I am working on an essay and I am trying to find out more about my topic than general internet searches can give me. I am not a member of the Bodleian Libraries. Can you help?
We are only able to respond to reference enquiries from non-members of the Bodleian Libraries when they relate to our collections and services. Remember that your local public library should be able to help with most general enquiries, and will be able to obtain most modern books for you through the inter-library loan system in the UK and many other countries.
I am a student at Oxford and I need some help finding sources for an essay - how can I get some advice on what to do next?
We are here to support you in your studies by helping you to find the information you need:
- help in using the library
- help in finding specific resources (books or online)
- help in using resources
Please ask staff at any enquiry or issue desk in our libraries, and use the rest of this website, which includes guides to libraries, electronic resources, and subjects.
You can come to an introduction (even if you have been to one before and have forgotten it), where we will cover the catalogue, OLIS, OxLIP+ electronic resources (including e-journals), and many other things, and give you a chance to ask us questions about your own work:
Making the most of the Bodleian Library
Making the most of the Radcliffe Science Library
Other induction and information skills sessions
Over lunchtimes during each term there is a programme of WISER sessions on how to find and use resources for different subjects, specific databases, and in how to find particular kinds of material.
Colleagues at enquiry or issue desks may refer you to our subject librarians, who provide specialist support.