Refworks: problems with footnoting styles

Over the summer we have become aware of problems with footnoting styles – styles most commonly used in the History Faculty – in New RefWorks Write’n’Cite (Windows) and Citation Manager (Mac). Legacy RefWorks users should not be affected.

RefWorks Write N Cite plug in for all versions of Word for Windows (plus versions of Word for Mac prior to 2016)
There was a bug which caused Word to crash when you used RefWorks to insert a footnote containing a URL which has now been fixed. RefWorks users will need to download a new version of ‘Write N Cite’ to apply the fix. To do this log into RefWorks on the web and choose Tools / Cites in Word and then choose the correct plug in for Word.  You may already have been prompted to do this when you opened Word. You must update to the newest versions of Write N Cite to avoid problems.

RefWorks Citation Manager for Word for Mac 2016/2017

Those using Word for Mac 2016/17 need to use the RefWorks Citation Manager instead of RefWorks Write N Cite. Unfortunately, the Citation Manager sometimes inserts bit of code into footnote citations. This seems to affect citations such as book chapters where the footnote points to a source within another source (e.g. Jones ‘book chapter’ in Smith, Book Title….). At the point where the ‘in’ occurs the code < BR > is inserted. This makes the citation manager difficult for footnote users who are citing lots of book chapters. The problem does not affect author-date style citations. If you are encountering this problem, but want to continue to use RefWorks, when you have finished their document you should choose “remove field codes”. This permanently divorces the document from Refworks and they will then be able to manually delete the < BR > from citations. However, once you have removed field codes you will not be able to add more citations to the document or use any other Refworks functions within it. It is therefore advisable to save a new version of the document before removing field codes in case you subsequently want to add or edit citations. Removing field codes should be the last thing you do before finishing a document.

Users who have Word for Windows should use Write N Cite in preference to Citation Manager. Mac users with Word 2016 or 17 will need to use Citation Manager.

We are continuing to work with RefWorks to find solutions to these issues as a matter of priority, and hope that a solution will be available soon. If you are experiencing any difficulties, please email the Reference Management Team at reference-management@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Information on RefWorks can be found on the Reference Management LibGuide

2nd years – more training available in TT!

Working towards your 2nd year thesis? There are still a few more training sessions left in Trinity Term to prepare you for researching over the Long Vacation…

Referencing: Choosing and Using software

Wednesday 24 May 14.00-17.00

Location: 13 Banbury Road, Isis Room

Formatting your in text citations, footnotes and bibliography correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easier and saves you time. This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the pros and cons of a wide range of software packages and gives you the opportunity to try out five different packages (RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley and Papers) so that you can work out which one is best for you.

Objectives:

  • Understand how reference management software works and what it does
    • Understand the pros and cons of a range of reference management packages
    • Add, edit and organise references using a number of different tools
    • Add citations to documents and create bibliographies using a number of different tools
    • Make an informed decision about which reference management package works best for you

>Book a place 

Sources for Medievalists
Tuesday 30 May 14.00-16.15

Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Windrush Room

Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Hilla Wait, Eva Oledska, Charlotte Goodall, Helen Scott

A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods for British and W European history: bibliographical databases, biographical / reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.

Subjects to be covered include:

• Bibliographical databases
• Bibliographical / reference research aids
• E-books and e-journals
• Web portals
• Collections of online primary source materials

> Book a place

Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-20th centuries
Wednesday 7 June 09.30-12.30
Location: SSL, Information Skills Training Room
Presenters: Angela Carritt and Isabel Holowaty

Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching, not only news but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.

Subjects to be covered include:

  • The value of newspapers in research
  • The difficulties of using newspapers in research and effective search techniques
  • Using a range of sources for searching and reading historical newspapers
  • Using a range of sources for searching and using historical audio-visual news sources
  • Using a range of sources for searching and reading contemporary newspapers

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Bodleian iSkills Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? 27 July 2-3pm

Through the summer vacation Bodleian Libraries is continuing to run its monthly session on Open Access at Oxford. Please book online by following the title link.

Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? (Tuesday 27th July 14:00-15:00)

open accessA briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position including REF requirements for Open Access and ‘Act on Acceptance’; Green vs. Gold open access options; funder mandates and publisher policies; Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic and the OA website/ helpline.

