Student representatives on the History Committee for Library Provision

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Each year student representatives are chosed to represent students on the History Committee for Library Provision (COLP).  The representatives liaise with the library management, concerning the key issues and questions you have about library provision for Oxford University historians.  The representatives are currently:

Rachel Butler (Worcester College)
Emmanuella Kwenorty (St Catherine’s College)

Rouven Kunstmann (St Antony’s College)
Katherine Allen (Wolfson College)

For more information about the selection process visit our StudentZone webpage.  For details about the Committee, including it’s membership, visit our Library Management webpage.  The next COLP meeting will be on 12 February 2013.

Related Links Contact Us | Library Management | Student Zone | COLP papers on WebLearn (single sign on required)

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

WISER courses in Week 6

Next week Bodleian Libraries will be running workshops on searching online news sources, finding and manipulating academic e-books and using e-book readers.

WISER: E-Books (Tuesday 13 November 2.00 – 3.00) (wk 6) 
This session will introduce Oxford’s collection of e-books, helping you not only to successfully locate e-books but also to manipulate them and make the most of their functionality.
Who is this session for? All members of Oxford University.   Presenters:  Hilla Wait and Jo Gardner.  > Book Now

WISER: E-Book Readers (Tuesday 13 November 3.15 – 4.15) (wk 6)
How useful are e-book readers in academic work? Can they be used for accessing library materials? What are the features to look out for when considering purchase? These and similar questions will be considered with reference to the i-Pad, the Amazon Kindle and Sony Touch e-readers and smart phones.
Who is this session for? All members of Oxford University and other Bodleian Libraries readers  Presenters:  Hilla Wait and Jo Gardner > Book now

WISER: Searching online news sources (Fri 16 Nov 10.15 – 12.15) (wk 6)
News sources are primary resources for researching contemporary political and social issues. This session will provide an overview of the key resources and hands-on exercises with databases such as Nexis UK, Factiva, and Proquest.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics.    Presenter: Mark Janes > Book Now

Research Skills Toolkit
An introduction to 10 key IT and information tools and skills for research students in a hands on workshop run jointly by IT Services and Bodleian Libraries. Sample topics include: reference management, keeping up to date, finding articles and papers, Excel pivot tables, finding and managing images,  podcasting, Word for your thesis and measuring research impact.    Who is this session for? Postgraduates.  Historians’ session is Tues 27 Nov 10am-12  >  Check dates for your subject and book your place

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities
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Not a member of Oxford University?
If you are not a current member of Oxford University but would like to attend a workshop please contact Please quote your Bodleian readers card barcode number.

Questions? – Please contact

Related Links WISER webpage | HFL training webpage

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 sessions for postgrads this week

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 for your research, hone your searching and information skills and introduce you to subject specialists.   The Research Skills Toolkit is open to postgraduate students at Oxford University only. >  Find out more and book ( Oxford university students only, requires Single Sign On).

There are still places available on the following sessions:

  • Humanities (general) – Tuesday 6 March 12.00-14.00
  • History – Wednesday 7 March 14.30-16.30

Research Skills Toolkit for graduate researchers

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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.

British Library Postgraduate training day: 9 February – Medieval to 18th century

The next BL Postgraduate Training day is on 9 February for those studying Medieval to 18th century.

The aims of the training day are:

  • 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

Booking can be done online at Note that these popular courses book up very fast.