Category Archives: Manuscripts

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.

Archives and modern papers for social sciences and modern history

The Weston Library has a wealth of archival and manuscript resources covering almost all aspects of modern British society and culture.   Next Wednesday’s workshop “iSkills:  Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History” will introduce the collections, key finding aids and the research skills needed to make the most of these resources. We will cover:

  • identifying relevant archival and manuscript material in Oxford and beyond
  • things to consider when working with archival material
  • there will also be an opportunity to handle some interesting examples from the Weston’s collections.

This session is designed for Social Scientists and Historians (including students starting a dissertation) and will take place on Wednesday 10 May 14.00-16.00.   Places are limited so please book your place.

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.

The Electronic Enlightenment Project – Letters & Lives Online

Next week Bodleian Libraries will be running an introduction to the Electronic Enlightenment project.   The session will introduce EE’s full-text collection of early 17th to mid-19th century correspondence,  covering topics as diverse as religious tolerance to animal rights,  vulcanology to classical archaeology, and economic modelling to celebrity culture.

The workshop will take place on Monday 21 May 10.45-12.15 at Oxford University Computing Service.    Please book your place online.

WISER for manuscripts

Next week’s WISER progremme will include an introduction to the Bodleian’s manuscript collections. The session will:

  • provide an overview of the Bodleian’s manuscript collections
  • introduce tools for finding manuscripts
  • talk you through the processes and procedures for accessing manuscripts and how to get help

WISER: Manuscripts will take place on Wednesday 16 May 15.30-17.00. Please book your place online.

 

Calling historians – WISER for history…

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

WISER: Online Resources for Historians (Wednesday 1 June 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 note that this workshop has moved from its original date and time and will now take place Wednesday 1 June 9.30-10.45.    Please book your place online

WISER: Sources for US History (Wednesday 8 June 3.30 – 5.00) – 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 (Wednesday 15 June 1.45 – 3.15pm) – 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.

As well as these three sessions, historians may also be interested in the WISER sessions on manuscripts and African Studies…

WISER: Manuscripts (Wednesday 25 May 3.30-5.00pm) – This session will give an overview of the Bodleian’s manuscript collections, introduce tools for finding manuscripts and take you through the processes and procedures for accessing them and getting help.   Please book your place online.

WISER Information Sources for African Studies (Tuesday 31 May 10.45 – 12.00) – 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!

Finding and using manuscripts in the Bodleian

If you need to use manuscripts held in the Bodleian for your research, then WISER Manuscripts on 25th May is for you.

The session will give an overview of the Bodleian’s manuscript collections, introduce tools for finding manuscripts and take you through the processes and procedures for accessing them and getting help.

The session will take place on Wednesday 25 May 3.30-5.00pm. Please book your place online.