Search Tools

Search the collections of the Bodleian Social Science Library, and the print and electronic resources accessible across all of the libraries at Oxford University, using the tools below.


SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online) is the catalogue and search engine for all books and other library materials in Oxford. Use SOLO to search the huge range of printed and electronic materials held by the Bodleian Libraries and locate the books you need.

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  • Refine your search to show details of materials held here at the Bodleian Social Science Library.
  • Search by keyword, author, title, subject and refine results by date, format, topic and library.
  • SOLO also includes links to electronic reference works, e-journals, e-books, databases and full-text digital archives.
  • There is now a tab for searching electronic publications made available on Legal Deposit. Note that items discovered through this tab are only accessible from Bodleian Libraries reader workstations.

See the SOLO LibGuide for instructions and further details.


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Use OxLIP+, Oxford University's platform for electronic resources, to search for databases, digital archives and other online resources by title, subject, keyword and category. Search the e-Journals tab by, title, subject, ISSN or citation for access to a wide range of electronic journals.

Check the e-Resources blog and the list of New Resources and Trials for updates on new additions to the collections.

See the e-Resources LibGuide for more help with OxLIP+. 

Oxford University e-Journals

The "Find e-Journal" tab embedded within OxLIP+, enables you to search the University's collections of over 40,000 electronic journal titles. Click on the title to see the list of providers, and the coverage dates showing which volumes of the journal are available. Also look out for the "Find it @ Oxford" link in Google Scholar and other bibliographic databases. This is powered by the same software as Oxford University e-Journals, and will allow you to connect directly from the citation to the full-text article on the publisher's website.

See the e-Journals LibGuide for more help with e-journals. 

SSL eReadings

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SSL eReadings is a new service for taught-course students in the social sciences, providing digital copies of book chapters and articles cited on reading lists which are not available electronically from any other source. Courses covered include PPE Politics and Economics, MPhil Development Studies, International Relations and Politics and MSc Economics for Development, Forced Migration and Migration Studies.

Subject Browsing Guide

If you are interested in a particular topic rather than particular titles or a particular author's work, then as well as entering subject keywords when searching on SOLO, it might be worth consulting our Alphabetical Subject Browsing Guide  (PDF, 298.4 KB) to see where books on that subject are located in the library, according to their shelfmark.


The Bodleian Libraries provide a range of resource guides for assistance in navigating key electronic and print resources, and introducing and explaining key tools and services on the LibGuides platform.


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. There are also guides introducing each library, explaining the various search tools and on special topics, such as reference management, measuring the impact of research and writing a systematic review.

Searching beyond Oxford

Occasionally, you may find not find the resources you are looking for in Oxford's collections. Try one of the following sources to search further afield.

  • COPAC: the the union catalogue of over 70 British and Irish libraries. If you would like to request an interlibrary loan or photocopy of a document you have found on COPAC, please do so using our interlibrary loan service.

  • WorldCat: a world-wide catalogue created by the international library cooperative organisation OCLC. If you would like to request an interlibrary loan from outside the UK, please visit the Bodleian Libraries Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery web pages for guidance.

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