Collections and resources at the SSL

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Subject resources

The Social Science Library provides a range of subject resource guides to help you find key electronic and print resources in the social sciences.

Explore the world of information accessible to Bodleian Libraries readers: journal articles, research papers, books and e-books, reference works, dissertations and theses, bibliographic databases, indexing and abstracting services, news and analysis, statistics and data, and digital archives.

Use the dropdown menu to access resource guides for each subject.


The SSL holds over 250,000 printed books, over 1,000 printed journal titles, as well as statistical publications, working papers, dissertations, pamphlets and reports. Online resources include almost 100,000 e-journals and an extensive collection of databases and archives in the social sciences. The SSL also holds a small collection of loanable DVDs. Please note that these are licenced for personal and educational use only. Our electronic collections are growing rapidly, with new e-book packages, e-journal subscriptions and database access licenses added regularly.

Find out more about the layout and classification of our print collections, and how to find things in the library.     


The Refugee Studies Collection (RSC) is kept on closed access. Find out more on the Refugee Studies Collection guide.


If you have any books you do not need any longer, the library would be happy to receive donations of social sciences textbooks.