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e-resources for Women's Studies: Introduction


This guide is intended as a quick introduction to finding and using key online resources for Women's Studies available via SOLO and OxLIP+ (the Oxford Libraries’ Information Platform) as well as some freely available web resources.

SOLO is the catalogue for the major collections of the libraries of the University of Oxford where you will find detailed information about our library holdings, both in print and online. The databases on OxLIP+ can help you locate full text versions of original works, as well as references to books and journal articles on a particular topic.  You can print, download or email information retrieved from most of these.

Accessing eresources outside the Oxford network

For information on accessing electronic resources from outside the Oxford network using your Oxford Single Sign-On login, consult the information at: and

What is SOLO and what does it cover?

SOLO is the catalogue for the major collections of the libraries of the University of Oxford.   It is divided into two distinct tabs:  Oxford Collections and Journal Articles.

A comprehensive online guide to SOLO is available from:

SOLO Oxford Collections

SOLO Oxford Collections searches:

1.  Printed and Physical Holdings

SOLO searches the vast majority of the printed and physical holdings of the Bodleian Libraries and most Colleges and other libraries affiliated with the University of Oxford.     At the moment is does not search:

  • most manuscript collections (with the exception of theses) held in Bodleian Libraries.  For information about catalogues and finding aids covering the Bodleian's manuscript collections please see the Special Collectiions guide
  • the John Johnson Collection of printed ephemera

2.  Electronic books, journals and databases

SOLO searches the electronic holdings of the Bodleian Libraries including our world class collections of subscription e-journals, e-books and databases, plus journal titles recieved via Electronic Legal Deposit (> find out more about Electronic Legal Deposit).

3. Items scanned as part of the Oxford Google Books Project

SOLO searches scanned versions of (mainly 19th century) library materials digitised as part of the Oxford Google Books project.  > Find out more about the Oxford Google Books project.

4. Oxford Research Archive (ORA)

SOLO  searches research papers and theses by members of Oxford University which have been deposited in the Oxford Research Archive.  >Find out more about ORA

5.  Chinese and Japanese materials

SOLO searches Chinese and Japanese materials catalogued on the Bodleian Library Allegro Chinese and Allegro Japanese catalogues