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Managing your referencing with RefWorks for Humanities

RefWorks is a well-established online tool which allows you to manage your citations/references, insert them into your work as footnotes or intext citations, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles.

Come along to our session on Monday 23rd October, where we will introduce 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
  • creating bibliographies

…and plenty of hands-on practice!

This introduction is open to all postgraduates, researchers,  academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software. However, the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.

Book your place for RefWorks for Humanities (Bodleian iSkills)

Tracking down UK Parliamentary and Government papers for your research

Tracking down parliamentary papers whether historic or contemporary is difficult, partly because you need to use a range of databases and finding aids and partly because the materials themselves can be tricky to use.

Tomorrow the Bodleian Libraries’ Official Papers Librarian will be running an introductory workshop for those using UK parliamentary and government papers in their research. The session will cover both historical and contemporary government and parliamentary papers, and is aimed at those who are new to using these complex materials. However, it will also make an excellent refresher for anyone already using these materials who is struggling with the range of finding aids or trying to track down elusive documents.

The session will take place on Wednesday 18 October 10.00-11.30. Please book your place online.  If you are unable to book online please contact

Your thesis, copyright and ORA – do you know what to do?

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 carries 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.

To find out more about how to handle copyright and sensitive data in your digital thesis, and how to prepare it for depositing in ORA, come along to Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA on Tuesday 10 October at the Social Science Library.     Please note that although the session is free, booking is essential.

Book now for Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA (Tuesday 10 October 10.00-11.00)

Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? (Old Road Campus)

Picture of an open lockIn 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 give a monthly briefing 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

Our next two sessions are as follows:

  • Wednesday 12 July 14.00-15.00  Headington Old Road campus
    particularly convenient for the Medical Sciences Division)

  • Tuesday 22 August 14.00-15.00  Manor Road Building, Seminar Room E

The sessions are free, but online booking is required.
Book a place on  iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?


Authors, copyright and open access – making it work for you

Authors are often unsure what rights they retain when signing the publisher agreement for a journal article. Your choices affect what you and others can do with your work.

Bodleian Libraries are running an introductory workshop to help you decipher the jargon and explain the pitfalls so you can understand your options and make informed decisions.  The workshop will cover: benefits of retaining copyright; Copyright Transfer Agreements (CTA) compared with other Licence types (inc. Creative Commons); author rights and sharing permissions; subscription and open access articles; uploading to the web or repositories; University and funder policies (inc. REF); and the support available.

Participants are invited to bring along an example of a publisher copyright agreement that they have signed in the past or from a journal they publish in regularly. There will be time for Q&A, but if you wish to send questions in advance please email:, using subject line: June Copyright session.

Please book online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Authors, copyright and open access – making it work for you
(Thursday 15th June 14.00-15.00)

Using four centuries of news sources for historical and contemporary research

Newspapers are wonderful resources for both historical and contemporary research not only providing a record of events, politics, the law and international affairs but also rich information about the zeitgeist of the age, social and cultural life, language and much more.

However, newspapers can be tricky to use in research. Tracking down papers can be difficult not least because historical newspapers are spread across a range of digital resources whilst in the modern age the huge scale of the resources available and the plethora of editions can make research tricky.    Mastering the appropriate resources in order to search them effectively and to make the most of the items you find can also be a challenge.

To develop your skills in using newspapers in research, why not come to the Bodleian Libraries’ iSkills session Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-21st centuries on Wednesday 7th June (09.30-12.30). During the session we will look at a wide range of resources for both historical and contemporary research and how to make best use of them.

Book your place online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-21st centuries
(Wednesday 7th June, 09.30-12.30)

Research impact – how to find high-impact journals and demonstrate your own research impact

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: Research Impact – citation analysis tools  on Tuesday 6th June, 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, especially in the Sciences and Social Sciences. Please be sure to book your place.

Getting started in Oxford Libraries

New to the University’s libraries, or still unsure if you are getting the most out of them?

Come to one of our monthly workshops on getting started in Oxford Libraries. We will give you an introduction to Oxford Libraries including guidance on which libraries to use, accessing e-journals and other online resources, SOLO and other finding aids and making the most of Library services. This workshop will help you settle into using libraries at the University of Oxford with confidence.

Key topics:
•    Which libraries to use – finding out which libraries you may use and which cover your subject
•    Using SOLO to find printed and online books, journals and other materials
•    Using the Print, Copy and Scan (PCAS) service
•    Using your own laptop or device in the Library
•    How the libraries can help you – getting advice on searching, reading lists, current awareness, reference management, open access, research data management and more.
•    Opportunities for questions

Book online for Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries
Next available date:
Monday 5 June14.00-17.00

Mendeley for reference management and more….

Reference management tools are invaluable for keeping on top of your bibliographies and references.  With a reference management tool you can systematically build libraries of references and effortlessly add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents.  Each term we run a series of workshops to introduce different reference management tools, and on Friday 2nd June we will look at Mendeley.

Mendeley is now one of the most popular reference managers, offering the traditional features of reference management software (such as inserting references into word processed documents and building bibliographies), but also with additional features including facilities for collaboration and the ability to search Mendeley’s own library of papers.

Whether you are looking for an alternative to RefWorks or Endnote, are new to reference management or are already using Mendeley and want some help with specific features, come along to our Mendeley workshop: Bodleian iSkills: Mendeley for Reference Management (Friday 2nd June, 09.15-12.15) .  Here you can find out more, try it out and get any help you need with it.  This session will cover:

  • An overview of reference management with Mendeley
  • Creating a Mendeley account and installing Mendeley Desktop
  • Adding, editing and organising references
  • Creating bibliographies
  • Managing PDF documents with Mendeley
  • Using the Mendeley ‘Papers’ database
  • Collaboration and social networking with Mendeley

The workshop is free, but online booking is essential:
Bodleian iSkills: Mendeley for Reference Management (Friday 2nd June 09.15-12.15)

(If you are an advanced user of Mendeley you need only attend the second part, starting at 10.40.)

Keep up to date with emerging research

Keeping up to date with new publications, research papers, announcements from funding bodies and other news is an essential but time-consuming task.  Our workshop iSkills: Getting information to come to you takes the pain out of the process by introducing you to RSS feeds and email alerts. These technologies allow you to set up notifications so that, when key journals, databases or web sites publish new information in your research area, you are sent an alert via email or via an RSS feed reader. Participants will have the opportunity to set up their own RSS feed readers and/or email notifications during the session.

Please book online for:
iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Thursday 1 June 14:00-15:30)