Our May Resource of the Month: BBC Monitoring

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

Jo Garden sat at her desk in the SSL.

May’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations.

A laptop open on a desk, with the words 'BBC Monitoring' on the screen. Next to it are a cup of coffee and a pad and pen.

Jo’s choice is the BBC Monitoring. It was chosen because it is committed to the BBC’s editorial values and guidelines; it aims to cover the world’s media accurately, impartially and with clear sourcing.

Resource Overview

BBC Monitoring tracks, translates, summarises and analyses local media sources around the world. Its stated specialisms include: Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Sub Saharan Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Disinformation.

Where can you access the journal collection

This archive is available to access via SOLO. Note that the resource requires you to log in with your Oxford Single-Sign-On (SSO) again at the homepage. This resource also requires you to register before use.

 

 

Our April Resource of the Month: Berghahn Open Anthropology Collection

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

Helen Worrell (Subject Consultant for Anthropology) sat an a computer in the SSL.

April’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Helen Worrell, Subject Consultant for Anthropology.

Helen’s choice is the Berghan Open Anthropology Collection.

Berghahn are a well-known publisher of anthropological and ethnographic content. The University of Oxford and Bodleian Libraries are now a top tier supporter of Berghahn Open Access journals. This means Oxford-affiliated authors are guaranteed publication of their articles Open Access, without any charges. Open Access articles are free at the point of access, thus increasing impact of academic research and widening exposure of academic outputs to reach global audiences.

Where can you access the journal collection

The journal titles are indexed individually in SOLO, but not as a collection. A Single-Sign-On (SSO) is required to access the titles remotely, as they are restricted to Oxford University students and staff members.

To see a full list of the titles included, go to the Berghahn Open Anthro webpage.

 

 

 

Our Resource of the Month for March: CAB Abstracts

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

Subject Consultant, Andy Kernot, sat at a computer in the SSL.

March’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Andy Kernot, Subject Consultant for Geography, Social Policy & Intervention, Public Policy, and Internet Studies.

Andy’s choice is CAB Abstracts. It was chosen because it is one of the less well known databases that is more specialised but has particular relevance to geography as well as other subject areas.

Overview

CAB Abstracts is a bibliographic database compiled by CABI. It covers the significant research and development literature in the fields of agriculture, forestry, human health and nutrition, animal health, and the management and conservation of natural resources. Over three million records have been added to the database since its computerization in 1973 and it searches over 1200 academic journals.

Where can you access the resource

CAB Abstracts is hosted on the OVID platform and can be accessed through SOLO. A Single-Sign-On (SSO) is required to access this database, as it is restricted to Oxford University students and staff members.

 

Our Resource of the Month for February: Sociology Collection

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

John Southall sat next to a computer in the Social Science Library.

February’s Resource of the Month has been selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.

An open laptop on a desk. On the screen are the words 'Sociology Collection.' To the left is a notepad and pen and to the right a cup of coffee.

John’s choice is Sociology Collection. It was chosen as it has extensive historical coverage and provides regularly updated indexing of core sociological journals based upon the “Thesaurus of Sociological Indexing Terms.”

Overview

The Sociology Collection is provided by Proquest; an information database platform vendor specialising in full text, abstracts and indexes.

It provides a single entry point to ‘Sociological Abstracts’, ‘Sociology Database’ and ‘Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts’ (ASSIA). Each database may be searched together or individually and offers coverage of the international literature in sociology and social services. It provides abstracts, indexing and full-text coverage of journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations and working papers, including full-text from hundreds of leading sociology journals.

Where can you access the resource

Sociology Collection is available to access via SOLO. A Single-Sign-On (SSO) is required to access this database, as it is restricted to Oxford University students and staff members.

 

January Resource of the Month

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

January’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations.

An open laptop on a table with the words 'Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century' on the screen. Next to it is a cup of coffee and a note pad and pen.

Jo’s choice is Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century. It was chosen because it provides content on Far-Right and fascist movements alongside coverage of radical Left groups, supplying points for comparison.

Resource Overview

This Online Archive is a comprehensive and meticulously-indexed database of primary source material from Far-Right and Left political groups in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. The resource helps researchers 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 extreme or radical political thought.

Where can you access the resource

Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century is available to access via SOLO. A Single-Sign-On (SSO) is required to access this database, so is restricted to Oxford University students and staff members.

Our Resource of the Month choice for November: East African Newspapers

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

Sarah Rhodes (Subject Consultant for African Studies) sat at a computer in the SSL.

November’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for African Studies.

An open laptop on a desk. On the screen are the words 'East African Newspapers' to the right is a cup of coffee and to the left is a notebook and pen.

