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Hooke's drawing of a flea

Robert Hooke's drawing of a flea, part of his Micrographia (1665).

Key databases

Getting started

Finding books and journals

Use SOLO to search for books and journals held in Oxford libraries (Bodleian, faculty libraries and college libraries).

Use author and/or title searches to find books. If you are looking for books on a topic, type in useful subject terms.

E.g. Great Britain History Civil War. [more on subject searching]

Key journals (partially available online)

British journals

Western European journals

Period-specific journals

Finding journal articles

While you can search for journal articles in SOLO (?), it is actually best to use special databases.This is particularly true if you don't have any or only complete references to articles or journals. The recommended databases are:

  1. Historical Abstracts (c. 1450-current; world history excl. North America)
  2. Bibliography of British & Irish History (Roman Britain to current; British, Irish and Commonwealth countries) > IHR Resource Pack
  3. Index Religiosus (church and religious history)

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Looking for reviews of book, articles, textbooks and digital resources?

Reviews are typically...

  • published in journals (e.g. Past & Present) or newspapers (e.g. Times Literary Supplement, New York Book Reviews, etc.)
  • indexed in a few databases such as Historical Abstracts;
  • published in H-Net;
  • Reviews in History publishes reviews and reappraisals of significant work in all fields of historical interest.  The ejournals includes over 1000 reviews to date and new reviews appear regularly. You can browse reviews by type of review (digital reviews, textbooks, articles, books, etc.) or by subject, period or country.
  • Choice Reviews Online (Oxford users only): publishes annually more than 7,000 concise reviews of academic titles, including books and electronic resources. The reviews are organized by discipline and also feature bibliographic essays and lists of significant forthcoming titles.You can browse or search through the issue, going back to 1988.

Ways to access subscription resources off campus:

  1. Single Sign On. Sign on to SOLO, Databases A-Z or your University email and your browser retains the sign on. This allows you to access most e-resources as if you were on campus. 
  2. VPN (Virtual Private Network). Register with OUCS to log on to the network via VPN. Once logged on you can access all e-resources as if you were on campus.

For further information see the Bodleian Libraries remote access guide.