Bodleian Libraries Research Skills Toolkits

Would you like to brush up on your IT and information skills for research? Why not come to a Research Skills Toolkit? These free 2 hour workshops introduce key software and online tools for your research, hone your searching and information skills and introduce you to subject specialists.

Topics on offer include: Finding articles, papers, conferences and theses; Keeping up to date and current awareness; Using Endnote to manage your references; Manipulating images using Gimp; Managing your thesis with word; Analyzising data with Excel pivot tables; Podcasting with Audacity; Plagiarism and how to avoid it; Your thesis, copyright and ORA; Finding highly cited journals and measuring research impact.

We are running the workshops in Week 8 (week beginning 30th November) Michaelmas (2015) and Week 1(week beginning 18th January) Hilary (2016). All sessions will be at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

Dates for Week 8 are as follows. Please pick one session from your subject area:

Humanities: Tuesday 1st December (10.00-12 noon); Wednesday 2nd December (14.00 – 16.00)
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Medical Sciences: Wednesday 2nd December (10.00-12 noon); Thursday 3rd December (14.00-16.00)
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Social Sciences: Tuesday 1st December (14.00 – 16.00); Thursday 3rd December (10.00-12 noon); Friday 4th December (10.00-12 noon)
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Research Skills Toolkits for MPLA and Oriental Studies will run in January (Hilary Week 1). For dates and times of these and further dates for the subjects above, please visit our Bodleian iSkills LibGuide.

Bodleian Centre for Digital Scholarship: drop-in sessions

The following sessions are being held at the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library, during the Michaelmas term:

Bodleian Centre for Digital Scholarship: ORA and ORA Data Digital Drop-ins (Mondays 11.30-13.30 in term time): Do you want to know more about depositing your work or searching the Oxford University Research and Data Archives (ORA)? This term we will be holding regular drop-in surgeries in the Weston Library’s Centre for Digital Scholarship.

Who is this session for? Open to any member of the University
Venue: Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library
No need to book —just come along!

Bodleian Centre for Digital Scholarship: Digital Coffee Afternoons (Mondays 14.00-15.00 week 2-8) – If you would like to meet other people interested in working with the Libraries’ digital or digitized collections, please come along to a digital coffee afternoon in the Visiting Scholars’ Centre at the Weston Library Venue: Visiting Scholars’ Centre at the Weston Library No need to book —just come along!

Bodleian Centre for Digital Scholarship: Digital Drop-ins (Mondays 9.30-11.30 in term time) – Are you thinking of developing a digital project using library collections? Do you have questions about getting it funded, what approach to take, or what might be possible? This term we will be holding regular drop-in surgeries in the Weston Library’s Centre for Digital Scholarship.

Who is this session for? Open to any member of the University
Venue: Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library
No need to book —just come along!

 

Bodleian Libraries workshops week beginning 9th November

bodleian_iskills_web-98pixelsBodleian iSkills: UK Parliamentary and Government materials – an introduction (Tuesday 10th November 10.00-12 noon) Week 5 – A general overview of the main sources for finding and accessing historical UK parliamentary material, pre 1800 and post 1800 including sources for government publications both in print and in electronic format.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates and researchers who are new to working with parliamentary and/or government document or who would like a refresher on the main sources available.
Presenter: Hannah Chandler
Venue: Social Science Library, Manor Road > Book a place

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools (Wednesday 11th November 14.00-15.30) Week 5 – 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, SCImago Journal Rank, 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? Current Oxford research postgraduates, researchers, academics, University and Library staff.
Presenters: Karine Barker, Juliet Ralph, Karen Langdon
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road > Book a place

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences (Wednesday 11th November 14.00-15.30) Week 5 – The Bodleian’s Weston Library has a wealth of special collections and archival resources covering almost all aspects of modern British society and culture. This session will introduce key finding aids and get you started with the research skills needed to make the most of these resources.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and other Bodleian Libraries readers considering using special collections
Presenter: Michael Hughes
Venue: Horton Room, Weston Library >Book a place

Bodleian iSkills: Social Science data archives & statistical databases (Friday 23rd October 10.30-12.30) Week 2 – An overview of macro and micro data sources for social scientists including national data archives, subscription services, economic and business data. During the session, we will also offer some pointers for further searching.

Presenter: John Southall
Venue: Social Science Library, Manor Road >Book a place

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