Information skills sessions for students and academics

This term there are a variety of workshops open to undergraduate students, postgraduate students, researchers and academics at Oxford University. Here are the WISER information skills courses coming up next week and some courses specifically for historians that are coming up over the  term.  Spaces on courses are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Courses specifically for Historians

RefWorksRefWorks for Historians (Fri 1 Feb 11.00-13.00) (wk 3)
RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your references, insert them into your work, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles.
Who is this session for? Any students, researchers or academics interested in using the RefWorks
Presenter: Alice Nelson
Venue: IT Room, History Faculty, Old Boys’ School, George Street > Book now

Section of Selden mapMapping for Historians (Wed 20 Feb 14.00-15.30) (wk 6)
This session will introduce you to the Bodleian’s 1.3 million maps and atlases — how to find material in the collection and use it in your research. It will also touch on the use of GIS to make your own maps to include in your written work, covered in more detail in Week 7.
Target audience: All interested graduate students
Convenor: Michael Athanson, Deputy Map Librarian, Bodleian Library
Venue: Duke Humphrey’s Reading Room, Old Bodleian Library > Book now

ArcGIS Workshop for Historians (Wed 27 Feb 14.00-17.00) (wk 7)
This practical session provides an introduction to the use of GIS in historical research and analysis. It will focus on making historical maps of study areas, using symbology (colour coding etc.) to encode historical statistics and other information and extracting geographical data from scans of historic maps.
Convenor: Michael Athanson, Deputy Map Librarian, Bodleian Library
Venue: Training Room, Radcliffe Science Library > Book now

WISERWISER Workshops in Week 3

Further details about upcoming sessions and online booking are available at or by following the links below.

Some individual workshops are designed for particular groups (for example researchers or postgraduates). Check the individual class descriptions for more details.

WISER: Finding Stuff – Journal Articles (Mon 28 Jan 9.30-10.45) (wk 3)
This session will focus on finding journal articles for your research using a wide range of databases as well as developing effective search strategies. There will be plenty of time for participants to try out their own searches using databases for their subject.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics.
Repeated: Fri 8 Feb 15.00-16.15 (week 4)
Presenters: Kerry Webb, Isabel McMann and Angela Carritt > Book Now

WISER: Finding Stuff – Conferences (Mon 28 Jan 10.45-11.45) (wk 3)
Conference papers can be difficult to find but they are valuable because they describe cutting-edge research. This session will enable you to find out about forthcoming conferences and also to locate the published papers of proceedings which have taken place.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics.
Presenters: James Shaw and Sue Bird > Book Now

WISER: Finding Stuff – Books etc on SOLO (Wed 30 Jan  14.00-15.00) (wk 3)
An introduction to SOLO for finding books, journal titles and other materials in Oxford libraries. The session will cover effective search techniques, placing hold requests for items in the stacks, reservations and using the SOLO eshelf and saved searches.
Who is this session for? All members of Oxford University and other Bodleian Libraries readers
Repeated Fri 8 Feb. 14.00-15.00 (wk 4)
Presenters: Joanne Edwards and Angela Carritt > Book Now

WISER: Finding Stuff – Theses and Dissertations (Wed 30 Jan 15.15 – 16.30) (wk 3)
Guidance on finding theses, both those submitted to and held in Oxford, and those from other institutions in the UK and abroad. It will demonstrate how to exploit some of the main sources of information : SOLO, Index to Theses (UK and Ireland); and Dissertations and Theses (International), EThOS and ORA.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics.
Presenter: Craig Finlay and Angela Carritt > Book Now

WISER: Your thesis, copyright and ORA (Fri 1 Feb 15.45 – 16.45) (wk 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 and writing their thesis so that they do not encounter problems when they deposit. DPhils are encouraged to attend this session early so that they can make sensible decisions regarding rights from the start of their research.
Who is this session for? Resarch Postgraduates who are required to write a thesis
Presenter: Catherine Goudie > Book Now

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