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Very Short Introductions

Very Short Introductions

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

Very Short Introductions provide the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly, with expert authors making often challenging topics highly readable. This premier publishing series is available in an online resource that allows users to find the most relevant content quickly and easily using sophisticated search and browse functions. Users can also use comprehensive interlinking with other Oxford online resources, enhancing your journey from introductory material to advanced content - or for quick reference on key topics. 

The resource

  • Expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable.

Search and discover

  • Browse and refine searches to quickly and easily access information and content most relevant to your search
  • Jump to other chapters using the clickable table of contents
  • Use the Oxford Index underbar, a free tool that generates related links to all other Oxford University Press online content

Sharing and personalisations tools

  • Saves searches, books, and chapters to access in future sessions
  • Easily share content using integrated tools, including social bookmarking, email, and DOIs for direct linking
  • Export to citation software

The list of titles available online as part of our subscription include:

  • British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd ed.) by Tony Wright
  • Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Stallabrass
  • Drugs: A Very Short Introduction by Leslie Iversen
  • The Earth: A Very Short Introduction by Martin Redfern
  • History: A Very Short Introduction by John Arnold
  • Management: A Very Short Introduction by John Hendry
  • Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction by Timothy Gowers
  • Nutrition: A Very Short Introduction by David Bender
  • Planets: A Very Short Introduction by David A. Rothery
  • Twentieth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction by Kenneth O. Morgan

From a library computer:

Go to Very Short Introductions

You do not need to create an account or remember any login details as this e-resource will log in automatically if you are using a library computer.

From home:

Go to Very Short Introductions

What you will need to login:

  • Your library card number

You can create a personal account once you are logged in so you can save content and searches for future visits. You will need you email address and a password to do this which you must remember. You will still need to log in using your library card number on each visit.

Frequently asked questions

I am using the Wi-Fi in the library. Why can't I use Very Short Introductions?

This e-resource uses an IP address range to automatically log in if you are using a library computer. The Wi-Fi service is provided on a different IP address range which is not registered with Very Short Introductions. You will need to book a computer to use this e-resource.

I am using a library computer but still cannot use Very Short Introductions?

You will need to speak to a member of staff so they can report the problem to the Service Desk.

I am trying to log in from home but have forgotten my library card number?

You will need to visit your local library with identification and proof of address (i.e. driving licence, utility bill) so we can look you up and provide you with your library card number.

Central Library


Tel: 024 7683 2314

Fax: 024 7622 0465

Central Library
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