Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff, scholarly literature for your research

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Thursday 5th May 9:30-12:30)

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.
Presenters: Joanne Edwards, Kate Beeby, Angela Carritt, Isabel McMann
Venue: Social Science Library, IT Room Ground Floor

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

Shakespeare 400 anniversary

This month marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The Continuing Education Library is joining in the commemorations. We have a small display of books about Shakespeare in the Library and you’ll find ‘Brush up your Shakespeare’ quotations throughout the Library. We also have a collection of Shakespeare productions and feature films on DVD and video, full list available.

We also have information about Shakespeare resources on the Library website

Bodleian iSkills: Film Studies

Bodleian iSkills: information resources for Film Studies (Thursday 28th April 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; citing films.

Who is this session for? Anyone using film resources for a dissertation, thesis or research.
Presenter: Helen Scott
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library

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

Bodleian iSkills: Referencing

Referencing: Refworks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Thursday 28th April 09:30-12:30)

RefWorks 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. This introduction is open to all but the section on importing references will focus on Science/Social Science examples.

Who is this session for? All University members and alumni.
Presenters: Nia Roberts, Gigi Horsfield, Angela Carritt
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library

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

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Wednesday 27th April 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.
Presenters: Angela Carritt & Cathy Scutt.
Venue: Social Science Library, IT Room Ground Floor

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

Bodleian iSkills: for researchers

Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Monday 25th April 14.30-16.00)

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.
Presenters: Helen Bond and Helen Worrell.
Venue: Social Science Library, IT Room Ground Floor

Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright & ORA (Tuesday 26th April 10.00-11.00)

All 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? All DPhil Students and Research Staff
Presenters: Tuula Lindgren and David Watson
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road

Bodleian iSkills: Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences (Tuesday 26th April 14.00-16.00)

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
Presenters: Craig Finlay and Helen Worrell
Venue: Social Science Library, IT Room Ground Floor

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

Saturday 9th April-Sunday 10th April

We regret that the Library will close at 13.30 on Saturday 9th April due to staff shortage. It will be open from 9.30 – 13.30 on Saturday, and 13.00 – 16.00 as normal on Sunday.

Please also note that SOLO will have reduced functionality from 17.00 on Friday 8th April – 9.00 on Monday 11th April due to essential maintenance work.

You will be able to:

  • Search for the presence of an item in the system and check bibliographic details
  • Use electronic resources as normal

You will not be able to:

Check location and availability of an item using the Find & Request tab, although you can do this using the link to COPAC

  • View and/or renew your loans
  • View or place holds for items on loan or in closed stacks

If you are in the Library at the weekend, you will be able to return and borrow books but staff will not be able to renew your books or place requests. Please ask staff for help in locating books.