Your Subject Librarian is happy to advise you on literature searching, bibliographic reference management, Open Access and preparations for the REF, and to assist you with any other aspect of library services.

Guidance on using library services and useful resources

Your Subject Librarian

Contact your Subject Librarian for:
  • A tour of the Radcliffe Science Library
  • An introduction to accessing Oxford resources through the SOLO catalogue
  • Search strategies for finding papers, conference proceedings and dissertations, and help setting up alerts
  • Advice on reference management software
  • How to determine journal impact factors, your h-index, and other bibliometric and altmetric measures
  • Help with Open Access publishing and research data management
  • Getting started using Symplectic
  • Help with depositing theses and articles in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA)
  • Any other library-related enquiries

Finding books and journals in print and electronic formats

Search for online and print materials using SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online)

Access to databases

To see the full list of databases open the SOLO homepage (, then click on the OxLIP+ link (top menu on the right) and select the Subject tab. Alternatively, search for a database in SOLO’s main search box. To access databases from outside the Oxford network, sign-in with your Single-Sign-on (SSO) from the SOLO homepage.

Open Access

Open Access at Oxford ( is your key source of information on Open Access, including how to claim article processing charges (APCs).

Oxford Research Archive (ORA)

ORA is Oxford’s institutional repository. Find out more at For access to ORA for searching and self-archiving, see

Symplectic Elements

Symplectic Elements is a tool used by the University to keep track of research outputs and deposit for the next REF. Details, including logins, can be found at

Reference management

For help choosing and using reference management tools (RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero etc.), contact your Subject Librarian or see

Research data management

See Research Data Oxford ( for information and guidelines on research data management (RDM), data archiving, data sharing, funders’ requirements, ethical considerations and data protection.

ORCID at Oxford

An ORCID is a unique identifier which distinguishes a researcher from others with the same name throughout their career and is used to link publications and grants. For more information, see Get an ORCID or, if you already have one, register it through the University at

Measuring impact

See for information on citation tracking, altmetrics, the h-index, impact factors and other impact metrics.

3D Printing and Virtual Reality

The RSL offers a low-cost 3D printing service (see for details).

The RSL also has VR headsets and a 360˚camera and holds regular events to introduce readers to their use (details are at


The Bodleian Libraries run the iSkills programme of workshops on information discovery and scholarly communications throughout the academic year. See for details.

Network access

Library WiFi: Bodleian Libraries Network
Select the 'Bodleian-Libraries' network. Enter your University card barcode number (this is your Bodleian Libraries username) and your Bodleian Libraries password.
Information about your password and how to re-set it can be found at You can also connect to Eduroam in library buildings.

Access to online resources outside Oxford
You will need your remote access/SSO username with the extension (e.g. and your remote access password. More information can be found here.

Help and assistance

All Radcliffe Science Library staff are available to help. Staff are always available in the Entrance Hall if you require any help, or see our contact details page for other ways to get in touch.

Please also see details of our services for readers with disabilities.

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