Help for undergraduates


Help for Undergraduates

Getting started

The Music Faculty Library should provide for most of your requirements as an undergraduate in terms of the books, scores and recordings you are likely to need for your weekly essays. If you are new to the library, learn how to get started quickly.

Most items can be borrowed but donít forget that the resources of the Faculty Library can be supplemented by the reference collections of the central Bodleian Library and your college library. Above all, donít be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

Keeping up-to-date

Anyone with Twitter or Facebook accounts can 'follow' or 'like' us in order to receive news items and we would strongly encourage you to sign up to help us keep you informed. Music Library staff also post items of interest to the Music @The Bodleian blog where you can sign up to the mailing list.

Details of new music books received in the Bodleian Library and Music Faculty Library are logged on our LibraryThing pages. If you use RSS feeds, then you can sign up to a number of new book alerts.

Induction and Training

Basic induction sessions are provided for all first-year students in the 0th and 1st weeks of their first term which includes introductions to the Music Faculty Library and the music collections of the central Bodleian Library and how to find books, scores, recordings and electronic resources in the online catalogue.

If you are struggling to find what you need, Library staff will be happy to help so donít be afraid to ask. You may also like to check for additional courses which can help you improve your searching techniques, knowledge of useful e-resources, and organising your citations.

Reading lists

Preliminary reading lists for the various courses can be found in the Course Handbooks, available on WebLearn, the University's centrally hosted Virtual Learning Environment. Some tutors post additional reading lists on Weblearn. Most books which are on undergraduate reading lists and likely to be in high demand are kept in the Short Loan collection and e-book versions are obtained where possible. Help on finding books, scores, recordings, e-books and e-journals can be found on the Finding Resources menu at the top of this web page.

Naxos Music Library

As well as having an extensive collection of CDs, the Library has a subscription to the Naxos Music Library streaming audio service which is available exclusively to Music students. The login details are a closely guarded secret so please ask staff in the library for details. NML is by no means confined to recordings on the Naxos label but currently offer the complete catalogues or selected recordings of over 400 independent labels, such as ARC, Berlin Classics, BIS, Capriccio, Chandos, CPO, EMI Classics, Erato, Hänssler Classic, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naïve, Naxos, Nimbus, Ondine, Teldec, Vanguard Classics, Virgin Classics and Warner Classics.

Your Dissertation, Edition with commentary, Analysis, etc.

 

Binding
For both Prelims and Finals, several of the optional subjects require the submission of exercises, portfolios or extended essays and the Library offers a comb-binding service at a cost of £2 per item (A4) or £3 (A3). As deadlines approach, there is usually a lot of pressure on this service so try not to leave it till the last minute!

Dissertations, etc.

If you are thinking of offering a dissertation or edition with commentary as one of your FHS List B options, you are welcome to discuss your ideas with the subject librarian who may be able to help you with finding resources, particularly if your proposed subject might require access to material which may not be readily accessible. In particular, if you think you will need access to manuscripts, archives or early printed material in the Bodleian Library, please speak to the subject librarian.

The Bodleian Libraries offer workshops in general research skills which may be helpful as you tackle options which require more independent research than your undergraduate course has previously required. Further help can be arranged as necessary.

Guidelines for the presentation of dissertations can be found in Appendix 1 of the FHS Course Handbook on WebLearn and further guidance on the formatting of citations is in preparation.  

Reference Management Software

There are tools to help you manage your citations and construct bibliographies and it is worthwhile learning about them early on. See the Managing Your References LibGuide and consider attending a RefWorks course at some stage.

Getting help

Library staff are very happy to help you with literature searches, finding source materials, using library catalogues, databases, e-journals, etc. You can contact us in a variety of ways or and/or arrange a one-to-one session with the Music Subject Librarian (martin.holmes@bodleian.ox.ac.uk / 01865-276146).

 

Help for Graduate Students

Getting started

The Music Faculty Library exists primarily to support the taught courses of the Music Faculty (undergraduate and MSt) but also contains much research material. It can also be supplemented by the more extensive research-based collections of the central Bodleian Library. Most items in the MFL can be borrowed but note that the central Bodleianís collections are for reference only.

