New! Online guide to US History sources

I’m pleased to announce the publication of the online Guide to US History Sources, on the Bodleian Libraries’ LibGuides site.  This guide replaces the old yellow paper versions which used to be available in the library, and provides links to and information about a whole variety of resources available for research in US History.

The web address for the guide is http://ox.libguides.com/ushistory.  The benefits of an online guide are that the links to e-resources are active (if you’re not connected to the University network you will need to sign in on SOLO first), and the guide can be easily and frequently updated.  Hopefully it will provide you with an excellent starting point for your research.  Please feel free to make suggestions about more resources to include, or if the guide could be made more user-friendly.  We also have a separate online guide available for US Government Publications, and could potentially create further specific guides in the future.

The online guide is designed to be complemented by the US Studies Resources at Oxford blog, which will go into more depth about individual resources and topics.  I’m also always happy to help you if you have questions about resources available either in the library or online.

Microform subject guide now available online

The list of microforms available in the library arranged roughly by subject (the big black folders that live on top of the cabinets) can now also be viewed online.   The online version is just a Google Docs version of the master spreadsheet, so to navigate between different subjects you need to click on the tabs at the bottom of the screen.

I have also extracted and uploaded the list of newspapers we have on microfilm separately.  The links to access both of these lists can be found on our website and also directly below:

Online guide to US Government Publications

The Bodleian Libraries are developing an online set of guides to resources at libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk. As part of this, we are working on transferring all the information we previously had in the printed guides available in the library (US History Sources and US Government Publications) onto the LibGuides site.  The History guides are still a work in progress, but the US Government Publications guide is now live and available for you to use.  It aims to provide a portal to the many sources of publications and information produced by the US government, both historic and current, held here in the VHL (and elsewhere in Oxford) and online.  We hope you’ll find it useful – please let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions for how it could be improved.  

You can access the guide via libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk, as well as through our website, or directly at http://ox.libguides.com/us-govpubs.

Photocopying, Printing & Scanning: How-to guides

How-to guides for the new photocopying, printing and scanning system are now available to download from the Bodleian Libraries’ website, or can be viewed online from the following links:

All these guides are also available in the library, either as copies to take away or as reference copies by the photocopier and computers.

WISER: Keeping up to date

Two WISER sessions next week offering tips on how to keep up-to-date:

WISER Social Sciences: Getting information to come to you.
Tuesday, 4 November (4) 12.30 – 1.30 OUCS, Banbury Road
Make your own current awareness service. Discover ways of using electronic bibliographic resources to keep up with the literature in your field by creating personal research / interest profiles.
Katherine Melling and Judy Reading
Book here!

WISER Humanities: Keeping up-to-date.
Friday, 7 November (4) 12.30 – 1.30 OUCS, Banbury Road
Make your own current awareness service. Discover ways of using electronic bibliographic resources to keep up with the literature in your field by creating personal research / interest profiles.
Kate Petherbridge and Judy Reading
Book here!

There are also leaflets on keeping up-to-date available in the library, with the other electronic resources guides by the microfilm readers.

‘Web 2.0 for Historians’ guide

You may have noticed I’m rather fond of web 2.0 things. It speaks to my not-so-inner librarian – organisation and sharing of knowledge. I seem to have spent a lot of time lately talking to people about how libraries can use web 2.0 to enhance our services, and now, in conjunction with the History Faculty Library, we have produced a guide to web 2.0 tools for Historians, which we hope will be useful to some of you! It covers many different websites and tools that can help you organise, discover and share your research and content on the web. The guide is now available at the HFL and here in the VHL, with the other electronic resources guides by the microform readers.