Bodleian iSkills: For researchers

The following courses are coming up next week:

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Monday 20 November 14.00-17.00) A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics.

Bodleian iSkills: Introducing MANTRA for Research Data Management (Moved to Monday 20 November 10.30-12.00)

MANTRA is an acclaimed online independent learning course which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates and researchers. This will be particularly useful for DPhil students and early career researchers who are starting a research project.

Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data in the Sciences and Medical Sciences (Tuesday 21 November 10.00-12.00)

A workshop outlining some of the key principles to bear in mind when working with sensitive or restricted research; whether collected yourself or obtained from a third party source such as an NHS trust or Biobank data. Issues of confidentiality, informed consent, cybersecurity and data management will be covered. Examples of scenarios or concerns drawn from the research of participants are particularly welcome. The role of support services at Oxford will also be outlined and in particular the role of the Bodleian Data Librarian who will lead the session. Follow up consultations with the Data librarian or other subject consultants are also offered.
Who is this session for?  All DPhil students and research staff in the Sciences and Medical Sciences

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools (Thursday 23 November 14.00-15.30)

During this introduction to citation tracking and bibliometrics we will use a range of ‘impact factor’ tools to find top journals and conferences, count citations and measure the impact of publications and researchers. We will cover Journal Citation Reports, CiteScore Journal Metrics, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Essential Science Indicators, ORCID and more and explain how to use each tool and its strengths and weaknesses.
Who is this session for? Researchers, Academics, Research Support Staff and Research Postgraduates in Sciences and Social Sciences

Visit Oxford LibGuides for information skills and subject resources
Follow us on Twitter (@bodleianskills) or check out the Bodleian iSkills blog
Interested but can’t come to a course? Presentations and handouts are available online at http://ox.libguides.com/workshops/handouts

Electronic Legal Deposit items now accessible in the Library

You can now access eLD items on the PCs in the Rewley House Continuing Education Library. They are available to anyone with any type of University/library card. Records for eLD records on SOLO look similar to this:

Image of eLD record on SOLO

Note that use of eLD items is controlled by law, which means:

  • You can only access them on Library PCs, not on your laptop, tablet etc
  • You cannot download, save or copy and paste any part of them, but you may print within normal copyright limits
  • Only one person can access an item at a time across all the Bodleian Libraries, so sometimes you may find an item is in use

Most eLD journal articles will also be available as purchased electronic versions – look for the ‘How else can I get this?’ link. eLD books may be available either in print or as purchased electronic versions.

For more information about eLD, please see the Bodleian Libraries website

 

Bodleian iSkills

All courses are free. Check course details for venues. Courses coming up:

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Thursday 2 November 09.30-12.30)

An introduction to Oxford Libraries including guidance on which libraries to use; accessing e-journals and other online resources; SOLO and other finding aids and making the most of Library services.
Who is this session for? Anyone who would like an introduction to Oxford Libraries.

Referencing: Zotero (Friday 3 November 14.00-17.00)

Zotero is a reference management package that enables you to build libraries of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents. This introduction covers the main features of Zotero.

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Thursday 9 November 09.30-12.30)

A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics.

Bodleian iSkills: Information resources for Film (Thursday 9 November 14.00-15.00)

Tools and tips for starting your research in film studies. Includes an overview of the Film Studies collections at Oxford – films, books and more; effective searching for Film Studies monographs; finding Film Studies journal articles.
Who is this session for? Anyone using film resources for a dissertation, thesis or research.

Visit Oxford LibGuides for information skills and subject resources
Follow us on Twitter (@bodleianskills) or check out the Bodleian iSkills blog
Interested but can’t come to a course? Presentations and handouts are available online at http://ox.libguides.com/workshops/handouts

Brush up your study skills

Are you starting a course this autumn after having not studied for a long time?

Are you moving from a taught course to writing a dissertation?

Would you like some guidance on studying effectively, handling references etc?

Come and visit our ‘Returning to Learning’ display in the Library where you’ll find a number of study skills books. There are more on the Library shelves, and you can also find some online. All books are catalogued on SOLO.

Library phone problems (now sorted, 20.9.17)

We’ve just had a new phone system installed in the Department for Continuing Education and unfortunately there are a few teething problems. At the moment, the library desk phone, 01865 270454, has no voicemail facility. Also, we are unable to dial mobiles, and are having difficulty receiving calls from some mobiles.

We hope these problems will be resolved soon, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. You can also contact the Library by email, library@conted.ox.ac.uk

Online Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland

A new, freely available resource has now been published – the Atlas of hillforts of Britain and Ireland. This resource maps all 4,147 hillforts for the first time. The project to produce this award-winning resource which was created by a huge team of volunteer ‘citizen scientists’ was partly led by Professor Gary Lock, well known to OUDCE.

For background information about the project, see the OUDCE website

Jane Austen 1775-1817

This year is the bicentenary of the death of Jane Austen.

To mark the occasion, the Continuing Education has a book display in the entrance area of the Library. You can also find a trail of Jane Austen quotations around the Library!

The Library has published an online guide to resources by and about Jane Austen, which also highlights events taking place around the country. One event not to be missed is the Which Jane Austen? exhibition at the Weston Library until the end of October

Writing a thesis? Forthcoming course from the IT Learning Centre

The University IT Learning Centre is offering a course designed to help you to use Microsoft Word when creating your thesis. See below for full details

Maybe your thesis is planned to the nth degree, or maybe it grows organically. Either way you do need to take control of your thesis document before it takes control of you! We can help:

Documents: Managing your thesis

05/06/2017 09:15 – 11:15

Staff £20/Students £10

This course covers special aspects of Word which will help you create and manage your thesis (or any large, formal document).

It will help you understand:

  • Heading numbering schemes
  • Tables of contents (building and formatting)
  • Indexing (manual or using automarking)
  • Cross-referencing using headings or page numbers
  • How to update field codes and bookmarks
  • How to work with footnotes and endnotes (using the tools in Word)

Pay and book

 

The IT Learning Centre

 

For Local Historians

Two items of possible interest from the latest bulletin of the Oxfordshire Local History Association :

Victoria County History

New draft reports by the Victoria County History covering Wychwood Forest and Cornbury Park have just been added to the VCH Oxfordshire website. These look at the core area of the royal forest between Fulbrook and Charlbury, which from the 11th to the 19th century provided a covert for the Crown’s deer, a source of timber, coppice-wood and other woodland products and, above all, a vital source of fuel and grazing for surrounding villages. Cornbury (now best known for the Wilderness summer music festival!) was an adjoining royal park throughout the middle ages, before acquiring its present grand house in the 17th century.

Berkshire Record Office

The Berkshire Record Office in Reading holds a good deal of material relating to places now in Oxfordshire but formerly in Berkshire. The archive includes a recently-acquired collection of deeds of clients of Messrs Hedges & Son, solicitors (1708-1951), which relate to properties in Abingdon, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Cholsey, South Moreton, Tilehurst and Wallingford.

 

Bodleian iSkills: Reference management, Mendeley

Referencing: Mendeley (Fri 2 June 09.15-12.15) Week 6

Mendeley is a reference management package that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents. This session will be run in two parts with a break in between. If you are an advanced user of Mendeley you need only attend the second part, starting at 15.30.  Key topics: an overview of reference management with Mendeley;  creating a Mendeley account and installing Mendeley Desktop; adding, editing and organising references; creating bibliographies; managing PDF documents with Mendeley; using the Mendeley ‘Papers’ database; collaboration and social networking with Mendeley

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Ollie Bridle and Cathy Scutt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Visit Oxford LibGuides for information skills and subject resources
Follow us on Twitter (@bodleianskills) or check out the Bodleian iSkills Blog
Interested but can’t come to a course? Presentations and handouts from courses are available online