Bodleian iSkills: For researchers

The following courses are coming up next week:

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Monday 20 November 14.00-17.00) 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.

Bodleian iSkills: Introducing MANTRA for Research Data Management (Moved to Monday 20 November 10.30-12.00)

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.

Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data in the Sciences and Medical Sciences (Tuesday 21 November 10.00-12.00)

A workshop outlining some of the key principles to bear in mind when working with sensitive or restricted research; whether collected yourself or obtained from a third party source such as an NHS trust or Biobank data. Issues of confidentiality, informed consent, cybersecurity and data management will be covered. Examples of scenarios or concerns drawn from the research of participants are particularly welcome. The role of support services at Oxford will also be outlined and in particular the role of the Bodleian Data Librarian who will lead the session. Follow up consultations with the Data librarian or other subject consultants are also offered.
Who is this session for?  All DPhil students and research staff in the Sciences and Medical Sciences

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools (Thursday 23 November 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. We will cover Journal Citation Reports, CiteScore Journal Metrics, 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? Researchers, Academics, Research Support Staff and Research Postgraduates in Sciences and Social Sciences

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Electronic Legal Deposit items now accessible in the Library

You can now access eLD items on the PCs in the Rewley House Continuing Education Library. They are available to anyone with any type of University/library card. Records for eLD records on SOLO look similar to this:

Image of eLD record on SOLO

Note that use of eLD items is controlled by law, which means:

  • You can only access them on Library PCs, not on your laptop, tablet etc
  • You cannot download, save or copy and paste any part of them, but you may print within normal copyright limits
  • Only one person can access an item at a time across all the Bodleian Libraries, so sometimes you may find an item is in use

Most eLD journal articles will also be available as purchased electronic versions – look for the ‘How else can I get this?’ link. eLD books may be available either in print or as purchased electronic versions.

For more information about eLD, please see the Bodleian Libraries website