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!

Online journals now displayed alongside our latest print journals

We have redesigned our Current Journals Display, located in the main aisle of the library – not only is it more colourful but we have also added a selection of our online journals.

Open Access journals are clearly identifiable and popular weeklies received in print (New Statesman, The Economist) are easy to find.

Our Current Journals Display provides a flavour of the titles received across the subject areas supported by the Social Science Library.  To check if we subscribe to a particular journal please search SOLO.

If there is a journal title that you would like to see on our Current Journals Display, or that you would like us to subscribe to, please tell 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.

New database trial : Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981

Close up of model globe showing Saudi Arabia and surrounding countries

The Bodleian Libraries are trialling a new resource until 1 March 2019; Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981.

Of interest to researchers in history, the Islamic World, economics, regional politics and international relations, this is an online collection of documents sourced from The National Archives, UK. It comprises formerly classified British government documents, including correspondence, annual reports, dispatches, maps, minutes of ministerial meetings and printed leaflets. The documents relate to a number of topics including the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and the Oil Crisis, the Lebanese Civil War and the Camp David Accords, the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War.

Please send any feedback about this trial to
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New political database trials: let us know what you think

We have arranged trial access to two databases : Chatham House Online Archive 1920-2008, and Political Extremism and Radicalism in the 20th Century. Both databases are available through SOLO and will be of particular interest to researchers in International Relations, Politics, Global Governance and Diplomacy, Public Policy, International Development, Economics, Area Studies and more.

Front door of Chatham House

Colin Smith / Chatham House / CC BY-SA 2.0

Chatham House Online Archive 1920-2008 is a searchable online database covering 88 years of the institute’s expert analysis and commentary on international policy. Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London where world leaders and policy-makers are invited to discuss their views in an impartial environment. The online archive includes briefing papers, special reports, pamphlets, conference papers, monographs, as well as the audio recordings of Chatham House lectures and their fully searchable transcripts.

Che Guevara and Fidel Castro Graffiti - Downtown Nazareth - Israel

Adam Jones / Che Guevara and Fidel Castro Graffiti – Downtown Nazareth – Israel / CC BY-SA 2.0

Political Extremism and Radicalism in the 20th Century is an online archive of briefing papers, reports, pamphlets and other publications from various Far-Right and Far-Left Political Groups in the US, Europe and Australia. Having this primary source material all together in one searchable database enables researchers to explore the origins and development of present-day issues, including the resurgence of right-wing politics, evolution of various civil rights movements and the nature of radical political thought.

The trial will last until until 31 October 2018 so if you have any feedback (good, bad or further suggestions) contact

Capital IQ

Capital IQ combines information on companies, markets, and people worldwide with tools for analysis, financial modelling, market analysis, screening, targeting, and relationship and workflow management.

As it is focussed on Business and Management, it is particularly useful for Economics and Management students and those researching financial sytems and data.

It is available through SOLO and OxLip+, University members can log in to Capital IQ on the PCs in the SSL Data Area. Just ask library staff at the issue desk to log you in.

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Alternatively, University staff and students can request their own individual login by emailing the Sainsbury Library directly.  This login can be used outside of the library.

Introducing our new financial markets intelligence database: Eikon

We are pleased to announce that the SSL now has access to Eikon.

Eikon is a financial market intelligence database that replaces Thomson Reuters previous products ‘Datastream’ and ‘Thomson One’.


Eikon provides information on markets, indices, company and economic information and historical financial data. It provides access to trusted, up to the minute and accurate content from more than 5 million securities world-wide. Coverage includes Pricing Data, Research, Fundamentals, Financial Estimates, News and Charts.


  • Eikon has to be used on a single designated terminal in the Data Area of our Library.
  • It is available for use by current University of Oxford members only.
  • For access to Eikon, talk to a member of staff at our Issue Desk.

For further information, user guides and training materials see here.

Find out more about the other software available in our Data Area here.


Free access to The Economist

Circle of a selection of copies of the Economist from 2017The Economist, the popular newspaper, is known for its opinions and analysis of international news, business, finance and politics. This popular publication is now available for free online through the Bodleian Libraries.

Follow the link in SOLO and you can view all issues from the original in 1843 to the latest 2017 issues. The link will also work outside the Bodleian Libraries, so you can access it from home or on the move.

Whether you’re a researcher or an undergraduate this resource will be useful to you.

New eResources on North Korea

Collage of North Korean flag and polling station imagesThree new online resources have been purchased for our readers. All are now available on SOLO:

  • Polling the Nations – a compilation of full-text questions and responses from over 14,000 national, state, and local surveys conducted since 1986 by more than 1,400 polling organisations in 100 countries. It is described by Choice as “a resource beyond compare in the polling field”.
  • NK Pro – an independent news, information and data platform that concentrates uniquely on North Korea. NK Pro features daily news, high level analysis, opinions and interviews from a range of scholars, diplomats, experts and North Korean defectors.
  • NK News – an independent, privately-owned specialist information source that focuses on North Korea. The site intends to provide authoritative news, opinion & analysis, research tools, data and subject specialists.

These tools will be useful for research on politics, international relations, conflict, and quantitative data analysis in the Social Sciences.