Welcome to all our new readers: Here are some tips to help get you started

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Take a look at the SSL webpage for all the key information you will need to get started using the Bodleian Libraries.

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Get assistance with using SOLO via the Bodleian Libraries Live Chat service. During staffed hours (see above) just type your query into the Live Chat box to the right of the screen and a staff member will reply.

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You may also find the SOLO Top Tips video tutorial useful to view (click image above).

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Visit the Subject and Research Guides website for an array of how to guides on key library services such as how to print, copy and scan (PCAS). There is also information on online training courses you may find useful to attend (Bodleian iSkills)

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Still have questions? Need some help? Talk to our friendly library staff, who will be happy to help with any queries you may have. Speak to us in person at our Issue Desk or you can contact us via phone (01865 2-71093) or via email.

New to Oxford? Book on a Bodleian Libraries Webinar to find out how we can support you in your studies

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Libraries will play a big part during your time at Oxford, whether providing access to online articles on your reading list or helping you find that elusive book. The Bodleian Libraries is the library service supporting the University and can help you get the most out of your course.

Book on a 20 minute webinar to meet friendly staff who will run through how the Bodleian Libraries can help you.

These webinars are aimed at new undergraduate and visiting students but students from any year can come along for a refresher.

Register for a webinar via the Bodleian Libraries Undergraduates and Taught Postgraduates Getting Started webpage. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to the webinar. The webinars will take place on Microsoft Teams.

Michaelmas Term Opening Hours start on Sunday 3rd October

ClockOn Sunday 3rd October, our Term time opening hours will begin. The library will be open:

Sunday  11:00 – 19:00

Monday – Friday  9:00 – 22:00

Saturday  10:00 – 18:00

We are open to all readers and there is no need book. Just come along with your University or Bodleian Reader card.

Staying safe in our reading rooms

  • We strongly encourage readers to wear face coverings in our library spaces
  • We request that readers scan the NHS Test and Trace QR codes displayed in our spaces
  • We encourage all library users to limit close contact and respect others
  • We maintain an increased level of cleaning in our library

Visit the Bodleian Libraries Service Updates webpage for all the latest information

Our Book of the Month choice for October

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.

Jo Gardner sat at her desk.

 

October’s book of the month was selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations.

 

 

 

Cover of Revolutionary World: Global upheaval in the modern age

 

Revolutionary World: Global upheaval in the modern age

Edited by David Motadel

Cambridge University Press, 2021

Available as an eBook or a hard copy can be found in the SSL at HM876.REV 2021

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because it has been described as an exceptionally useful collection for those teaching and researching revolutions, revolutionary politics and global history,

Book Overview

The editor of this book brings together contributors to explore ten revolutions across time and space through a transnational, territorialised lens, from the Atlantic Revolutions to the Arab Spring. Bringing together a group of distinguished historians, Revolutionary World shows that the major revolutions of the modern age, which are often studied as isolated events, were almost never contained within state borders and were usually part of broader revolutionary moments.

Reviews

“With the chapters providing ideal entrances into their respective revolutions, this exceptionally useful collection will prove valuable to those teaching and researching revolutions, revolutionary politics and global history”
Thomas Furse, City, University of London

“A remarkable attempt to globalise the history of revolution. By illuminating international connections, the authors also rescue many movements from the retrospective nationalisation of history.’
Timothy Garton Ash, author of The Magic Lantern:The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague

This rich collection illuminatingly surveys the world of revolutions from the late eighteenth century to the Arab Spring. It should set the global history of revolutions on a new path by raising as many fertile questions as it answers: a major achievement.’
David Armitage, author of Civil Wars: A History in Ideas

How can I access it?

This title is available in hard copy at the SSL at shelfmark HM876.REV 2021 to consult in the library. It is also available on SOLO for Oxford University staff and students to access remotely using your SSO.

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.

SafePod at the SSL now available for Booking

The SafePod Network (SPN) is a major new research innovation to provide and manage a network of standardised safe settings (SafePods) across the UK for data that requires secure access for research purposes. A SafePod provides the physical security and controls for a researcher to access such data and includes a door control access system, CCTV, wheelchair accessibility and a height adjustable desk with monitor.

All SafePods operate under the same policies and procedures and provide researchers, once accredited, with access to datasets from participating data centres and archives. This includes:

Booking the University of Oxford SafePod

The University of Oxford SafePod is in the Social Science Library and can be booked and used by researchers internal and external to the University. SafePod bookings must be made from the SPN website. Bookings cannot be made at the Social Science Library.

The University of Oxford SafePod is available 10am–4pm on weekdays, excluding periods when the Social Science Library is closed.

