ArcGIS Online Demo

ESRI UK, the vendor for ArcGIS, are hosting an demonstration of the range of ArcGIS products at IT services this month.

When: 23 February 2017 13:00-15:30.

Where: IT Services, Babbage. 13 Banbury Rd

Cost: Free

Suitable for: Social Science researchers, those using geographical data, those who want to present complex geo-spatial data in easily understood maps

ArcGIS Online is an online, collaborative web mapping tool which can allow you to use, create and disseminate maps and data for use within teaching and research. With an ArcGIS Online account you can:

  • Quickly visualise and analyse data in a web GIS without having to download/install any software
  • Create interactive web maps without coding
  • Collect data in the field using Esri’s Apps
  •  Survey 123 – great for asking questions and citizen science
  • Collector for ArcGIS – take hi-res imagery or basemaps off the grid
  • Publish engaging Story Maps that highlight your research output

This interactive map of Predominent Religions is an example of ArcGIS mapping. Zoom in to see more detail.

The University of Oxford has an ArcGIS Online subscription ready to be used for teaching and research. A desktop version of the software is also available on all Social Science Library PCs.

To book for this event contact the Social Science Library.

Data Area

Sick computerThe specialist software on the Data Area PCs in the Social Science Library will be unavailable until Friday 9 December. This is due to upgrades to our reader pcs.

The following software will be unavailable:

  • Bloomberg
  • Datastream
  • SPSS
  • NVivo
  • Government Finance Statistics CD-ROMs (the online database will still work).

We apologise for any inconvenience.

New media resources

Stylised image of filme reelThe Bodleian Libraries subscribe to a wide range of electronic resources for the University. We’ve recently started trialling two new media resources which add to our collection of resources. University members have access to films, documentaries, TV programmes and other selected broadcasts through our media resources.

New resources on trial

Bodleian Libraries are trialling the following resources, with a view to setting up a subscription if there is enough interest. Take a look and please send any feedback to by 31 October 2016:

  • Box of Broadcasts [available until 31 October]
  • An on-demand TV and radio service for education. 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.
  • Kanopy [available until 13 November]
  • Online access to a large collection of films, including feature films and films on topics in the visual arts, education, sciences and social sciences.

Our new resources also include:

  • World News Connection Archive 1995-2013
  • This is an extensive collection of newspaper articles, broadcast transcripts and datelines from around the world, translated into English by the US government.

This complements two other online news resources provided by Bodleian Libraries:



1 week after Brexit: social science resources

Union Jack and EU flag flying side by side

CC BY SA Creator: Dave Kellam

It has been one week since the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union. The changes to come will have long reaching effects economically, politically and socially. Research began before the vote and has continued after with a range of resources available to social scientists to study “Brexit”.

The Blavatnik School of Government is hosting a public event Brexit Britain: what now?. There will be a debate from a panel of experts Professor Anne Davies, Lord Wood of Anfield and Dr. Emily Jones. The event will take place in the Blavatnik School of Government on Thursday 30 June at 6pm. It is free to attend but registration is required.

Dr. Kathryn Simpson, University of Manchester, has been consulted throughout the referendum campaign for here expertise in comparative European politics, political behaviour and public opinion. She has discussed the need and demand for reliable quality data to examine all sides of the EU referendum, and its consequences, in her latest blog post Making sense of Brexit – the data you need to analyse.

Many of these data are available through the UK Data Service and include:

For the latest data news check out the Bodleian Data Library.

The Bodleian Libraries subscribes to a range of newspapers that are covering “Brexit” including The Economist (also available in print at the SSL), The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. News databases like Factiva will also be useful.

Other resources
The SSL has recently blogged about our range of resources on the EU, migration and democracy. Check out our previous blog post for more information.

Take the SSL on holiday

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Do you need to access library resources while you are away from Oxford this vacation?

Follow our tips below:

Vacation loans start during 8th week of Trinity term. For standard loans this will begin on Sunday 12th June and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday 16th June. Books will be due back on Tuesday 11th October (1st week of Michaelmas Term)

Access e-books, e-journals and databases remotely by logging in to SOLO or OxLIP+ 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 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.

Access specialised software in our new Data Area

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To support social scientists and others who are required to gather and handle data, the SSL has created a Data Area. This provides access to PCs that have specialised and restricted licence data software installed.

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A map (184 KB pdf) of the data area is available on the SSL website along with information about the different software available which include: Bloomberg Professional, DataStream, NVivo, SPSS and ArcGIS.

The Data Area page of the website also includes access information and restrictions and basic guides on how to use the software, physical copies of which are available in the Data Area. More information about data resources is available through the Bodleian Data Library website.


Telegraph Historical Archive

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The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000, is now available until 31 May 2016. You can access it via SOLO.

This is a fully searchable digital archive of what was once the world’s largest selling newspaper. You can search across 1 million pages of the newspaper’s backfile from its first issue to the end of 2000, including issues of the Sunday Telegraph from 1961. The newspaper was aimed  at a wealthy, educated readership. It is commonly associated with traditional Toryism, despite its more ‘liberal’ beginnings, especially in regard to foreign policy. The paper published widely on foreign affairs and foreign cultures.

Please send feedback to or

UN iLibrary trial

un-ilibrary logoThe Bodleian libraries will be trialling a new eResource until 1 July 2016: the UN i-Library.

The United Nations iLibrary includes publications, journals and series comprising facts and expertise on international peace and security, human rights, economic and social development, climate change, international law, governance, public health, and statistics. In future releases, the platform will also provide access to other resources such as working papers series and statistical databases.

Content can be searched by year from 2007, although some pre-2007 publications are available.  The i-Library gives access to all United Nations sales publications dating from 2013. The content of the United Nations iLibrary will be regularly updated with approximately 500 new titles published every year on the key topics reflecting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations.

As this is a trial, feedback on any aspect of the service such as content or usability would be greatly appreciated, so we can decide whether to keep it. You can e-mail  feedback to  would be greatly feedback to

If you are using a library PC you can access the library directly on the University network, go via the link provided at OxLIP+ or SOLO

Limited SOLO access April8th-10th

SOLO-logoDue to maintenance of our library catalogue, SOLO will be working in a limited capacity from 17.00 Friday April 8th to 09.00 Monday April 11th.

During this time:

  • The Find & Request tab will not be visible, you will not be able to see shelf marks or availability
  • It will not be possible to view or renew your loans
  • It will not be possible to place requests
  • Online access to electronic resources will be unaffected

If you need to find a shelfmark in the Social Science Library just e-mail us and we’ll track it down for you. Or ask our staff at the issue desk.