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Biomedical Sciences - First Year: Finding Books

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  • Find libraries around Oxford
  • Get help finding books on your reading lists
  • Get information about library WiFi, passwords and photocopying
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Search SOLO

What is SOLO?

SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online) is the library catalogue for searching our collections of printed and electronic books and journals.


SOLO opens with the "Oxford Collections" search box as the default. In "Oxford Collections" you can search by:


  • International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
  • title - full title or just a few keywords
  • author name
  • subject keyword
  • a combination of the above
  • journal title


You can also select various filters to refine your search. Visit our SOLO Guide for further instructions and videos.


Your SOLO Account


You can search SOLO without logging in, but if you log in you can:



Signing on to SOLO


Use your Oxford Single Sign-On (Oxford SSO).


What's my SSO? If you don't know your Oxford Single Sign-On (SSO), or you can't log in, visit the IT services SSO webpage or the Signing on to SOLO guide.


See the Password guide for instructions on setting and resetting your library password. You will need to sign on to SOLO to place a hold/request, to use My Account to renew your books, or to access your personal e-shelf or saved queries. The "Sign on" options are in the top right-hand corner of the screen.


Click here to start searching SOLO.


Books on Reading Lists

Your reading lists are on Weblearn.

Most books on your reading lists are available in the Radcliffe Science Library, and can be found in these sections:

WL - Nervous System

QH - Biology

QT - Physiology

QU - Biochemistry

QV - Pharmacology

Bookmark the online version of Handbook of Physiology, Comprehensive Physiology, available through SOLO. You'll need it!

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