Social media for researchers: 23 Things for Research 2014 kicks off 6 October

[re-blogged from 23 Things for Research blog.]

The award-winning 23 Things for Research is back for 2014! The programme is a self-directed course that aims to expose you to a range of digital tools that could help you in your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student or in another role. Find out more about 23 Things and discover what will be covered during the 10 weeks of the programme, and register online to get started. We kick off in 0th Week (6 October); once the programme is running, check the 23 Things blog every week to find out more about that week’s activities and read guest posts from experts on digital tools.

23 things is part of the University of Oxford’s Engage programme, which focuses on digital technologies for public engagement, knowledge exchange and impact. Issues of public engagement and demonstrating how work within Higher Education can have a beneficial impact on society have become increasingly important within the University. Online and digital technologies can play an important and exciting role in engagement activities, enabling you to reach, interact, and work collaboratively with your audiences. This site has been created to offer practical advice, share exemplars, and provide information on training, workshops and events that can support you in exploring the application of IT for impact.

23 Things: self-directed online course using digital web 2.0 tools

Do you want to learn how to use some Web 2.0 tools, such as blogging, twitter, RSS feeds, LinkedIn, Flickr, Dropbox? Look no further than 23 Things which is taking place this Michaelmas Term. Simple sign up and get started.

“23 Things is a self-directed course, run as part of the Engage programme, that aims to expose you to a range of digital tools that could help you in your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student or in another role.

Who is it for?
The programme is open to all members of the University of Oxford, regardless of their position or status (staff, student, full time, part time, etc.). If you are not a member of the University, you are very welcome to participate in the programme, but you may not be eligible for support.

If you’re already an experienced social media and digital tool user, don’t worry! The ‘things’ cater for different different levels of engagement, so you may find ways to take your digital communications even further.

How does it work?
To take part, you’ll need to set up your own blog (don’t worry – we’ll cover that right in the first week). You can then register your blog with us (we’ll explain that too) and use it to post reflections on the Things and your participation. If you already have a blog, you’re welcome to use that to participate instead.”

For more about the course, see All about 23 Things.

History buffs needed to edit wikipedia for a day

wikiThe Bodleian Libraries are organising a Wikipedia ‘editathon’ focusing on the Queen Victoria’s Journals online resource (  The Bodleian has worked in partnership with the Royal Archives and ProQuest to deliver online all surviving versions of Queen Victoria’s diaries, which detail household and family matters, affairs of state, meetings with various eminent figures, and her reactions to both public and personal events.

The resource will be freely available worldwide for a limited period to coincide with the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birthday on 24 May.  The Bodleian is hosting an editing session in Oxford, bringing together contributors while also encouraging virtual editing for those outside the city. The session is intended to improve Wikipedia coverage of individuals and events mentioned by Queen Victoria in her journals.  The afternoon will include a short talk and tour through the online resource from the Queen Victoria’s Journals project staff.

To sign up and get more details please visit
https://en.wikipedia.or/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_University_of_Oxford/QueenVictoriasJournals ,
email or contact Suzanne de la Rosa, Head of Communications, at 01865 287398.

Social media for historians – presentation slides now available

The slides for yesterday’s workshop on Social Media for Historians have now been Social media for historians - presentation coveruploaded to the HFL  Presentations page as well as the HFL WebLearn site (Oxford users only).

The session gave an overview of the range of social media tools available and shows examples used by other historians.

Social media is all about creating a digital identity by sharing and engaging with others in your field. It needs to handled responsibly and carefully. Think about copyright and think about keeping your private profile perhaps separate to a professional one.

With social media tools such as Twitter, blogging and, you can…

  • communicate with like-minded people in brief little snippets (Twitter), or write down your thoughts or views in something more substantial (blog – more about blogs).
  • keep up-to-date with news from individuals or organisations (libraries, museums, research groups, Universities).
  • participate in conference off-stage discussions
  • network and perhaps even find a job.
  • furthermore, (academic Facebook) allows you to create your online research profile, where your subject interest is supported by publishing or conference activity, etc.

