Returning Library Books to the SSL

Readers leaving Oxford before the summer, or coming back to Oxford to collect their belongings from Colleges, can now return their library books to a number of locations across Oxford, at specific times, including at the Manor Road Building from 12pm-2pm on Tuesdays starting tomorrow Tuesday 16 June.

When returning items to the SSL:

  • Please queue outside the Manor Road Building 2m from the person in front of you
  • When at the front of the queue, staff will ask you to place your books in the crates provided
  • Please do not leave your books outside the building while we are unstaffed and unable to accept returns, as they will be at risk of damage and theft. Full replacement costs will be charged for items left this way.

Other Libraries that you can return books to that are open at various times through the week are:

  • Radcliffe Humanities building
  • Saïd Business School
  • Weston Library
  • Old Road Campus building

Additional information can be found here.

A map showing the locations where you can return items to can be found here.

If you are unable to return your books at any of these libraries during their scheduled opening times, please email for advice.


Bodleian iSkills ONLINE!

Bodleian iSkills have moved online for Trinity Term and continue to provide free webinars and recorded videos on a range of topics.

Upcoming live sessions cover Open Access, working with sensitive research data, and the following workshop which readers may find particularly useful:

Using Oxford Libraries remotely (Thursday 11 June 14.00-15.30):

An online introduction to using Oxford Libraries remotely, including the latest information on the services available and how to access them; finding and using online resources that can be read from home; and what to do if you can’t find the material you need.

Online booking is still required for these workshops.

There are also a number of workshops which have been recorded as videos and made available online. So far these include:

Scholarly literature for your research

Adapted from the iSkills workshop ‘Finding stuff: scholarly literature for your research’, this series of videos cover how to use SOLO (the University’s resource discovery tool); search techniques and creating an effective search query; finding theses and conferences for your research.

Keeping up to date with research

Adapted from the iSkills workshop ‘Getting information to come to you’, this series of videos guides you through setting up alerts so that you automatically receive notification of new research in your area. The videos cover setting up alerts in SOLO, Web of Science, JournalTOCs and Zetoc, Nexis UK, JiscMail and others.

What is reference management software?

This is the introductory presentation from the iSkills workshop: ‘Referencing: choosing and using software’. Bodleian iSkills will not be running any live workshops this term on reference management, but the video link will also take you to our homepage for ‘Managing your references’, with further links to information and guidance in using a variety of reference management software packages.

For more details about all iSkills workshops visit the Bodleian iSkills page on Oxford LibGuides.

Our Book of the Month choice for June

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.


Cultural backlash: Trump, Brexit, and authoritarian populism

by Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart

Cambridge University Press, 2019

eBook available here



The Book of the Month for June has been selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations.



Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because it addresses the noticeable rise of authoritarian populism in Europe and the USA

Book Overview

The recent growth of support for populist political parties and the emergence of leaders with authoritarian tendencies in many Western societies have attracted much interest. The most popular theories form two groups: One sees support for populist parties being strongest among those who have benefited least from decades of globalisation. The other suggests that populist parties draw most heavily on those who have negative views on changes in society. The authors favour the second of these, and they draw on statistical data and a wide literature to make the case that patterns of voting for populist parties across Europe and the USA all show substantial intergenerational differences. 

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.

VitalSource: Free eBook rentals for students

VitalSource is currently providing up to 7 free e-book rentals for students at UK universities until 30 June 2020. Many of these e-books are not available to purchase via other suppliers. To access your free e-books sign up with your email address at

Below is an example of just some of the available titles:


Book cover images copyright of their Publishers.







Access over 1.4 million eBooks via SOLO

While our Libraries may be closed, the Bodleian Libraries have been working hard to ‘Keep the University reading.’ With a Single Sign On you can access over 1.4 million e-books via SOLO.

Filter results by ‘Online Resources’ and to find e-books that can be accessed offsite, look for the green Online access icon.


As well as our existing titles, the Bodleian Libraries have been working with publishers to provide a lot of extra access to online resources during this period. Over 5,000 new e-books have been purchased and added to SOLO together with a further 60,000 temporary e-books made freely available by publishers during COVID-19. In addition, for some e-book collections, the licenses of content have been temporarily extended to increase or remove the limit on the number of simultaneous users.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest additional e-books via the e-books LibGuide.



18-24 May 2020 is Mental Health Awareness Week

The SSL supports Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May 2020)

Oxford University is committed to the Mental Health and Wellbeing of all their students and there are a number of services available which provide support.

Advice is available from your college, department, central University services, fellow students and the Student Union.

Whilst the Student Welfare and Support Services building is closed, you can still access support online.

Here are some of our Top Tips for how to look after your mental health while you have to stay at home, inspired by the Mental Health Foundation webpage.

1. Plan your Day

Maintain your routine. Adjusting to this ‘new’ way of life can be difficult. Try to maintain your routine. Rise at the same time each day, get dressed, have breakfast, and set aside time each day for movement, relaxation, connection and reflection.

