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Guide for weekly class students: Researching your subject

A guide to library services and resources for weekly class students

Rewley House Continuing Education Library guides

The Library has produced a number of  Resource Guides for various subjects to help you get started.

These guides are intended for all students in the Department, please remember that you can only use most electronic resources in the Library or at Ewert House, and that you may only use the Rewley House Continuing Education Library

Bodleian Libraries subject guides

There are many subject guides written by members of Bodleian Libraries staff. You can find these on the Oxford LibGuides site - look under Subject resources in the centre of the page. On this site you will also find some guides to finding different types of material, for example, Maps, Official papers.

These guides are primarily intended for full time students and researchers. Please remember that you can only use most electronic resources in the Library or at Ewert House, and that you may only use the Rewley House Continuing Education Library

  Getting started

Are you planning your assignment? Would you like to follow up an aspect of your course in more depth?

Your tutor will probably give you some suggestions to get you started, but this page will give you some tips for finding information on your subject.

To get started:

  • Analyse the topic or assignment question and note key terms or concepts.
  • Think about what types of resource might be relevant. As well as books, do you need to find journal articles, maps, images, statistics, news items? For more information about finding different types of resource, see the Library website

For more information on how to do an effective search, please see the Search Tips page of this guide

Subject searching on SOLO

 As well as looking up specific books, you can also search SOLO  to find books on your topic. Type your search term(s) in the search box.

Tip

If you wish to find critical or biographical works about a person, type the subject's name in the search box and select 'in subject' from the box labelled 'anywhere in the record' This will exclude works by the person.

Screenshot of SOLO subject search