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.

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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

Publisher Ambassador opportunity for Oxford Humanities and Social Science students

GALE, the publisher which supplies the Bodleian Libraries’ subscriptions to the digital archives of The Times newspaper and The Economist, among others, is adverstising to recruit two student ambassadors.

For more information or to apply, contact Jess Edwards at Gale ( by Wednesday 22 August.

Lighting Replacement Update

The Library’s lights have now been replaced with new efficient fittings and control switches in our Discussion Rooms, Information Skills Training Room and the Q-Step Teaching Lab.

The following rooms will be unavailable for short periods while the lighting replacement continues. The dates of the work are estimated as follows:

  • Central Graduate Study Room: Thursday 26 July – Friday 10 August
  • East Graduate Study Room: Monday 13 August – Friday 24 August


New service for online resources: Databases A-Z

As of Tuesday 26 June, the OxLIP+ service has been replaced with a new platform: Databases A-Z.

The new service preserves the primary features of OxLIP+: a searchable platform for bibliographic and reference databases provided by Bodleian Libraries for the University of Oxford, with filters for specific subject disciplines and database types.

OU e-Journals is also now available as a separate service: e-Journals A-Z.

These databases and e-journals are also listed in SOLO.

Manor Road Building Lighting Replacement Project

A long-term project is underway to replace all lights in the Manor Road Building.
New light fittings have been installed in many parts of the Library already, including some staff offices and most of the reader spaces in the South part of the Library.

The following rooms will be closed for short periods in the coming weeks for the new fittings to be installed in each.
All closures are shown at the calendar pages for each room accessed via 
• Small Discussion Room: Monday 2 – Friday 6 July
• Large Discussion Room: Monday 9 – Friday 13 July
• Information Skills Training Room: Monday 16 – Friday 20 July
• Q-Step teaching lab: Monday 23 July – Friday 3 August

Other lights in the North Area of the Library will be replaced gradually throughout the summer outside Library opening hours.

The new lights are much more efficient than the previous fittings and are creating great energy savings for the building.

If you have any feedback, please contact us at

Are you a new Postgraduate? take a look at our introduction to the SSL Video

Are you a new Postgraduate? To help you get started using the SSL we’ve created a short video which provides you with all the key things you need to know. Click on the image below to view:

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in contact with us. Ask one of our friendly staff at our Library Issue Desk for assistance, phone us on 271093, or email us.

More detailed information on how to get started using our library can be found here.


Terminology changes to SSL books on SOLO

In order to make it clearer to our readers which of our books can be borrowed, we have recently made a couple of changes to the terminology you will see in SOLO.

You can now easily see on SOLO which books are “Normal Loan”, “Short Loan” and “Library Use Only” in the Type/Status column on SOLO:

Previously, “Library Use Only” books were referred to as “Reference” or “Confined” books but we think this new terminology makes their status clearer.

You can see whether, and for how long, you are entitled to borrow each category of book on our Borrowing Books web page.


New online resources available!

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Three new online resources have been purchased for our readers. All are now available on SOLO:


  • Polling the Nations [available at] – 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 [available at ] – 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 [available at ] – 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.