Please clear your desk when you leave the library!

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As it is a busy exam term, where pressure on seats is high, we are trialling a new policy of asking readers to clear their desks when they leave the library for a break of more than an hour or at the end of the day.  This should make it easier for other readers to find a seat when they arrive.

Please note that:

  • open shelf material should be placed on the shelving trollies in the  reading rooms
  • stack material should be returned to its collection point to be retained for future use; any stack material left on trollies or desks at the end of the day will be returned to storage
  • you should not leave your personal belongings unattended if taking a break of less than an hour

Trinity Term training opportunities for 2nd year historians: book your places now!

Do you have right research and information skills for your undergraduate thesis? Let the libraries help you on your way!

Second year undergraduate historians currently working towards their theses are encouraged to attend the following training sessions for Trinity Term. They will provide you with valuable information and support which will stand you in good stead for your research, now and in the future.

The programme on offer aims to help you with locating and utilising a variety of source materials, whilst equipping you with knowledge on some of the key research tools available. Workshops are available run by History Faculty Library staff as well as by our other colleagues in the Bodleian iSkills strand; the schedule includes training on subjects such as:

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.

Further details and booking information can be found via the HFL website.

HFL Undergraduate Training

Can’t come to a course?

The handouts and slides of sessions will be made available on HFL WebLearn > Guides & presentations.

Need specialist help?

Isabel Holowaty, Bodleian History Librarian is happy to discuss what sources and literature searching tools are best suited to anybody studying British and Western European history. Email her at isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk to arrange a one-to-one session.

If you are studying history outside Britain and Western Europe, you can find your subject specialist here.

Do you have the right language skills for your chosen subject? 

The Language Centre has a lot to offer for historians wishing to upgrade their language skills or simply to start learning a language. More on this.

Calling Oxford UGs: deadline for Oxford Junior Kirkaldy Prize of £300 is 20 June

Undergraduate Prize in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Undergraduate students at the University of Oxford are encouraged to submit an essay (10,000 – 15,000 words) on any topic concerning the history of science, technology, and medicine, for the Oxford Junior Kirkaldy Prize of £300.

Essays must be submitted by Friday, week 8 of Trinity Term, emailed to kirkaldy@history.ox.ac.uk.

Further details can be found at http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/kirkaldy.html.

Trinity Term training opportunities for 2nd year historians: book your places now!

Working on your thesis? Do you have right research and information skills? Do you need to brush up your Français?

Second year undergraduate historians currently working towards their theses are encouraged to attend newly announced training sessions for Trinity Term. They will provide you with valuable information and support sure to stand you in good stead for your research.

The programme on offer aims to help you with locating and utilising a variety of source materials, whilst equipping you with knowledge on some of the key research tools available. Workshops scheduled include:

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 searches in SOLO and the benefits of using RefWorks to manage your citations during dissertation research. Staff will be on hand to provide step-by-step demonstrations, with opportunities for putting theory into practice also provided.

For further details on these workshops, along with booking information, please visit the HFL website.

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Can’t come to a course?

The handouts and slides of sessions will be made available on HFL WebLearn > Guides & presentations.

Need specialist help?

Isabel Holowaty, Bodleian History Librarian is happy to discuss what sources and literature searching tools are best suited to anybody studying British and Western European history. Email her at isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk to arrange a 1:1.

If you are studying history outside Britain and West Europe, find your subject specialist here.

Do you have the right language skills? 

The Language Centre has a lot to offer for historians wishing to upgrade their language skills or, quite simply, start learning a language. More on this.

Access set texts online and in the library

This term we have 2 new Special Subjects for undergraduate historians on Britain in the 1970s and Race, Religion and Resistance in the United States, from Jim Crow to Civil Rights. As with other Further, Optional and Special subjects, set texts for the courses are available in the Bodleian History Faculty Library, and, where possible, online via WebLearn.  The 2 new Special Subjects are still having material added to them in the Library and on WebLearn.

Set texts in the Library

Set Text collectionMultiple copies of set texts are available in the Library whenever possible. Reference copies of set texts are located in the Upper Radcliffe Camera main level.  These reference copies can only be used in the Upper Radcliffe Camera.  Photocopying and scanning facilities are available in the Upper Camera.

