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Below are some pointers to guides and catalogues to help you find and access resources relevant to your research, whether in print or online as electronic databases or freely available on the internet. If you need further help in navigating and using any of the resources we have available, or if you would like guidance on which sources might be relevant for your needs, please contact the Librarian who will be happy to provide tailored advice by email or arrange a one-to-one meeting.

Library collections and electronic resources | Primary sources | Further help and guidance | Training

Library collections and electronic resources


The Bodleian Libraries’ catalogue. SOLO covers print collections across many libraries in Oxford (including the VHL) as well as online resources and e-journals.

SOLO guide

This guide covers how to search SOLO and use its various features and functions.


The Bodleian Libraries’ dedicated eresource portal. If you know you are looking for a particular electronic resource or e-journal, you may find it easier to find in OxLIP+ than SOLO.

America: History & Life

The main bibliographic database for finding publications (journal articles, conference papers, book chapters) for US studies. Look for the Find It @ Oxford button in search results to find out whether the publication is available in Oxford or online.

Primary sources

Guide to US History Sources

This online guide will give you a good overview of the resources that we have available, arranged by period and type of source, and is the best place to start for finding primary sources for US history in Oxford or online.

Guide to US Government Publications

Dedicated guide to locate official papers and other US government publications in Oxford and online.

US Legal Resources Guide

This guide provides information on the Bodleian Law Library’s holdings of material relating to US law as well as relevant online resources.

Free web resources

List of links to freely available web resources for US studies, curated by the library to provide a portal to some of the vast amount of primary source material being made available online.

Bodleian Libraries LibGuides

The Bodleian Libraries LibGuides portal provides a wide range of online guides to library collections and resources in all subjects.

Further help and guidance

If you have specific queries or would like to arrange a meeting with the Librarian to discuss your research needs, please email her at

US Studies Resources at Oxford blog

This blog aims to help students and researchers using our collections, as well as to highlight the variety of resources that are available both in Oxford and more widely. It includes in-depth posts on specific resources as well as more general overviews on certain topics.


Bodleian iSkills workshops

The Bodleian Libraries run a series of workshops each term, designed to provide training in finding and using library resources. Regular sessions cover ‘finding stuff’ on SOLO and other catalogues, reference management and getting information to come to you. Various subject-specific sessions are held throughout the year, including a session on resources for US history. 

History information skills programme

The Bodleian History Faculty Library also provides training sessions on making the most of the resources available for historians in Oxford.  

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