What are Very Short Introductions?

The much-loved series Very Short Introductions (VSI) is the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly, combining facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm, to make often challenging topics highly readable.

For the first time, these books are available online on an exciting digital platform. Very Short Introductions will change the way you think about the things that interest you, and are the perfect route into subjects you previously knew nothing about.

How do I use it?
  • Quickly revise the key areas in your subject
  • Embark on a new module, topic, or essay
  • Gain insights to help decide options for university or further study
  • Make notes and highlight quotations, and then save along with favourite books and chapters to access in future sessions
  • Access content fast with both quick and advanced search options
How VSIs can help with homework:

Maths: Get to grips with trigonometry and algebra fast with Geometry, Symmetry, and Mathematics.

Arts & Humanities: Delve into the past with VSIs in Modern War, American History, and Politics, or enhance your reading and thinking skills with VSIs in English Literature, Contemporary Fiction, and Philosophy.

For more information about using Very Short Introductions, please click here

How do I access it?
Your local public library can give you access within the library, or from home, at the website www.veryshortintroductions.com. Simply type in your library card number into the log in box on the website to access the resource.

For librarians
How do I promote it?
We have a number of ways to help you get the most out of Very Short Introductions, all available via the Librarian Resource Centre, and all free of charge!

  • Free promotional materials
  • Short introductory PowerPoints
  • Live online training sessions
  • Recorded sessions from the training team
  • Download logos and banners
  • Quizzes
  • Training fact sheets (with ideas for training sessions)
  • Usage statistics
  • MARC records
Find all this and more at our page for librarians.

Our training team are happy to visit libraries for in-house, group sessions – just get in touch at library.marketing@oup.com


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