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What is SOLO and what does it cover?
SOLO is the catalogue of the major collections of the libraries of the University of Oxford. It covers:
It does not cover:
> Find out more about the coverage of SOLO.
To access SOLO go to http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk
SOLO is publicly available and you do not need a password to search it. However, you will need to sign in to SOLO in order to:
Sign in options are in the top right hand corner of the screen. Current members of Oxford University should sign in using their “Oxford Single Sign on” (SSO). Other members of Bodleian Libraries should choose “non-Oxford Members” and sign in using their Library card username and password. >More information about signing in and passwords
SOLO has three different search tabs:
The easiest way to search SOLO is to enter title keywords and/or author names
As well as author and title you may also enter other bibliographic details such as editor, translator, publisher or publication date. However, you should NOT enter the edition statement (e.g. 2nd ed).
If you are not sure of a spelling you can replace a letter or number with a ? e.g. Gr?y finds Grey and Gray.
You can also use the symbol * at the end of a word to find alternative word endings e.g. child* finds child, children, childish, childishly etc.
Using “limit your search” drop down menus
When you are searching for common names or titles, or if you are searching for non-book items such as audio-visual items, theses or music scores, it is useful to use the drop down menus beneath the search box to limit your search
You may also limit your search to a particular library or to online resources only using the menu next to the search box. In addition, this menu allows you to limit your search to open shelf collections which is useful if you want to avoid items which have to be ordered from the book stack (for example because you need an item quickly).
Once you have performed a search, use the options that run down the left of the screen to refine your results.
If you want to restrict your search to electronic (or print) items only use the Show only Online Resources or Physical Items options at the top.
To see the most recent items only use the Date option.
You can also refine by Topic, Library, Creator (author) or Collection.
The Refine Further button gives you a full list of options and also allows you to specify criteria which should be excluded from your results. However, you are advised to avoid using the Exclude option when refining by Library. This is because when you Exclude a library you may remove items from your results list which are held in other libraries which you wished to include in your results. (For example, if you choose to include items from the English Faculty Library and to exclude items from the Bodleian Library, items which are held in both the English Faculty Library and the Bodleian will be excluded). You are therefore advised to avoid using Exclude.
When SOLO finds different “versions” of the same work (e.g. different editions of the same work or printed and electronic copies) it attempts to group them together. To see the individual works click View all n versions.
If you are looking for the most recent (or oldest) edition of a text use the Sort by option and select Date-newest (or date-oldest)
However, if you wish to find an edition by a specific editor/translator or from a particular publisher or date, first ensure that you have included the details (for example the editor's name or date) in the search. Then, when looking at your results, make sure that the sort order is set to Relevance. This will ensure that the correct item is at the top of your results.
The Advanced Search includes additional options to facilitate searching by publisher, place of publication, publication date or in copy specific notes (i.e. notes which relate to a specific copy of a book such as details of its provenance, annotations or other notes). It is particularly useful if you are searching for rare or early printed books.
Don't forget that you can use the symbol ? to replace a letter or number. This can be useful when searching by publication date e.g. 16?? will find anything with a publication date between 1600-1699. In addition, the symbol * can be used to replace any number of letters or numbers at the end of a word e.g. Sim* will find Sim, Simmes, Simon etc. > Find out more about searching for early printed books
The Advanced search also allows you to limit your search by date range or language.
Browse Search allows you to look through A-Z lists of authors, titles or subjects. Please note that although the A-Zs include physical library materials, e-journals and e-books they do not include the databases indexed in OxLIP+ or papers and theses indexed in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA).
Browsing by author can be particularly useful if you want to find all of the works held by a particular author, as it will pick up variants of the author's name.
Subject browsing can be very useful way of exploring a topic
>Find out more about browsing SOLO
You can search for journal articles using the Oxford Collections tab or the Articles & more tab. Please note:
Oxford Collections is the most comprehensive option for searching for journals but must be searched by journal title (not by article title or author).
