Finishing your degree this Summer? consult our Library checklist

Here are a number of library related things to keep in mind as you prepare to finish your degree and leave Oxford.

Return all library books

If you have any books borrowed from university libraries please return them to the owning library before you leave. This will save on postage or return trips to Oxford (and fines!) later.

Book Donations

If you’ve got any of your own books that you don’t need any longer, the library would be happy to receive donations of social sciences textbooks. A box is available at our Issue Desk for you to place them in or pass them on to a library staff member.

Pay for outstanding fines and lost books

You can pay for all fines owed to any of the Bodleian Libraries in any Bodleian lending library. If you owe money for lost books you will need to visit the library that owns the book you have lost.

Alternatively you can pay for your fines and SSL books you may have lost via the online store. You will need to know the exact amount owed in each case, and you can find this out by signing in to SOLO and looking at “My Account”. If you are no longer able to sign in to SOLO, or have any questions please contact the library.

Use up your PCAS credit

 

Any unused credit on your PCAS account cannot be refunded and so we urge you to use it before you leave Oxford. On request, credit can be transferred to another PCAS account. Please email PCAS Support for assistance.

 

Your PCAS account will end when your University card expires.  It will be possible to transfer credit to a different card, e.g. alumnus status, and all enquiries should be sent to PCAS Support.

 Whilst your University card is valid you can also use your PCAS credit to pay for Scan & Deliver, Bodleian Library Postal Photocopying and Inter-Library Loan requests.

 

Alumni privileges

Reader’s card

As a graduate of the University of Oxford you are entitled to apply for a Reader’s Card (this is different to your Alumni card). This card will grant you reference access to the Bodleian Libraries. Details on how to apply are on the Getting a reader’s card page.

Alumni access to resources

Alumni access to selected resources is available. More information can be found on the Bodleian Alumni access to resources page. Go to the Oxford University Alumni webpage to register for an Oxford Alumni Card.

RefWorks Reference Manager

If you have registered for an individual RefWorks account you will have lifetime access to that account (for as long as we continue to subscribe). More information is available on the Bodleian Libraries’ RefWorks page.

Best of luck!

Whatever you are going on to do when you finish your studies at the University of Oxford, we wish you the best of luck.

The Bodleian Libraries collection of Self-Help Books

 

Following student feedback, the Bodleian Libraries Disability Subcommittee recommended the creation of a collection of self-help books to support students who may experience difficulties during their time in Oxford. As a result, the Bodleian Libraries worked in collaboration with the Counselling Service and College Libraries to acquire the titles.

 

The titles are available as ebooks and University members can access them remotely by clicking on the link in the title of each book. Your Single Sign-On (eg abcd1234) will be required for authentication. If you require any additional information, please contact disability.librarian@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Coping with Exam Pressure

The run up to exams can be particularly stressful, take a look at this Oxford University webpage which gives you practical advice on coping with anxiety while revising and sitting your exams, and offers further sources of help.

Library related sources of help

 

Remember that SSL Library Staff are here to help you. Let us know if you can’t locate library materials or need assistance accessing library services.

SSL Student Survey 2018: thank you for your feedback

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The SSL would like to thank all students who recently participated in our 2018 student survey. We received 367 responses and some really useful feedback. Over the next few months we will be hard at work analysing the results to identify ways we can further improve our services to students.

The lucky winner of our £50 Blackwell’s voucher was Mallika Wagle (PPE). Congratulations!

Keep up to date with new books we have added to our collection

Want to keep up to date with the latest titles we have added to our collection?

Take a look at our New Books Display (located around the corner from our Issue Desk) to discover a selection of the new books we’ve recently added to stock.

The display includes:

We’ve also recently revamped our New Books web page. It features print and e-book titles that have been added to stock in the past month.

The list of titles for April is now available to view here.

The list is divided according to the subject indicated by the classification of the book.

Here are just a few of our recent purchases:

    

    

To discover which shelfmarks are appropriate for your research and teaching interests, please see our subject browsing guide

 

The New Books web page and New Books Display Area also showcases one of our Subject Librarian’s choices for the SSL Book of the Month.

SSL Student Survey: Last chance to have your say

The SSL Student Survey is closing soon – take 5 minutes to tell us your views in our short online survey and you could win a £50 Blackwell’s voucher.

 

The survey closes on Sunday 20th May.

Access the survey here.

 

Thank you to everybody who has completed the survey already – your feedback will help us improve our services.

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More information:

We at the Bodleian Social Science Library want to know how we can provide the best possible library services.  If you receive course reading lists for Social Sciences at the University of Oxford, we want to hear from you.

Subjects of particular interest to us are:

  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Politics
  • Refugee Studies
  • Social Policy and Intervention
  • Sociology

The survey is open from 3rd – 4th week of Trinity Term, and closes on Sunday 20th May 2018.

 

Discover our New Books web page and see titles added to stock in April

We’ve recently revamped our New Books web page. It features print and e-book titles that have been added to stock in the past month.

The list of titles for April is now available to view here.

The list is divided according to the subject indicated by the classification of the book.

