Category Archives: iSkills

Getting started in Oxford Libraries

Are you new to the University’s libraries, or still unsure if you are getting the most out of them?  Maybe you are overwhelmed by the sheer number of different libraries and different types of services and materials at your disposal…

Come to one of our workshops 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
Next available dates:

Monday 11 February  14.00-17.00
Monday 25 February  14.00-17.00

Bodleian iSkills workshops for the Medical Sciences Division

Bodleian Health Care Libraries run a series of iSkills workshops specifically for staff and students in Oxford University’s Medical Sciences Division.  The workshops cover Reference Management, Literature searching, Systematic reviews and Research impact.  For details of each workshop, dates and booking links please click on each title below:

Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to literature searching for DPhils and researchers in the Medical Sciences
A practical workshop to explore how to formulate search strategies to address research questions; choose appropriate databases and search engines; store and manage references; and keep up to date with new research.

Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to systematic reviews & evidence syntheses – searching for studies
In this workshop you will be introduced to the principles underpinning the conduct of literature searches for systematic reviews and evidence syntheses.

Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Research impact – citation analysis tools
During this introduction to citation tracking and bibliometrics we will use a range of ‘impact factor’ tools to find top journals and conferences, count citations and measure the impact of publications and researchers. We will cover Journal Citation Reports, CiteScore Journal Metrics, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Essential Science Indicators, ORCID and more and explain how to use each tool and its strengths and weaknesses.

Reference Management for the Medical Sciences Division
Do you need help managing your references? Do you need help citing references in your documents?  Bodleian Health Care Libraries offer hour-long introductory workshops on Endnote X8 and Mendeley reference managers to help you to store, organise and retrieve your references and PDFs, as well as cite references in documents and create bibliographies quickly and easily. Click on the titles below for further details, dates and online booking:

Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Endnote

Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Mendeley

 

 

Reference management workshops from Bodleian iSkills

Creating and formatting correctly your in-text citations, footnotes and bibliography for your thesis or publication can be a right chore!  Reference management software can make the task much easier by helping you build libraries of references and add citations and bibliographies to your documents.  In particular, reference management software can ensure that you have all the information you need for each citation or reference and that it’s formatted correctly for your chosen citation style.  It will even allow you to change citation style at the touch of a button!  Some reference management software also has features of sharing references, collaboration tools and social networking.

Each term, Bodleian libraries offer a series of workshops that guide you through effectively using the most appropriate reference management software for your work.   We start with ‘Choosing and Using Software’, a workshop that introduces and compares some of the main reference management packages available; and we follow this with workshops looking in more detail at individual packages. Please follow links to book online for each session.

Referencing: Choosing and using software
(Thu 7 Feb 14.00-17.00; repeated Tue 12 Feb 14.00-17.00)
This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the pros and cons of a wide range of software packages and gives you the opportunity to try out four different packages (Endnote, Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero) so that you can work out which one is best for you.

Referencing: Endnote
(Mon 18 Feb 14.00-17.00)
EndNote X8 is a desktop-based reference management tool for Windows, available free for use on University-owned computers; with a modified ‘cloud’ service for which Oxford University members can set up free accounts online to use from any personal computer.  You can transfer references between your Endnote library and your EndNote online library using Transfer with Endnote.

Referencing: Mendeley
(Fri 1 Mar 09.15-12.15)
Mendeley is a freely available reference manager and academic social network with web-based, desktop and mobile versions.  You can sync your library between these different versions and across different computers.

Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities
(Fri 22 Feb 09.15-12.15)
RefWorks is a web-based reference manager provided free to members of Oxford University via the Bodleian Libraries’ institutional subscription.  You can log in to RefWorks using your Oxford Single Sign-On or you can create an individual account.  This introduction to RefWorks is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.

Referencing: RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences 
(Fri 15 Feb 09.15-12.15)

This introduction to RefWorks is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Science and Social Science examples.

Referencing: Zotero
(Wed 20 Feb 09.15-12.15)
Zotero is a free, open-source program that can be downloaded as a browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari and as a standalone program that works with Windows, Mac, or Linux systems.

To find out more about reference management software options and to compare their features, have a look at Bodleian Libraries LibGuide on reference management.

 

 

 

Research Data Management workshops

Good research data management is a vital component of academic practice. Part of this is the principle that the data used to develop the arguments and outcomes of your research should be effectively stored and managed during a project, preserved for the future and – where possible – shared with other academics.  As part of the ‘iSkills workshops’ programme each term Bodleian Libraries runs the following FREE workshops on Research Data Management, covering data management planning; institutional funder and publisher requirements; sources of specialist data available at the University of Oxford and elsewhere; working with sensitive or restricted data; issues around preserving data and cybersecurity, confidentiality and informed consent; and where to get support.  These sessions are intended for Postgraduates and Researchers.

