Skills sessions in weeks 7 and 8

Open Access session for historians

open accessOpen Access for historians (Wed 5 June, 13.00-14.00) (wk 7)
If you are an RCUK-funded academic, researcher or student, or are research support staff or an administrator then you will need to know about the recent changes to Open Access (OA). Aimed at historians, this informal session will outline the key open access issues, Gold vs Green routes, publishers’ policies of key history journals, sources of information and support.  No booking is required.

Convenor: Isabel Holowaty (email
Venue: Rees Davies Room, History Faculty

WISERWISER Information Skills sessions

WISER: Electronic resources in Theology and Philosophy (Wed 5 June 14.00-15.30) (wk 7) – This presentation is especially suitable for undergraduates preparing to work on a thesis or extended essays. It will also serve as a refresher, for all levels of study and research, covering Bibliographical databases, Primary texts and Bible studies, and will include new databases such as 20th Century Theologians.
Venue:  Graduate Training Room,  Radcliffe Humanities.
Presenters:  Hilla Wait > Book now

WISER: Information Sources for African Studies (Fri 7 Jun 9.15-10.45) (wk 7) – This session will cover finding tools for locating African Studies materials, key portals and gateways for African Studies and online archives of primary texts. Starting with a presentation the session will also include time for participants to try out some of the resources demonstrated.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.
Presenters: Lucy McCann and Sarah Rhodes > Book Now

WISER: Alternatives to Google Reader (Fri 7 Jun 11.00-12.15) (wk 7) – Google is closing its popular feed reader, Google Reader on 1 July.  This session will show case alternative RSS feed readers and advise on transferring your favourite feeds with minimum effort.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.
Presenters: Jane Rawson and Angela Carritt > Book Now

WISER: Sources for Medievalists (Wed 12 June 14.00-16.00) (wk 8) – This interdisciplinary session will provide a general overview of  e-resources relevant for British and Western European medieval studies. It will cover bibliographical databases, biographical and reference tools, web portals and collections of online primary source materials including Anglo-Saxon sources, Greek/Latin texts, chronicles, charters and literary works.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Hilla Wait, Charlotte Goodall, Sue Usher, Eva Oledzka > Book Now

WISER: Mendeley for Reference Management (Fri 14 Jun10.15-12.15) (wk 8) – Mendeley is a relatively new reference management tool and one which is receiving a great deal of extremely positive feedback. It does all the things that traditional reference management packages do (for example allowing you to build up a database of citations and insert them into word processed documents) but also has collaborative features for researchers.   This session will be of interest to anyone looking for an alternative to Endnote and RefWorks as well as those who are new to reference management.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.
Presenter: Oliver Bridle  > Book Now

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