Keep up to date with the news: how to access our newspaper collections online

Want to keep up to date with world events? Want to do some research using past newspaper content? You can do both by accessing our extensive collection of online newspapers. Individual titles are accessible via SOLO and can be accessed remotely with a SSO (Single Sign On). An example of just some of the holdings in our collection can be viewed below:

Financial Times 1888 – 2016

Guardian 1821 – 2003

Observer 1791 – 2003

New York Times 1851 – 2015

Times 1785 – 2014

Note that these historical archives of the titles listed above, do not show the latest issues. To view more recent content, many newspapers are available to be browsed via the following databases:


Largely for contemporary newspapers (1980s-). Provides essential news for the UK, America and Europe with a collection of more than 10,000 authoritative sources includes thousands of current newspapers. Excellent for national but also local, regional newspapers and specialist or professional news. There is much overlap with Nexis UK, (see below) so if you can’t find a newspaper in Factiva, then try there instead.

Nexis UK

Largely for contemporary newspapers (1980s-). Vast database that provides access to over 20,000 news sources from all over the world. Particularly excellent for UK, North American and much of Europe. Its coverage is largely current and recent, but does go back 20 years in some cases. For UK newspapers, generally covers broadsheets from 1980s and tabloids and local/ regional newspapers from more recently.

Further information about the Bodleian Libraries’ newspaper collections is available here.

Our Book of the Month choice for May

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.


The Oxford Handbook of Energy and Society

Edited by Deborah J Davidson & Matthia Gross

Oxford University Press, 2018

eBook available here



This month’s book was chosen by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.



Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because of the way it shows that the study of energy production and consumption is drawing the attention of sociologists in new ways for the discipline.

Book Overview

The Oxford Handbook of Energy and Society offers a synthesis of recent developments in sociological analysis of energy-society relations, representing a wide breadth of contributors in sociology and related disciplines from across the globe.

Regional case studies of different energy resources are featured, as are the roles of politics, markets, technology, social movements, and consumers. Topics covered include: structural perspectives on energy-society relations, the persistent material and geopolitical relevance of fossil fuels, consumption processes, the inequitable distribution of energy access, energy poverty, and shifts in energy-society relationships.

How can I access it?

An eBook of this title is available via SOLO. Oxford University staff and students can access it remotely by logging into SOLO with their SSO.

What would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.

Questions about library services or resources: Use the Live Chat service

Do you have questions about our library services or resources? Do you need assistance with tracking down materials you can access remotely? Use the Bodleian Libraries Live Chat service, available via SOLO, LibGuides or Bodleian Libraries contact pages. It is currently expanded to be available 7 days a week, 9am-7pm on weekdays and 10am-7pm on weekends. 70 library staff are keeping the service going remotely and staff Live Chat in 1 hour sessions. To give you an idea of how popular it is, between 17 March (when it was announced that we were to close) and the 5 April, 425 enquiries have been answered.  So any questions, just ask us.


Projects SSL staff have been working on over the Easter Vacation

Although the SSL was closed over the Easter vacation, our staff have been hard at work providing means for students to continue studying effectively from home.

We have been busy creating online reading lists, with links to journal articles and eBooks, to be published on ORLO. We have 13 lists currently in progress, with 2,400 citations added so far. More news to follow when they are officially available.

We have also been working through “eBook wishlists” sent to us by course convenors, from which we have so far purchased 161 eBooks which are licensed for institutional access [more info on what libraries can/can’t buy can be found here]. The work to purchase these eBooks will continue through out Trinity Term.

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.





Introducing BrowZine: easy access to journal article PDFs

We are pleased to announce an enhancement to SOLO which improves access to PDFs of journal articles.

BrowZine gives you seamless access to online journals licensed by the Bodleian Libraries directly from SOLO or from the BrowZine website or app. Coverage is from 2005 onwards.

Via SOLO BrowZine seamlessly directs you straight to the article you want to view. You can then select ‘Download PDF’.

The BrowZine platform also easily allows you to browse journal contents by selecting ‘View Journal Contents’ (see image above). If you have not already done so, you will be asked to sign in with your SSO (Single Sign On).

You will also find in SOLO many electronic Legal Deposit (eLD) articles which now have links directing you to download the subscription copy instead of the more restricted eLD copy.

To search for articles and browse journal contents via the BrowZine website, select your institution (Bodleian Libraries (University of Oxford)) and you will then be prompted to sign in with your Single Sign On. Setting up a BrowZine personal account also gives you access to additional features:

  • You can save full text articles to a personal library
  • You can create a personal bookshelf of your favourite journals
  • You can save article citations to Mendeley, EndNote and other reference management software
  • You can share article citations via LinkedIn, e-mail, Twitter or Facebook
  • You can be alerted to new issues of journals

Click the image below to access 2 video tutorials to help you get started using BrowZine.

Further information can be found on the new BrowZine LibGuide or contact us if you require assistance.

Easter Weekend: Library Virtual Service Closed


The Social Science Library is currently operating a virtual library service while the physical library is closed, answering enquiries and adding to our range of electronic services and collections.

However, over the Easter weekend (Friday 10 April – Monday 13 April), the library’s virtual service will be “closed” and will re-open again on Tuesday 14 April at 9am. We will aim to respond to all enquiries as soon as possible after this.

Discover more about the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA)

ORA (Oxford University Research Archive) provides open access to a wide range of articles, dissertations, book chapters, conference proceedings and other papers by Oxford academics and research students. Over 56,000 complete works are available.

The full text and abstracts of many items within the archive can be downloaded free of charge by anyone with an internet connection and new full texts are being added daily. Note that items that include full-text in the archive are subject to usual copyright terms and where possible information regarding reuse is included.

Searches for open access material can be conducted from within ORA or from within SOLO.


After entering your search terms into SOLO, filter your results to show ‘Open Access’ materials using the filters available on the left of the SOLO screen.




Material is labelled with the orange Open Access padlock symbol. Click on ‘Online Access’ to access full text.


Further information can be found on the ORA LibGuide

Explore the Bodleian Libraries collections on Digital.Bodleian

In an effort to make portions of the Bodleian Libraries’ collections open to a wide variety of users from around the world for learning, teaching and research, the Bodleian Libraries have been digitizing library content for nearly twenty years.

Search and explore the Bodleian’s collection on Digital.Bodleian, with over 900,000 images of c.16,000 collection items.

Via Digital.Bodleian you can:

If you have questions about the digital collections or problems with the site, email

Ways you can contact us for assistance

The Social Science Library may be physically closed but you can still get in touch with us.

As our staff are primarily working from home, please contact us by email in preference to telephone if possible.

If you are only able to contact us by phone, leave a voicemail message at +44 (0)1865 271093. Staff are checking messages regularly and will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

To contact a specific member of staff (such as your Subject Consultant), see our full staff contact list here.

You can also contact us via our social media channels, through Facebook and Twitter.

Need assistance with locating an item or eResource on our catalogue?

Use the Live Chat functionality within SOLO to talk to a staff member. The service has been expanded to be available 7 days a week, 9am–7pm on weekdays and 10am–7pm on weekends.

Staff can assist with finding library materials and resources and advise what to do if you can’t find an item you can access remotely.


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.