Click on any link for further information and to book a session.

Managing research data and Data Management Planning (DMPs)
Friday 1 February 10.00-12.00 – next session TBA in Trinity Term

Data sources for research – discovery, access & use
Monday 4 February 14.00-16.00

Introduction MANTRA for Research Data Management
Tuesday 12 February 10.00-11.30

Working with sensitive research data in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Wednesday 6 March 10.00-12.00

Working with sensitive research data in the Sciences and Medical Sciences
Thursday 21 February 14.00-16.00

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?

This week we will be running another session of this very popular workshop from the Bodleian Libraries iSkills series, 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, 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 opportunities for hands on practice during which time you will be able to collect papers for your own research.

This workshop is FREE. Please be sure to book your place online:
Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research
Wednesday 30 January 09.30-12.30

Getting started in Oxford Libraries

Are you new to the University’s libraries, or still unsure if you are getting the most out of them?  Maybe you are overwhelmed by the sheer number of different libraries and different types of services and materials at your disposal…

Come to one of our monthly workshops 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
Next available dates:
Monday 15th October 9.30-12.30
Monday 5th November 09.30-12.30

Reference management for the Medical Sciences Division: Endnote and Mendeley

Starting this week and continuing throughout Michaelmas Term, Bodleian Healthcare Libraries are running regular workshops for the Medical Sciences Division on the reference management tools Endnote and Mendeley.

These workshops are for students, researchers and staff in the Medical Sciences Division only  (please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk if you’re not sure of your eligibility).  The workshops cover the  main features of Endnote and Mendeley, including how to add and organise references and PDF documents and how to use these tools to create in-text citations or footnotes and to generate bibliographies.

Booking is essential!  Please follow the links below:

 

 

Are you finding the best materials for your research?

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

In Week 7 of Trinity Term we will be running another session of our very popular workshop from the Bodleian Libraries iSkills series, 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 opportunities for hands on practice during which time you will be able to collect papers for your own research.

This workshop is FREE. Please be sure to book your place online:

Finding stuff: scholarly literature for your research (Thursday 7 June 09.30-12.30)

 

 

Open Access Oxford – What’s happening?

Bodleian Libraries continue to run monthly briefings on open access publishing and Oxford’s position. These briefings are aimed at researchers and academics, research support staff, administrators and librarians. Key topics include:

• Introduction – What is open access?
• Key terms – Gold, Green, APCs
• How to find out about research council or funder requirements
• How to find out what your publisher will allow
• Green route – how to deposit in ORA
• Gold route and how to claim for APCs
• HEFCE policy for next REF
• New developments, including ORCID researcher IDs
• Where to get more help

Our next sessions are on Thursday 31 May and Thursday 21st June
Each session is free, but online booking is required. To book a place on any upcoming Open Access Oxford briefing go to:
Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – What’s Happening?

We end Trinity Term with Open Access Oxford Week – a full week of events to bring you information, discussion and help on all things to do with Open Access.

Go to Open Access Oxford Week 2018 for the full programme in Week 8

In order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication. HEFCE’s requirements are designed to ‘increase substantially the amount of scholarly material that is made available in an open-access form’.

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Are you making the most of e-books

The Bodleian Libraries has over 624,000 e-books, with titles in all subject areas, but do you feel confident in finding and using them? If you haven’t got to grips with e-books yet, or if you are using them but are not sure that you’re making the most of their full functionality, why not come along to our workshop iSkills: E-books on Tuesday 22 May at 14.00-15.30.  The workshop will cover finding e-books and how to use and manipulate them including borrowing entire e-books, downloading chapters, using e-books on computers, tablets and other devices and making annotations. Please note that this workshop will focus on e-versions of books whereas the subsequent workshop, iSkills: E-Book Readers will look at e-reader devices such as Kindle and Nook.

Attendance is free, but please Book your place online

The e-books workshop will be followed immediately by iSkills: E-book Readers which looks at the different devices available for reading e-books including Kindle, Nook, Kobo and the use of iPad and Android tablets as e-readers. The presentation will cover the pros and cons of each device and give you the opportunity to handle the hardware and try it out. iSkills: E-Book Readers will take place Tuesday 22 May at 15.45-17.00.

Attendance is free, but please Book your place online


Please note that these two workshops run consecutively for your convenience. However, you are very welcome to attend just one of them if you wish.