Support for postgraduate researchers, academic staff and tutors

Help for researchers

Helen Scott is the English and Film Studies Subject Librarian for the Bodleian Libraries. She is responsible for the general working collections and services for English in the English Faculty Library and the Bodleian Library. 

Readers are welcome to get in touch if they have any enquiries or would like to book an individual appointment for research support:

Helen Scott, English & Film Studies Subject Librarian
English Faculty Library, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ

Helen is based mostly in the English Faculty Library, but is also in the Taylor Institution Library on Tuesday mornings, and available for 'drop in' enquiries in the Bodleian Library (Humanities Office, Upper Reading Room) on Wednesday afternoons 2pm-4pm 

Getting started

If you are new to Oxford, learn how to get started quickly.

Useful services

When searching the catalogue, you may find useful printed resources which are held in the Bodleian Library's closed stack (the Book Storage Facility in Swindon which holds 8 million items). These can be requested to Bodleian Libraries reading rooms (including the EFL) by placing a hold.

Scan & Deliver
Instead of requesting the physical item to a reading room, you can request scans of journal articles or book chapters direct to your desktop

Details of new books received in the English Faculty Library are logged on our LibraryThing page. If you use RSS feeds, then you can sign up to new book alerts.

Contact us to recommend that a book is purchased for the EFL or the Bodleian Library, or fill out our online recommendations form.

Inter-Library Loan
Alternatively, if the book or article you need is not available in Oxford, you can order it from another library on inter-library loan

Imaging Services
If you need high-quality photographic prints, paper prints and digital files held in the Bodleian Libraries.

Skills and Training

Information literacy and skills training, including Research Skills Toolkit sessions led by library staff. Our Oxford LibGuides portal provides a wide range of detailed guides to subject resources, research techniques and information skills. For research enquiries, individuals are also welcome to book a one-to-one session with the English Subject Librarian.


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Information for postholders and tutors

Academic staff and tutors are welcome to contact the English Subject Librarian directly to discuss any concerns about library services for English, and are encouraged to submit new or revised reading lists and to discuss library provision for new or revised courses.

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. All sessions are open to staff and students of the University. Regular e-mails advertising courses are sent on the English Faculty's e-mail lists. The EFL is also able to arrange sessions on demand for individuals or groups. Contact the English Subject Librarian to discuss what would best suit you and your students.

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. Contact the English Subject Librarian if you think your donation would be appropriate for either the EFL or the Bodleian Library.

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.

Managing your research

The 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? Don't let the citations overwhelm you. There are tools to help. See the Managing Your References LibGuide.

Oxford Research Archive (ORA)

Oxford University supports the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA), which is the local institutional repository for published work and conference papers.
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.

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, and check out Open Access for English.
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