Category Archives: E-resources

E-books and E-book readers

Picture credit “Libros y Ebooks” by Tina Franklin

The Bodleian Libraries has over 624,000 e-books, with titles in all subject areas, but do you feel confident in finding and using them? If you haven’t got to grips with e-books yet, or if you are using them but are not sure that you’re making the most of their full functionality, why not come along to our workshop on E-books, on Wednesday 1 June.  The workshop will cover finding e-books and how to use and manipulate them, including borrowing entire e-books, downloading chapters, using e-books on computers, tablets and other devices and making annotations.

The e-books workshop will be followed by a session on E-book readers, which looks at the different devices available for reading e-books including Kindle, Nook and the use of iPad and Android tablets as e-readers. The presentation will cover the pros and cons of each device and give you the opportunity to handle the hardware and try it out.

Please book your place online for:

Bodleian iSkills: E-books (Wednesday 1st June 9:15-10:30)
Bodleian iSkills: E-book readers (Wedesday 1 June 10:45-12:15)

Please note that these workshops run consecutively for your convenience. However, you are very welcome to attend just one of the workshops if you do not wish to attend both.

Workshops for historians…

Next week Bodleian Libraries will be running a number of workshops for Historians…

WISER: Online Resources for Historians (Monday 12 May 9.30 – 10.45) – This session will give a  general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods for British and West European history including  bibliographical databases, biographical and reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals and collections of online primary source materials.   Please book your place online.

WISER: Sources for US History (Monday 12 May 11.00 – 12.30) – will  introduce key information sources for the study of colonial America and US history.  The session will start with an introduction to finding tools for US History, and will then move on to examples of source materials including archival, microform, printed and online collections,  useful web portals and audiovisual collections.   Please book your place online.

WISER Sources for Medievalists (Friday 16 May 2.00 – 4.00) – This interdisciplinary session will provide a general overview of  e-resources relevant for British and Western European medieval studies. It will cover bibliographical databases, biographical and reference tools, web portals and collections of online primary source materials including Anglo-Saxon sources, Greek/Latin texts, chronicles, charters and literary works.   Please book your place online.

In addition, our workshop this week on African Studies will be very valuable to those studying African History:

WISER Information Sources for African Studies (Thursday 8 May 10.00 – 11.30) – will cover finding tools for locating African Studies materials, key portals and gateways for African Studies and online archives of primary texts.   Please book your place online.

Promoting Interdisciplinary Engagement in the Digital Humanities

Following on from their project launch on February 18 at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford, the dhAHRC project is continuing its series of workshops in Oxford and London, to disseminate information and training in the field of the digital humanities. The workshops will also touch on digital transformations, specialist IT skills, copyright and IPR, open data, and licensing, helping to equip scholars with the tools they require to engage in this growing field of the humanities.

Coming up:

March 25 2014
‘Interdisciplinary Digital Resources for New Research Students’ Workshop within a conference jointly organized between the Institute of Historical Research and North Western University, Chicago.
Institute of Historical Research, London

June 13 2014
‘Building Scholarly Resources for Wider Public Engagement’ Full Day Workshop
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford

June 27 2014
‘Applying New Digital Methods to the Humanities’ Full Day Workshop           
The British Library, London

Go to for more information.

Time travel on the web – web archives for your research

Have you ever wanted to see how information and conversation on the web has evolved over time or responded to a particular event or trend? Would you like to be research how an organisation, web site or the web itself has changed?  have you ever wanted to simply view information on a web site that no longer exists?

Web Archives allow you time travel by looking at web pages from the past and to track how they have changed.     They can be valuable tools for researchers in a wide range of disciplines.   A number of services are available from the early “Way Back Machine” which allows you to simply view old web pages  to more complex web sites with sophisticated tools for searching across past web sites and analysizing your results.

To find out more about Web Archives come along to “WISER:  Web Archiving – Time Travel on the Web” on Friday 22 November 10.30-12.00 at the Radcliffe Science Library.   This workshop will discuss how web archives came into being, and introduce selected web archives and their potential uses.  Please book your place on line.

Calling Philosophy and Theology students

Are you making the most of e-resources for Theology and Philosophy?  Are you sure?    On Wednesday 5 June 14.00-15.30, Bodleian Libraries will be running a WISER session on E-resources for Theology and Philosophy.   This session will be especially suitable for  undergraduates working on a thesis or extended essay. However, its also open to all other levels of study as a refresher.    The session will cover bibliographical databases, primary texts and Bible studies, and will include new databases such as 20th Century Theologians. Please be sure to book your place online.