Here are just a few of our recent purchases:

    

    

To discover which shelfmarks are appropriate for your research and teaching interests, please see our subject browsing guide

 

The New Books web page also showcases one of our Subject Librarian’s choices for the SSL Book of the Month.

 

SSL Student Survey: have your say, win a 50 pounds Blackwells voucher

 

Complete our 5-minute online survey for a chance to win a £50 Blackwell’s voucher!

 

 

We at the Bodleian Social Science Library want to know how we can provide the best possible library services.  If you receive course reading lists for Social Sciences at the University of Oxford, we want to hear from you.

Subjects of particular interest to us are:

  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Politics
  • Refugee Studies
  • Social Policy and Intervention
  • Sociology

Access the survey at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ssl/survey2018

The survey is open from 3rd – 4th week of Trinity Term, and closes on Sunday 20th May 2018.

Publishers, Papers and Peer Review: An Open Access Oxford Week event for the Social Sciences

The SSL supports this Open Access Oxford Week event.

Booking is now open for Publishers, papers and peer review, an Open Access Oxford Week event for the social sciences on Thursday 14th June 2018, 10.45-15.45 at the Manor Road Building (Seminar Room G).

The event will comprise of a series of short talks and discussion around open access and changing pathways to publication. Speakers include representatives from academia, publishing, repositories and the support teams for open access, data and the REF. Topics include publication strategies, avoiding ‘predatory’ journals, the role of social science preprint platforms, managing data, the new culture of responsible research metrics in impact assessment, and OA policies. The aims are to help researchers maximize the accessibility and impact of their work while retaining ownership, engage with the move towards open practice, address some of the challenges of publication, be aware of University requirements, and know where to go for help.

Click here to book a place. This free event (which includes tea/coffee & sandwich lunch) is open to all University members, especially academics, researchers and research students from the Social Sciences Division.

 

Open Access Oxford Week (11th to 15th June 2018)

The SSL supports these Open Access Oxford Week events.

Open Access Oxford Week, will round off the summer term with daily events across the university. It will be a chance to discuss developments in research dissemination and scholarly communication, policy and practice, all in the context of open access. There will be a mix of local and visiting speakers, including representatives from Research England, the National Institute for Health Research, JISC, Altmetric and the creators of ‘author copyright’ game The Publishing Trap.

There will also be a social science-focused day on 14 June entitled ‘Publishers, papers and peer review’, led by Professor Alis Oancea (Oxford University Department of Education) and exploring publication strategies, predatory journals, open practice and data, social science repositories, responsible research metrics, and OA policies. Speakers include leaders from academia, publishing, and preprint servers SocArxiv and SSRN.

Visit the Open Access Oxford Week programme page for latest details and booking. A full programme is also listed below.

All events are free and open to all University staff and students, especially academics and researchers, research students, research support staff and librarians.

Monday 11 June 2018

Implementing the REF policy for Open Access. Presenter: Claire Fraser (Higher Education Policy Adviser, Research England). The policymaker’s perspective on the implementation of open access publication requirements for REF 2021.  12.30-1.30pm, Weston Library Lecture Theatre. Book a place.

Help! I’m an author, get me out of here. Presenter: Sally Rumsey (Head of Scholarly Communication and Research Data Management, Bodleian Libraries). Calling Oxford authors to share views on evolving research dissemination at this repeat of Sally’s January presentation. 2-3pm, Weston Library Lecture Theatre.  Book a place.

Tuesday 12 June

Play the Publishing Trap game. Presenters: Jane Secker and Chris Morrison (both from UK Copyright Literacy). Come prepared to play this educational board game – aimed at early career researchers and academics – exploring the impact of scholarly communications choices, with its copyright expert creators. 11.30am-1pm, Radcliffe Science Library (Group Study Room). Book a place.

NIHR Open Access policy and progress. Presenter: Justin Riordan-Jones (Head of Systems and Information (Research), Department of Health & Social Care). An overview of OA policy and practicalities from the National Institute for Health Research, a major funder of research at Oxford.  2-3pm, Cairns Library (Beeson Room).  Book a place.

Wednesday 13 June

Openness and humanities. Presenter: Pip Willcox (Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Bodleian Libraries). The long history of openness in humanities. 11.30-12.15, Weston Library Lecture Theatre. Book a place.

Digital theses and open access. Presenter: Sarah Barkla (Institutional Repository Librarian, Bodleian Libraries). The benefits of making your doctoral thesis available through ORA. 12.15-1.00pm, Weston Library Lecture Theatre. Book a place.

Latest developments in altmetrics. Presenter: Jean Liu (Head of Product Development, Altmetric). Introducing altmetrics and open access, recent developments and tips for using Altmetric data. 2-3pm, Weston Library Lecture Theatre. Book a place.

Thursday 14 June

Publishers, papers and peer review. A Social Sciences-focused event led by Professor Alis Oancea (Oxford University Department of Education). 10.45am-3.45pm, Manor Road Building (Seminar Room G). Programme and booking.

Friday 15 June

The EU and open access: OpenAire and Horizon 2020. Presenter: Frank Manista (European Open Science Manager, JISC). The new OpenAire project and its role in supporting European Union open access policy. 11am-12.00, Radcliffe Humanities Building (Seminar Room). Book a place.