Brush up your study skills

Are you starting a course this autumn after having not studied for a long time?

Are you moving from a taught course to writing a dissertation?

Would you like some guidance on studying effectively, handling references etc?

Come and visit our ‘Returning to Learning’ display in the Library where you’ll find a number of study skills books. There are more on the Library shelves, and you can also find some online. All books are catalogued on SOLO.

Library phone problems (now sorted, 20.9.17)

We’ve just had a new phone system installed in the Department for Continuing Education and unfortunately there are a few teething problems. At the moment, the library desk phone, 01865 270454, has no voicemail facility. Also, we are unable to dial mobiles, and are having difficulty receiving calls from some mobiles.

We hope these problems will be resolved soon, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. You can also contact the Library by email,

Online Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland

A new, freely available resource has now been published – the Atlas of hillforts of Britain and Ireland. This resource maps all 4,147 hillforts for the first time. The project to produce this award-winning resource which was created by a huge team of volunteer ‘citizen scientists’ was partly led by Professor Gary Lock, well known to OUDCE.

For background information about the project, see the OUDCE website

Jane Austen 1775-1817

This year is the bicentenary of the death of Jane Austen.

To mark the occasion, the Continuing Education has a book display in the entrance area of the Library. You can also find a trail of Jane Austen quotations around the Library!

The Library has published an online guide to resources by and about Jane Austen, which also highlights events taking place around the country. One event not to be missed is the Which Jane Austen? exhibition at the Weston Library until the end of October

Writing a thesis? Forthcoming course from the IT Learning Centre

The University IT Learning Centre is offering a course designed to help you to use Microsoft Word when creating your thesis. See below for full details

Maybe your thesis is planned to the nth degree, or maybe it grows organically. Either way you do need to take control of your thesis document before it takes control of you! We can help:

Documents: Managing your thesis

05/06/2017 09:15 – 11:15

Staff £20/Students £10

This course covers special aspects of Word which will help you create and manage your thesis (or any large, formal document).

It will help you understand:

  • Heading numbering schemes
  • Tables of contents (building and formatting)
  • Indexing (manual or using automarking)
  • Cross-referencing using headings or page numbers
  • How to update field codes and bookmarks
  • How to work with footnotes and endnotes (using the tools in Word)

Pay and book


The IT Learning Centre


For Local Historians

Two items of possible interest from the latest bulletin of the Oxfordshire Local History Association :

Victoria County History

New draft reports by the Victoria County History covering Wychwood Forest and Cornbury Park have just been added to the VCH Oxfordshire website. These look at the core area of the royal forest between Fulbrook and Charlbury, which from the 11th to the 19th century provided a covert for the Crown’s deer, a source of timber, coppice-wood and other woodland products and, above all, a vital source of fuel and grazing for surrounding villages. Cornbury (now best known for the Wilderness summer music festival!) was an adjoining royal park throughout the middle ages, before acquiring its present grand house in the 17th century.

Berkshire Record Office

The Berkshire Record Office in Reading holds a good deal of material relating to places now in Oxfordshire but formerly in Berkshire. The archive includes a recently-acquired collection of deeds of clients of Messrs Hedges & Son, solicitors (1708-1951), which relate to properties in Abingdon, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Cholsey, South Moreton, Tilehurst and Wallingford.


Bodleian iSkills: Reference management, Mendeley

Referencing: Mendeley (Fri 2 June 09.15-12.15) Week 6

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 15.30.  Key topics: an overview of reference management with Mendeley;  creating a Mendeley account and installing Mendeley Desktop; adding, editing and organising references; creating bibliographies; managing PDF documents with Mendeley; using the Mendeley ‘Papers’ database; collaboration and social networking with Mendeley

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Ollie Bridle and Cathy Scutt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Visit Oxford LibGuides for information skills and subject resources
Follow us on Twitter (@bodleianskills) or check out the Bodleian iSkills Blog
Interested but can’t come to a course? Presentations and handouts from courses are available online

Bodleian iSkills: for researchers

Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data (Wed 31 May 10.00-12.00) Week 6

A workshop outlining some of the key principles to bear in mind when working with sensitive or restricted research data obtained from a third party source such as a data archive. This session will also be of interest to those creating data they consider sensitive or confidential who want to know how best to go about it. Examples of scenarios 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.  Subjects to be covered include: creating original data; using informed consent agreements; maximising usage potential of data; types of data – numbers text and beyond; strategies to protect data; embargoes, vetting and restrictions; accessing archived data; understanding access conditions; importance of metadata; trends in data access – greater detail v harder access.

Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff
Presenters: John Southall and Cathy Scutt
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Thu 1 Jun 14.00-15.30) Week 6

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: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Visit Oxford LibGuides for information skills and subject resources
Follow us on Twitter (@bodleianskills) or check out the Bodleian iSkills Blog
Interested but can’t come to a course? Presentations and handouts from courses are available online

Bodleian iSkills: For Medievalists

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for Medievalists (Tue 30 May 14.00-16.15) Week 6

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: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Visit Oxford LibGuides for information skills and subject resources
Follow us on Twitter (@bodleianskills) or check out the Bodleian iSkills Blog
Interested but can’t come to a course? Presentations and handouts from courses are available online

For Artstor users

In case you are not on Artstor’s mailing list, here’s a message from them about some changes coming up this summer.

We’re writing to share some upcoming changes which may require you to save some of your work in the Artstor Digital Library.These changes are part of the release of an improved platform which will feature a redesigned interface, streamlined features, and which will run on the same backend technology that currently powers the ITHAKA service JSTOR. This represents a first step toward the longer-term goal of creating an integrated platform experience for users of both the Artstor Digital Library and JSTOR – now both allied services under the ITHAKA umbrella. Learn more about our upcoming release.

In order to help us facilitate these improvements, the citation generator and saved citations features will be temporarily disabled. If you have saved citations that you need, please log in to your Artstor Digital Library account and download them before June 1st this year.

Please reach out to us at with any questions and thank you for your help in making these improvements to the Artstor Digital Library possible!