Courses for 2nd year Historians doing thesis research

Whether you’re still trying to settle on a topic, or already reading up on a particular area, there are a host of courses over the rest of the term that can help second year History undergraduates research their thesis topic.

Specially designed for second year undergraduate Historians
Library staff will be running two sessions in the History Faculty that are specifically aimed to help you prepare for your thesis.  Spaces on these courses are limited and booking is essential.

  • Information Skills Minimum Kit
    Wednesday 6 June (week 7), 14:00-16:00 – book online NOTE: last few spaces remaining
    Repeated Wednesday 13 June (week 8), 14:00-16:00 – book online.  This 2-hour session is designed to equip students working on their dissertation with key information skills in order to make best use of electronic information and discovery resources. A range of databases, e-journals and web portals will be explored as well as advanced features in SOLO and tools for literature searches. Hands-on practise time will be offered. Presenters: Valerie Lawrence, Verity Westgate and Alice Nelson
  • RefWorks for your Dissertation
    Friday 8 June (week 7), 10:00-11:30 – book online
    Repeated Friday 15 June (week 8), 14:00-15:30 – book online.  RefWorks is an online tool that makes it easy for students to keep track of their references and format them for inclusion in their work. This session for 2nd year History Undergraduates will give a basic introduction on how to use RefWorks for your dissertation and will highlight some of its key features. Presenter: Alice Nelson

WISER sessions

These courses are open to all members of the University and are held at OUCS on Banbury Road.

  • Online Resources for Historians Friday 1 June 14:00-15:15, (week 6) – book online.  A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods for British & W European history: bibliographical databases, biographical / reference research aids, ebooks & ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.  Presenter: Isabel Holowaty
  • Sources for US History Friday 1 June (week 6) 15:30-17:00 – book online. Introduction to key information sources for the study of colonial America & US history. Starting with finding tools to locate material, examples of source materials will then be shown including archival, microform, printed/online collections & useful web portals & audiovisual collections.  Presenter: Jane Rawson
  • WISER: Sources for Medievalists  Monday 11 June (week 8), 9:30-12:00 – book online.  General overview to a range of e-resources relevant for British & Western European medieval studies: bibliographical databases, biographical/reference tools, web portals & collections of online primary source materials of Anglo-Saxon sources, Greek/Latin texts, chronicles, charters & literary works.  Presenters:  Charlotte Goodall, Isabel Holowaty, Susan Usher, Hilla Wait

Related links: HFL Undergraduate Training | WISER homepage | History Faculty Thesis Information

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