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.

Bodleian iSkills: for researchers

In Week 4 we are running the following FREE workshops. Please follow the links below to book your place:

Bodleian iSkills: Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences (Tue 6 Feb 9.30-12.00)
This 2-hour workshop will be invaluable for researchers hoping to find suitable literature for their literature review, for which a well-constructed set of search terms and an understanding of online search engines are prerequisites. This workshop will allow researchers to use their own research questions to build a search and apply it to a range of databases. Techniques for structuring a search will be explained, an overview of key online resources for the social sciences will be given, major search tools will be explored and strategies for approaching large results sets and sourcing papers will be discussed. This practical workshop will involve paper exercises and online activities using attendees own research topics.
Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences

Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA (Wed 7 Feb 14.00-15.00)
Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive). This session will focus on copyright and other issues that DPhil students need to take into account when preparing their thesis for upload to ORA.
Who is this session for? Doctoral research students

Bodleian iSkills: Introducing MANTRA for Research Data Management (Thu 8 Feb 14.00-15.30)
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.

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Interested but can’t come to a course? Presentations and handouts are available online at http://ox.libguides.com/workshops/handouts

 

Bodleian iSkills: For researchers in the Social Sciences

Bodleian iSkills: Google for academic research (Wed 26 Oct 14.00-16.00) Week 3

Google is often dismissed as being irrelevant to the academic literature search. However, changes to the nature of the dissemination of scholarly research and official information in recent years mean that a wealth of relevant information can be accessed via standard Internet search engines such as Google. Too often however such information is lost amongst thousands of irrelevant, spurious and misleading results. Based on an understanding of how the Google search engine works this practical workshop will show you the basic techniques to quickly filter out high quality academic material from Google searches. Given concerns about the privacy costs of a ‘free’ search within search engines such as Google, alternative search engines will also be explored and compared, including DuckDuckGo.

Who is this session for? All DPhils and Research Students in the Social Sciences
Presenters: Cathy Scutt
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Bodleian iSkills: Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences (Thu 27 Oct 10:00-12:00) Week 3

This 2 hour workshop will be invaluable for researchers hoping to find suitable literature for their literature review, for which a well-constructed set of search terms and an understanding of online search engines are prerequisites. This workshop will allow researchers to use their own research questions to build a search and apply it to a range of databases. Techniques for structuring a search will be explained, an overview of key online resources for the social sciences will be given , major search tools will be explored, and strategies for approaching large results sets and sourcing papers will be discussed. This practical workshop will involve paper exercises and online activities using attendees own research topics.

Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences
Presenters: Craig Finlay and Tom Dale
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Bodleian iSkills: Discovering and depositing Social Science research data (Fri 28 Oct 09.15-12.15) Week 3

This session provides an opportunity for doctoral students to learn about using social science data archives to inform their research. It will also outline the workings of the institutional repository recently launched by the University of Oxford: 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? All DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences
Presenter: John Southall
Venue: IT Services, Banbury Road

Bodleian Libraries workshops week beginning 2nd November: for researchers

bodleian_iskills_web-98pixelsBodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?(Tuesday 3rd November 11.00-12 noon) Week 4 – A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position. During the session we will cover “Green” and “Gold” routes to open access; funder mandates and publisher policies; the HEFCE policy on Open Access and the REF; the Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; how to get help via the Open Access web site and helpline.

Who is this session for? Current Oxford research postgraduates, researchers, academics, University and Library staff.
Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Hilla Wait
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road > Book a place

Bodleian iSkills: Moving from research questions to literature review in the Social Sciences (Tuesday 3rd November 14.00-16.00) Week 4 – Get ready to undertake your literature review using your own research questions to build a successful search and apply it to a range of library resources.

Presenter: Cathy Scutt
Venue: Social Science Library, Manor Road >Book a place

What’s coming up in the iSkills Programme – See the full timetable and book your place at http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshopsbydate

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Interested but can’t come to a course?
Course materials can be found on the Bodleian iSkills site

Questions? – Please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk