Category Archives: Finding Stuff

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.

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? Are you relying too heavily on Google?

On Wednesday 10th February we are running a repeat session of our very popular workshop, in which we explore a wide range of scholarly databases to help you to discover the best research materials, including not only articles and books, but also 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. So if you missed the session on 1st February, here’s your chance to attend.

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Wednesday 10th February 9.15-12.15) Week 4

Please be sure to book your place online.

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 our workshop 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
(Tuesday 2nd February 10.00-12.00; repeated Wednesday 2nd March 9.30-11.30)

Finding scholarly literature for your research

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

This term we are running two more sessions of our very popular workshop, in which we explore a wide range of scholarly databases to help you to discover the best research materials, including not only articles and books, but also 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 (Monday 1st February 14.00-17.00; repeated Wednesday 10th February 9.15-12.15) Weeks 3 & 4

Please be sure to book your place online.

 

Key research tools for Social Sciences

Are you making the most of the research tools available to help you with your thesis or dissertation? Do you need to brush up on your IT and information skills? IT Services and Bodleian Libraries will be working together to run our Research Skills Toolkit during week 8 and will be running 3 sessions for Social Sciences (Tues 1 Dec 14.00-16.00, and Thurs 3 Dec 10.00-12.00) . If you’re not familiar with the Research Skills Toolkit, these are 2 hour workshops at which you have a chance to try out 10 different tools and skills which will help you in your research. The Social Sciences Toolkits will include the following:

  • Keeping up to date with new research publications using email alerts
  • Finding data and statistics using OECD iLibraryData and Databank
  • Searching for dissertations and theses using Proquest
  • Citation searching with Web of Science to find high impact articles and journals and to track citations between papers
  • Your thesis and ORA – essential information about copyright and sensitive data
  • Plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Endnote for managing citations, inserting intext references/footnotes and creating bibliographies
  • Free software for image manipulation
  • Managing your thesis with Word
  • Analysing data with Excel Pivot tables

These workshops are very popular so please be sure to book your place online.

Not a Social Scientist? We will be running toolkits for most subject areas. Check LibGuides workshops for a full list.

Researching in Arts and Humanities? Discover key tools at the Humanities Research Skills Toolkit

Are you making the most of the IT and Library research tools available to help you with your thesis or dissertation?   Do you need to brush up on your IT and information skills?  IT Services and Bodleian Libraries will be working together to run our award winning Research Skills Toolkit during week 8 (this term) and week 1 of Hilary Term.

We will be running two dedicated sessions for Arts and Humanities on Wed 3 Dec 10-12 and Mon 19 Jan 14.00-16.00. In addition we will be running individual sessions for Oriental Studies (Thurs 4 Dec 10.00-12.00), History, Archaeology and Classics (Wed 21 Jan 14.00-16.00)  and English Literature (Thursday 22 Jan 10.00-12.00)

If you’re not familiar with the Research Skills Toolkit, these are 2 hour workshops at which you have a chance to try out 10 different tools and skills which will help you in your research. The Arts and Humanties Toolkits will include the following:

  • Using key Humanities databases to find articles, books and other materials in your research field.  Participants will be able to choose from MLA (English and Modern Languages), Oxford Bibliographies Online,  Philosopher’s Index, ATLA Religion, Historical Abstracts, Art Full Text, Old and New Testament Abstracts, America History and Life and RILM Music Literature Abstracts)
  • Finding primary materials using PastMasters
  • Keeping up to date with new research publications using RSS feeds and email alerts
  • Finding high impact articles and books and tracking citations to key authors and works using Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Your thesis and ORA – essential information about copyright and sensitive data
  • Plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Endnote for managing citations, inserting intext references/footnotes and creating bibliographies
  • Free software for image manipulation
  • Managing your thesis with Word

These workshops are very popular so please be sure to book your place online.

Not studying a Humanities subject?  We will be running toolkits for most subject areas. Check LibGuides workshops for a full list.

Key research tools for Social Sciences

Are you making the most of the research tools available to help you with your thesis or dissertation?   Do you need to brush up on your IT and information skills? IT Services and Bodleian Libraries will be working together to run our award winning Research Skills Toolkit during week 8 and will be running 3 sessions for Social Sciences (Tues 2 Dec 14.00-16.00, Thurs 4 Dec 14.00-16.00 and  Fri 5 Dec 10.00-12.00) .   If you’re not familiar with the Research Skills Toolkit, these are 2 hour workshops at which you have a chance to try out 10 different tools and skills which will help you in your research. The Social Sciences Toolkits will include the following:

  • Keeping up to date with new research publications using RSS feeds and email alerts
  • Searching for disserations and theses using Proquest
  • Citation searching with Web of Science to find high impact articles and journals and to track citations between papers
  • Your thesis and ORA – essential information about copyright and sensitive data
  • Plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Endnote for managing citations, inserting intext references/footnotes and creating bibliographies
  • Free software for image manipulation
  • Managing your thesis with Word
  • Analysing data with Excel Pivot tables

These workshops are very popular so please be sure to book your place online.

Not a Social Scientist?  We will be running toolkits for most subject areas. Check LibGuides workshops for a full list.

 

Are you over reliant on Google? Finding high quality research materials

Tracking down high quality secondary materials to support your research can be tricky. With services such as Google returning huge numbers of results, how can you be sure that you are finding the most relevant materials?    Over reliance on Google can not only drain your time as you sift through thousands of results but can also result in you missing key materials which have not been indexed by Google.

Bodleian Libraries run a half day workshop on finding scholarly materials for your research. During this session we look at the best scholarly databases for finding books, journal articles, conference papers and theses and give you plenty of time to try them out with you own searches.

We are running this workshop twice during Michaelmas Term:  Monday 27 October 14.00-17.00 and Friday 7 November 10.00-13.00.   (Please note that although the 27 October date was fully booked there are now spaces on this date as well as on 7 November as we are using a bigger training room).    These workshops are popular so please be sure to book your place.