More information

For general enquiries about the SafePod Network, contact 01334 463901 or email safepodnetwork@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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.

Subject Consultant Andy Kernot stood by some book shelves in the SSL selecting a geography book

 

September’s book of the month was selected by Andy Kernot, Subject Consultant for Geography, Social Policy & Intervention, Public Policy, and Internet Studies.

The cover of the book Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall. It has a blue background (to represent the sea) and part of a map of the world on top, which is filled with geographical terms.

 

 

 

Prisoner of Geography: Ten maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics

Tim Marshall

Elliott and Thompson Limited, 2016

Available as an eBook or a hard copy can be found in the SSL at JC319.MAR 2016

Why was it chosen?

All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to follow world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements – but if you don’t know geography, you’ll never have the full picture.

If you’ve ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower, or why China’s power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. It’s time to put the ‘geo’ back into geopolitics.

Book Overview

In ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.

Reviews

“Quite simply, one of the best books about geopolitics you could imagine: reading it is like having a light shone on your understanding… Marshall is clear-headed, lucid and possessed of an almost uncanny ability to make the broad picture accessible and coherent … the book is, in a way which astonished me, given the complexities of the subject, unputdownable… I can’t think of another book that explains the world situation so well.”

Nicholas Lezard, Evening Standard

“Compels a fresh way of looking at maps – not just as objects for orientation or works of art, but as guideposts to the often thorny relations between nations”

The New York Times

“a timely reminder that despite technological advances, geography is always there, often forcing the hand of world leaders.” 

Mark Cooper-Jones, Geographical

How can I access it?

This title is available in hard copy at the SSL at shelfmark JC319.MAR 2016 to consult in the library. It is also available on SOLO for Oxford University staff and students to access remotely using your SSO.

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.

Accessing the SSL from Monday 6 September

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photo (c) John Cairns

From Monday 6 September, the Bodleian Libraries will be stopping Space Finder and the requirement to book a time slot to use libraries and reading rooms for all readers. No time slots from that date will therefore be available on Space Finder. This change applies to the Social Science Library.

The Click and Collect borrowing service will also be stopping.

We will still:

  • Strongly encourage readers to wear face coverings in our library spaces
  • Request readers scan the NHS Test and Trace QR codes displayed in our entrance area
  • Encourage all library users to limit close contact and respect others
  • Maintain an increased level of cleaning in our library

Visit the Bodleian Libraries Service Updates webpage for all the latest information

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 Subject Consultant.

 

 

 

 

No Go World: How fear is redrawing our maps and infecting our politics

Andersson, Ruben

University of California Press, 2019

Available as an eBook or a hard copy can be found in the SSL at JA76.AND 2019

 

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen as it explores ‘how risk, danger and fear are ‘remapping’ the world with dire ethical and practical consequences’ (Journal of Refugee Studies).

Book Overview

War-torn deserts, jihadist killings, trucks weighted down with contraband and migrants—from the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands to the Sahara, images of danger depict a new world disorder on the global margins. With vivid detail, Ruben Andersson traverses this terrain to provide a startling new understanding of what is happening in remote “danger zones.” Instead of buying into apocalyptic visions, Andersson takes aim at how Western states and international organizations conduct military, aid, and border interventions in a dangerously myopic fashion, further disconnecting the world’s rich and poor. Using drones, proxy forces, border reinforcement, and outsourced aid, risk-obsessed powers are helping to remap the world into zones of insecurity and danger. The result is a vision of chaos crashing into fortified borders, with national and global politics riven by fear. Andersson contends that we must reconnect and snap out of this dangerous spiral, which affects us whether we live in Texas or Timbuktu. Only by developing a new cartography of hope can we move beyond the political geography of fear that haunts us.

Reviews

‘This beautifully written book takes us on a journey through the distanced interventions of the war on terror showing how, in these global times, efforts to push risk ever further away end up bringing it closer creating the basis for a no go world. Full of ideas and stories, and with hope as well as pessimism, it is the sort of book that needs to be read slowly.’

Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance, London School of Economics

‘One of the best books available on what is commonly perceived in the West as the refugee crisis but is in fact a world rent by fear and conflict, with refugees as one symptom.

Craig Calhoun, University Professor of Social Sciences, Arizona State University, and former Director of the London School of Economic

How can I access it?

This title is available in hard copy at the SSL at shelfmark JA76.AND 2019. If you’ve booked a study space in the library you can find it on our shelves, alternatively, if you can borrow books from our library, place a Click & Collect request for it. It is also available on SOLO for Oxford University staff and students to access remotely using your SSO.

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.