Bodleian iSkills: Google for academic research; RefWorks for Humanities; Getting started in Oxford Libraries

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Mon 26 Feb 14.00-17.00)
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: RefWorks for Humanities (Tue 27 Feb 14.00-17.00)
RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your citations/references, insert them into your work as footnotes or intext citations, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles. This introduction is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers.

Bodleian iSkills: Google for academic research (Thu 1 Mar 10.00-12.00)
Google is often dismissed as being irrelevant to the academic literature search. However, changes to the nature of the dissemination of scholarly research and official information in recent years mean that a wealth of relevant information can be accessed via standard Internet search engines such as Google. Too often however such information is lost amongst thousands of irrelevant, spurious and misleading results.  Based on an understanding of how the Google search engine works this practical workshop will show you the basic techniques to quickly filter your results for high quality academic material.  A couple of other search engines will be considered briefly, including DuckDuckGo which has become a popular alternative to Google in the light of concerns about the privacy costs of a ‘free’ search within search engines such as Google or Bing.
Who is this session for? All DPhils and Research Students in the Social Sciences

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Interested but can’t come to a course? Presentations and handouts are available online at http://ox.libguides.com/workshops/handouts

Bodleian iSkills: For researchers

Free workshops coming up

Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? (Tue 20 Feb 11.00-12.00)
A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position including guidance on how to comply with the Open Access requirements for the REF and mandates from key funding bodies whilst respecting your publisher’s rights and policies.

Who is this session for? Current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools (Wed 21 Feb 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.

Who is this session for?  Researchers, Academics, Research Support Staff and Research Postgraduates in Sciences and Social Sciences

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Interested but can’t come to a course? Presentations and handouts are available online at http://ox.libguides.com/workshops/handouts

Bodleian iSkills: Referencing, Mendeley and Zotero

Free workshops coming up:

Referencing: Mendeley (Tue 20 Feb 14.00-17.00)
Mendeley is a reference management tool that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents. This session gives an overview of Mendeley and is run in two parts. Part 1 covers the basics of using Mendeley for reference management and part 2 covers more advanced functionality.  To attend the basic and/or more advanced part of the class please book by following the link above.  Once you have booked a place you will be advised re the content and coverage of each part and what to do if you only want to attend part 1 or part 2.

Who is this session for?  Students, researchers and university staff

Referencing: Zotero (Thu 22 Feb 14.00-17.00) Week 6
Zotero is a reference management tool that helps you build libraries of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents using your chosen citation style. This introductory session covers the main features of Zotero.

Who is this session for?  Students, researchers and staff needing to manage references and create bibliographies

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Interested but can’t come to a course? Presentations and handouts are available online at http://ox.libguides.com/workshops/handouts

Bodleian iSkills: for researchers

In Week 4 we are running the following FREE workshops. Please follow the links below to book your place:

Bodleian iSkills: Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences (Tue 6 Feb 9.30-12.00)
This 2-hour workshop will be invaluable for researchers hoping to find suitable literature for their literature review, for which a well-constructed set of search terms and an understanding of online search engines are prerequisites. This workshop will allow researchers to use their own research questions to build a search and apply it to a range of databases. Techniques for structuring a search will be explained, an overview of key online resources for the social sciences will be given, major search tools will be explored and strategies for approaching large results sets and sourcing papers will be discussed. This practical workshop will involve paper exercises and online activities using attendees own research topics.
Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences

Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA (Wed 7 Feb 14.00-15.00)
Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive). This session will focus on copyright and other issues that DPhil students need to take into account when preparing their thesis for upload to ORA.
Who is this session for? Doctoral research students

Bodleian iSkills: Introducing MANTRA for Research Data Management (Thu 8 Feb 14.00-15.30)
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.

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Interested but can’t come to a course? Presentations and handouts are available online at http://ox.libguides.com/workshops/handouts

 

Bodleian iSkills : Referencing software

Referencing: Choosing and using software (Fri 26 Jan 14.00-17.00 and repeated Mon 19 Feb 9.30-12.15)
Formatting your in text citations/footnotes and bibliography correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easier and saves you time. This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the pros and cons of a wide range of reference management packages and gives you the opportunity to try out five different packages so that you can work out which one is best for you. The packages included are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, ColWiz and Papers.
Who is this session for?  Postgraduates and researchers.

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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

Bodleian iSkills : Getting started in Oxford Libraries

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Thu 25 Jan 9.30-12.30)
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

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

Bodleian iSkills: For researchers

Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Mon 22 Jan 14.00-15.30)
Keeping up to date with new research is important but time consuming! This session will show you how to set up automatic alerts so that you are notified about new articles and other publications and when key web sites are updated. Participants will have the opportunity to set up RSS feed readers and/or email notifications during the session.
Who is this session for?  Postgraduates, researchers and academics.

Bodleian iSkills: Managing research data and Data Management Planning (DMPs) (Wed 24 Jan 10.00-12.00)
Good research data management is a vital component of academic practice. Part of this is the principle that the data used to develop the arguments and outcomes of your research should be effectively stored and managed during a project, preserved for the future and – where possible – shared with other academics. This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on your work. The services available at Oxford to assist you will be outlined. This session is not only essential during your current studies but will be invaluable if you plan to continue in research as a career.
Who is this session for?  All DPhil students and research staff

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Interested but can’t come to a course? Presentations and handouts are available online at http://ox.libguides.com/workshops/handouts

Bodleian iSkills

The following (free of charge) courses are coming up this month:

Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you Monday 22 January 14.00-15.30 Social Science Library

An introduction to using RSS feeds and alerts to keep up to date with new research. Participants will have the opportunity to set up RSS feeds and/or email alerts to receive notifications about new journal articles and other publications, conference papers and blog posts in their field of research.
Who is this session for? All researchers; anyone completing a dissertation, thesis or publication.

Bodleian iSkills: Managing research data Wednesday 24 January 10.00-12.00 Social Science Library

Who is this session for? DPhil students and research staff.

Getting started in Oxford Libraries Tuesday 25 January 9.30-12.30 Radcliffe Science Library

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 using Oxford libraries.

Referencing: Choosing and using software Friday 26 January 14.00-17.00 (repeated in February) 13 Banbury Road

Formatting your citations, footnotes and bibliography correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easier and saves you time. This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the pros and cons of a wide range of software packages and gives you the opportunity to try out five different packages (RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley and Papers) so that you can work out which one is best for you.
Who is this session for? Anyone using references in written assignments, dissertations, theses or publications.

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Interested but can’t come to a course? Presentations and handouts are available online at http://ox.libguides.com/workshops/handouts

Christmas closed period – update

Please note that the Library will be closed from 3pm on Thursday 21st December and will reopen on Wednesday 3rd January, not Tuesday 2nd January as previously advertised.

The change is because the Department for Continuing Education is closed on 2nd January. We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Full details of opening hours and loan arrangements over the Christmas vacation period are on the library website