Category Archives: iSkills

Open Access Oxford – What’s happening?

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’.

Bodleian Libraries 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 session is on Wednesday 29th November

The session is free, but online booking is required. To book a place go to:
Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – What’s Happening?
Wednesday 29 November 13.00-14.00

Research impact – how to find high-impact journals and demonstrate your own research impact

Looking for high impact journals and conferences? Need to demonstrate research impact? Wondering about your h-index?

Being able to identify high impact journals and to measure and demonstrate your own research impact and h-index are key skills which are increasingly important when applying for funding and in some case research positions.   One way of measuring impact is to count, track and anaylse citations to published works.   A number of tools exist to facilitate this but can be tricky to use.

Bodleian Libraries will be running a workshop ‘iSkills: Research Impact – citation analysis tools’  on Thursday 23rd November 14.00-15.30, to help you to use citation data to measure and demonstrate impact.  We will be covering  Journal Citation Reports, CiteScore Journal Metrics, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Essential Science Indicators, Altmetrics and ORCID and will look at how to find highly cited journals and conferences as well as how to measure the impact of individual researchers including calculating the h-index.

This session is for researchers, research support staff and research postgraduates, especially in the Sciences and Social Sciences. Please be sure to book your place.

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?

In response to demand, Bodleian Libraries are running a repeat session this term, of this very popular workshop, 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 (Monday 20 November 14.00-17.00)

tag cloud covering topics covered in this workshop


Working with sensitive research data?

In the next two weeks Bodleian Libraries are running two workshops for DPhils and Researchers working with sensitive research data:  the first will focus on research data in the Social Sciences and Humanities; and the second will focus on the Sciences and Medical Sciences.

These workshops will outline some of the key principles to bear in mind when working with sensitive or restricted research; whether collected yourself or obtained from a third party source such as a data archive or an NHS trust or Biobank data.  Issues of confidentiality, informed consent, cybersecurity and data management will be covered.  Examples of scenarios or concerns drawn from the research of participants are particularly welcome.  The role of support services at Oxford will also be outlined and in particular the role of the Bodleian Data Librarian who will lead the session.  Follow up consultations with the Data librarian or other subject consultants are also offered.

Attendance at this workshop is FREE, but online booking is essential.  Click below for further information on each workshop and to book a place:

Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data in the Social Sciences and Humanities
(Wednesday 15 November 14.00-16.00)

Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data in the Sciences and Medical Sciences (Tuesday 21 November 10.00-12.00)


Starting your research in Modern Languages – help from the Taylor Institution Library

Bodleian Libraries is offering a practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research in Modern Languages. The workshop will focus on building a search to fit your research question, using relevant databases and evaluating your results.

This workshop is for any postgraduate students, researchers or academics in Modern Languages.  Attendance is free, but booking is required.  Book online at:


Tools and tips for your research in Film Studies

The Bodleian Libraries’ Film Specialist will be running an iSkills workshop in Week 2 of Trinity Term to help anyone doing research in Film Studies.  We will be talking about the Film Studies collections in Oxford (covering not only the films themselves but also books and articles on film)  and the best databases for conducting your research and literature review.  In addition we’ll also look at how to cite films.

Bodleian iSkills: Information resources for Film
will be running on Thursday 9th November 14.00-15.00.
The session is free, but please book your place online.

Discover a landscape of research data sources

Modern researchers need to have an up-to-date understanding of working with research data. This relates equally to the material they create themselves and that obtained from other sources. Academic institutions, funding bodies and even publishers are now expecting competence in these issues.

On Tuesday 7th November Bodleian Libraries will be running a workshop to provide a grounding in the different ways quantitative and qualitative data is being made available to benefit researchers.  It will include an overview of macro and micro data sources available at the University of Oxford, including national data archives and specialist sources for business and economic data. It will also offer some pointers for further searching, introducing additional data services such as the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Eurostat, Researchfish and the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative’s online interactive databank and global Multidimensional Poverty Index.  By the end of the session you will also have some insight into how your own future work could add to the process and become part of the research discourse.

Intended Audience: DPhil students and research staff (particularly in Social Sciences). This workshop will be most beneficial to those researchers planning to use secondary data sources (quantitative, qualitative and mixed) as part of their research or who wish to learn more about the potential of open data platforms and data archives.

Book now for Bodleian iSkills: Data sources for research – discovery, access & use
Tuesday 7th November 14.00-16.00

The Workshop is FREE, but online booking is essential.

Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and 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 Tuesday 31 October 14.00-16.00.   Attendance is free, but places are limited so please book your place.

Managing your referencing with RefWorks for Humanities

RefWorks is a well-established online tool which allows you to manage your citations/references, insert them into your work as footnotes or intext citations, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles.

Come along to our session on Monday 23rd October, where we will introduce the main features of RefWorks including:

  • adding references to RefWorks from a range of databases and online resources
  • inserting references into Word documents
  • formatting (and reformatting) references using citation styles
  • creating bibliographies

…and plenty of hands-on practice!

This introduction is open to all postgraduates, researchers,  academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software. However, the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.

Book your place for RefWorks for Humanities (Bodleian iSkills)

Tracking down UK Parliamentary and Government papers for 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.

Tomorrow 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 Wednesday 18 October 10.00-11.30. Please book your place online.  If you are unable to book online please contact