Referencing – need help?


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!

Each term, Bodleian libraries offer a series of workshops that guide you through effectively using the most appropriate reference management software for your work.  This term 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
(Fri 26 Jan 14.00-17.00; repeated Mon 19 Feb 9.30-12.15)
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 five different packages (RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley and Papers) so that you can work out which one is best for you.  We repeat the workshop in February.

Referencing: RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences 
(Wed 31 Jan 14.00-17.00)

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 Science and Social Science examples.

Referencing: Mendeley
(Tue 20 February 14.00-17.00)
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: Zotero
(Thu 22 Feb 14:00-17:00)
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.

Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities
(Tue 27 Feb 14.00-17.00)
This introduction to RefWorks is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.

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

 

Effective database strategies for Modern Languages research

Are you finding the most relevant materials for your research in Modern Languages?

Language librarians at the Taylor Institution are offering a practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research.  The workshop will focus on building a search to fit your research question, identifying and using relevant databases and evaluating your results.

The workshop is FREE, but booking is required.  Please book online through the link below:
Bodleian iSkills: Effective database strategies for Modern Languages research
Tuesday 30 January 12.00-13.00  OR  Thursday 1 February 10.00-11.00

 

Open Access Oxford – what’s happening – monthly briefings

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 sessions will be held on:
Tuesday 30 January 12.00-13.00 (Radcliffe Science Library)

Tuesday 20 February 11.00-12.00 (Nuffield College, New Road) 

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

Getting started in Oxford Libraries

New to the University’s libraries, or still unsure if you are getting the most out of them?

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 date:
Thursday 25 January 9.30-12.30

Managing research data and Data Management Planning (DMPs)

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 this term’s ‘iSkills workshops’ programme, Bodleian Libraries are running a set of FREE workshops on Research Data Management, the first of which introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on your work. The services available at Oxford to assist you will be outlined. This session is not only essential during your current studies but will be invaluable if you plan to continue in research as a career.

Objectives:

Understand common dangers and pitfalls of digital data
Understand key principles of RDM and organising your data effectively
Produce a data management plan
Understand institutional, funder and publisher requirements
Understand issues around preserving data and cybersecurity
Be aware of ORA-Data, Github and other preservation services
Share thoughts and insights about the potential of data management in your own field
Access Oxford based tools for research data management

Intended Audience:  All DPhil students and research staff

Attendance is FREE, but booking is essential.  Please book your place online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Managing research data and Data Management Planning (DMPs)
Wednesday 24 January 09.30-11.30

Online resources for Modern European Languages

A new iSkills workshop from the team at Bodleian’s Taylor Institution Library will give an overview of the different kinds of online resources available in Modern Languages, such as databases, ebooks, bibliographies and online reference works. There will be a hands-on component to this hour-long session, and participants should bring a laptop so they can work through exercises designed to introduce them to language-specific resources. Subject librarians will be on-hand to answer questions and give advice.

Attendance is FREE, but online booking is required.  Follow the link to book your place for: Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for Modern European Languages

Choice of two dates:
Tuesday 23 January 09.00-10.00
Wednesday 24 January 09.00-10.00

Getting information to come to you

Keeping up to date with new publications, research papers, announcements from funding bodies and other news is an essential but time-consuming task.  Our termly workshop iSkills: Getting information to come to you takes the pain out of the process by introducing you to RSS feeds and email alerts. These technologies allow you to set up notifications so that, when key journals, databases or web sites publish new information in your research area, you are sent an alert via email or via an RSS feed reader. Participants will have the opportunity to set up their own RSS feed readers and/or email notifications during the session.

Please book online for:
iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Monday 22 January 14.00-15.30)

 

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)

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