2. Move more every day

Exercise is proven to improve your mood through the release of endorphins, helping to relieve stress. Something as simple as a walk can help to stimulate your brain, allowing you to study far more effectively.

Even at home, there are lots of ways to exercise and keep your body moving. Active Cumbria and Sport England have both compiled a page of exercise tips, videos and resources to keep you active as part of their #StayInWorkout campaign. A Weight off your Mind has lots of useful information about exercising, eating healthy and keeping fit.

3. Try a relaxation technique

Relaxing and focusing on the present can help improve your mental health and lighten negative feelings.

Try some different meditation or breathing exercises to see what helps. Progressive muscle relaxation teaches you to recognise when you are starting to get tense and how to relax.

There are a range of relaxation techniques available from the NHS.

4. Connect with others

Staying at home, especially if you live on your own, can feel lonely. Explore ways of connecting that work for you, whether that’s by post, over the phone, social media, or video-chat.


Coordinating breaks with your friends allows for social interaction which will break your own internal monologue and give you a chance to relax and focus on something outside of work.

5. Keep Occupied, but Make Time for Yourself.

Staying at home can seem overwhelming and sometimes filling time can be tricky. However, here are so many ways that you can stay occupied.

MIND have a useful page of information with lots of ideas on how to fill your time and Chatter Pack has a list of free, online, boredom-busting resources for ideas.

It is also important to know that it is ok to not be productive all the time. Resting helps to refresh the mind.

Unwinding and relaxing by doing the things you love like watching TV or reading a book can allow you to come back to your everyday life with a clearer mindset.


There are numerous e-books available on SOLO and you can access TV shows using your SSO login on BOB.

6. Improve your sleep

Feelings of uncertainty and changes to daily life may mean you have more difficulty sleeping.

Try to allocate 7-8 hours of rest per night. Allow an hour to wind down before bed and turn off screens. Blue light is activating and wakes up your brain.

A range of tips for improving sleep can be found on the Mental Health Foundation and NHS websites.

7. Ask for Help

Talking to someone or asking for help is a strong thing to do – it means you are taking control of a problem and your life.

Whatever is happening, the best way to make sure it doesn’t overtake your life and weigh you down is to talk to someone and get the support you need.

Getting help, helps you to manage the problem as quickly as possible. There are plenty of places to go to for help, including:

Every Life Matters

Mental Health Foundation



Wellbeing at Oxford

What do you do to improve your mental wellbeing? Share your TopTips with us!

Access The Economist for free online via SOLO

Keep up to date with the latest economic, business, political and international news by reading The Economist.

This popular weekly newspaper is available for free online via SOLO with your SSO (Single Sign-On). The complete content from 1843 is available to view.

Four methods of access will display and the date ranges/content available for each one vary:

Full-Text Reproduction of Print Version (1992 to 2020)

Choose the 1st option (ABI/INFORM Global) to access a full-text reproduction of the print version of The Economist from 1992 to the latest issue. Note however that content may differ from the online version (2nd option ‘Economist Newspaper’)

Full-Text Plus Additional Online Content (1997 to 2020)

Choose the second option (Economist Newspaper) for full text access from 1997 to the latest issue, plus access to additional online only articles.

Once you have clicked on the above link and The Economist website has displayed, it will show tabs at the top of the screen to ‘Subscribe/Log in or register’ but you do not need to do this, as you have already logged in via SOLO with you SSO. Full text access will display when you click on the image of the issue you wish to read:

Images copyright of The Economist

Full-Text Historical Archive (1843 to 2015)

Choose the 3rd option (Gale Cengage Economist Historical Archive) to access the historical archive dating from 1843 up to and including 2015.

Full-Text (2001 to 2020)

Choose the 4th option (Westlaw International) to access a full-text reproduction of the print version from 2001 to 2020. If you are not a regular Westlaw user, you may find viewing the content easier via ABI/INFORM Global (first option listed above). This is because you cannot browse through the issues via Westlaw (as you can in ABI/INFORM Global). You have to instead enter “Economist” in the search box as the source you want to search and then search it as a database for individual articles.


Book a Research Appointment with your Subject Consultant

The Social Science Library may be closed but you can still book a research appointment with your Subject Consultant.

Contact them for help with:

  • Creating an effective search strategy for your research topic
  • Finding key databases for your research topic
  • How to find the best reference management tool to suit your needs
  • How to set up automatic searches to keep you up to date
  • How to access and manage research data


To ask for advice or book an appointment, click on your subject consultant’s image below to send them an email.

Online Resources: Frequently Asked Questions Web Page

Do you have any questions regarding access to online resources or library services during the Bodleian Libraries current closure? Consult the new Online Resources FAQs web page to find answers to your questions and all the latest information.

If you have any queries not covered by the FAQs, please email us with your query and we will do our best to advise and assist you.

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.