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