Welcome to 4th Week! Time flies at Oxford, but we hope you are all settling in and enjoying being a part of Nuffield College.
Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who came along to the Library Induction in 0th Week – it was lovely to meet so many of you, and we hope you found it useful. However, we know that some of you were unable to attend and are that you are bombarded with information at the beginning of term, so we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few of the less obvious services available to support your research:
Book requests: We’ve had lots of book requests so far this term, but we’re always happy to receive more! If there is something you need for your studies that we don’t have, and you think would be a valuable addition to the Nuffield collection, please fill in the form on the website:
Inter-library loans: This is another great way of getting hold of hard to find items. If the item you want cannot be sourced in Oxford, we can request an inter library loan (ILL) on your behalf. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to track it down! The college is willing to pay for 10 ILLs per academic year per member, though if you think you might need more than that, please email us email@example.com so that we can discuss overall provision for your research needs.
Bodleian iSkills: The Bodleian runs a wide range of study skills and research methods courses which are FREE. These great sessions on topics ranging from reference management to research data management can help you learn a new skill or refresh your existing skills before embarking on the next stage of your research. Check out the programme of forthcoming sessions here. Materials from the courses are available online, so if you need a quick refresher, check the libguide, or the specific Social Sciences Research & Skills Training page.
Nuffield Library Research Digest: Clare curates a brilliant monthly research digest, which she circulates by email to college members. It covers the latest research, news, and events from across the social sciences, and also highlights recent library acquisitions. To sign up to receive the next issue, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reciprocal borrowing rights: Alongside Nuffield library, the Bodleian, SSL and department libraries, Nuffield members can also use St Antony’s College library. This is part of a reciprocal agreement between the two colleges: you can borrow up to 3 items for a loan period of 1 week so bear it in mind when you are searching for hard to find items. Please email email@example.com or phone 01865 274480 if you wish to use the library for study or to borrow from their collection.
Library social media: Last but not least, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and share your tags with us. As well as posting about news, current research and events, the library shares links to college members’ work and publications – so if you have any academic output (articles, book chapters, blog posts, conference presentations etc.) that you want us to share, just let us know!
As ever, if you have any queries, comments or suggestions, please get in touch: chat to us in the library, write us a message on the whiteboard, contact us on social media, or email us. We’re always happy to help.
Tessa, Clare, Ed, and Diana
P.S. If you’re new to Oxford, don’t forget our Oxford collection: guidebooks, history books, and Oxford-related fiction that will help you to get to know the city and its surroundings a little better. Found in the Current Affairs room, it will hopefully inspire you to embark on some non-work related adventures!