If you are new to the library, learn how to get started quickly but donít be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

Keeping up-to-date

Anyone with Twitter or Facebook accounts can 'follow' or 'like' us in order to receive news items and we would strongly encourage you to sign up to help us keep you informed. Music Library staff also post items of interest to the Music @The Bodleian blog where you can sign up to the mailing list.

Details of new music books received in the Bodleian Library and Music Faculty Library are logged on our LibraryThing pages. If you use RSS feeds, then you can sign up to a number of new book alerts.

Induction and Training

Basic induction sessions are provided for all new graduate students in 0th and 1st weeks of their first term which includes introductions to the Music Faculty Library and the music collections of the central Bodleian Library, how to find books, scores, recordings and electronic resources in the online catalogue and some guidance on relevant databases, etc. with further sessions arranged from time to time.
However, if you are struggling to find what you need, Library staff will be happy to help so donít be afraid to ask. As a graduate student, you may also like to check for additional courses which can help you improve your general research techniques, knowledge of useful resources and organising your citations.

Reading lists

MSt students will find preliminary reading lists the Course Descriptions Booklet, available on WebLearn, the University's centrally hosted Virtual Learning Environment. Most books which are on MSt reading lists are kept in the Short Loan collection and e-book versions are obtained where possible. Help on finding books, scores, recordings, e-books and e-journals can be found on the Finding Resources menu at the top of this web page.

Useful library services

Binding

The Music Faculty Library offers a comb-binding service at a cost of £2 per item (A4) or £3 (A3). As deadlines approach, there is usually a lot of pressure on this service so try not to leave it till the last minute! DPhil, MLitt and MSc students, please note that when depositing the final version of your thesis in the Bodleian, it will need to be properly hard-bound (see the Exam Regulations).

Naxos Music Library

As well as having an extensive collection of CDs, the Library has a subscription to the Naxos Music Library streaming audio service which is available exclusively to Music students. The login details are a closely guarded secret so please ask staff in the library for details. NML is by no means confined to recordings on the Naxos label but currently offer the complete catalogues or selected recordings of over 400 independent labels, such as ARC, Berlin Classics, BIS, Capriccio, Chandos, CPO, EMI Classics, Erato, Hänssler Classic, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naïve, Naxos, Nimbus, Ondine, Teldec, Vanguard Classics, Virgin Classics and Warner Classics.

Ordering from the closed book stack

A large amount of central Bodleian material, including all music scores, is held offsite in the Book Storage Facility (BSF) in Swindon which holds 8 million items. Twice daily deliveries from the BSF are made to the central Bodleian reading rooms. Books and music scores contained in SOLO can be ordered using the Hold function. Music scores in the card catalogues in Duke Humfrey's Library can be requested using the green forms provided.

Scan & Deliver

Instead of requesting the physical item from the BSF to a reading room, you can request scans of sections direct to your desktop through the library's Scan & Deliver service (books and journals only).

Inter-Library Loan

Useful if you need to see a book or article held by another UK or international library. More information.

Imaging Services

Useful if you need high-quality photographic prints, paper prints and digital files within the Bodleian Libraries for research, publication or presentations. More information.

Training courses

A variety of centrally-organised sessions cover topics relating to searching SOLO, literature searching, citation management and use of electronic resources. More information.

Speak to the Subject Librarian

For individual help with complex or research enquiries relating to Music and music sources, please feel free to arrange a one-to-one session with the Music Subject Librarian. Sessions can be used to discuss and solve library-related problems, explore printed and e-resources and library services, and improve information searching skills, etc.

Managing your research

Bodleian Libraries can help you in your research activities, from managing your citations to providing information about scholarly communications and preparing for the Research Excellence Framework.

Reference Management Software

Constructing a bibliography? There are tools to help you manage your citations. See the Managing Your References LibGuide.

Your Dissertation, Portfolio submissions, etc.

Please note the instructions given in the course description books on WebLearn and the specific Examination Regulations governing the presentation and submission of your dissertation or other submissions (http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/examregs/). In order to have your degree conferred at a graduation ceremony you must submit one hard-bound copy of the final version of your thesis (including any approved minor corrections) for deposit in the Bodleian Library. You must submit forms GSO.3a and GSO.26 to the Research Degrees Team at the Examination Schools with your Bodleian copy.

