British Library Resources for Historians

Bodleian Libraries subscribe to a wide range of electronic resources, available through SOLO and OxLIP+ to all readers in libraries and remotely to those with a full University card/Oxford Single Sign On. However, Bodleian Libraries can’t afford to subscribe to everything and for some research you may need to use resources at the British Library. If you are a member, you can access some of their databases remotely.

For more information, see the Bodleian History Faculty Library website

Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers, Reference management, Research impact and e-books

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Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-20th centuries Tuesday 26th May (Week 5) 14.00-15.30 Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching, not only news but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.

Who is the session for? Students, researchers and anyone else who is interested.
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road >Book online

Bodleian iSkills: Mendeley for reference management Tuesday 2nd June (Week 6) 9.30-12.15 – Mendeley is a reference management package that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Oliver Bridle, Sophia Staves
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road >Book online

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools Wednesday 3rd June (Week 6) 10.30-12 noon – An introduction to citation tracking and bibliometrics for calculating research impact. During the workshop we will introduce a range of ‘impact factor’ tools to find top journals and conferences, count citations and measure the impact of publications and researchers. The workshops will cover the Journal Citation Reports, SCImago Journal Rank, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Essential Science Indicators, ORCID, h-index and more. Who is this session for? Researchers, Academics, Research Support Staff and Research Postgraduates, especially in Sciences and Social Sciences.

Presenters: Karine Barker, Juliet Ralph and Karen Langdon
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road >Book online

RefWorks for Humanities Wednesday 3rd June (Week 6) 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, researcher
Presenters: Bethan Jenkins, Helen Maththews, Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road >Book online

Bodleian iSkills: E-books Friday 5th June (Week 6) 9.15-10.30 – The Bodleian Libraries has over 624,000 e-books, with titles in all subject areas, but do you feel confident in finding and using them? This workshop will cover finding e-books and how to use and manipulate them.

Presenters: Hilla Wait, Kat Steiner, Ian Chilvers
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road >Book online

Bodleian iSkills: E-book Readers Friday 5th June (Week 6) 10.45-12.15 – Reading on E-Book Readers such as Kindle or Nook and using apps for iPad and Android devices is increasingly popular but how useful are these devices for academic work? This workshop will look at a range of devices and apps on the market and will cover key features to look out for when considering purchase. The workshop will also include an opportunity to try out a range of devices.

Presenters: Hilla Wait, Kat Steiner, Ian Chilvers
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road >Book online

What’s coming up in the iSkills Programme – See the full timetable and book your place at http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshopsbydate

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities: Why not follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bodleianskills or visit the Bodleian iSkills blog at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/skills/

Interested but can’t come to a course?
Course materials can be found on the Bodleian iSkills site

Questions? – Please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

PCAS Disruption 19th May

On May 19th there will be some disruption to the PCAS system whilst an update is carried out on the server on the server to troubleshoot a problem.

  • The service will be unavailable between 08:00-09:00 and all services will be affected.
  • The update may make the PCAS service run slowly during the morning.

We hope to finish by 12pm

James Shaw, Document Delivery Services Librarian

Bodleian iSkills: Images

Digital images: ARTstor, Bridgeman Education, VADS and Archivision for bodleian_iskills_web-98pixelsteaching and learning Tuesday 19th May (Week 4) 14.00-16.00 – The course examines three major digital image collections subscribed to by the University – ARTstor, Bridgeman Education, Archivision (new and on trial) – and a fourth resource, free for educational use, VADS. All of these are geared to research and teaching in the humanities, history of science and medicine, and social sciences. Viewing, presenting and managing images are also covered.

Presenters: Clare Hills-Nova
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road >Book online

In addition, please note that there are still places on our workshops on current awareness and African Studies both of which take place this Friday:

Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you Friday 15th May (Week 3) 9.15-10.45 – 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 additions to key web sites. 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.
Presenters: Helen Matthews and Ian Chilvers
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road >Book online

Bodleian iSkills: Information sources for African Studies Friday 15th May (Week 3) 11.00-12.30 – This session will introduce key information sources for African Studies. We will cover key finding tools and how to use them effectively as well as important portals and gateways to libraries and archives of online primary texts. The majority of the session will consist of a talk and demonstration but there will be time for a brief hands-on at the end.

Who is this session for? Researchers, academic staff, graduates and anyone interested in the topic.
Presenters: Lucy McCann, Sarah Rhodes
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road >Book online

What’s coming up in the iSkills Programme – See the full timetable and book your place at http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshopsbydate

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities: Why not follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bodleianskills or visit the Bodleian iSkills blog at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/skills/

Interested but can’t come to a course?
Course materials can be found on the Bodleian iSkills site

Questions? – Please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Bodleian i-Skills: week beginning 11th May

RefWorks for your Laptop Wednesday 13th May (Week 3) 9.30-12.30 – RefWorks bodleian_iskills_web-98pixels is an online tool which allows you to manage your references, insert them into your work, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles. At this introductory workshop you will set up and learn to use RefWorks on your own laptop. The session is open to all but the section on importing references will focus on Science/Social Science examples.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Nia Roberts,Gigi Horsfield and Angela Carritt
Venue: Jesus College Ship Street Centre (next to the News Cafe) > Book online

Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you Friday 15th May (Week 3) 9.15-10.45 – 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 additions to key web sites. 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.
Presenters: Helen Matthews and Ian Chilvers
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road >Book online

Bodleian iSkills: Information sources for African Studies Friday 15th May (Week 3) 11.00-12.30 – This session will introduce key information sources for African Studies. We will cover key finding tools and how to use them effectively as well as important portals and gateways to libraries and archives of online primary texts. The majority of the session will consist of a talk and demonstration but there will be time for a brief hands-on at the end.

Who is this session for? Researchers, academic staff, graduates and anyone interested in the topic.
Presenters: Lucy McCann, Sarah Rhodes
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road >Book online

What’s coming up in the iSkills Programme – See the full timetable and book your place at http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshopsbydate

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities: Why not follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bodleianskills or visit the Bodleian iSkills blog at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/skills/

Interested but can’t come to a course?
Course materials can be found on the Bodleian iSkills site

Questions? – Please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk