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 ox.libguides.com/workshops 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

Related Links WISER Workshops LibGuide | Maps LibGuide | Bodleian History Faculty Library Training webpage | Reference Management LibGuide | Contact Us

History Faculty EndNote Style

EndNote LibGuide

EndNote style file shared by user
An EndNote user at the University of Oxford has created a draft EndNote style that meets the style conventions of the History Faculty and made it available to share via the Oxford University IT department.

This is a draft file and has not been created by the Faculty itself.  If you use this style, please ensure that you meet the conventions for your course and consult your supervisor/tutor if you have any questions about the citation and bibliography formats.

An explanation of the EndNote style and the style file to download and add to EndNote is available from portfolio.it.ox.ac.uk/resource/article/endnote-output-style-history-oxford-university/x6

EndNote training courses
Various courses on how to use EndNote run termly – further details of  courses are available on the University’s IT website: courses.it.ox.ac.uk

Related Links EndNote LibGuide | Managing Your References LibGuide

RefWorks History Faculty style updates

RefWorks have recently introduced a new version of their Write-N-Cite (WNC) plug in. WNC for Windows integrates as a tab in the Word 2007 and 2010 and has been installed on Bodleian Libraries reader PCs and IT Services PCs.  This new style requires a slightly updated version of the History Faculty, Oxford – Notes & Bib. (beta) style.  The same bibliographical information is required when adding references and generating bibliographies, however there is a small formatting alteration to the notes layout to ensure that specific page numbers can be referenced in the new version WNC.

Example citation

For RefWorks users creating bibliographies only

For users creating bibliographies only via the main RefWorks website, the History Faculty, Oxford – Bibliography only (beta) style continues unchanged and should still appear in your favourite styles list.

For RefWorks users creating footnotes and bibliographies using Write-N-Cite III [old version]

When using the older Write-N-Cite III plug in to format footnotes and create a bibliography in a word processing document, use the style History Faculty, Oxford – Notes & Bib. (for WNC III).  This is the notes and bib style that was originally created by the Faculty.  To ensure this style is available to select in Write-N-Cite, log into your RefWorks account and add this style to your list of Favourite Styles using the Output Style Manager function.

For RefWorks users creating footnotes and bibliographies using Write-N-Cite for Windows [new version]

When using the newest version of the Write-N-Cite plug in to format footnotes and create a bibliography in a MS Word document, use the style History Faculty, Oxford – Notes & Bib. (beta). This style is an updated version of the original style, which omits the start and end page information at the end of the footnote reference.  This allows you to add the specific page reference information using the suffix box in the Insert/Edit Citation function.  To ensure this style is available to select in Write-N-Cite, log into your RefWorks account and add this style to your list of Favourite Styles using the Output Style Manager function.

Screenshot of Output Style Manager

More information and help

For more information about using RefWorks, please use the RefWorks help section within RefWorks or their tutorial videos on YouTube.  For questions or assistance on using the History Faculty styles, please contact bethan.jenkins@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Related Links
RefWorks homepage | Bodleian Libraries RefWorks information page | RefWorks Citation Management LibGuide

WISER Sessions in Week 7

Bodleian Libraries will be running the following workshops during week 7:

WISER: Bibliometrics I – Who’s citing you? [Wednesday 6 June 14.00 – 15.00] – An introduction to citation tracking as a tool for finding out who has cited your work. We will cover citation tracking using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar and will include time for you to use each tool to find citations to your own work. Presenters:  Juliet Ralph and Karine Barker > Please book your place online

WISER: Bibliometrics II – Tools of the trade [Wednesday 6 June 15.15 – 16.15] – Following on from “Bibliometrics I – Who’s citing you?”  this class focuses on using Web of Science and Scopus to calculate research impact in the Sciences and Social Sciences.  We will cover calculating h-indexes, finding the most highly cited journals and discovering hot papers and authors.  In addition we will look at measuring the research output of institutions and countries. Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Angela Carritt >Please book your place online

WISER: Tech Tools – Reference Management [Friday 8 June 14.00 – 17.00] – Keeping track of your references and formatting them correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it much easier and is worth investigating. This introductory session gives an overview of how it works and the pros and cons of RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley. Presenters: Ljilja Ristic, Ollie Bridle and Angela Carritt.  > Please book your place online.

