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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 email@example.com
This is the main library at Oxford Brookes and covers all subject areas. It's located in the JHB Building.
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, Brookes Virtual, 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
Sociology students are welcome to contact their Academic Liaison Librarian, Joanna Cooksey.
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 Sociology (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:
Dissertations and independent research in Sociology, Politics & International Relations - includes books and tips on literature searching & doing a literature review
For tips on what to look out for when searching the Web, take a look at our guide to
Evaluating Web sources
Past undergraduate dissertations for Sociology are kept in the Department, rather than the Library. They are held in Gibbs 1.03 (access 9.00-17.00 only). To view these dissertations, you will need to ask in the Programme Administrator’s Office. If you're looking for an undergraduate or Masters dissertation for another subject, check the details in our Dissertation Locations List. The Library does hold all Brookes PhD theses: these are listed on LibrarySearch and can be requested at the JHB Library Help Zone. If you are looking for a UK PhD/MPhil thesis, you may be able to obtain a copy online via the British Library's EThOS system. You can search across 250,000+ 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.
2015-2016 onwards: 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).
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.
Check Library Research Guide 11: Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library (PDF) for guidance on completing the form - there are sections for the student, a university lecturer and library staff. The guide also tells you which libraries you can access.
Note that you will not be able to take the completed form to the Bodleian until their term has finished. From 9th December you can take your completed application form to the Admissions Office in the Weston Library and your application will be processed on the spot. They recommend going on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday when the office is quieter.
Renewals Students 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. Take your completed application form to the Admissions Office in the Weston Library and your application will be processed on the spot. They recommend going on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday when the office is quieter.
Using the Bodleian Use SOLO the Oxford University Libraries' Catalogue to check what is available and where it's held. Books listed as 'Stored Offsite' can be requested online via SOLO. The Bodleian Social Science Library is particularly useful for Sociology. You will also be able to access their e-resources while on site.
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.