Category Archives: iSkills

iSkills are open for business!

Bodleian iSkills workshops have moved online for Trinity Term, and bookings have opened for our first few sessions.  We are working very hard to create our new webinars and videos, and look forward to bringing you the following topics:

  • Using Bodleian Libraries remotely
  • Literature searching
  • Keeping up to date with research
  • Managing your references
  • Open Access
  • Research Data Management
  • Archives

Keep an eye over the next few weeks on our Workshops LibGuide at:
where you will see workshops and videos advertised as they become available.

You can also subscribe to our mailing list of upcoming courses through: – My Details – Edit – Choose ‘Yes’ to receive emails about Bodleian Libraries courses, workshops and talks.


Bodleian iSkills in Trinity Term 2020

In line with University and Bodleian Libraries guidance, we regret we will not be offering  face-to-face workshops for the remainder of Hilary Term or for Trinity Term 2020. You may find the following helpful:

Bodleian iSkills: Workshops in information discovery and much more…

Bodleian iSkills workshops for Michaelmas 2019 are now open for booking!  

The Bodleian Libraries Information Skills Office run the following series of FREE workshops focussing on general skills and resources which can be used across a wide range of disciplines:

  • Bodleian iSkills – Workshops designed to help postgraduates and researchers find and make effective use of scholarly publications and other materials, effectively manage research data, keep up to date with the latest research and understand bibliometrics.
  • Referencing – Workshops on Endnote, Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero reference management packages to enable you to manage and format your citations, footnotes and bibliographies.
  • Open Access – Workshops on open access publishing; complying with University, funder and publisher mandates for open access; understanding copyright and looking after your intellectual property.
  • Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division and OUH staff – Workshops in information discovery, reference management, research data management and bibliometrics for the Medical Sciences.

Have a look at our full list of workshops to see what’s on offer this coming term and book your places.

Open Access Oxford Week, 4-8th March

Taking place in 8th week of term (4th – 8th March) is Open Access Oxford Week. Events are Image advertising Open Access Oxford Weektaking place across the University so why not join speakers from Wikimedia UK, Research England, Oxford University Press, UK Copyright Literacy and Universities UK to discuss developments in research dissemination and scholarly communication, policy and practice, all in the context of open access?

On Tuesday 5th March is a special event: ‘Open Access and Monographs: publishers, policies and practicalities’, jointly organised with the Humanities Division, to hear latest developments in this area.

To see the full list of events and to book a place, visit

Monday 4 March
2-4pm: ‘The Convergence of Open: Open Access, Education, Data & Culture’. Dr Martin Poulter (Wikimedian In Residence, University of Oxford). Talk 2-3pm followed by an optional hands-on introduction to Wikipedia editing 3-4pm.

Tea/coffee will be available. Venue: Radcliffe Science Library (Training Room). Book a place (Oxford Single Sign On).

Tuesday 5 March
2.00-4.30pm: ‘Open Access and Monographs: publishers, policies, practicalities’. Chaired by Prof Daniel Wakelin (Faculty of English) and following on from the Oxford OA monographs seminar in November 2018, another chance to hear from practitioners about the latest developments in OA for academic books.

Includes tea/coffee. Venue: Weston Library (Lecture Theatre). Book a place (Oxford Single Sign On).

Wednesday 6 March
4.15-6.00pm: ‘Paywall: the movie’. Film screening followed by discussion. Paywall: the business of scholarship is a 65 minute documentary made in 2018 by Prof Jason Schmitt and ‘focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google’. This event is co-organised with the Reproducible Research Oxford group.

Tea/coffee and popcorn will be available. Venue: Radcliffe Humanities Building (Lecture Theatre). Book a place (Oxford Single Sign On).

Thursday 7 March
3.30-5.00pm: ‘Learned Societies and the transition to Open Access’. With Oxford University Press, the Bodleian’s Open Access support team and panel: Prof Aditi Lahiri (Faculty of Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics; Linguistics Society of America; Philological Society), Prof Matthew Freeman (Dunn School of Pathology; Company of Biologists), Prof David Mills (Education; European Association of Social Anthropologists) and Prof Kate Watkins (Experimental Psychology; Society for Neurobiology of Language). Aims of the event are to explore the opportunities and challenges for learned societies as scholarly dissemination moves increasingly towards open access publishing.

Tea/coffee will be available. Venue: Taylor Institution (Room 2). Book a place (Oxford Single Sign On).

Friday 8 March
2.00-3.30pm: Play the ‘Publishing Trap’ board game. With Jane Secker and Chris Morrison (UK Copyright Literacy), creators of this board game for doctoral students, early career researchers and academics to learn about author copyright.

Tea/coffee will be available. Venue: Radcliffe Science Library (Group Study Room). Book a place (Oxford Single Sign On).

Responsible metrics

Bodleian iSkills brings you an introduction to citation tracking and bibliometrics, in which we examine a range of tools for finding journal metrics, article metrics and author metrics, in the context of moves towards responsible metrics in measuring the impact of publications and researchers.

This 90 minute workshop covers:

  • The main issues involved in using citation analysis to measure impact
  • Using Journal Citation Reports and CiteScore Journal Metrics to find journal impact factors
  • Using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar to track and count citations to papers and individual researchers
  • Calculating your own h-index
  • Measuring impact using altmetrics
  • Creating a researcher profile and using ORCID IDs to identify your work

Please book online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Research metrics and citation analysis tools (Wed 27th Feb, 14.00-15.30)



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 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