Bodleian iSkills: For researchers

The following courses are coming up next week:

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Monday 20 November 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.

Bodleian iSkills: Introducing MANTRA for Research Data Management (Moved to Monday 20 November 10.30-12.00)

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.

Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data in the Sciences and Medical Sciences (Tuesday 21 November 10.00-12.00)

A workshop outlining some of the key principles to bear in mind when working with sensitive or restricted research; whether collected yourself or obtained from a third party source such as an NHS trust or Biobank data. Issues of confidentiality, informed consent, cybersecurity and data management will be covered. Examples of scenarios or concerns 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 who will lead the session. Follow up consultations with the Data librarian or other subject consultants are also offered.
Who is this session for?  All DPhil students and research staff in the Sciences and Medical Sciences

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools (Thursday 23 November 14.00-15.30)

During this introduction to citation tracking and bibliometrics we will use a range of ‘impact factor’ tools to find top journals and conferences, count citations and measure the impact of publications and researchers. We will cover Journal Citation Reports, CiteScore Journal Metrics, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Essential Science Indicators, ORCID and more and explain how to use each tool and its strengths and weaknesses.
Who is this session for? Researchers, Academics, Research Support Staff and Research Postgraduates in Sciences and Social Sciences

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 are available online at http://ox.libguides.com/workshops/handouts

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 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

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: 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

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

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.

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 iSkills: Workshops for researchers

Coming up:

Bodleian iSkills: ORCID IDs and the ‘ORCID at Oxford’ service (Monday 29th February 14.15-14.45) Week 7

ORCID iDs are unique researcher identifiers that you keep throughout your life and retain even when you move institutions.  They are increasingly important for linking researchers with their publications and grants, and are being used more and more by funders and publishers.    Find out more about how ORCID works at Oxford, and how to get an ID at this 30 minute workshop

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, research staff, academics and any University and library staff.
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library
Booking: to book a place follow click on the workshop title above.

Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data (Thursday 3rd March 10.00-12.00) Week 7

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.

Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff
Presenter: John Southall
Venue: Social Sciences Library, Manor Road
Booking: to book a place follow click on the workshop title above.

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools (Thursday 3rd March 14.00-15.30) Week 7

During this introduction to citation tracking and bibliometrics we will use a range of ‘impact factor’ tools to find top journals and conferences, count citations and measure the impact of publications and researchers. We will cover Journal Citation Reports, SCImago Journal Rank, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Essential Science Indicators, ORCID and more and explain how to use each tool and its strengths and weaknesses.

Who is this session for? Current Oxford research postgraduates, researchers, academics, University and Library staff.
Presenters: Karine Barker, Juliet Ralph, Karen Langdon
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road
Booking: to book a place follow click on the workshop title above.

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

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities: Why not follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bodleianskills or visit the Bodleian iSkills blog at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/skills/

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

 

Bodleian I-Skills: for Researchers

Bodleian iSkills: Managing Social Science Research (Tuesday 2nd February 14.00-16.00) Week 3

Good research data management is a vital component of academic practice. Part of this is the principle that the data used to develop the arguments and outcomes of your research should where possible be effectively stored, preserved and usable. This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on the work of researchers. Some of the tools in preparation to meet the requirements will be outlined as well as services that are already available. Main subjects will include: Common dangers and pitfalls of digital data; Effective organisation of your data; Getting the most from your data and producing a data management plan; Data creation and funder requirements; Preserving data, embargoes and access restrictions; Oxford based tools for research data management (RDM). This session is not only essential during your DPhil but will be invaluable if you plan to continue in the field of research as a career.

Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences
Presenter: John Southall
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright & ORA (Wednesday 3rd February 14.00-15.00) Week 3

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? All DPhil Students and Research Staff
Presenters: David Watson, Jason Partridge and Sarah Barkla
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road

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

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities: Why not follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bodleianskills or visit the Bodleian iSkills blog at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/skills/

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

Bodleian Libraries workshops week beginning 26th October – Research Data

Bodleian iSkills: Resources for your research – get managing your data off to a bodleian_iskills_web-98pixelsgood start with an introduction to MANTRA
(Friday 30th October 11.15-12.30 week 3) – MANTRA is an acclaimed online independent learning course which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management. This session will discuss research data management as an integral part of the research process and introduce Mantra.

Presenter: John Southall. >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

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities: Why not follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bodleianskills or visit the Bodleian iSkills blog at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/skills/

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