Guides to using search tools

Bodleian Libraries staff have created online guides called "Libguides" to explain how to use databases to search for books, journal articles and other resources. Guides to using key search tools are listed below.

Guide to SOLO

SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online) is the catalogue for the libraries of Oxford University. You can use SOLO to find both print and electronic resources, including books, journals, databases, maps, theses and research papers. You can also log into your own account to request and renew items. The Guide to SOLO gives detailed instructions on all of this.

Finding journals and articles

Journals are available in various formats: physical copies held in the library, online versions accessed via the University's paid subscription,  and online versions received through Electronic Legal Deposit. The guide to Finding Journals and articles explains how to use SOLO to find journal articles, and the differences between these formats.

Finding e-books and e-resources

Bodleian Libraries provides access to online books, journals and databases. This guide shows how to search for and connect to these resources.

Guide to Special Collections

Special collections include manuscripts, maps, music and rare books. Some of these have their own separate catalogues. The Guide to Special Collections explains how to find and order these resources.

Guide to Official Papers

The Bodleian holds a comprehensive set of British Parliamentary Papers from 1801 to the present, as well as the publications of many international organisations, including the United Nations. The Guide to Official Papers gives an overview of the collection.

Guide to Maps

The Bodleian Map Room holds an international collection of over 1 million maps, both current and historical. This guide includes a selection of finding aids to help you find and use maps and related materials.

Bodleian Data Library

The Bodleian Data Library provides a range of services for researchers and students at the University of Oxford who need to make secondary use of statistics and data. The initial focus is on the social sciences.

More guides

For guides written by Continuing Education Library staff relevant to specific subjects, see Guides to subject resources.

You can see a list of all available guides at Oxford Libguides.

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