Are you confident that you are finding the best articles, conference papers, books and theses to support your research?
We still have spaces on this very popular workshop in which we explore a wide range of scholarly databases to help you to discover the best research materials. We will cover Proquest, eTHos, OCLC, EBSCO, Scopus, Web of Science and more, in addition to the Bodliean Library’s own SOLO database, and look at the most effective ways of searching for relevant journal articles, books, conference papers, theses and dissertations. The workshop includes plenty of opportunities for hands on practice during which time you will be able to collect papers for your own research.
The Bodleian Libraries’ Film Specialist will be running an iSkills workshop in Week 2 of Trinity Term to help anyone doing research in Film Studies. We will be talking about the Film Studies collections in Oxford (covering not only the films themselves but also books and articles on film) and the best databases for conducting your research and literature review. In addition we’ll also look at how to cite films.
This Bodleian iSkills workshop will be running on Wednesday 3rd May, 10.00-11.00. The session is free, but please book your place online.
Why waste time struggling with footnotes and bibliographies when you have Reference Management tools to do the job for you? Bodleian Libraries run a number of workshops to help you try out different Reference Management tools, and in Week 2 we will be looking at RefWorks.
RefWorks can help firstly by keeping all your references in one place so that you have everything you need when you come to cite a source or create a bibliography; and secondly by formatting your in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies for you. Yes, it actually does your citations and bibliographies for you! No need for you to remember which bits of the citation go in italics, where you need a full stop, or when to use parentheses…
Bodleian Libraries have a subscription to RefWorks which makes it free not only for current Oxford staff and students but also for Oxford alumni. Find out more by booking a place on one of this term’s RefWorks workshops:
Google can return high quality academic papers and also primary materials such as data and statistics; reports and policy documents; images, broadcasts and audio-visual content; historical and legal materials and much more. However, too often the best results are lost among many thousands of spurious, inaccurate and downright crazy results. Finding the academic needle in the haystack is time consuming and most people give up after scanning the first page or two of results, but of course there could be an outstanding piece of research on page 3, 10 or even 100 of your results list.
The good news is that by learning a few basic techniques you can hone in on the best academic content. Come along to our iSkills workshop, Google for academic research on Thursday 27 April 14.00-16.00 at the Social Science Library to find out more and to practice your skills with Google and also with alternative search engines such as DuckDuckGo.
If you are an Oxford DPhil, you are probably aware that you are required to deposit a digital copy of your thesis in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA). Once deposited, your thesis will be embargoed for a short period, but after that it will be become publicly available as an open access thesis.
Making your thesis open access brings lots of benefits not only to other researchers and the public who can benefit from your research but also to you in terms of raising your visibility and impact. However, it also carried responsibilities. In particular, if you have included materials such as pictures for which you are not the copyright holder, you will need to get permission to reproduce them. You may be surprised to learn that this not only applies to the more obvious items like pictures, but also to materials that you have authored yourself (e.g. journal articles) if the copyright belongs to a third party such as a publisher. Our top tip is to be aware of copyright issues as early as possible in your research, as getting permissions as you go along is usually much easier than leaving it until you have finished your thesis.
In addition, if your thesis includes sensitive or confidential material, you may need to apply for a dispensation from consultation for the whole or part of your thesis so that it does not become public.
Good research data management is a vital component of academic practice. Part of this is the principle that the data used to develop the arguments and outcomes of your research should, where possible, be effectively stored, preserved and usable. Bodleian Libraries are running a workshop that introduces the University’s research data policy, outlines the practical impact this will have on the work of researchers, and looks at some of the tools in preparation to meet the requirements as well as services that are already available. This workshop is not only essential during your DPhil but will be invaluable if you plan to continue in research as a career.
Key topics to be covered:
Common dangers and pitfalls of digital data
Effective organisation of your data
Getting the most from your data and producing a data management plan
Data creation and funder requirements
Preserving data; embargoes and access restrictions
Oxford based tools for research data management (RDM)
In order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication. HEFCE’s requirements are designed to ‘increase substantially the amount of scholarly material that is made available in an open-access form’.
Bodleian Libraries run monthly briefings on open access publishing and Oxford’s position. These briefings are aimed at researchers and academics, research support staff, administrators and librarians. Key topics include:
• Introduction – What is open access?
• Key terms – Gold, Green, APCs
• How to find out about research council or funder requirements
• How to find out what your publisher will allow
• Green route – how to deposit in ORA
• Gold route and how to claim for APCs
• HEFCE policy for next REF
• New developments, including ORCID researcher IDs
• Where to get more help
Are you a research postgraduate in the Medical Sciences? Looking for high impact journals and conferences? Need to demonstrate research impact? Wondering about your h-index?
Being able to identify high impact journals and to measure and demonstrate your own research impact and h-index are key skills which are increasingly important when applying for funding and in some case research positions. One way of measuring impact is to count, track and anaylse citations to published works. A number of tools exist to facilitate this but can be tricky to use.
Bodleian Libraries will be running our workshop ‘iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Research Impact – citation analysis tools’ on Thursday 16th March, 10.00-11.30, to help you to use citation data to measure and demonstrate impact. We will be covering Journal Citation Reports, CiteScore Journal Metrics, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Essential Science Indicators, Altmetrics and ORCID and will look at how to find highly cited journals and conferences as well as how to measure the impact of individual researchers including calculating the h-index.
This session is for researchers, research support staff and research postgraduates in the Medical Sciences.
Struggling with your in-text citations/footnotes or bibliography? Keep on top of it all with reference management software. Not sure which package to use? Come one of our introductory sessions. We will give an overview of how reference management works, explore the pros and cons of a wide range of reference management packages and give you the opportunity to try out five different packages so that you can work out which one is best for you. The packages included are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, and ColWiz.