Getting started

Finding books and journals

Use SOLO to search for books, journals and databases held in Oxford libraries (Bodleian, faculty libraries and college libraries).

Use author and/or title searches to find books: author = carwardine + title = lincoln.

Use subject searches if you don't know the title or author: subject = United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865

For more guidance on how to search SOLO, see the SOLO Guide.

Key journals via OU eJournals

  • American Historical Review
  • Early American Studies
  • Journal of American History
  • Journal of American Studies
  • Journal of the Early Republic
  • Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Massachusetts Historical Review
  • William & Mary Quarterly

Finding journal articles

Don't search for journal articles in SOLO! If you know the journal it was published in, search by journal title. If you don't know where an article has been published in, the best way to locate journal articles by a particular author or on a particular subject, is to use a bibliographical database.

Detailed guidance on finding journal articles in SOLO may be found on the SOLO LibGuide.

Finding dissertations and theses

Oxford theses: Use SOLO in the first instance. See the Theses website for more information.

British & Irish theses: Use Index to Theses and check out EThOS, the British Library's service for downloading of theses from UK universities.

US theses: Use Dissertations & Theses to search, and Dissertations & Theses: the Humanities & Social Science Collection to access full text of most theses published since 1997 and many older works too. Please note, if full text is not available, it can be very difficult to get hold of US theses from the UK.

Finding primary sources

As well as the library’s physical collections, Oxford subscribes to a wide range of electronic resources including extensive databases of primary sources. In addition, a growing amount of primary source material for US history is being digitized and made available on the internet. For more information on primary sources available at Oxford, as well as pointers to good sources of material on the web, see our Online Guide.

Locating books and journals within the library

Library material is arranged according to the Library of Congress classification scheme and most books and journals are available on open shelf. Pre-1920 material and theses are located in the stack and need to be requested using the hold (stack request) facility on SOLO (please see here for more information on stack requests at the Vere Harmsworth Library). The location of books and journals can be found by searching SOLO.

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