Who is this session for? Oxford University Research support staff, administrators and librarians, researchers and academics.
Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Kate Beeby
Venue: Training Room, Radcliffe Science Library

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/.

Questions? – Please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

InfoSkills workshops in 3rd week for 2nd year Undergraduate Historians

Bodleian iSkills logoIn Week 3 of Trinity Term, the HFL and Bodleian Libraries will be running the following sessions, many of which are relevant for 2nd year UGs working towards their thesis. Please follow links to book online:

Research Skills for your Thesis [reserved for 2nd year UGs]
This 2-hour session is designed to equip students working on their dissertation with the 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.
Week 3: Wednesday 11th May, 2-4pm
Presenters: R D’Arcy-Brown, B Jenkins

> Book a Place (SSO required) [currently fully booked, but definitely worth signing up to the waiting list.]

1-1 with History Librarian
Thurs. 12 May, 11.30-12.30pm – Sign me up
If you would like a one-to-one session to get help any aspect of library resources and tools (SOLO, databases, ejournals, etc.) and generally get advice and tips for locating sources for British and Western European history, then sign up for a 1-1 session with Isabel Holowaty.

Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for Historians (Tuesday 10th May 09:30-10:45) – Book a place
A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods of British and W European history: bibliographical databases, biographical / reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Isabel Holowaty
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US History (Tuesday 10th May 11:00-12:30) – Book a place
Introduction to key information sources for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online (such as early printed books, US newspapers and US government papers), as well as guidance on locating material for your research.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Jane Rawson
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road

Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th to 21st century (Wednesday 11th May 10:30-12:00) – Book a place
Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching not only news, but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.
Who is the session for? Students, researchers and anyone else who is interested.
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Angela Carritt
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Thursday 12th May 09:30-12:30; repeated 2nd June) (also repeated Week 6) – Book a place
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 & Cathy Scutt.
Venue: Social Science Library, IT Room Ground Floor

Referencing: Zotero (Friday 13th May 9:15-12:15) – Book a place
Zotero is a reference management package that enables you to build libraries of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents. This introduction covers the main features of Zotero.
Presenter: Erika Delbecque
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Keep up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities: Why not follow them on Twitter or visit the Bodleian iSkills blog

Places still available for 2nd year Historians’ Research Skills Course

Places are still available for 2nd year Historians on the Research Skills for your Thesis course!

Are you preparing for researching your thesis over the summer months? Get a head start on the skills you need to make the best use of your time!

This 2-hour session is designed to equip students working on their dissertation with the 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.
Week 1: Wednesday 27th April, 2-4pm
Week 3: Wednesday 11th May, 2-4pm [REPEAT]
Venue: RSL Training Room
Presenters: R D’Arcy-Brown, B Jenkins
> Book a Place (SSO required)

Primary Sources Online with Adam Matthew Digital – Monday 7th March

Eighteenth-Century Journals OnlineJoin us on Monday 7th March (8th week) at the Colin Matthews Room of the History Faculty on George Street for two sessions from Tom Derrick of primary source publisher Adam Matthew Digital exploring the wide range of resources available to Oxford University staff and students.

The first session (11.30-12.30) will look at resources relating to Early Modern studies, focusing particularly on three key collections: Empire Online, Eighteenth Century Journals, London Low Lifeand Defining Gender.

The afternoon session (13.20-14.20) will be on resources for Modern studies, particularly Mass Observation Online, First World War, and London Low Life.

Live demonstrations in both sessions will provide an overview of the content, key features and functionality, and show ways in which they can be integrated within instructional programs and research.

A buffet lunch will be provided; no booking is necessary though please contact isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk if you intend to also join for lunch.

Please bring your laptop for hands-on time.

Refworks for Historians course Monday 2nd week

Refworks headerNext week sees the return of one of our most popular courses! Refworks for Historians is a two-hour course held at the History Faculty, George St., from 2pm on Monday of 2nd week (26 Jan).  This course will introduce you to one of the most popular reference management software packages, which can help you turn a notepad full of scribbled references into neat footnotes and bibliographies, formatted into numerous styles at the click of a mouse. There will be a particular focus on using Refworks in conjunction with the History Faculty style guide.

This will be a useful course for anyone from 2nd year undergraduates beginning to think about their Theses, to DPhil and Masters’ students trying to get a handle on an ever-growing number of footnotes. Places are limited, but there are still spaces available via the History Faculty Library Weblearn site (SSO required).