For example if you were searching for the article "Geophysical evidence for melt in the deep lunar interior" by Khan in the Journal of Geophysical Research, you would first have to search SOLO Oxford Collections for Journal of Geophysical Research. Once you had found the journal you would then perform a separate search to find the Khan article
Articles & More searches a selection of journal articles but is far from comprehensive. It is best searched by article title/author or keywords.
For example if searching for the article "Geophysical evidence for melt in the deep lunar interior" by Khan in the Journal of Geophysical Research, it would be best to search for keywords from the title and the authors name e.g. geophysical evidence for melt in the deep lunar interior Khan
> Find out more about searching for journals and articles (includes option of a video tutorial)
In you results you will see both printed and online items.
Printed (or other physical items) have a Find and Request option. Click Find and Request to find out which libraries have a copy, to check availability and, if necessary, to order the item from closed stacks or reserve it.
Online items have a View Online option. Click on View Online to connect to the text.
If you only wish to restrict your search to printed (or online) versions only use the options at the top of the left hand column to choose Show only Online Resources or Physical Items.
To find out which Libraries hold an item choose Find & Request. Then click the + sign next to each library to check availability and to see the shelfmark.
Some items are kept in closed stacks which you will not be able to access yourself. Where this is the case you will need to place an order for the item to be delivered to a reading room or library for you. To do this:
1. Sign in to SOLO (see signing on to SOLO for information about usernames and passwords)
2. Click Hold next to the item you wish to order
3. You will be prompted to choose a pickup / delivery location from the drop down list of Libraries and Reading Rooms. (Note - In most cases you will not be able to borrow items ordered from the stack, so you will need to read the item in which ever library or reading room your choose). You do not need to enter the author, volume, title or any notes.
4. You can track the progress of your Holds by choosing MyAccount (top right) followed by Requests
5. When the item has arrived you will receive an email from the Library informing you that it is available. Please collect it from the reserve desk (ask a member of library staff if you are not sure where that is). Note - Once the item has arrived it will be listed in the MyAccount section of SOLO under Loans and will have a Due Date (even though in most cases you will not be able to remove it from the Library). If you wish to continue to consult the item after the due date please use the Renew option.
>Find out more about ordering items from the closed stack including maximum number of items requested and check delivery times.
If an item is out on loan to another reader (indicated by a date in the status column) you may reserve it by placing a Hold. This will ensure that the book is kept for you when it is returned to the Library. In addition, the reader who currently has the item will not be able to renew it.
Unfortunately, you may not reserve an item which is available in the library.
Placing a hold to reserve a book is identical to placing a hold for a book from the closed stacks (see instructions above), except that you will not be able to choose a delivery or pick up location.
>Find out more about reserving items (including video option)
To access an e-book or e-journal click “View online”.
In nearly all cases you will then be taken directly to the e-book. The functionality available to you within the e-book will vary depending on the supplier and format. For guidance in this area please see the e-books guide.
To connect to an e-journal
> Find out more about searching for and connecting to journals and articles in print and online (includes a video tutorial option)
You may find items with a notice stating "Online access is restricted: available via Bodleian Libraries Reading Room PCs only". e.g.
These items are received through Legal Deposit legislation, which entitles the Bodleian Libraries to receive a copy of every item published in the UK & Ireland. The Legal Deposit Act 2003 imposes a number of restrictions on these items including:
Many electronic Legal Deposit items are also available as regular e-journals/ e-books which are subject to fewer restrictions. Click How else can I get this? to find an alternative copy.
>Find our more about electronic Legal Deposit and how to find alternative copies with fewer restrictions (includes video tutorial option)
1. To renew you books first Sign in to SOLO using the options in the top right hand corner (for more information see signing on to SOLO for information about usernames and passwords)
2. Choose My Account (top right)
3. Choose Loans on the left.
4. You will see a list of your current loans in the body of the screen. Click Renew All to renew all of your books. Alternatively, to renew selected items use the tick boxes to the left of each item and then choose Renew Selected.
In most cases when you click renew you will see an on screen message reading renew successful. Occasionally your renewal will fail and you will see the message renew not allowed. The most common reasons for a renewal failing are:
If you need help with a renewal or your renewal has failed please contact the Library from which you borrowed the item.
SOLO offers a number of other services and facilities including: