Trial until 31st October: Readers’ Guide Retrospective

We now have trial access to the online archive of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature from 1890-1982. Access is available via OxLIP+ until 31st October (sign in for remote access).

Readers’ Guide Retrospective provides access to the archive of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature from 1890-1982, indexing articles in the popular American press by subject, as well as to over three million articles from approximately 375 periodicals, many in full text. Please send comments and feedback to 

84,000+ ebooks now available: Ebrary Academic Complete comes to Oxford

Following a successful trial in Trinity Term 2013, Oxford readers now have access to over 84,000 extra e-books in the Ebrary Academic Complete collection. The books come from 500 prestigious academic publishers and range across all disciplines. The books are all displayed and searchable on SOLO or in OxLIP+ as Ebrary Academic Complete. The ebooks are mounted on the ProQuest platform with multiuser access and and University members also can download ebooks for a 14-day onto mobile devices. The package will be updated regularly. Our subscription runs until August 2015.

Reader comments during the trial described the resource as ‘incredibly awesome’.

Want to learn more about ebooks?

WISER: E-books  (Thurs 7 Nov 2.00 – 3.00) (wk 4)
An overview of academic e-books looking at what is currently available in e-format, how to find and access e-books and how to make the most of e-book functionality. Who is this session for?  All members of Oxford University and other Bodleian Libraries readers
Presenter: Hilla Wait  > Book your place

WISER: E-book readers (Thurs 7 November 3.15 – 4.15)  (wk 4)
How useful are e-book readers in academic work? Can they be used for accessing library materials? What are the features to look out for when considering purchase? These and similar questions will be considered with reference to the i-Pad, the Amazon Kindle and Sony Touch e-readers and smart phones. Who is this session for? All members of Oxford University and other Bodleian Libraries readers
Presenter: Hilla Wait  > Book your place

SOLO upgrade: new features

The software that powers SOLO, the Bodleian Libraries’ online catalogue, has now been upgraded.  While SOLO will function the same following the upgrade, the new version of the software brings with it various additional new features, many of which have been requested by readers.

1.    Browse searching
The new browse search allows users to browse records using A-Z lists of authors, titles or subjects.  The browse lists cover the holdings of the majority of libraries within the University, but they do not include the databases indexed in OxLIP+ or research papers and theses indexed in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA). You can browse OxLIP+ or ORA within their own dedicated search interfaces.

2.    Date range search (Advanced search)
This is a new option in the advanced search screen which allows users to limit searches by specifying a publication date range. Results from the search will only include material where the publication date falls between the start and end date set.

3.    Improved export options
The facility to export records to reference managers has been greatly improved in this new version of SOLO.  It is now possible to export directly from individual records without saving to e-shelf and to export to desktop reference management software such as Endnote and RefWorks.

4.    Multiple selection/exclusion of facets (Refine your results)
It is now possible to refine your results using more than one option in the facet list on the left-hand side of the page. To do so, click on ‘refine further’. This will also offer the option to exclude facets.

Please note: Readers using the “Libraries” facet are strongly advised to avoid excluding libraries.   This is because if an item is held in a number of libraries and you choose to exclude one of them, you will not see the item at all, even though it is also available in other libraries that you have chosen to include.  For example, if you exclude the Bodleian, you will not see items in other libraries if they are also held in the Bodleian.  To refine your search by library you are advised to use the “include” option but not “exclude”.

We continue to work to develop and improve SOLO, and welcome comments via the feedback link on the SOLO front page. For help and guidance using SOLO, please see the SOLO online guide at or ask library staff. The Bodleian Libraries Live Help service is also available on the SOLO front page from 9am-5pm on weekdays.