A short introduction to Very Short Introductions

The perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly …

Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.

Since the series was launched it has continued to offer new books each year for students and scholars, and the avidly curious, offering a bridge between reference content and higher academic work. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.

Did you know that the 400th VSI in print (Knowledge) published in September 2014? Find out more about the series with this infographic, including the average word count, the most translated VSIs, and where the authors hail from.

Hundreds of Very Short Introductions now online

Available for institutional subscription …

Very Short Introductions are now available on this new online resource, offering scholars and students OUP's premier publishing series in an easily discoverable, fully cross-searchable, and highly accessible format. View our brochure to find out more.

View a complete list of titles currently available.

Find out more about:

Through the Oxford Index, a free search and discovery tool from Oxford University Press, Very Short Introductions can be found directly alongside reference, biography, bibliography, monograph, dictionary, scholarly, and journal content, making them a more integrated and accessible part of digital research journeys than ever before. 

Connect with Very Short Introductions

This resource will be regularly updated with the newest Very Short Introductions – sign up to the RSS feed to keep up-to-date with the latest additions.

Read blog posts from many of our authors on the OUPBlog, engage with us through the official Facebook page, watch author videos, and discover reading guides.

Obtaining access to Very Short Introductions

If you are a Librarian, you can find out how to subscribe or contact us for a 30-day free trial.

If you are an academic or a student, please recommend Very Short Introductions to your librarian

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from Oxford University Press

You can opt in to receive information from OUP in several different ways:

Other useful links

Have a question? See if someone else has already asked it in our Frequently Asked Questions, take a tour of the site, or read the extensive help pages.

About Oxford University Press

View the site credits