For Researchers

Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? (Wednesday 25th May 12:00-13:00)

A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position: Green vs. Gold; funder mandates and publisher policies; Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; OA website/ helpline; what’s new

Who is this session for? Research support staff, administrators and librarians, researchers and academics.
Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Kate Beeby
Venue: Taylor Institution, Room 2

 Bodleian iSkills: ORCID IDs and the ‘ORCID at Oxford’ service (Thurs 26 May 14.15-14.45)

Find out more about how ORCID works at Oxford, and how to get an ID.
An ORCID iD is a unique researcher identifier, used worldwide, that you keep throughout your life and retain even if you move institution. ORCIDs link researchers with their publications and grants, and are increasingly used by funders and publishers.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, research staff, academics and any University and library staff
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library

In addition we are running the following:

Weekly Open Access & ORA drop-in sessions to provide face-to-face support and answer all your queries on Open Access and ORA.
11:30-13:30 every Monday (except Bank Holidays) until 8th Week – Digital Scholarship Centre, Weston Library
16.00-17.00 every Tuesday until 8th Week – The Lounge, Radcliffe Science Library

Digital Scholarship Centre (Weston Library) weekly drop-in sessions every Monday from 25th April to 13th June, except Bank Holiday

  • Digital projects drop-in session 9.30–11.30
  • ORA and ORA Data drop-in session 11.30–13.30
  • Digital coffee afternoons, held in the Visiting Scholars’ Centre 14.00–15.00

 Also at the Centre for Digital Scholarship:

 Digital Wildfires: the challenge of provocative content on social media (24th May 13:00-14:00)

(Part of the Research Uncovered – free lunchtime talks 13.00–14.00, Tuesdays of Trinity term 2016)

Venue: Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library
Speaker: Helena Webb

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/.

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

Network disruption Wednesday 18th May

From 08:00 BST on Wednesday 18th May 2016, the University is undertaking essential network maintenance which means that Library will have no email connectivity, there will be no access in the Library to SOLO, E-Resources etc and  Library staff will have no access to the Library system so will be unable to renew your books. The Library will be open as usual.
Please note that remote access to SOLO and e-resources will not be affected.

You also will have no access to your course sites i.e. Study Moodle (the site that hosts all award-bearing course Moodle sites and the MASS online assignment submission system) and the short course Moodle sites. Whilst the work is being carried out, the site will be unavailable to all users (including students, tutors, course directors, Registry staff and course administrators).

The network engineers will be working to keep the outage to an absolute minimum but the site may not be available again until 11:45  BST, however they will make the network available again as soon as the upgrade is complete – which may well be as early as 9:00  BST.

 

Bodleian iSkills: Subject resources

A selection of courses on finding different types of information in specific subject areas:

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for Medievalists (Tuesday 17th May 10:00-12:15)

A general overview of a range of e-resources relevant for British and Western European medieval studies including bibliographical databases, biographical/reference tools, web portals and collections of online primary source materials of Anglo-Saxon sources, Greek/Latin texts, chronicles, charters, literary works and manuscript sources.

Who is this session for? Researchers, students, academics, staff e.g. Classicists, Historians, Philosophers, Theologians etc
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Hilla Wait, Eva Oledska, Charlotte Goodall
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road

Bodleian iSkills: UK parliamentary and government materials – an introduction (Wednesday 18th May 10:00-11:30)

Of vital help to all undergraduate history students is this general overview of the main sources for finding and accessing historical UK parliamentary material, pre-1800 and post-1800. We look at sources for government publications both in print and in electronic format, including: Parliamentary proceedings – Hansard, Journals of the House of Commons and Lords; Legislation; Government and departmental papers.

Who is this session for? Undergraduate history students and anyone new to the subject
Presenter: Hannah Chandler
Venue: Social Science Library, IT Room Ground Floor

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History (Thursday 19th May 14:00-16:00)

The Bodleian’s Weston Library has a wealth of 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. We will look at identifying relevant material in Oxford and elsewhere; considerations when working with archival material; types of archives and modern papers; and how to find out more. You will have an opportunity in the session to handle some actual examples.

Who is this session for? Students in History and Social Science subjects; researchers and other Bodleian Libraries readers considering using special collections
Presenter: Michael Hughes
Venue: Weston Library, Horton Room

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/

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

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

 

 

Bodleian iSkills: Research tools

Bodleian iSkills: Using Google for academic research (Tuesday 17th May 14:00-15:30)

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 out high quality academic material from Google searches. Given concerns about the privacy costs of a ‘free’ search within search engines such as Google, alternative search engines will also be explored and compared, including DuckDuckGo.

Who is this session for? All DPhils and Research Students in the Social Sciences
Presenter: Cathy Scutt
Venue: Social Science Library, IT Room Ground Floor

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools (Thursday 19th May 11.00-12.30)

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, 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, Karen Langdon
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road

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/

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

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

Bodleian iSkills: Referencing

Three courses coming up on referencing software:

Referencing: Choosing and using software (Tuesday 17th May 09:15-12:15)

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, researchers.
Presenters: Oliver Bridle, Sophie Staves, Pamela Stanworth, Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities (Wednesday 18th May 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.
Presenters: Bethan Jenkins, Angela Carritt
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road

Referencing: Mendeley (Friday 20th May 9:15-12:15)

Mendeley is a reference management package that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents. 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 11.00.

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

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/

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

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