Bodleian Libraries workshops–  Check http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops for the full WISER programme and for details of other training opportunities offered by Bodleian Libraries.     Why not follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oxwiser,  visit the BodWiser blog at http://bodwiser.wordpress.com or join our mailling list by sending an empty email to wiser-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk

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 usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Please quote your Bodleian readers card barcode number.

If you have any questions please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

WISER courses in week 4

Bodleian Libraries will be running the following workshops during week 4:      

ARTstor and Bridgeman: Using images in teaching and learning [Tuesday 15 May 14:00-16:00] – This workshops covers two major digital image collections subscribed to by the University – ARTstor and Bridgeman Education – geared to research and teaching in the humanities, history of science and medicine, and social sciences.  The session will cover searching, viewing, presenting and managing images.    Presenters:  Clare Hills-Nova and Vicky Brown.  > Book your place

WISER: Getting information to come to you [Wednesday 16 May 14.00 – 15.30] – How to keep abreast of new publications and papers in your research area, research news and opportunities using RSS feeds and email alerts. The session will include a demonstration and time to set up an RSS reader or email notifications.  Presenters: Jane Rawson and Penny Schenk.  >Book your place.

WISER: Manuscripts [Wednesday 16 May 15.30 – 17.00] – An overview of the rich heritage collections preserved in the Bodleian. This session will also help readers to locate relevant material and describe the procedures for access and getting assistance.  Presenter: Mike Webb. > Book your place

RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences [Friday 18 May 14.00 – 17.00] – 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. This introduction is open to all but the section on importing references will focus on Science/Social Science examples. Presenters: Nia Roberts and Shona MacLean > Book your place

Bodleian Libraries workshops–  Check http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops for the full WISER programme and for details of other training opportunities offered by Bodleian Libraries.     Why not follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oxwiser,  visit the BodWiser blog at http://bodwiser.wordpress.com/ or join our mailling list by sending an empty email to wiser-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk

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 usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Please quote your Bodleian readers card barcode number.

If you have any questions please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

RefWorks switching to RefWorks 2.0 this Sat 29 October

When you log on to RefWorks from this Saturday onwards you will see the new RefWorks 2.0 interface.  If you’re in a rush and you don’t have time to get to grips with the new interface you can switch back by clicking “RefWorks Classic” at the top of the screen.

However, you’ll need to find time for the new interface at some point, as “RefWorks Classic” is likely to be withdrawn in early 2012.  Don’t worry – although RefWorks 2.0 has a smart new interface and some new features – the functionality remains very much the same as in “RefWorks Classic”. From BODWiser blog.

Forthcoming course: RefWorks for Humanities, Friday 25 November 9.15 – 12.15pm. OUCS. Book here.

WISER sessions: Getting information to come to you and Reference Management

WISER: Getting information to come to you  (Wednesday 15 June 3.30 – 5.00pm)

Keeping up to date with the latest research, publications, announcements and other news is an essential but time consuming task.   This session will cover setting up RSS and/or email alerts to  journals, databases and websites so that new information comes to you quickly  and easily. There will be opportunities to set up feed readers and/or email notifications during the workshop. 

Book your place online at http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/itlp/courses/detail/TZD20

WISER: Technology Tools – Reference Management (Thursday 16 June 2.00 – 5.00pm)

Keeping track of your references and formatting them correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easy and is well worth investigating. This introductory session gives an overview of how it works and the pros and cons of RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero & Mendeley.

Book your place online at http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/itlp/courses/detail/TZW6