Training Opportunities in Hilary Term

The History Faculty Library and the Bodleian Libraries have a packed timetable of training sessions in Hilary Term to help Researchers and Undergraduates make the most of Library Resources in Oxford. Aside from highlighting some of the key resources available locally, these sessions will also provide opportunities for refreshing and upgrading information searching skills. There will be chances to explore databases, e-journals and web portals, along with advanced searching in SOLO and the benefits of using reference managing databases such as RefWorks to help you with your citations during dissertation research. Staff will be on hand to provide step-by-step demonstrations as well as hands-on time in most sessions.

Skills toolkit-bannerHighlights include:

  • Research Skills Toolkit
    Need to brush up on your IT and information skills for research?  Why not come to a Research Skills Toolkit? These free 2-hour workshops introduce key software and online tools for your research, hone your searching and information skills and introduce you to subject specialists. Topics on offer include:

    • Finding articles, papers, conferences and theses
    • Keeping up to date and current awareness
    • Using Endnote to manage your references
    • Manipulating images using Gimp
    • Managing your thesis with word
    • Analyzising data with Excel pivot tables
    • Podcasting with Audacity
    • Plagiarism and how to avoid it
    • Your thesis, copyright and ORA
    • Finding highly cited journals and measuring research impact
  • RefWorks Referencing Software for Historians
  • RefWorks Referencing Software for HumanitiesBodleian iSkills logo
    RefWorks is 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.
    Other referencing software courses are available – please see the iSkills workshop timetable for further details.
  • Getting started with Oxford’s Libraries
    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.
  • Getting Information to come to you
    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.
  • Researchers will also benefit from briefings on Act on Acceptance open accessas part of moves towards Open Access – more information can be found here.
  • Expert, personalised help can be accessed in the form of bookable Isabel Holowatyone-to-one sessions with the History Librarian, Isabel Holowaty. These are running throughout Hilary Term; dates and sign-ups can be found here.

This is just a brief taster of the wide range of courses available to our readers at any stage of their studies. Further details can be found on the iSkills Libguide pages, and History-specific courses can be found on the Training pages of the History Faculty Library website.

Library staff look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to the wide range of resources on offer in Oxford.

HFL Undergraduate Training

Act on Acceptance and Open Access – briefing sessions for postholders

AOA-deposit-buttonPublishing Oxford historians are invited to attend briefing sessions this term which are designed to update you on the HEFCE policy for the next REF and what you need to do in order to make your research output compliant. Learn about the Oxford University’s Act on Acceptance campaign and how to deposit your journal articles and conference proceedings in Symplectic.

Briefing sessions for Faculty postholders with the History Librarian

Mon. 23 Nov. 12.30-1.30pm, Rees Davies Room, History Faculty
Thurs. 26 Nov. 12.00-1.00pm, Colin Matthew Room, History Faculty

No need to sign up but bring along a laptop for some playtime if you can.

oao-header-bannerBodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?

Monday 30th November  12:00-13:00 (Week 8)

Another chance to attend the briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position. During the session we will cover “Green” and “Gold” routes to open access; funder mandates and publisher policies; the Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; the HEFCE policy on open access and how to get help via the Open Access web site and helpline.

Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Hilla Wait
Venue:  Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road

> Book a place

Entering and exiting the RadCam – video

The Radcliffe Camera is so beautiful and famous that many tourists and members of the public, quite understandably, want to come in and take a look. As it’s a working library, however, access is restricted to registered readers only. This means that our readers will have to swipe themselves into the library – twice!

Here is a little 60 second video explaining how this is done.

Entering & exiting the RadCam - 60sec video - IH

Click to start video. Turn on sound to hear the jaunty tune – but not if you are in a reading room!

Tourists and other visitors are invited to book themselves on a tour if they want to see the inside of the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera. You can also catch a glimpse inside the historic Radcliffe Camera with this 360-degree panorama:

RadCam 360 degree - snapshot

We also have some more photos on our Flickr pages.

If you yourself are a member of the University and want to take a guest in, then I’m afraid you can only show them then even more beautiful Duke Humfrey’s Library, Old Bodleian. You will need to get a visitor pass of your guest(s) from the Bodleian Admissions Office, Weston Library.

And if anybody wants to join the library as a reader, then you are more than welcome to do so. Please also see the Bodleian Admissions Office website for more information.