Bodleian iSkills: Choosing reference manager software

Referencing: Choosing and using software (Wed 24 May 14.00-17.00) Week 5

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 and Papers.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers.
Presenters: Andy Kernot, Gigi Horsfield, Pamela Stanworth, Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Evenlode Room

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Bodleian iSkills: for researchers

Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with this introduction to MANTRA (Wed 17 May 10.00-11.30)

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. Presenters: John Southall and Cathy Scutt
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

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Bodleian iSkills: For Historians

Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for Historians (Tue 16 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 W European history: bibliographical databases, biographical / reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.

Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Isabel Holowaty
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Evenlode Room

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US History (Tue 16 May 15.30-17.00)

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? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Jane Rawson
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Evenlode Room

Bodleian iSkills: UK parliamentary and government materials – an introduction (Thu 18 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, Information Skills Training Room

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Bodleian iSkills: Getting Started; Research Data; Archives & Modern Papers; Referencing with Zotero

Coming up:

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Wed 10 May  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 and Cathy Scutt

Bodleian iSkills: Discovering and depositing Social Science research data (Tue 9 May 10.00-12.00) Week 3

An opportunity for doctoral students to learn about using social science data archives to inform their research. It will also outline the workings of Oxford’s institutional repository: ORA-Data. By the end of the session you will know how to locate and cite data from a range of data archives and have an understanding of the benefits and operation of ORA-Data.

Who is this session for? DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences
Presenters: John Southall and Cathy Scutt

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History (Wed 10 May 14.00-16.00) Week 3

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 during the workshop.

Who is this session for? Undergraduate and postgraduate students in History and Social Science subjects; researchers and other Bodleian Libraries readers considering using special collections
Presenter: Michael Hughes

Referencing: Zotero (Fri 12 May 14.00-17.00) Week 3

Zotero is a reference management package that enables you to build libraries of references and add in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies to word processed documents. This introduction covers the main features of Zotero.

Who is this session for? Students in all subjects, researchers and staff
Presenter: Angela Carritt

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Bodleian iSkills: Referencing, Film Studies, Finding Scholarly Resources

Coming up:

Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities (Tue 2 May 09.15-12.15)

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: Helen Bond, Angela Carritt & Bethan Jenkins

Bodleian iSkills: Information resources for Film Studies (Wed 3 May 10.00-11.00)

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

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Thu 4 May 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.
Kate Beeby, Angela Carritt and Isabel McMann

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IT tools to help you study effectively and efficiently

Wednesday 22 Feb,  17:30 – 18:30, IT Services Banbury Road

This free session provides a brief introduction to key assistive technology and apps that might help you to work and study more efficiently. Tools for planning and organisation, reading and writing will be included. We will show you free or low-cost tools available for both PCs and Macs

This course is aimed at all students; the course might be particularly beneficial for students with disabilities, including students with specific learning difficulties and mental health conditions. Interested staff are welcome.

Book your place at: https://oxford.imparando.com/accessplan/LMSPortal/UI/Page/Basket.aspx?coursedateid=24793

Bodleian iSkills: for Researchers

Workshops coming up:

Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with this introduction to MANTRA (Tue 21 February 14.00-15.30) Week 6

MANTRA is an acclaimed online independent learning course which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management. Particularly useful for DPhil students and early career researchers who are starting a research project.

Bodleian iSkills: Google for academic research (Wed 22 February 14.00-16.00) Week 6

How do you get relevant, high quality academic material from a Google search, while quickly filtering out the torrent of spurious and misleading results? This practical workshop will show you how. Alternative search engines will also be explored and compared, including DuckDuckGo.

Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities (Fri 24 February 09.15-12.15) Week 6

This workshop introduces you to RefWorks – 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.

Email forwarding (for University card holders)

If you have a current University card you will also have automatically been allocated a University email account (Nexus) with an email address ending .ox.ac.uk

The Library, in common with the Department and all other Oxford University institutions will use this email address to communicate with you.

If you choose not to use this account, it is important that you set up automatic forwarding of email from the University account to your preferred account in order that you do not miss important information.

Setting up forwarding is very simple:

  1. Visit https://register.it.ox.ac.uk/self/nexus
  2. Login with your Single Sign On
  3. Select “Email forwarding address settings” and click Submit
  4. Enter the email address you wish to forward to and click Submit
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For Local Historians: Percy Manning, the man who collected Oxfordshire

This year marks the centenary of the death of Percy Manning, Oxfordshire collector and folklorist. The Bodleian Library holds Manning’s archive and there is a public display from the archive in the Weston Library from 18th February – 23rd April. Various other events are taking place across Oxfordshire this year.

For more information about Manning, the archive and other events, please see the Bodleian Libraries website The book about Manning referred to will be available in the Continuing Education Library shortly.