Skip to Main Content

Ecology for short courses: Books

A guide to library resources for students enrolled on short courses in Ecology

Finding books

On this page you can find out about:

  • Using SOLO to find books in Oxford Libraries 
  • Browsing the shelves at the Continuing Education Library for books on Ecology
  • Finding books beyond Oxford

Using SOLO to find books in Oxford Libraries

You can use SOLO to find e-books and print books in Oxford Libraries.   Please see our top tips below or for more information see the SOLO  or E-Books LibGuides.

Top Tips

  • Sign in to SOLO with your Oxford Single Sign on (SSO) or Library card details. 
  • Use the drop down menu to 'Search everything' or to specify 'online resources' (e.g. e-books) or a specific library
  • Click 'View online' to link to an ebook or digital item
  • For print book click 'Find and request' to see which libraries have the book, whether its available or out on loan, to place a reservation (for a book that is out on loan) and to order items from the 'closed stacks'   
  • Which Libraries can you use?  This depends on which course you are taking.     If you're not sure which Libraries you can use, check the information on the 'Home' tab above.

Screenshot of SOLO options


Books of interest to students of this subject are shelved in the Lower Library under the following classification numbers (Dewey Decimal Classification):





Science (general, history)


Biology & Life sciences




Physical sciences

Earth sciences

Ecology and conservation


Plant biology







Books (both print and electronic) are catalogued on SOLO, the Oxford Libraries catalogue, available at


Oversize books and pamphlets are located at the left end of the Lower Library. Reference books are in the Reading Room.

Searching for books beyond Oxford

Purchase suggestions

If you would like to request a resource for purchase, please contact giving full details of the book and brief details of the course or project you are working on.     Alternatively please fill in the book suggestion form.

Scan and deliver

If you can't get to Oxford to borrow the book, you can request a scan of one chapter to be sent to you.  Sign in to SOLO and choose 'Offsite scan' (for items in the closed stack) or LibraryScan (for items in libraries)

Useful links

Key resources

These books are essential reading for the Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques, and are available both as e-books via SOLO, and as print books in the Rewley House Continuing Education Library.