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, Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects — from Public Health to Buddhist Ethics, Soft Matter to Classics, and Art History to Globalization. Each volume provides an authoritative and engaging assessment of a concept, field, or body of work, drawing out the central ideas, themes, and approaches. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new insights, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable to develop your core knowledge. With just under 700 titles and many more in development, as well as regularly updated new editions, the series is constantly evolving to reflect a contemporary readership. Whatever your area of study, whatever the topic that fascinates you, the series is an indispensable and accessible guide that will enrich your understanding.

Every month the newest Introductions are published online. You can view a complete list of titles available or sign up to our RSS feed to keep up-to-date with the latest additions.

Hundreds of Very Short Introductions online

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You will need to have access through an institution in order to use all the features available on the site, and read the full text of each book. Librarians can find out how to subscribe and faculty, students, and researchers can complete our librarian recommendation form.

By using Very Short Introductions online, anyone can discover new avenues of research. Find out more by watching the video below, or by watching some subject-specific videos on Branding, Environmental Law, and The Future:


“This is such a fabulous service: in addition to access to the VSI titles, blog essays written by the VSI authors are included, along with author videos, and reading guides as well as an online tour, help pages, and FAQs … The editors have certainly tried to make this service as useful for libraries as possible … If you are a librarian, you simply MUST check out this new resource!”

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