Lending copies of set texts are housed in the main lending collection in the Lower Camera and Gladstone Link.

The example below shows the library catalogue record for Tony Parson’s Dispatches from the Front Line of Popular Culture, which has a reference copy in the Upper Camera and two lending copies in the Upper Gladstone Link.  Of the two lending copies, one is available to borrow and the other is already out on vacation loan and due back on 14 October 2013.  If all lending copies are out on loan you can place a hold on the book to request to use it next.  There is also a Bodleian Library reference copy in the Upper Camera.

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Accessing texts online

Set chapters or excerpts have been digitised and placed on WebLearn, where this has been possible within copyright limits. Links are also sometimes given to ebooks or related websites.  Digitised set texts and online reading lists can be accessed by following the links for your course from our webpage on undergraduate collections or by going to the Bodleian History Faculty Library WebLearn site and selecting Resources for UGs.

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Can’t find the book you need?

If you have a book or other type of material on your reading list and the Library does not hold a copy, please let us know by filling in our book recommendation form.  We will then consider purchasing a copy.  If the Library does have copies available but you can’t find them on the shelves please report the books as missing using our online form.  Library staff will search for the book and can put it on hold for you when it is located.

Related Links Bod HFL Undergraduate Collections webpage | Bod HFL WebLearn | History Faculty WebLearn | SOLO | Contact us | Book recommendation online form | Missing books online form

Sessions on digital images and open access plus Thesis Fair this week

Workshops

There are two WISER sessions coming up in weeks 3 and 4 this term:
Digital images: ARTstor, Bridgeman Education and VADS for teaching and learning  (Tue 07 May 14:00-16:00) (wk 3)
The course examines two major digital image collections subscribed to by the University – ARTstor and Bridgeman Education – and a third resource, free for educational use, VADS. All of these are geared to research and teaching in the humanities, history of science and medicine, and social sciences. Viewing, presenting and managing images are also covered.
Presenters: Clare Hills Nova and Vicky Brown > Book Now
 
WISER: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? (Thu 16 May 11.00-12.00) (wk 4)

A briefing on open access for research publications and Oxford’s position: Green vs. Gold; funder mandates and publisher policies; Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; new OA website/ helpline.
Presenters: Craig Finlay and Andy Kernot > Book Now

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities
Why not follow join our mailing list by sending an empty email to wiser-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oxwiser or visit the BodWiser blog at http://bodwiser.wordpress.com.

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.

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

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Thursday 9 May 2.30-4.30pm
North Writing Schools, Exam Schools, High Street, Oxford

The Thesis Fair is running on Thursday afternoon and is an opportunity to talk to expert librarians, archivists and other subject specialists about how to find resources for your subject.  Whether you’re still picking your topic or have already started researching, advice is available on resources, skills training, reference management and tips on how to manage your thesis from a fellow student. This is a drop in session throughout the afternoon, 2.30-4.30pm and no booking is necessary.

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

8th Week Deadlines for 3rd Year History Undergraduations

timerThere are some key deadlines for 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate historians coming up at the end of this term.

Further Subject 32: Britain at the Movies: Film and National Identity Since 1914

Deadline for submitting essay
12.00 midday on Friday of 8th week of Hilary Term

Method of submitting essay
Two copies to be handed in at Examination Schools, in a sealed envelope bearing only the candidate’s exam number, and addressed to the Chairman of Examiners, Honour School of Modern History.  Copies should show on front cover the title, the candidate’s number (but NOT their name or college) and the word-count.   Thesis must be accompanied by a certificate (available from the History Faculty Office) signed by the candidate and their College history tutor, declaring that the essay is the candidate’s own work etc. See Handbook for presentation guidelines (also available online via the WebLearn).

