Choosing and Using Reference Management Software

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.

Book online for:
Referencing: Choosing and using software
(Friday 3rd March 9.15-12.15)

Working with sensitive or confidential research data?

Are you:
– Creating or using existing sensitive research data?
– Using suitable consent agreements?
– Protecting all your data?
– Aware of appropriate strategies?
– Documenting and creating metadata?
– Aware of the support at Oxford?

Our Bodleian iSkills workshop ‘Working with sensitive research data’ will guide you through the issues and key principles to bear in mind when creating, using and sharing sensitive or confidential research data.

The workshop will be suitable for those using sensitive data either obtained from third party sources such as data archives or for those creating data as part of their research.    It will be particularly suitable for DPhil students and research staff.  Please be sure to book your place online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data (Wed 1st March 14:00-16:00)

Get organised and save time with RefWorks

No one has enough time, and certainly not enough time to spend hours working on fiddly footnotes and bibliographies.  Thankfully tools like RefWorks can help with this 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, RefWorks actually does your citations and bibliographies for you!  No longer do you need to remember which bits of the citation go in italics, where you need a full stop, or when to use parentheses as RefWorks will handle all that for you.

What is even better news is that 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 our more by booking a place at  Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities on Friday 24 Feb 9.15-12.15.

Honing in on the good stuff – Google for academic research

Picture of a hay stackA google search can return high quality academic materials for your research including both primary materials and scholarly papers and commentary. However, too often the high quality content is lost among thousands of irrelevant, spurious and even misleading results. Wading through the dross to find the academic needle in the haystack is time consuming and most people give up after scanning the first page (or at most the first two pages) 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 good stuff.       Come along to our iSkills workshop, Google for academic research on Wed 22 Feb 14.00-16.00 to find out more and to practice your skills with Google and also with alternative search engines such as DuckDuckGo.

This workshop will be aimed at DPhils and researchers in Social Sciences subjects.   Please book your place at
Bodleian iSkills: Using Google for academic research (Wed 22 Feb 14.00-16.00)

Managing your research data – introducing good practice with MANTRA

Careful management of your data is vital for the health of your research project and having a robust research data management plan is increasingly required by funders.

A good research data management plan will ensure that:

  • you create, collect, store, structure and use your data in the most effective way for your particular research needs
  • your data is safely backed up and preserved for the future
  • you can make your data available to others where appropriate (and when mandated by your funder)
  • sensitive and confidential data is kept securely

Although having an effective research data management plan is really important, it can be difficult to know where to start.     One option is to come along to the Bodleian Libraries iSkills workshops on research data management.   The next workshop in this series will take place on  Tuesday 21 February 14.00-15.30 and will introduce MANTRA, an online learning course covering best practice in research data management.  During the workshop you will have an opportunity to start the tutorial with help at hand from the Bodleian Libraries’ Data Librarian and to ask him questions about managing data for your own research project.  >Book a place on Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA

Oxford Libraries: which to use, how to find stuff, research services and how to get help

If you’re new to Oxford and it’s many libraries (or have been here for a while but have a sneaking suspicion that you’re not making the most of the libraries), then come along to our iSkills workshop, Getting started in Oxford Libraries.

We will be covering:

  • Which libraries you may use, which cover your subject, which allow you to borrow….are warm…have nice views/natural light/cafes/interesting architecture/bookable rooms…are open on Sundays and more
  • How to find and make the most of our print collections and our e-books, e-journals and databases using SOLO, OxLIP+ and LibGuides
  • Accessing the wide range of research support services available to you from Bodleain Libraries
  • Where to get help
  • a literature searching taster session

This workshop runs monthly with the next session taking place Monday 20 February 14.00-17.00 at the Bodleian Social Science Library.  Please book your place online.

Choosing and using Reference Management software

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.

Book online for:
Referencing: Choosing and using software
(Thursday 16th February 0915-12.15; repeated Friday 3rd March 9.15-12.15)

Research Data Management workshops with Bodleian iSkills

In week 5, we are running two workshops on Research Data Management:

iSkills: Discovering and depositing Social Science research data

A workshop for DPhils or researchers in the Social Sciences that looks at how social science data archives can inform your research. We will also outline the workings of ORA-Data – the institutional repository recently launched by the University of Oxford. By the end of the session you will know how to locate and cite data from a range of data archives and have an understanding of the benefits and operation of ORA-Data.

Please book online for:

iSkills: Discovering and depositing Social Science research data (Thursday 16th February 15:00-17:00)

iSkills: Managing Social Science research data

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. This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on the work of researchers. Some of the tools in preparation to meet the requirements will be outlined, as well as services that are already available. This session 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)

Please book online for:

Bodleian iSkills: Managing Social Science Research data (Tuesday 14th February 14.00-16.00)

Managing Social Science Research data

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. This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on the work of researchers. Some of the tools in preparation to meet the requirements will be outlined, as well as services that are already available. This session 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)

Book online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Managing Social Science Research data (Tuesday 14th February 14.00-16.00)

 

Manage your references with Zotero

Adding in-text citations or footnotes to your papers and creating a bibliography can be a time consuming and fiddly task.  Reference management tools make this task much easier by keeping track of all the items you may wish to cite or add to a bibliography and by formatting your citations correctly for your chosen citation style. There are lots of reference management tools out there but the Bodleian iSkills team particularly recommends Endnote, RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero, and runs regular workshops on all of these tools.

Next up in this term’s series of Reference Management workshops is ‘Zotero’. The things that we particularly like about Zotero are:

  • You can access Zotero online from multiple devices (computers, laptops, tablets and phones) and you can also use Zotero when you are offline
  • It works on Linux as well as on Windows and Mac and with both Microsoft Word and Libre Office
  • It is free for a basic account (though if you need lots of storage you will need to pay a subscription.  Having said that, if you just use it to store references and keep your full text pdf documents somewhere else, then the basic account should easily do the job!)

To find out more about Zotero and give it a test run come to our workshop next Thursday 9th Feb 09.15-12.15 > book your place