Category Archives: research

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)


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.

Calling all DPhils – your thesis, copyright and ORA

Oxford DPhils students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis electronically in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA).    Ensuring that you have copyright permission to include any information or material in your thesis which is owned by third parties is essential. In addition, if your thesis contains sensitive or confidential information you will need to apply for a dispensation from consultation.    Find out more about what you need to do to ensure that you can deposit your thesis at our workshop  WISER: Your thesis, copyright and ORA  on Friday 27 January 9.15-10.15)   > book your place.

Research: Maximising visibility using ORA

Ensuring that your research is visible is becoming more and more important as grant applications and the REF focus increasingly on research impact.     One easy way to increase your visibility is to deposit your research in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA). Come along to our training session on Monday 28th November to find out:

  • How to deposit your articles, posters, conference papers and other research outputs in ORA
  • How to use  Symplectic to keep track of your publications and to add items to ORA
  • Find out about copyright and other rights issues when making your research available online.

This session will take place on Monday 28 November 9.15-12.15 at Oxford University Computing Services.    Please book your place online.