Take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

The SSL supports the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch which will be taking place from Friday 26th to Monday 28th January 2024.

Join the world’s largest garden wildlife survey and help build a picture of how UK garden birds are faring.

To take part, follow the simple steps below:

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To find out more go to the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch homepage.

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To help you brush up on your bird spotting skills and learn how to encourage birds into your garden, we’ve created a book display. Find the display around the corner from our issue desk, on top of the new journals display area.

Feel free to take a book and read it in the library but please return to the display after use.

A photo of the SSL 'RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch' book display.

Winter Wellbeing book display

Brighten up your day with a book from our Winter Wellbeing book display.

Looking to take more self-care cues from the seasonal shifts?

We’ve selected some titles to help with embracing winter as a season for rest and recovery. Now is an excellent time of year to learn more about the Danish concept of hygge, or read up on the benefits of connecting with nature.

These books are perfect for reading with a hot drink – which you’re welcome to bring into the library provided they are in reusable cups with a lid.

You can find the display just around the corner from the issue desk.

Find more information on wellbeing at the Bodleian Libraries on the Wellbeing in the libraries webpage.



Think we’re missing a title? Email us at ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Take control of your references: find out more about reference management

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Formatting your text citations, footnotes and bibliography correctly for your essay or thesis can be a chore. Using reference management software makes it easier and saves you time.

There are a number of options to choose from:

  • EndNote
  • Mendeley
  • RefWorks
  • Zotero

To find out more about the different software available, how they work, and which will best suit your needs:

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The Bodleian Libraries Reference Management Subject Guide, includes comprehensive information on different reference management software, including the pros and cons of using each one.

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Attend one of the upcoming Bodleian iSkills Reference Management training sessions:

Referencing: Choosing and using software for referencing (Face to Face)

Fri 9 February, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Referencing: EndNote (Face to Face)

Fri 16 February, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Referencing: EndNote (Online)

Wed 21 February, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Referencing: RefWorks (Online)

Wed 13 February, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Referencing: Zotero (Face to Face)

Mon 12 February, 1.30am – 4.30pm

Referencing: Zotero (Online)

Wed 28 February, 10.00am – 11.00am

Click on the session title links above to book a place. For a complete list of Bodleian iSkills training sessions see here.

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Explore Cite Them Right, an online platform designed to advise students on how to reference correctly across eight referencing styles. Based on the best-selling book in its 12th edition, by Richard Pears and Graham Shields, this programme is trusted by institutions globally, and accessed by thousands of students daily.

Cite Them Right gives examples and generates citations from a choice of 7 referencing systems for print and electronic formats. The citations can be copied into your work or emailed. The referencing systems are Harvard (author-date), APA, MLA, MHRA, OSCOLA, Vancouver and Chicago. Citations can be created for a very diverse range of sources, including books, journals, digital resources and websites, audio-visual material, unpublished material (theses, manuscripts, etc.), financial & scientific reports, genealogical sources (wills, censuses, etc.), legal material, government and other official publications, and other forms of communication sources (email, Twitter, graffiti, etc.).

Where can you access the resource?

Cite Them Right can be accessed via SOLO.

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You can also get advice on reference management from your Subject Consultant. Find out their contact information here.

Vacation loans are due back on Tuesday 16 January

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Term-time borrowing starts 1st week Hilary Term

Our vacation borrowing period comes to an end on Tuesday 16 January, and loan periods will operate on term-time rules.

Please bring back to the library any items you originally borrowed on or before 26 September 2023 for return or to re–borrow, as these items have now reached their maximum renewal period of 112 days (16 weeks).

To see how long you can borrow books for, visit: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/borrow.

The borrowing period for individual items will also be displayed when you are signed in to SOLO.


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Free Bodleian iSkills workshops in 1st week

A photo of a laptop open with the iSkills logo on the screenBodleian iSkills workshops aim to develop your skills in information discovery and scholarly communications, covering a variety of resources across a wide range of disciplines. They are primarily aimed at University of Oxford students and staff. Some workshops take place face-to-face, whilst others are run online.

The workshops are FREE but online booking is essential. A list of the sessions taking place this term can be found on the iSkills Workshops webpage.

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Workshops taking place this week in 1st week

Thursday 18th January, 14:00-16:00 (online)

Online sources for Historians

A general online introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods of British and Western European history.

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.

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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 Book of the Month for January

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.

Jo Gardner (Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations) selecting a book from the SSL shelves.

January’s Book of the Month was selected by Jo Gardner Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations.

The front cover of the book 'Geopolitics and Democracy' on top is a rosette which says 'SSL Book of the Month.'


Geopolitics and Democracy: The Western liberal order from foundation to fracture

Peter Trubowitz and Brian Burgoon

Oxford University Press, 2023

JC574.TRU 2023




It was chosen because it has been described as a ground-breaking study of Western-led liberal international order.

Book Overview

Combining a novel theoretical framework and empirical strategy, Trubowitz and Burgoon show that support for globalism has been receding for 30 years in Western parties and legislatures. They trace the anti-globalist backlash to foreign policy decisions that mainstream parties and party elites made after the end of the Cold War.


“Beautifully written and deeply researched, Geopolitics and Democracy chronicles the decades-in-the-making erosion of support for liberal internationalism in Western societies..”
G. John Ikenberry, Princeton University

“A notable contribution helping us understand our politics today.”
Kathleen R. McNamarra, Georgetown University

“A must-read for students of comparative welfare-state politics as well as international political economy and international relations.”
Jonas Pontusson, Université de Genève

How can I access it?

We have one lending copy of this book, which is currently located in our New Books Display Area (around the corner from our Issue Desk). Its shelfmark is JC574.TRU 2023. It is also available as an eBook. For the eBook, access it from a Bodleian Library computer or use it remotely, by logging on to SOLO with your SSO.

Image of an open book with the pages curled to form a love heartWhat 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.

Bodleian Libraries Refresher Inductions: January 10th, 11th and 12th

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Are you an existing undergraduate or taught-postgraduate student at the University of Oxford and unsure of how the Bodleian Libraries can help you? Did you miss your Freshers’ week welcome session, or would you like a refresher? Are you a new visiting student? If so, join a 30-minute webinar to learn how the Bodleian Libraries can help you with your studies and research. By the end of the webinar, you will understand:

  • the network of Bodleian Libraries
  • how to find items on your reading list including how to use SOLO
  • how to use the Bodleian Libraries Wi-Fi, PCs and printing
  • where to get further help

The dates and times on offer are:

Wednesday 10th January 15:00-15:30

Thursday 11th January 10:30-11:00

Friday 12th January 13:30-14:00

The sessions will take place online via Microsoft Teams.

Registration is required and you can book on a session via the iSkills website.