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Your Academic Liaison Librarian, Joanna Cooksey is here to help you find and use library resources for your course, for example finding books and journal articles, using electronic services like databases, and referencing in your written work. Joanna is based on Level 3 of the Library and you can make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Headington Library in the JHB is the main library at Oxford Brookes and covers all subject areas, including English Literature, Creative Writing and Drama.
To get online in the Library, log onto one of the Library PCs with your student number and portal password. These computers will give you access to Internet, Google Mail, Moodle, Word etc. Printing is available via the Print Anywhere service. The IT Service Desk is located in The Forum and provides IT help.
To get online with your laptop, tablet or other device, sign up for the University’s Wi-Fi service Eduroam via the IT Services Web pages.
Library help throughout your course
Students of English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing are welcome to contact their Academic Liaison Librarian, Joanna Cooksey for individual help.
Using LibrarySearch: collection of quick guides showing you how to find books, journals and databases through LibrarySearch
If you feel daunted by the prospect of searching for sources for an assignment, it can be helpful to plan what you want to look for and where you could search (databases and other tools you could use). Download a copy of this Literature search plan for English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (Word) and use it to add your own notes and plan your literature search.
For help with searching for sources, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian to make a 1-to-1 appointment.
Useful guides on finding sources:
When doing research for an in-depth project such as your dissertation you are likely to come across references to publications which are not held at Brookes Library. There are a variety of options for obtaining material that we don't hold.
Undergraduate students doing dissertation-level research and MA students are eligible to apply for reference access to the Bodleian Library. You will need to get an application form from the Library Help Zone ( Level 1) or download it from our web pages. Please see Library Research Guide 11: Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library (PDF) for guidance on completing the form and full details of which libraries you can access.
In Semester 1, 2019 Brookes undergraduate students in final year and taught postgraduate students wishing to apply for a Bodleian card need to attend a group admission session scheduled for 15.15 on each of the following days:Wednesday 2 October 2019 Tuesday 8 October 2019 Thursday 17 October 2019 Wednesday 23 October 2019Monday 28 October 2019Tuesday 5 November 2019Wednesday 13 November 2019NB The Bodleian Admissions office will not accept any individual admissions from Brookes students at any time during September - December.
RenewalsStudents wishing to renew their membership to the Bodleian need to obtain a new application form and get it checked and signed at Brookes as with their original application. Until the end of September and after 13th November you can take your completed application form and the relevant IDs go to the Bodleian Admissions office and your application will be processed on the spot.NB During October and until 13th November you need to go to the Bodleian Admissions office, show your IDs and leave your form in Admissions. They will send your new card to Brookes and you will be able to collect it from the Library Help Zone.
Researchers and staff
Researchers and staff should follow the procedures outlined on the Bodleian Library Admissions webpages, using Form A and should apply in person directly to the Bodleian Admissions Office. Use SOLO the Oxford University Libraries' Catalogue to check what is available and where it's held. English Literature and Drama students will find most of the material they need is held by the main Bodleian Library. Books may be on the shelves in the Upper Reading Room, or down in the Gladstone Link area. Many books will be listed as 'Stored Offsite' but can be requested online via SOLO. Students researching European writers may also be interested in the Taylor Institution Library
You can use the Interlibrary Loans service to request books, articles and other publications which aren't in stock. Each request costs £3.00 and articles usually arrive within 3 working days. You can make your requests via LibrarySearch Charges for requests made by staff and research students are recovered from Faculties / Directorates. You need to include your financial code on each request made.
The SCONUL Access scheme allows Brookes students to use many university libraries across the UK. You may find this useful if you live at some distance from Oxford and would like to use an academic library in your local area. To apply, go to the SCONUL website and check first whether the library you wish to visit is a member of the scheme, then complete the online application form. Once your application has been authorized by Brookes Library, you will be sent a confirmation email from SCONUL access and will need to take this along when you first visit the member library.
Library Hub Discover: a database of 115 UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues, including the British Library Public Catalogue.
The British Library's EThOS system allows you to search across 250,000+ UK PhD/MPhil theses for free and download / order full text where available. You will need to register and log in if you want to download a thesis or to order digitisation of a thesis.
Access to research is a scheme run through public libraries, where academic publishers have made many of their journals freely accessible to the general public. Access to these e-journals is only available through computers in one of the participating libraries. These include Oxfordshire County Library. Check the Access to research website to see which libraries are participating and use the search option to see whether a specific journal title/issue is available through the scheme.
2015/2016 academic year onward: These are available for download by Brookes students and staff from RADAR. Check this quick video guide Finding past Oxford Brookes exam papers on RADAR
Earlier years: Printed copies are available in the Library at Headington (Short Loan area, Level 1).
Dissertations and theses