Hello, I'm Cathy and I'm pleased to welcome you to the Education Library.
We are based within the Department of Education at Norham Gardens, taking up a few rooms in the Victorian house with views onto the quad leading onto the University Parks and which in spring includes this magnificent magnolia tree you can see behind me.
I'm going to share a few pictures of the inside of the library now and just give you a few introductory tips to get you started. Anyone with a University card is welcome to visit us.
You will find friendly staff and a range of study spaces and there's a café within the department too.
The books we hold are based around the Department's teaching, so education and applied linguistics, though, of course, the bulk of the collection is actually online rather than print based.
If you are a student in the Department of Education, you will soon see me again as part of your course and will find lots of useful information about the physical and online library on Canvas.
You will also find your reading lists there, linking you through to the many journal articles, ebooks, digitised chapters and information about print books on SOLO.
SOLO is the Bodleian Libraries' Resource Discovery Tool. You can use SOLO to search for all sorts of material in print and online in Oxford's libraries. Handy if you're not working off a reading list or want to do independent research.
We have also shared our advice on literature searching, amongst other things, in our online guides, but do feel free to contact me directly for tailored advice for your research topic. We started in spring, so let me show you the library in a snowy winter now.
Once again, welcome to Oxford, and I look forward to meeting you soon.