Whilst libraries are closed, here are our Top 10 ways to find digital resources and ebooks. Please contact library staff with any questions, we’re here to help you.
1. SOLO has 118,000 ejournals and 1.49 million ebooks available for use 24/7.
To find ebooks by or about a particular author on SOLO (and excluding electronic articles, book reviews etc.), limit your search to ‘Oxford Collections’ (instead of ‘Search Everything’), and once you’ve done your search, use the filters in the left-hand column to show only Online Resources.
2. For electronic journal articles, use bibliographical databases such as the MLA International Bibliography or ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature). Find these databases on the Databases A-Z platform.
You can also try ‘Search Everything’ on SOLO to find e-articles. Use the ‘Resource Type’ filter on the left-hand side of your search results to filter to articles.
3. The Databases A-Z platform links to the Libraries’ major e-resources, including electronic collections of archival materials (eg British Literary Manuscripts Online, Eighteenth Century Drama, Shakespeare in Performance, and much more), and bibliographic databases as mentioned above. You can browse Databases A-Z by subject, eg English, Biographical Resources, Newspapers, etc.
6. A number of academic publishers have made additional e-books available free-of-charge on a temporary basis. We hope to get this content temporarily added to SOLO, in due course, but in the meantime check the JSTOR.
8. For online performances of Shakespeare plays, try Box of Broadcasts which you can also access via the Databases A-Z platform. It’s an archive of off-air recordings from television and radio, and includes plenty of films of Shakespeare plays. You can also access recordings of live Shakespeare performances from the Globe, the RSC and more, via the Drama Online resource on Databases A-Z (individual Drama Online recordings can also be found via SOLO – restrict your search to Audio Visual). NB some Drama Online content, including all RSC performances, is available on temporary basis only, until 31 May