Compulsory thesis

Deadline for submitting thesis
12.00 midday on Friday of 8th week of Hilary Term

Method of submitting thesis
Two copies to be handed in at Examination Schools, in a sealed envelope bearing only the candidate’s exam number, and addressed to the Chairman of Examiners, Honour School of Modern History.  Copies should show on front cover the title, the candidate’s number (but NOT their name or college) and the word-count.   Thesis must be accompanied by a certificate (available from the History Faculty Office) signed by the candidate declaring that the essay is the candidate’s own work etc. See Handbook for presentation guidelines (also available online via the WebLearn).

History and English Bridge essays

Deadline for submitting essay
12.00 midday on Friday of 8th week, Hilary Term of final year

Method of submitting essay
Two copies to be handed in at Examination Schools, in a sealed envelope bearing only the candidate’s exam number, and addressed to the Chairman of Examiners, Joint School of Modern History and English Language and Literature.  Copies should show on front cover the title, the candidate’s number (but NOT their name or college) and the word-count.   Bridge Essay must be accompanied by a certificate (available from the History Faculty Office signed by the candidate, declaring that the essay is the candidate’s own work etc.  See Handbook for presentation guidelines (also available online via WebLearn).

Related Links History Faculty WebLearn | Submission of Assessments at Oxford

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:

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

Postgraduate
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)

Undergraduate Set Texts in the Library and Online

This term we have 2 new Further Subjects for undergraduate historians on the Middle East in the Age of Empire, 1830-1971 and China since 1900. As with other Further, Optional and Special subjects, set texts for the courses are available in the Bodleian History Faculty Library, and, where possible, online via WebLearn.

Set texts in the Library

Set Text collectionMultiple copies of set texts are available in the Library whenever possible. Reference copies of set texts are located in the Upper Radcliffe Camera main level.  These reference copies can only be used in the Upper Radcliffe Camera.  Photocopying and scanning facilities are available in the Upper Camera.

Lending copies of set texts are housed in the main lending collection in the Lower Camera and Gladstone Link.

The example below shows the library catalogue record for Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, which has a reference copy in the Upper Camera and two lending copies in the Upper Gladstone Link.  Of the two lending copies, one is available to borrow and the other is already out on loan and due back on 21 January.  If all lending copies are out on loan you can place a hold on the book to request to use it next.

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Accessing texts online

Set chapters or excerpts have been digitised and placed on WebLearn, where this has been possible within copyright limits. Links are also sometimes given to ebooks or related websites.  Digitised set texts and online reading lists can be accessed by following the links for your course from our webpage on undergraduate collections or by going to the Bodleian History Faculty Library WebLearn site and selecting Resources for UGs.

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Related Links Bod HFL Undergraduate Collections webpage | Bod HFL WebLearn | History Faculty WebLearn | SOLO | Contact Us

Easier access to CD-Roms in Upper Radcliffe Camera

Our consultation space

Access to some key history CD-Roms has been added to the library PC in the consultation space in the Upper Radcliffe Camera, next to the Bodleian History Faculty Library Staff Office. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Luther’s Works
The Luther’s Works CD ROM (the 55 volume American edition of Luther’s Works, ed. by Jaroslav Pelikan and Helmut Lehmann)  for SS Luther and the German Reformation has been loaded on to the PC in the consultation space, and by clicking on the icon “Libronix Digital Library System” readers can access it with no need to request the CD from the office or spending time installing it.

This CD-Rom makes available the entire 55-volume set of Luther’s Works, a magisterial translation project published jointly by Fortress Press and Concordia Publishing House in 1957.  It includes the entire Luther corpus, the KJV Bible, and the Book of Concord (Tappert edition).

Enduring Vision
The Enduring Vision CD has  been installed but readers  still need to request the CD from the office before the programs can be used.

The CD is an electronic version of The Enduring Vision by Paul Boyer, et al., a history textbook of the American people. In addition to the text and appendixes in the printed textbook, this interactive edition also contains audio, video, maps, charts, and software tools to explore the text and data.

Gandhi
The Gandhi CD  CD has also been installed but readers  still need to request the CD from the office before the programs can be used.

The CD offers four multimedia presentations: Introducing Gandhiji, Landmark events, Gandhian concepts, and the electronic book, containing the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi in chronological order.

Related Links
SOLO | Undergraduate collections