Take the SSL home with you: ways to access library materials remotely

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Our books (both normal and short loan) are currently being issued over the vacation. All are due back on Tuesday 12 October 2021.

If you are an Oxford University student and need to access library resources while you are away from Oxford, follow our tips below:

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Remote access via SOLO

Access e-books, e-journals and databases remotely by logging in to SOLO with your Single Sign On (SSO) Take a look at the Bodleian Libraries SOLO Guide for further information.

ORLO (Oxford Reading Lists Online)

Most postgraduate reading lists are available on ORLO and scans, online articles and ebooks can be accessed there.

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Scan & Deliver

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

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For more details on the above, and to find out about further resources available remotely, consult the Bodleian Libraries Online and Remote Access webpage.

Why can’t the library provide everything electronically?

You can access over 1.4 million ebooks via SOLO. The Bodleian Libraries are working with publishers to provide lots of extra access to online resources during COVID-19. Over 5,000 new ebooks have been purchased and added to SOLO and a further 60,000 temporary e-books have been made freely available by publishers during this period.

If you can’t find an ebook and you need it for your research or teaching, we may be able to purchase it if it is available. However, not all books are available for libraries to buy as ebooks. Here’s a list of the reasons why:

In general, ebook versions are most commonly available for titles printed within the last decade or so. Digitised books scanned by institutions are usually much older to be safely out of copyright. This means that many 20th Century titles are not available as ebooks.

Sometimes publishers provide ebooks for individual private purchase only, because that is an effective pricing model. Amazon ebooks and many textbooks fall into this category. Libraries are unable to buy e-books that are supplied for individual private purchase only.

Sometimes ebooks are available for institutional purchase but have a single user access model, i.e. they can only be read by one person at a time. This would be unacceptably restrictive for titles on some student reading lists, for example, and may mean the library chooses not to purchase the ebook and instead scales up print provision.

Sometimes ebooks are available for purchase, but with additional restrictions to named users or cohorts. The University’s policy is that, wherever possible, access to e-resources should be available to all current University members

Sometimes ebooks are available for institutional purchase, but not licensed for sale in the UK.

Sometimes ebooks are available for institutional purchase but are too expensive. We will always try to find a solution, negotiating with publishers and suppliers and sharing the cost across multiple budgets. It may still be too expensive to buy. Note that the costs quoted for ebooks on publisher websites are usually for individual private purchase models. Institutional purchase models, when available, are usually much more expensive. For example a Kindle book that costs you £26 could cost us 7 times as much or one ebook that only 3 people can access would cost us over £650.

Sometimes ebooks are available for institutional access via a subscription to a package deal or database only. Due to the size and cost of these packages, it is not always cost-effective to purchase a whole package if very few titles within it are required.

To find out more about ebooks, consult the Bodleian Libraries ebook LibGuide.


New eResource: BBC Monitoring on trial until 2 June 2021

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We now have access to the eResource BBC Monitoring, which is available as a trial until 2 June 2021

This is the online platform of the branch of the British Broadcasting Corporation that tracks, translates, summarises and analyses local media sources around the world. It is an interdisciplinary resource, and its stated specialisms include: Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and North and Sub Saharan Africa, Latin America, Asia, Disinformation.

Please send any feedback about this trial to Jo Gardner (Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics & International Relations).

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.


Take the SSL on Holiday: Ways to access library materials remotely

Green fir branches from a Christmas tree laid on a flat wooden surface with pine cones, red heart and gold star decorations and a sprinkling of snow. Underneath are the words Take the SSL on Holiday.

Our books (both normal and short loan) are currently being issued over the vacation, all will be due back on Friday 29 January (2nd week of Hilary Term).

If you need to access library resources while you are away from Oxford, follow our tips below:

Access e-books, e-journals and databases remotely by logging in to SOLO with your Single Sign On (SSO) Take a look at the Bodleian Libraries LibGuides for further information.

SSLeReadings provides scans of selected articles & book chapters on undergraduate reading lists we support, that are not available in e-books or e-journals.

Most postgraduate reading lists are available on ORLO and scans, online article and ebooks can be accessed there.

Use the Scan & Deliver service if you need to get hold of a chapter or article from the Closed Stacks. Note that this service will not be available during our Christmas closure period (Tues 22 December to Sunday 3 January). The final date for submitting requests before our closure will be 5:00pm Thursday 17 December. The service will resume when our library reopens on Monday 4 January.

