Category Archives: Social Sciences

Confident about your literature review?

tag cloud covering topics covered in this workshop

Doing a literature review is no easy task. In our Bodleian iSkills workshop, Moving from a research question to a literature review in the Social Sciences, you will learn how to build a search strategy and use it in a number of key tools.      The workshop is specifically designed for Social Sciences DPhil students and will cover:

  • building a successful search strategy
  • using a range of bibliographic databases and search tools in the Social Sciences
  • working effectively with large result sets
  • sourcing highly cited papers relevant to your research

Please bring along your own research questions so that you can start searching for materials relevant to your DPhil.

Bodleian iSkills: Moving from a research question to a literature review in the Social Sciences will take place Thursday 27 April 10.00-12.00 at the Social Science Library. Although the workshop is free, booking is essential.

Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences

Plan an effective and structured search for your dissertation or thesis.

This 2-hour workshop will be invaluable for researchers hoping to find suitable literature for their literature review, for which a well-constructed set of search terms and an understanding of online search engines are prerequisites. This workshop will allow researchers to use their own research questions to build a search and apply it to a range of databases. Techniques for structuring a search will be explained, an overview of key online resources for the social sciences will be given, major search tools will be explored, and strategies for approaching large results sets and sourcing papers will be discussed. This practical workshop will involve paper exercises and online activities using attendees own research topics.

We are running this free workshop for all DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences. Please book online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences (Monday 30 January 14.00-15.00)

Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA

MANTRA is an acclaimed online independent learning course which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management. We are running a workshop to introduce MANTRA and to look at how research data management forms an integral part of the research process. You will also have the opportunity to begin the online course. Aimed at postgraduates and researchers, this session will be particularly useful for DPhil students and early career researchers who are starting a research project.

Book online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA
(Monday 7th November 14:00-15:30)

Discovering and depositing Social Science research data

Are you a DPhil or researcher in the Social Sciences? We are running a workshop that looks at how social science data archives can inform your research. We will also outline the workings of ORA-Data – the institutional repository recently launched by the University of Oxford. By the end of the session you will know how to locate and cite data from a range of data archives and have an understanding of the benefits and operation of ORA-Data.

Please book online for:
iSkills: Discovering and depositing Social Science research data (Wednesday 15th June, 14:00-16:00)

Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA

MANTRA is an acclaimed online independent learning course which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management. We are running a workshop to introduce MANTRA and to look at how research data management forms an integral part of the research process. You will also have the opportunity to begin the online course. Aimed at postgraduates and researchers, this session will be particularly useful for DPhil students and early career researchers who are starting a research project.

Book online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA
(Wednesday 11th May 14:00-15:00)

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.