Category Archives: Finding Stuff

Starting your research in Modern Languages – help from the Taylor Institution Library

Bodleian Libraries is offering a practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research in Modern Languages. The workshop will focus on building a search to fit your research question, using relevant databases and evaluating your results.

This workshop is for any postgraduate students, researchers or academics in Modern Languages.  Attendance is free, but booking is required.  Book online at: http://ox.libguides.com/workshops/ModLangsresearch.

 

Needles in Haystacks – finding high quality academic materials on the web

Picture of a needle in a haystackGoogle 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.

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)

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)

Finding stuff: scholarly literature for your research

Are you confident that you are finding the best articles, conference papers, books and theses to support your research?

If you who missed our session in October, you’ll be pleased to hear that on Thursday 24th November we are running a repeat of 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.

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Thu 24 Nov 14.00-17.00)

Please be sure to book your place online

Data, data, data…for Social Scientists

If you need data for your Social Science research then you should come to next Thursday’s Bodleian iSkills workshop on Social Science Data Archives and Statistical Databases.  The workshop will cover both macro and micro  data sources including national data archives, subscription services and databases available at Oxford University,  economic and business data and more.  The session which will be led by the Bodleian Libraries Data Librarian and will not only introduce the main databases and tools but also discuss how to use them effectively in your research.

Booking for this workshop which will take place on Thursday  3 November 14.00-16.00 at the Social Science Library is essential.

Tools and tips for your research in Film Studies

The Bodleian Libraries’ Film Specialist will be running an iSkills  workshop next week to help you get started with your 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 2 November 14.00-15.00 at IT Services.   Please be sure to book your place.

 

Making the most of parliamentary and government papers in 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.

Next week 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 19 October 10.00-11.30. Please book your place online.  If you are unable to book online please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Finding Stuff: Scholarly literature for your research

Are you confident that you are finding the best articles, conference papers, books and theses to support your research?

On Friday 14th October we are start the term with our 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 opportunitities for hands on practice during which time you will be able to collect papers for your own research.

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Friday 14 October 9.15-12.15) Week 1

Please be sure to book your place online.

Using Google for academic research

Changes to the nature of the dissemination of scholarly research and official information in recent years mean that a wealth of information relevant to your academic research can now be accessed via standard Internet search engines such as Google. Too often, however, such information is lost amongst thousands of irrelevant, spurious and misleading results.

We are running a workshop next week for DPhils and Research Students in the Social Sciences which aims to show basic techniques to quickly filter out high quality academic material from Google searches. Alternative search engines will also be explored and compared, including DuckDuckGo.

Book online for
Bodleian iSkills: Using Google for academic research (Tue 17 May 14:00-15:30)

 

Finding stuff: scholarly literature for your research

Are you confident that you are finding the best articles, conference papers, books and theses to support your research?

On Thursday 5th May we are running our 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 opportunitities for hands on practice during which time you will be able to collect papers for your own research.

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Thursday 5th May 9.30-12.30) Week 2

Please be sure to book your place online.