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.


New emergency access to eBooks with the HathiTrust

The Bodleian Libraries have arranged, with the HathiTrust, emergency access to millions of e-books. The HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaboration of academic and research libraries across the world and a major digital repository. This service enables on-screen access to 1.5 million in-copyright items  which have been verified as held in the Bodleian Libraries, as well as approximately 4 million public domain items.

Current members of the University can access these resources directly via the HathiTrust website using their Single Sign-On.

Links are also being added to existing records in SOLO where a digital copy is available via the HathiTrust.

VitalSource: Free eBook rentals for students

VitalSource is currently providing up to 7 free e-book rentals for students at UK universities until 30 June 2020. Many of these e-books are not available to purchase via other suppliers. To access your free e-books sign up with your email address at

Below is an example of just some of the available titles:


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Find our more about new developments to our eBook collections

While our Libraries may be closed, the Bodleian Libraries are working hard to ‘Keep the University reading.’ With a Single Sign On you can access over 1.4 million eBooks via SOLO.

Filter results by ‘Online Resources’ and to find eBooks that can be accessed offsite, look for the green Online access icon.

As well as our existing titles, Bodleian Libraries staff have been expanding our eBook coverage. New collections have been purchased and a number of publishers have also given temporary access to their eBooks.

In addition, for some eBook collections, the licenses of content have been temporarily extended to increase or remove the limit on the number of simultaneous users.

To find out more and see all the latest information regarding eBooks, please refer to the Bodleian Libraries eBooks LibGuide.

Want to recommend an eBook for purchase?

If you urgently require a book that is only available in hardcopy or electronically via eLegal Deposit complete a Book Recommendation Form. Staff will investigate if it is possible for us to buy an eBook which will be accessible remotely if you have a SSO.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email here.


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.

Gale Ambassador Recruitment: Paid Business Experience with a Global Publisher

Fancy paid business experience with a global publisher? 

Become a Gale Ambassador and help raise awareness of the
fascinating digital archives available at your institution.

Gale is an international publisher of digital archives and other library resources such as eBooks.

Many students are unaware of the great digital resources available through the library. This includes many of Gale’s primary source archives, such as –

(To see all the Gale archives you can access, search ‘Gale Primary Sources’ on SOLO.)

Gale is recruiting students to undertake awareness-building activities, so more students find out about and use these archives!

The benefits of being a Gale Ambassador:

Gale Ambassadors are paid £500, plus the role is also great for your CV…

  • Business experience – work directly with staff at a global publisher
  • Get published on our company blog – creating great, shareable evidence of your work
  • Run your own marketing activities – refine copy and post placement to make successful use of social media
  • Speak at subject society events and lectures – public speaking experience is always great for a CV
  • Discover more primary sources for your own essays – potentially improving your grades
  • Opportunities for in-house work experience with a global publisher

If you are interested in applying, click here for more information!

Discover our e-book collections

What are the benefits of e-books?

  • With remote access, e-books are there when you need them; not just in library opening hours
  • Full text searching helps save you time when looking for relevant sections, passages and quotes
  • Multiple e-books are easy to carry around when stored on your laptop, tablet or e-reader

How to find e-books

The library catalogue SOLO is the best place to find individual e-books. Simply search for the book you want and if an e-book is available it will appear along with the print version of the book. Click here for more information.

Using e-books

All e-books can be read online on the hosting platform without an additional apps. EBL, Ebrary and EBSCO allow you to download and read books offline.

e-book platformsClick here for information on how to use e-books offline and on mobile devices.

For further information see our new e-books LibGuide

Why not borrow on one of our e-readers


The SSL has 4 Nooks that can be borrowed for 7 days (with 2 renewals) by members of the University.

The SSL’s NOOks can be used to read downloaded e-books purchased by the Bodleian Libraries from the EBL, Ebrary and EBSCOhost e-book platforms.The NOOKs are also preloaded with public domain e-books relevant to Social Science taught courses.

To borrow one please ask staff at our issue desk.

Further information and guidance on how to use them is available here.