Gale Ambassador Scheme – Deadline extended to 15th July!

The deadline for Gale’s Ambassador Scheme has been extended to Monday 15th July!

Don’t know what the Ambassador Scheme is? See our blog post here!

This is a paid opportunity to gain experience with a Global Publisher, working with such resources as the Times Digital Archive, Eighteenth-Century Collections Online and State Papers Online. Apply today at the Gale Ambassadors Site

The Gale Ambassador Scheme

Gale is a global publisher of digital archives and other library resources such as eBooks.

The Gale Ambassador Scheme might be of interest to graduates using Cengage / Gale resources (Times Digital Archive, ECCO, State Paper Online, etc) and who are in Oxford 2019-2020. It offers paid business experience with a global publisher.

Gale Ambassadors are paid £500, plus the role is also great for your CV…

  • Business experience – work directly with staff at a global publisher
  • Get published on our company blog – creating great, shareable evidence of your work
  • Run your own marketing activities – refine copy and post placement to make successful use of social media
  • Speak at subject society events and lectures – public speaking experience is always great for a CV
  • Discover more primary sources for your own essays – potentially improving your grades
  • Opportunities for in-house work experience with a global publisher

The deadline for applications is Monday 1st July.

Applications are made online at the Gale Ambassadors site.

Example blog posts of this year’s Gale Ambassadors are at:

Research Skills Toolkit for new DPhil students

penknifeAlmost 200 research students attended a free hands-on workshop at IT Services last week. They each tried out a range of tasks with library & IT tools and services to support their research and study.  Further sessions for 1st and 2nd year higher degree researchers and students will be running at the start of Hilary Term.

Watch a quick video of a workshop on Youtube.

Book now
If you missed out this term, it’s not too late to book your free place on a January workshop. The Humanities sessions are on Tues 15 and Wed 16 January 2013, 14.00-16.00 and will be held at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford.

Related Links Information skills training for History graduate students | Research Skills Toolkit | WISER workshops

Coming soon Information Fair for graduate historians

Information Fair @ Exams Schools

Wednesday 24 October 2012 (week 3) 14.30-16.30

All Oxford University History graduates are encouraged to drop in on this fair, which is conceived as a gateway to the university’s information resources.

Oxford is fortunate in having rich library and archival holdings and electronic resources. Discover where they are and meet expert archivists and librarians from the Bodleian Libraries and archives and also college libraries and archives from across Oxford.

Stalls cover a range of information including:

  • Medieval sources
  • Early modern & Modern sources
  • British & European sources
  • African & Commonwealth sources
  • Indian sources
  • US sources
  • Legal history sources
  • History of Science & Medicine
  • History of Art & Visual resources
  • College libraries & archives
  • Manuscripts & Rare books
  • Official papers
  • IT and Web 2.0 tools

And many more…

Also coming up this term

There are a variety of information skills workshops taking place this term for undergraduate and graduate students and academics.  More information about courses is available on our website at

Related Links

Contact Us | WISER workshops webpage | Information skills training webpageInformation Fair webpage | Exam Schools maps

Research Skills Toolkit for graduate researchers

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(c) Flickr: AJC1

Need to brush up on your IT and information skills?  Why not come to a Research Skills Toolkit in 8th week? These free 2 hour workshops introduce key software and online tools to streamline your research, hone your searching and information skills and provide opportunities to  meet 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

These workshops are open to Oxford graduate researchers in week 8 of Hilary Term. Please attend the session for your division or subject area.

The History session is on Wed 7th March 2.30-4.30pm and the general Humanities session is on Tues 6th March 12.00-2.00pm.

> Find out more and book your place (Oxford University members only, single sign on required).

Toolkits take place at Oxford University Computing Services and are run jointly by the Bodleian Libraries and Computing Services.

Information Skills Minimum Kit for graduates – repeated Wed. 30 Nov 2-4pm

Calling all Oxford history graduates: as the Information Skills Minimum Kit on 2 Nov was oversubscribed, a repeat has now been scheduled for Wed. 30 Nov., 2-4pm.

This 2-hour session is designed to equip history graduates 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 as well as, briefly, RefWorks, will be explored as well as advanced features in SOLO and tools for literature searches. Hands-on exercises allow you to apply these tools to your project.

There are only 18 places, so History grads are now invited to book theirs here.

British Library Postgraduate Open Days: History 4 Nov. & 10 Feb. 2012

  From the British Library:

“New PhD students from across the UK are invited to attend a specially tailored day of talks, workshops and networking opportunities at the British Library, focusing on your research subject.

Each day includes a general introduction to relevant research sources, curator talks and workshops, and details on how to get a Reader Pass. To ensure the days are accessible to research postgraduates from across the UK, students from outside London may apply for a limited number of £30 travel bursaries.

Aims of the Open Days:

  • To introduce you to the range of research materials available in the British Library
  • To offer special curator sessions and workshops in a range of topics
  • To show you how to access the catalogues, and carry out bibliographic research on your topic
  • To introduce you to specialist curators at the Library
  • To give you an opportunity to network with postgraduate students from other universities across the UK
  • The day will contribute to national subject-specific and generic research skills training

Due to high demand, places are limited to first-year PhD students. The days are extremely popular so please let us know if you are unable to attend; we will contact your university if you do not inform us in advance.”

History: Medieval to 18th Century – 4 November 2011

History: 19th – 21st Century – 10 February 2012

Times: 10.30 – 16.00
Location: British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
Price: Free, lunch included

Book a place.

New graduates: information skills training

Welcome also to all new history graduates!

An extensive schedule of information skills training courses has been laid on for you this term to help you navigate the vast and complex world of information.

Sessions start with basic inductions and tours and move then to introduce you to archivists and specialists, database training, managing your citations and knowing about copyright.

Check out the programme and book early where booking is needed.

The History Faculty Library and Bodleian Library will usually be the most important libraries for you to use. You can contact staff, including the History Librarian, many different ways.

Finally, to keep up with news, follow @HFLOxford on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Enjoy your course and Oxford!