Thumbs up - social media toolsWith tools such as YouTube, Flickr and Instagram, you can share video clips or your photos (of a research project ? trip?) with others.

With Slideshare and Prezi, you can share a presentation.

With tools such as LibraryThing or Goodreads, you can share with others what books you are reading, write and see reviews.

Use Storify to assemble tweets and other information from the web and turn it into a narrative.

Further reading

Can I communicate with the HFL with social media?

Yes, you can! Follow this blog by signing up to the mailing list, follow us on Twitter (@HFLOxford) or like us on Facebook (HFLOxford).


If you are thinking of using social media and would like a little helping hand, we may be able to help. Get in touch with Isabel Holowaty (@iholowaty).

Courses coming up this week and next week

original image Simon Bentley

original image Simon Bentley

There are lots of courses coming up this term to help historians get the best out of the resources available at Oxford.

Week 1 (this week)

Social Media for Historians: effective online communication & career development (Wed 24 April 14.00-15.30) (wk 1)
This 1.5 hr course will demonstrate the range of social media tools which are increasingly used by individual historians, learned societies, libraries, to communicate and share information and research. The key tools which will be shown are: blogs, Twitter,, Flickr, Delicious. They are also increasingly used to maintain an online profile and for networking. The session will show examples of other historians, allow for group discussion and practical play time. > Book now
Course leader: Isabel Holowaty
Venue: IT Room, History Faculty

Week 2 (next week)

During week 2 Bodleian Libraries will be running workshops on RefWorks and on finding a range of scholarly materials including journal articles, conference papers, theses and dissertations and library materials on SOLO.

WISER: Finding stuff – Journal Articles (Monday 29 Apr 9.45-11.15) – an introduction to finding journal articles to support your research and learning. We will focus on searching for articles by subject and keyword and will cover sophisticated bibliographic databases and journal indexes as well as more basic search engines such as the SOLO ‘Journal Articles’ services.    The session will include  time for you to practice using a scholarly database in your subject area.   This session is designed for Oxford postgraduates and researchers but is open to all members of Bodleian Libraries.    Please book your place at

WISER: Finding Stuff – Conferences (Monday 29 Apr 11.15-12.15) – ever had difficulty tracking down a conference paper?  This session introduces the  secret art of tracking down conference  proceedings and papers.    In addition we will introduce tools for keeping up to date with up and coming conferences in your research area.  This session is designed for Oxford postgraduates and researchers but is open to all members of Bodleian Libraries. Please book your place at

RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Wednesday 1 May 2.00-5.30) introduces the main features of RefWorks including:adding references to RefWorks from a range of databases and online resources, inserting references into Word documents, formatting (and reformatting) references using citation styles and creating bibliographies.  The sessions include plenty of opportunities for participants to use RefWorks.  This session is designed for all members of Oxford University with an interest in reference management. Please book your place at

WISER: Finding stuff – books etc on SOLO (Friday 3 May 9.30-10.30) – introduces SOLO for searching Oxford Libraries and effective ways of using SOLO to find books, journal titles and other library materials in print and online.  The workshop will also cover placing “hold requests” for materials in the  bookstacks, how to use your SOLO “MyAccount” for book renewals and other administration and using  the SOLO e-shelf and alerts.  We will also talk about the new Electronic Legal Deposit service.  This session is designed for all Oxford Libraries readers.  Please book your place online at

WISER: Finding Stuff – Theses and Dissertations (Friday 3 May 10.45 – 12.15) – An introduction to finding theses in Oxford and from Universities around the World. The session will cover SOLO for theses, EThOS and Proquest’s Dissertations and Theses.  This session is designed for Oxford postgraduates and researchers but is open to all members of Bodleian Libraries. Please book your place at

New Online Guides

LibGuides – Bodleian Libraries have published new guides on “South Asian Studies” ( and “Creative Writing for Continuing Education (

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