Festive image of parcels and decorations with Christmas closure period: Tuesday 22 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021 (dates inclusive)

eResource Subscription Renewals: We need your views

Our subscriptions to the following e-resources are due for renewal. We are receiving an unprecedented number of requests for e-books at this time and need to release funds for these. The usage figures for the e-resources listed below are either low or unavailable, so they are candidates for review and possible cancellation. Please send any feedback to Jo Gardner (Bodleian Social Science Librarian) by Friday 15 May 2020.

Click on the e-Resource name and log in with your Single Sign-On (SSO) to access them.

Americas Barometer is a survey of democratic public opinion and behaviour that covers the Americas (North, Central, South and the Caribbean). It measures democratic values and behaviours using national probability samples of voting-age adults.

Europa World Plus comprises the Europa World Year Book and nine Europa Regional Surveys of the World. The Europa World Year Book delivers impartial economic, political and geographical background information and statistical data for more than 250 countries. The nine Europa Regional Surveys of the World offer expert analysis at regional, sub-regional and country level.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research [ICPSR] holds the world’s largest collection of computer-readable social science data. It hosts 21 specialised collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research provides data from surveys of public opinion. The data held by the Roper Center range from the 1930s to the present. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented.

World Press Trends Database is a primary source of data on the newspaper industry worldwide, comprising datasets from World Press Trends Annual Reports. It includes datasets from c.70 countries. The data is available as individual country reports and aggregated to reveal trends on circulation and readership.


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.


LGBT+ Database Trials: Let us know your views

Trialling of LGBT+ Databases

Throughout February and early March the Bodleian Libraries will be trialling a selection of LGBT+ related eResources and databases, which are listed below. All are accessible via SOLO, click on the resource names below to go directly to their SOLO record and gain online access (logging on with your SSO if required).

Archives of Sexuality and Gender: Gale Cengage (On trial until 4/3/20)
This resource spans the sixteenth to twentieth centuries and is the largest digital collection of historical primary source publications relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality, and gender research and gender studies research. Documentation covering disciplines such as social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) communities around the world are included, as well as rare and unique books on sex and sexuality from the sciences to the humanities to support research and education.

LGBT Magazine Archive:Proquest LLC (On trial until 2/3/20)
The resource archives of 26 leading but previously hard-to-find magazines are included in LGBT Magazine Archive, including many of the longest-running, most influential publications of this type.  The complete backfile of The Advocate is made available digitally for the first time.  As one of the very few LGBT titles to pre-date the 1969 Stonewall riots, it spans the history of the gay rights movement. LGBT Magazine Archive also includes the principal UK titles, notably Gay News and its successor publication Gay Times.

LGBT Life Full Text from EBSCO (On trial until 28/2/20)
LGBT Life with Full Text is a specialised database for LGBT studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including monographs, magazines and newspapers. It also includes a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing thousands of terms.  Content includes more than 140 full-text journals and nearly 160 full-text books and reference materials.  In addition, more than 260 abstracted and indexed journals and more than 350 abstracted and indexed books and reference works.

Please let us know what you think of these eResources, as this will help guide whether we should purchase any of them and extend their access. Send your views to Helen Worrell, the Archaeology and Tylor Anthropology Librarian and Vice-Chair, Oxford University LGBT+ Advisory Group.






Take the SSL on Holiday : ways to access library material remotely

Vacation loans start during 8th week of Michaelmas term. Books (both normal and short  loan) will be due back on Tuesday 21 January (1st week of Hilary Term).

If you need to access library resources while you are away from Oxford, follow our tips below:

Access e-books, e-journals and databases remotely by logging in to SOLO with your Single Sign On (SSO) Take a look at the Bodleian Libraries LibGuides for further information.

SSL eReadings provides scans of selected articles and book chapters on reading lists we support that are not available in e-books or e-journals. SSL eReadings is hosted on WebLearn, log in with your Single Sign On (SSO)

Use the Scan & Deliver service if you need to get hold of a chapter or article from the Closed Stacks. Further information can be found here.

We will be closed from Tuesday 24 December to Wednesday 1 January (dates inclusive).

(The library will close at 5pm on Monday 23 December and re-open at 9am on Thursday 2 January)


Box of Broadcasts: an On Demand TV and Radio Service 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.




15 new channels were recently added to BoB!





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 (SSO). 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.