Friday, 26 November 2010

Christmas vacation

With the end of term approaching, please note the following:

  • All undergraduate loans for Michaelmas term are due back on Wednesday 1st December - please make sure you have returned or renewed your books by then. 
  • Vacation loans begin on Monday 29th November - anything that you borrow or renew from that date onwards will be due back on Wednesday 19th January (i.e. Wednesday of 1st week of Hilary term).
  • If you need to use e-journals or any other electronic resources while you are away from Oxford, you can do so simply by logging into SOLO or OxLIP+ with your Single Sign On username and password before you start searching. Further information on remote access is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Professor of Poetry inaugural lecture

Geoffrey Hill (Keble 1950, and Honorary Fellow of Keble College) will give his inaugural lecture as Oxford University's Professor of Poetry at 5.15pm on Tuesday 30 November, in the South School, Examination Schools. The lecture is entitled 'How ill white hairs become a fool and jester', and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

WISER sessions next week

As well as the session on finding digital images for the History of Science on Wednesday 17 November, the following WISER workshops are being offered next week (Week 6):

WISER: Technology Tools - Keeping Up To Date with Research

This session will help you to keep up to date with developments in your research field using a range of tools including personal research / interest profiles, email alerting services, RSS feeds and more.
Presenter:  Angela Carritt
Wednesday 17 November 1.00 - 2.30pm (Week 6) > Book Now

WISER: E-Books

An overview of what is currently available and how to access them from the point of view of the student, the researcher and the academic considering using e-books to resource their courses.
Presenter:  Hilla Wait
Wednesday 17 November 3.00 - 4.00pm  (Week 6) > Book Now

WISER: E-Book Readers

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? Can they be used with PDFs? These and similar questions will be considered with particular reference to the Amazon Kindle and Sony Touch e-readers.
Presenters:  Isabel McMann and Laura Wilkinson
Wednesday 17 November 4.00 - 5.00pm (Week 6) > Book Now

The following sessions are all repeated from Week 4:

WISER: Finding Stuff - Books etc on SOLO

A general introduction to finding books and journal titles in Oxford libraries using SOLO and OLIS.  For detailed information about searching for journal articles, theses and conference papers please see other titles in the WISER Finding Stuff series.
Presenters:  Angela Carritt, Penny Roberts and Kerry Webb
Friday 19 November 9.15 - 10.15am (Week 6) > Book Now

WISER: Finding Stuff - Journal Articles

This session will focus on finding journal articles for your research using a wide range of databases as well as developing effective search strategies.  There will be plenty of time for participants to try out their own searches using databases for their subject.
Presenters: Angela Carritt, Penny Roberts and Kerry Webb
Friday 19 November 10.15 - 11.15am  (week 6) > Book Now

WISER: Finding Stuff - Theses and Dissertations

This session offers guidance on finding theses, both those submitted to and held in Oxford, and those from other institutions in the UK and abroad. It will demonstrate how to exploit some of the main sources of information : SOLO, Index to Theses (UK and Ireland); and Dissertations and Theses (International) EThOS and ORA..
Presenters:  Jayne Plant
Friday 19 November 11.30 - 12.30pm (Week 6) > Book Now

As usual, the sessions take place at OUCS on Banbury Road and are free to attend, though you must book a place in advance. University members can do so by clicking on the links above; holders of Bodleian reader's cards who are not members of the University can do so by emailing

Further information about the WISER programme is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

New books

New additions to the Library's collections are now being listed on our LibraryThing account. You can have a look at our latest acquisitions on the New Accessions page of the blog; or, to receive automatic updates whenever new items are added to stock, why not subscribe to the RSS feed?

Don't forget, all users of the Library are welcome to recommend books for purchase - simply complete one of the Book Suggestion Forms available at the service desk and drop it into the suggestions box next to the SunRay terminal.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

WISER sessions in Week 5

As well as the introduction to the Electronic Enlightenment project on Wednesday, the following WISER sessions are taking place next week:

WISER: Technology Tools - Reference Management

Keeping track of your references and formatting them correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easy and is worth investigating. This introductory session gives an overview of how it works and the pros and cons of RefWorks, EndNote and other tools.
Presenters:   Gillian Pritchard and Ljilja Ristic
Wednesday 10 November 2.00 - 3.30pm (Week 5) > Book Now
This session is currently fully booked but you can still join the waiting list for a place. OUCS is offering other sessions on EndNote and on RefWorks (at a cost of £6 or £8 for a coursebook, respectively) later in the term, at which there are still places available.

WISER: Learning a Modern Language

This session will help you find valuable resources for learning modern languages and make use of the language you are learning in your searches.  We will: find tools for non-latin writing systems, search non-English search engines, and use resources offered by Oxford and from referential sites
Presenter: Lucile Deslignères
Wednesday 10 November 4.00 - 5.00pm (Week 5) > Book Now

WISER: Getting Organised on the Web

This session will look at some tools that can help you organise yourself on the web, including social bookmarking services like, bibliophile sites like LibraryThing and My WorldCat, RSS feeds and readers, and customised start pages.
Presenter: Jane Rawson
Friday 12 November 9.30 - 11.00am (Week 5) > Book Now

WISER: Using the Internet to Find Quality Resources

Finding information on the Internet is fairly easy. Finding reliable information of academic quality is more difficult. In this course you will learn how to maximise your chances of finding reliable Internet information and how to be sure that what you find is of appropriate quality for your purposes.
Presenter:  Anne Manuel
Friday 12 November 11.15 - 12.45pm (Week 5) > Book Now

As usual, the sessions take place at OUCS on Banbury Road and are free to attend, though you must book a place in advance. University members can do so by clicking on the links above; holders of Bodleian reader's cards who are not members of the University can do so by emailing

Further information about the WISER programme, including the schedule for the rest of the term, is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Forthcoming events at the RSL

Two events coming up at the RSL which will be of interest across many disciplines:

1. Introduction to the Electronic Enlightenment project: Wednesday 10 November, 10-11am, Radcliffe Science Library Training Room.

The e-Enlightenment Project is a research project of the Bodleian Libraries. With over 58,000 letters and 7,000 correspondents, Electronic Enlightenment is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.

Find out more at a presentation by Robert McNamee, Director of the project. Open to all Oxford University students and staff. To book a place please contact

2. ARTstor and Bridgeman Education: images for History of Science and Medicine:  Wednesday 17 November, 10am - 12 noon, Radcliffe Science Library Training Room.

ARTstor and Bridgeman Education, both accessible via OxLIP+, contain a million high-quality images suitable for use in papers and presentations. Both comprehensively cover locations, subjects, periods and media, but their content can be vastly different. Navigation and tools (eg Print, Save, Send) also differ.

Both resources include images relevant to many different disciplines, including history of science and medicine and the social sciences as well as archaeology, art and architecture, and the humanities. Find out more about the science-related content, searching and using images, at a presentation by Clare Hills-Nova (History of Art Librarian) and Vicky Brown (Visual Resources Curator, History of Art Department).

The second half of the session is a chance to practise using the resources; if you are unable to stay for the full two hours, you are still very welcome to attend. Open to all Oxford University students and staff.  To book a place please contact