Oxford Research Archive (ORA)

Oxford University supports Oxford Research Archive (ORA) is the local institutional repository for published work and conference papers.
In addition to the deposit of a hard-copy in the Bodleian, DPhil, MLitt and MSc students are required to deposit an electronic copy of their thesis into ORA. More on Oxford eTheses and Information for Supervisors.
 

Help for Academic Staff

The official forum for discussion about library provision in Music is the Committee for Library Provision and Strategy (CLiPS) in Music which meets on the Tuesday of 3rd Week in each term although academic staff are also welcome to contact the Music Subject Librarian at any time to discuss concerns about library provision and student feedback, etc.

Thinking of starting or revising a course?

Course directors are encouraged to contact the Music Subject Librarian or the Deputy Music Librarian to discuss library provision for new or revised Music courses (UG and PG). We appreciate as much notice as possible of such changes so that we can do everything possible to provide for them.

Get your students started and trained

Do encourage your students to attend training and workshops offered to students in the use of catalogues, databases, e-journals, etc. Basic induction sessions are provided to freshers in 0th and 1st Weeks of their first term and further training can be arranged at other times in such matters as advanced catalogue searches, literature searches, electronic resources, useful information sources (reference & online), etc. Contact the Music Subject Librarian if you think we can help your students in this way.

Open Access (OA)

The University of Oxford academic community is strongly committed to ensuring the widest possible access to its research. Learn more about OA, what it is, how it works and what it means for you on the Open Access Oxford website.

Following the rapid developments in Open Access (OA) in recent months and the implementation of the RCUK OA guidelines on 1 April 2013, it is important for researchers to be fully informed of the proposals, what it means for them and what they need to do.
If you are in receipt of RCUK funding (e.g. AHRC) or Wellcome Trust funding, you will need to comply with their OA publishing guidelines. There are two permitted routes to publishing under Open Access:

Gold route (Author pays or Author Processing Charge APC): a fee is paid to the publisher to make the article freely and immediately accessible. Authors should apply to the University for APC funding. The RCUK policy currently mandates use of the Creative Commons ĎAttributioní license CC-BY (see below).

Green route (institutional repository): a refereed, but un-copyedited version is deposited in a local institutional repository (e.g. ORA in Oxford) after an embargo period of 12 months for arts and humanities. This is University of Oxford's preferred route. At the start, an embargo period of 12/24 months will be acceptable but it is expected that within 5 years the norm of 6/12 months will apply.

Open Access Oxford

http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk

The official Open Access website for Oxford University, it provides information about the University's position on Open Access (Green Route wherever possible), gives practical guidance on how to deposit using the Gold Route, how to apply to APC funding, OA requirements of major funders, news, blog and local support.

It also advertises WISER briefing sessions on Open Access. OA Oxford posts updates on Twitter as @oaoxford.

Oxford Research Archive (ORA)

http://ora.ox.ac.uk/

Oxford's institutional repository, ORA was established by the University some years ago as a permanent and secure online archive of research materials produced by members of the University of Oxford. It provides a means for institutional compliance with fundersí Open Access requirements (Green Route).

Open Access for Music

More subject-specific material will be added as it becomes available. Meanwhile, a list of open access music journals can be found on the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) website.

Creative Commons (CC)

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. It provides a choice of six licenses which sit alongside copyright laws. Two types of licenses are relevant for OA:

CC BY attribution is the RCUK's preferred option. This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation

CC BY NC Non commercial. This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they donít have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Music Subject Librarian can help Music Faculty REF coordinators with finding publications, checking references, who is citing you and depositing your work into ORA.

See Library services for the REF 2014.

Want to donate a book?

The Bodleian Libraries is fortunate in frequently receiving gifts of scholarly books from members of the teaching staff of the Faculty and Colleges. If you would like to donate a book for the MFL or central Bodleian collections, please contact the Music Subject Librarian or the Deputy Music Librarian.

The libraries are in general very pleased to receive individual titles but they will, however, reserve the right to dispose of donated books should they no longer be required. We will normally ask whether you would like us to return and/or try to find alternative locations for surplus materials.

Large donations will not be taken without prior consultation.

 

 

 

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