Search Oxford Libraries Online (SOLO) – a new way to search Oxford library catalogues

An announcement from OULS:

On 1st October, Oxford University Library Services is introducing new search tools that provide enhanced and easy access to its many resources.

SOLO: Search Oxford Libraries Online
OLIS, the library catalogue, still exists but is now overlaid with powerful search software, SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online). SOLO will search across OLIS, as well as the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) and other catalogues and e-resources collections so that your search results will be more comprehensive. Facets provide many additional links and there are options to email results, save results for bibliographic management packages, save searches and create search alerts. SOLO search results link to OLIS so that when you find the item you want, you will be able to place a stack request or a reservation. SOLO also allows for seamless linking to full-text journal articles. An “Articles and Databases” tab gives you a quick overview (no more than 30 results per database searched) of journal articles, abstracts or bibliographic references in many subjects. Use this if you just want a sample of search results but go to OxLIP+ if you want to do detailed searching of the 800+ e-resources and databases.

From OxLIP+ you can look for a resource by title or by subject, as before, but you can also search for a database by a word in its title or description. Selective databases can be cross-searched, thus allowing you to pick and choose databases from Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Medicine for truly interdisciplinary searching. Ask your local librarian for assistance with the many new options on offer.

OU E-journals
OU E-Journals, already familiar to most of you, is still available as a separate search service and is your easiest way into a full-text ejournal. Oxford now has over 28,000 titles! Use Single-Sign-On (SSO) to have access to the full range of resources and services. No more need for VPN or Athens – just logon using your SSO account (which is the same as your Herald email userid & password)!

Please use the TELL US WHAT YOU THINK screen on SOLO to tell us your views and send in suggestions.

The homepage on all reader PCs will default to SOLO from tomorrow (1st October).

Electrical work in library – next two weeks

The long-warned-about electrical work (originally scheduled for July and August) will now be taking place from tomorrow for the next couple of weeks. It shouldn’t be too noisy or disruptive, but areas of the bookstacks on the first and second floors may be inaccessible at times.