Leaving Oxford? Do not forget to use up your PCAS credit

PCAS is the system for photocopying, printing and scanning across the Bodleian Libraries.

Your PCAS account will end when your University card expires and remaining credit is non-refundable.

It is possible to transfer credit to another PCAS account if requested.

It is also possible to transfer credit to a different card, e.g. alumnus status.

For credit transfer queries please email PCAS Support.

Whilst your University card is valid you can also use your PCAS credit to pay for Scan & Deliver, Bodleian Library Postal Photocopying and Inter-Library Loan requests.

Resources for Research Methods and Statistical Analysis

Find a wide range of books and other resources on methodology and statistical analysis in the Social Science Library and online.

Search for print books, e-books and Sage Research Methods Online via SOLO.

The Bodleian Data Library website section on ‘Using data’ and the Social Sciences Data and Statistics LibGuide also provide up-to-date information on data analysis.

Forgotten Something? find out more about the equipment we lend and the stationery we sell

The SSL has a whole range of equipment you can borrow for library use only or stationery and equipment that you can purchase. Just ask staff at our Issue Desk for details.

Equipment to Borrow

All equipment is for library use only (apart from the padlocks which can be borrowed for use with the lockers behind the main building Reception desk). To borrow an item, ask a staff member at our Issue Desk. For more information and a full list of items, click on the image below:

We recently added 2 additional colours (rose and aquamarine) to our collection of coloured acetate sheets. For people with visual impairment, laying the sheets over text minimises glare and makes it much easier to read. They also help improve text readability for people with dyslexia.


Items for Sale

We have a range of stationery and equipment that we sell at cost price. Where possible, we try and source environmentally friendly products. To buy an item, ask a staff member at our Issue Desk. For more information and a full list of items, click on the image below:

Our Book of the Month choice for May

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.


Social theory now

edited by Claudio E. Benzecry

University of Chicago Press, 2017

Shelfmark: H61.SOC 2017




Our Book of the Month choice for May has been selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics, Sociology and Social Policy & Intervention.


Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because it provides an outlook on the current state of social theory and an opportunity to reflect on changes since the publication of ‘Social Theory Now’, Giddens and Turner (1987).

Book Overview

This book provides a useful window onto social theory based on current research, examining trends in classical traditions and the cutting edge of more recent approaches. From distinctive theoretical positions, contributors address questions regarding;

  • how social order is accomplished;
  • the role of materiality, practice, and meaning
  • the conditions for the knowledge of the social world

The theoretical traditions presented include microsociology, world-system theory, cultural sociology, post-colonial theory, gender and feminism, network theory, rational choice, poststructuralism, pragmatism, and the sociology of conventions. Each chapter introduces a tradition and presents an agenda for further positive theoretical development.


Driven by the question of what holds social theory together given its diversity, this fruitful volume establishes a ‘trading zone’ of ideas across institutional and intellectual divides.”

Marcos Gonzalez Hernando, LSE Review of Books. 

“Particularly enlightening for their ability to bring interdisciplinary theory into conversation with established sociological traditions in fresh and surprising ways.”

Joseph Gerteis, American Journal of Sociology

Where can I find it?

We have one reference only copy of the title which is currently displayed on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it from the display to have a look at it. The shelfmark for the title is H61.SOC 2017

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.

Box of Broadcasts: On Demand TV and Radio for Education

Box of Broadcasts is an on-demand TV and radio service for education. Whether you want to research current events, news from the past or documentaries, Box of Broadcasts provides a wide range of audio-visual possibilities. It allows members of subscribing institutions to search an archive of over 2 million broadcasts, record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and create their own playlists and clip compilations.

Content includes BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, ITV, Channel 4, Film4, 10 foreign language channels and more.


Use the playlist tool to create and share a playlist or to keep track of your own research.

The clips tool can be used to make handy snippets for teaching.


Box of Broadcasts is available to current members of the University of Oxford. Access the resource via SOLO and log in with your Single Sign-On. The first time you access Box of Broadcasts you will be required to register for an account by entering your email address and name.

Find out more by viewing these online tutorials.

Brush up your knowledge of literature searching and much more at a free Bodleian iSkills workshop

Brush up your knowledge of:

  • Information discovery and searching for scholarly materials
  • Endnote, RefWorks, Zotero and Mendeley for managing references and formatting footnotes and bibliographies
  • Keeping up to date with new research
  • Measuring research impact
  • Understanding copyright and looking after your intellectual property
  • Open Access publishing and complying with funder mandates for open access
  • Managing your research data

Attend a FREE Bodleian iSkills workshop.

Primarily aimed at Graduates, the programme is designed to help you to make effective use of scholarly materials. Online booking is required.

For a list of Trinity Term’s workshops and to book a place click here.