Key resources for historians

Next week Bodleian Libraries will be running 3 workshops for historians.  More details below –  please click on the title to book a place

Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for Historians (Tue 1 May 14.00-15.15) – A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods of British and West European history including bibliographical databases; biographical and reference research aids; ebooks and ejournals; web portals; and collections of online primary source materials.
Who is this session for? Undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers.

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US History (Tue 1 May 15.30-17.00) – An introduction to key information sources for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online (such as early printed books, US newspapers and US government papers), as well as guidance on locating material for your research.
Who is this session for? Undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers.

Bodleian iSkills: Information sources for African Studies (Wed 2 May 10.00-11.30) – This session will introduce key information sources for African Studies. You will be shown useful finding tools to locate relevant material via SOLO and how to search them, as well as important portals and gateways to libraries and archives of online primary texts. There will be time for a brief hands-on.
Who is this session for? Undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers.

Researchers: briefings on open access and best practice in managing research data

Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? (Wednesday 25 April 14.00-15.00, Beeson Room, John Radcliffe Hospital  OR Thursday 31st May 11.00-12.00 Manor Road Building, Seminar Room A)
A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position: Green vs. Gold open access; REF requirements and University staff;  funder mandates and publisher policies; Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; OA website/ helpline.
Who is this session for? Oxford University research support staff, administrators, librarians, researchers and academics.

Bodleian iSkills: Managing research data and Data Management Planning (DMPs) (Thu 26 April 10.00-12.00, Social Science Library)
Good research data management is a vital component of academic practice. Part of this is the principle that the data used to develop the arguments and outcomes of your research should be effectively stored and managed during a project, preserved for the future and – where possible – shared with other academics. This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on your work. The services available at Oxford to assist you will be outlined. This session is not only essential during your current studies but will be invaluable if you plan to continue in research as a career.
Who is this session for? All DPhil students and research staff

Archaeology postgrads – hone your literature searching skills!

Next week, the Bodleian Libraries’ Archaeology subject librarian will be running the following workshop on preparing a literature review.    Follow the link to book your place.

Bodleian iSkills: Moving from research question to literature review in Archaeology (Wed 25 April 14.00-16.00)
This workshop will prepare you for undertaking a literature review as part of your dissertation or thesis. Subjects to be covered include: the literature review process; effective searching; key databases and eResources; using citations and bibliometrics; using alerts.
Who is this session for? Postgraduate Archaeology students.