”

Elizabeth Ewart, University of Oxford

How can I access it?

A hard copy can be found on our New Books Display Area (around the corner from our Issue Desk), which can be borrowed by Oxford University students and staff. It is usually shelved at GN25.AFT 2020.

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.

Our Resource of the Month choice for August

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

 

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

 

Sarah’s choice is BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine). This was chosen because it provides access to more than 300 million multi-disciplinary academic documents from over 8,000 content providers.  Of these 60% are Open Access in full-text.

Resource Overview

BASE, operated by the Bielefeld University Library, is one of the world’s biggest search engines for academic web resources. It indexes metadata from a wealth of sources including journals, institutional repositories and digital collections.  These resources are only included if they comply with rigorous academic quality and relevance.  Other features include precise bibliographic data displays for all search results and multilingual searching in more than 20 translated languages. BASE is an invaluable tool for readers requiring high quality grey literature material for their research.

Where can you access the resource

BASE is freely available and can be accessed via SOLO or an Internet browser.

 

 

Our Book of the Month choice for August

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.

 

August’s book of the month was selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for International Development, Forced Migration, and African & Commonwealth Studies.

 

 

 

 

Contemporary boat migration: data, geopolitics and discourses

Edited by Elaine Burroughs and Kira Williams

Rowman & Littlefield International

Available at KZ6530.CON 2018 but currently on display at our New Books Display Area.

 

 

It was chosen to highlight migration at sea, an issue which is becoming more frequent and precarious as states increasingly make entry illegal.

Book Overview

As migration at sea becomes more common, it has gained attention from a range of actors, including enforcement authorities, political elites, media, and non/inter-governmental organizations. The sea has thus become a space of hope/desperation for migrants as well as conflict over territory and sovereignty, representing wider social debates in and beyond Australia, Canada, the European Union, and the United States. Current literature on migration by boat reflects these debates, primarily concentrating on the humanitarian and legal realities of migration by boat and border enforcement at sea, however, few studies have analysed their empirical relationship. This edited volume aims to fill this gap.

Reviews

‘Contemporary Boat Migration’ offers an original and interdisciplinary take on migration by considering people who move from one country to another via sea routes.  The chapters provide rich empirical insights, comprehensive examinations of legal regimes, and analyses of representations of people who migrate by boat.  This volume marks an important contribution to the understudies area of migration by sea’.

Tanya Golash-Boza, Professor of Sociology, University of California.

How can I access it?

A hard copy can be found on our New Books Display Area (around the corner from our Issue Desk), which can be borrowed by Oxford University students and staff. It is usually shelved at KZ6530.CON 2018. This title is also available as an eLegal Deposit Book via SOLO. eLegal Deposit material can only be accessed via a Bodleian Libraries computer

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.