Category Archives: History

Studying History? Preparing for your dissertation?

In Trinity term the Bodleian Libraries will be running a number of workshops for historians. We will be covering sources for British and European History, US History, African History and Medieval Studies, plus special workshops on newspapers for historians, UK government and parliamentary materials and the Weston Library’s archives and modern manuscripts.

These workshops will be introductory and are suitable for undergraduates preparing for a dissertation, for anyone new to the subject or as a refresher for postgraduates and researchers.   Please follow the links to book on these FREE courses:

Bodleian iSkills: Information sources for African Studies (Thursday 11th May 10.00-11.30) Week 3
This session will introduce key information sources for African Studies. You will be shown useful finding tools to locate relevant material via SOLO and how to search them, as well as important portals and gateways to libraries and archives of online primary texts. There will be time for a brief hands-on.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in the topic.
Presenters: Lucy McCann; Sarah Rhodes

Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for Historians (Tuesday 16th May 14.00-15.15) Week 4
A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods of British and W European history: bibliographical databases, biographical/reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Isabel Holowaty

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US History (Tuesday 16th May 15.30-17.00) Week 4 
Introduction to key information sources for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online (such as early printed books, US newspapers and US government papers), as well as guidance on locating material for your research.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Jane Rawson

Bodleian iSkills: UK parliamentary and government materials – an introduction (Thursday 18th May 10.00-11.30) Week 4
Of vital help to all undergraduate history students is this general overview of the main sources for finding and accessing historical UK parliamentary material, pre-1800 and post-1800. We look at sources for government publications both in print and in electronic format, including: Parliamentary proceedings – Hansard, Journals of the House of Commons and Lords; Legislation; Government and departmental papers.
Who is this session for? Undergraduate history students and anyone new to the subject
Presenters: Julie Alden and Andrew Milner

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for Medievalists (Tuesday 30th May 14.00-16.15) Week 6 
A general overview of a range of e-resources relevant for British and Western European medieval studies including bibliographical databases, biographical/reference tools, web portals and collections of online primary source materials of Anglo-Saxon sources, Greek/Latin texts, chronicles, charters, literary works and manuscript sources.
Who is this session for? Researchers, students, academics, staff e.g. Classicists, Historians, Philosophers, Theologians etc
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Hilla Wait, Eva Oledska, Charlotte Goodall, Helen Scott

Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th to 21st century (Wednesday 7th June 09.30-12.30) Week 7
Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching not only news, but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.
Who is the session for? Students, researchers and anyone else who is interested.
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Angela Carritt

Also running for Social Sciences and History:

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History (Wednesday 10thMay 14:00-16:00) Week 3
The Bodleian’s Weston Library has a wealth of resources covering almost all aspects of modern British society and culture. This session will introduce key finding aids and get you started with the research skills needed to make the most of these resources. We will look at identifying relevant material in Oxford and elsewhere; considerations when working with archival material; types of archives and modern papers; and how to find out more. You will have an opportunity in the session to handle some actual examples.
Who is this session for? Students in History and Social Science subjects; researchers and other Bodleian Libraries readers considering using special collections
Presenter: Michael Hughes

Please note that online booking is essential for all of the courses.

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.

Are you a History undergraduate? Preparing for your dissertation? Help is on hand with this term’s programme of iSkills workshops.

This term the Bodleian Libraries will be running a number of workshops for historians. We will be covering sources for British and European History, US History, African History and Medieval Studies, plus special workshops on newspapers for historians, UK government and parliamentary materials and the Weston Library’s archives and modern manuscripts.

These workshops will be introductory and are suitable for undergraduates preparing for a dissertation, for anyone new to the subject or as a refresher for postgraduates and researchers.   Please find more details and booking information below:

Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for Historians (Tuesday 10th May 09:30-10:45) Week 3
A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods of British and W European history: bibliographical databases, biographical/reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Isabel Holowaty

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US History (Tuesday 10th May 11:00-12:30) Week 3
Introduction to key information sources for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online (such as early printed books, US newspapers and US government papers), as well as guidance on locating material for your research.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Jane Rawson

Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th to 21st century (Wednesday 11th May 10:30-12:00) Week 3
Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching not only news, but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.
Who is the session for? Students, researchers and anyone else who is interested.
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Angela Carritt

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for Medievalists (Tuesday 17th May 10:00-12:15) Week 4
A general overview of a range of e-resources relevant for British and Western European medieval studies including bibliographical databases, biographical/reference tools, web portals and collections of online primary source materials of Anglo-Saxon sources, Greek/Latin texts, chronicles, charters, literary works and manuscript sources.
Who is this session for? Researchers, students, academics, staff e.g. Classicists, Historians, Philosophers, Theologians etc
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Hilla Wait, Eva Oledska, Charlotte Goodall