Sarah’s choice is East African Newspapers. It was chosen as it features key newspapers from East Africa from the 1940s to the mid-2010s, covering the growth of decolonization movements to Independence. This period was also punctuated by famine, drought, political uprisings, border disputes, and war as countries worked to navigate the post-colonial landscape. This collection includes the Daily Nation (Kenya), The Ethiopian Herald, and The Monitor (Uganda), accounting for over 34,000 issues and over 800,000 pages.

Where can you access the resource

East African Newspapers is available to access via SOLO. A Single-Sign-On (SSO) is required to access this database, so is restricted to Oxford University students and staff members.

Our Resource of the Month for October

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

Helen Worrell (Subject Consultant for Anthropology) sat at a computer in the SSL.

October’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Helen Worrell, Subject Consultant for Anthropology.

Open laptop on a table with the words 'Anthropology Plus' on the screen. Next to it are a cup of coffee and a pad and pen.

Helen’s choice is Anthropology Plus. It was chosen because it is a key starting point to for those undertaking anthropological research. It brings together into one resource two key bibliographic databases for the subject: ‘Anthropological Literature’ from Harvard University and ‘Anthropological Index’ from the Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK.

It also offers worldwide indexing of all core periodical and lesser-known journals from the 18th century to today, providing pervasive indexing of thousands of sources, including journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works and obituaries.

Where can you access the resource

Anthropology Plus can be accessed via SOLO.

Our Resource of the Month choice for September

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

Andy Kernot, Subject Consultant for Geography, Social Policy & Intervention, Public Policy, and Internet Studies.

September’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Andy Kernot, Subject Consultant for Geography, Social Policy & Intervention, Public Policy, and Internet Studies.

An open laptop on a table with the word 'Overton' on the screen. Next to it is a cup of coffee and a pad and pen.

Andy’s choice is Overton. It was chosen because it provides access to the world’s largest searchable index of policy documents, guidelines, think tank publications and working papers.

Resource Overview

Overton is a database of policy documents and the relationships between them and provides access to policy documents from governments and official bodies as well as from IGOs, some NGOs and think tanks. The database provides access to over 9 million full text policy documents and guidelines from more than 29,000 organisations in 188 countries. Overton extract topics, subject areas, authors, citations, and other metadata from each document, and helps users track the influence of research on government policy, both locally and internationally.

Where can you access the resource

Overton is available to access via SOLO.

Our Resource of the Month for August

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

August’s Resource of the Month has been selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.

Against a pink background in an infographic of an open laptop. A banner is in front of a screen with the words 'August Resource of the Month' written on it.

John’s choice is Convergence. It was chosen because it is new subscription for a database that has been frequently requested by readers in the past.

An open laptop on a table. On the screen is the words 'Convergence.' Adjacent to the laptop is a cup of coffee and a notebook and pen.

Resource Overview

Convergence is the global network for blended finance. It generates blended finance data, intelligence, and deal flow to increase private sector investment in developing countries. Its global membership includes public, private, and philanthropic investors as well as sponsors of transactions and funds, offering this community a curated, online platform to connect with each other on blended finance transactions in progress. It also offers exclusive access to tailored training packages, case studies and reports.

Where can you access the resource

Convergence is available to access via SOLO. A Single-Sign-On (SSO) is required to access this database, so its use is restricted to Oxford University students and staff members.

This resource also requires you to register before use:

  1. Register with your institutional email address.
  2. Verify your account (if you don’t receive the verification email, check your junk folder).

Our Resource of the Month choice for July

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for International Development, Forced Migration, and African & Commonwealth Studies, sitting at a library PC with books in the background.

July’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Sarah Rhodes,

An infographic of a laptop with the words 'July Resource of the Month' in front of it.

Sarah’s choice is AllAfrica. It was chosen because, despite being freely available online, the Bodleian Libraries has a subscription to the archive from 1996 to date, providing access to over two million articles and documents from allAfrica.com.

An open laptop on a desk with the words 'AllAfrica' on the screen. Next to it a are cup of coffee and a pad and pen.

Resource Overview

AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa – aggregating, producing and distributing news and information from over 140 African news organizations, as well as documents and releases from several hundred governmental, nongovernmental and international institutions, and their own reporters.  AllAfrica’s multi-channel platform is the only independent, comprehensive pan-African news source, with unrivalled reach and reputation to both an African and global public.

Where can you access the resource

The AllAfrica archive is available to access via SOLO. A Single-Sign-On (SSO) is required to access this database, so is restricted to Oxford University students and staff members.