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

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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

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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

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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 support@artstor.org with any questions and thank you for your help in making these improvements to the Artstor Digital Library possible!

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

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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

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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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