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The Hopf bifurcation theorem gives a method of predicting oscillations which appear in a nonlinear system when a parameter is varied. There are many different ways of proving the theorem and of using its results, but the way which is probably the most useful, to control and system theorists, uses Nyquist loci in much the same way as the describing function method does. The main advantages of this method are dimensionality reduction, which eases the calculation, and the ability to cope with higher-order approximations than are used in the original Hopf theorem. This paper shows how such an approach to the Hopf bifurcation follows naturally and easily from Volterra series methods. Such use of Volterra series in nonlinear oscillations appears to be new. In many problems, the calculations involved are simplified when the Volterra series approach is taken, so the approach has practical merits as well as theoretical ones.