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

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Set text adaptation on BBC Four

BBC Four showed a the first of two part adaption of Braine’s Room at the Top last night, the concluding part will be broadcast tonight.  Last night’s episode is available on BBC iPlayer.

Room at the Top is an undergraduate set text for the History Special Subject “BRITAIN FROM THE BOMB TO THE BEATLES: GENDER, CLASS, AND SOCIAL CHANGE, 1945-1967”.

The History Faculty Library also has:

1) a DVD of the 1959 film version of Room at the Top

2) Multiple print copies of the text, with lending copies in the Gladstone Link and a reference use only Set Text copy in the Upper Camera.  Although the Upper Camera is currently closed to readers, staff in the Lower Camera can fetch Set Texts down for readers to use.

Related Links: Search for material on SOLO | Contact the HFL | Locate the Library | History Undergraduate Collections

First year undergrads: help the libraries and earn a £10 Amazon voucher

Oxford University libraries are investigating ways in which we can improve library inductions for first year undergraduates and help new students to get to grips with Oxford Libraries quickly and easily.  As part of this project we are seeking feedback from first year undergraduates about your experiences of Oxford Libraries at the start or your studies.

We are currently looking for volunteers to attend focus groups during week 8 of Trinity Term.  These focus group will last around an hour and each attendee will receive a £10 Amazon voucher as a thank you for your participation.

To participate please note that you must be a first year undergraduate and able to attend on at least one of the dates given below.

  • Week 8, Monday, 11th of June – 11 – 12 am
  • Week 8, Tuesday, 12th of June – 11 – 12 am
  • Week 8, Thursday, 14th June – 11 – 12 am

If you would like to participate in a focus group, please e-mail usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk  with the following details.


Year of Study:


Availability on the dates given above:

Contact phone number:

If you choose to volunteer and are selected you will be contacted within a few days to confirm your attendance.