Bodleian iSkills: UK parliamentary and government materials – an introduction (Wednesday 18th May 10:00-11:30) Week 4
Of vital help to all undergraduate history students is this general overview of the main sources for finding and accessing historical UK parliamentary material, pre-1800 and post-1800. We look at sources for government publications both in print and in electronic format, including: Parliamentary proceedings – Hansard, Journals of the House of Commons and Lords; Legislation; Government and departmental papers.
Who is this session for? Undergraduate history students and anyone new to the subject
Presenter: Hannah Chandler

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History (Thursday 19th May 14:00-16:00) Week 4
The Bodleian’s Weston Library has a wealth of resources covering almost all aspects of modern British society and culture. This session will introduce key finding aids and get you started with the research skills needed to make the most of these resources. We will look at identifying relevant material in Oxford and elsewhere; considerations when working with archival material; types of archives and modern papers; and how to find out more. You will have an opportunity in the session to handle some actual examples.
Who is this session for? Students in History and Social Science subjects; researchers and other Bodleian Libraries readers considering using special collections
Presenter: Michael Hughes

Bodleian iSkills: Information sources for African Studies (Tuesday 31st May 10:00-11:30) Week 6
This session will introduce key information sources for African Studies. You will be shown useful finding tools to locate relevant material via SOLO and how to search them, as well as important portals and gateways to libraries and archives of online primary texts. There will be time for a brief hands-on.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in the topic.
Presenters: Lucy McCann; Sarah Rhodes

Please note that online booking is essential for all of the courses.

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 Tuesday 10 November 10.00 -12.00 noon at the Social Science Library.  Please be sure to book your place online.

Parliamentary and government papers for your dissertation or thesis

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 a special workshop for those using UK parliamentary and government papers in a dissertation or thesis. The session will cover both historical and contemporary government and parliamentary materials, and although aimed primarily at history undergraduates will be an excellent workshop for anyone needing an introduction to these complex materials.

The session will take place on Thursday 11th June 10.00-12.00 noon at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.  Please be sure to book your place online.

Essential iSkills for Historians

This term the Bodleian Libraries will be running a number of workshops for historians. We will be covering sources for  ritish and European History, African Studies,  American and US history and Medieval Studies plus special workshops on newspapers for historians and UK government and parliamentary materials.

These workshops which will take place at IT Services (13 Banbury Road) will be introductory and are suitable for undergraduates preparing for a dissertation, for anyone new to the subject or as a refresher for postgraduates and researchers.   Please find more details and booking information below:

Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for historians Friday 1st May  (Week 1)  9.15-10.30 – 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

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US history Friday 1st May (Week 1) 10.45-12.15 – An introduction to key information sources and collections for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online, as well as guidance on locating material for your research.
> Please book your place online

Bodleian iSkills:  Information sources for African Studies  Friday 15th May  (Week 3)   11.00-12.30 –  This session will introduce key information sources for African Studies. You will be shown useful finding tools to locate relevant material via SOLO and how to search them, as well as important portals and gateways to libraries and archives of online primary texts. There will be time for a brief hands-on.
> Please book your place online

Bodleian iSkills:  Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-20th centuries  Tuesday 26th May  (Week 5)  14.00-15.30 – Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching, not only news but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.
>Please book your place online

RefWorks for Humanities  Wednesday 3rd June  (Week 6)  14.00-17.00
RefWorks is an 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. This introduction is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.
> Please book you place online

Bodleian iSkills:  UK parliamentary and government materials – an introduction  Thursday 11th June (Week 7) 10.00-12.00 noon – A general overview of the main sources for finding and accessing historical UK parliamentary material, pre 1800 and post 1800 including sources for government publications both in print and in electronic format.
>Please book your place online

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for Medievalists Thursday 18th June (Week 8) 14.00-16.00 – An overview of a range of e-resources relevant for British and Western European medieval studies including bibliographical databases, biographical and reference tools, web portals and collections of online primary source materials of Anglo-Saxon sources, Greek and Latin texts, chronicles, charters and literary works and manuscript sources.
>Please book your place online

 

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.

Information Sources for African Studies

Next Thursday (8th May) Bodleian Libraries will be running a WISER session on Information sources for African Studies. The session will cover finding tools for locating African Studies materials, as well as key portals and gateways to libraries and archives of online primary texts.

Starting with a presentation the session will also include time for participants to try out some of the resources demonstrated.

Who is this session for? Researchers, academic staff, graduates and anyone interested in the topic.
When? Thursday 8th May (10-11.30am)

Book your place online

 

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.

Workshops for historians…

This term Bodleian Libraires will be running a number of workshops for Historians…

WISER: Online Resources for Historians (Tuesday 28 May 9.15-10.30) – 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 (Tuesday 28 May 10.45-12.15) – 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 you place online.

WISER Sources for Medievalists (Wednesday 12 June 14.00-16.00) – 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, the following class on African Studies will be very valuable to those studying African History:

WISER Information Sources for African Studies (Friday 7 June 9.15-10.45) – 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.

Enjoy!