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 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:



Open Access Oxford Week 11-15 June 2018

In Week 8 Bodleian Libraries will be running daily events across the university which look at all aspects of open access publishing.

Join us to discuss developments in research dissemination and scholarly communication, policy and practice.  With a mix of local and visiting speakers, we look forward to welcoming representatives from Research England, the National Institute for Health Research, JISC, Altmetric and the creators of ‘author copyright’ game The Publishing Trap.

We also have a special event on 14 June – ‘Publishers, papers and peer review’, led by Professor Alis Oancea (Oxford University Department of Education), and exploring publication strategies, predatory journals, open practice and data, social science repositories, responsible research metrics, and OA policies. Speakers include leaders from academia, publishing, and preprint servers SocArxiv and SSRN.

All events are FREE, and open to all University staff and students, especially academics and researchers, research students, research support staff and librarians. Please follow the links to book a place online.

The REF policy for open access: why and what? (Monday 11 June 12.30-13.30)
Claire Fraser (Higher Education Policy Adviser, Research England). The policymaker’s perspective on the implementation of open access publication requirements for REF 2021.
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Help! I’m an author, get me out of here (Monday 11 June 14.00-15.00)
Sally Rumsey (Head of Scholarly Communication and Research Data Management, Bodleian Libraries). Calling Oxford authors to share views on evolving research dissemination at this repeat of Sally’s January presentation.
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Play the ‘Publishing Trap’ board game (Tuesday 12 June 11.30-13.00)
Jane Secker and Chris Morrison (both from UK Copyright Literacy). Come prepared to play this educational board game – aimed at early career researchers and academics – exploring the impact of scholarly communications choices, with its copyright expert creators.
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NIHR Open Access policy and progress (Tuesday 12 June 14.00-15.00)
Justin Riordan-Jones (Head of Systems and Information (Research), Department of Health & Social Care). An overview of OA policy and practicalities from the National Institute for Health Research, a major funder of research at Oxford.
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Openness and humanities (Wednesday 13 June 11.30-12.15)
Pip Willcox (Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Bodleian Libraries). The long history of openness in humanities.
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Digital theses and open access (Wednesday 13 June 12.15-13.00).
Sarah Barkla (Institutional Repository Librarian, Bodleian Libraries). The benefits of making your doctoral thesis available through ORA.
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Latest developments in altmetrics (Wednesday 13 June 14.00-15.00)
Jean Liu (Head of Product Development, Altmetric). Introducing altmetrics and open access, recent developments and tips for using Altmetric data.
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Publishers, papers and peer review (Thursday 14 June 10.45-15.45)
Led by Professor Alis Oancea (Oxford University Department of Education). Social Science focus but open to all. led by Professor Alis Oancea (Oxford University Department of Education), and exploring publication strategies, predatory journals, open practice and data, social science repositories, responsible research metrics, and OA policies. Speakers include leaders from academia, publishing, and preprint servers SocArxiv and SSRN. 10.45am-3.45pm, Manor Road Building. Programme/booking

The EU and open access: OpenAire and Horizon 2020 (Friday 15 June 11.00-12.00)
Frank Manista (European Open Science Manager, JISC). The new OpenAire project and its role in supporting European Union open access policy.
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Open access: a publisher’s perspective (Friday 15 June 13.00-16.00)
Katie Pryce, Lucy Oates, and Alison Jones (Open Access team, Oxford University Press). A publisher’s perspective on the open access landscape, recent industry developments, and the development of open access monograph publishing.
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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.

FREE Reference Management workshops in Trinity Term

Creating and formatting correctly your in-text citations, footnotes and bibliography for your thesis or publication can be a headache!  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
(Thu 10 May 14.00-17.00; repeated Fri 25 May 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, Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote) so that you can work out which one is best for you.  We are running this workshop twice in May 2018.

Referencing: RefWorks
(Fri 18 May 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.

Referencing: Zotero
(Tue 29 May 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.

Referencing: Mendeley
(Fri 1 June  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.

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

Keep up to date with emerging research – get 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 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:
Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Tuesday 8 May 14.00-15.30)

Bodleian iSkills workshops for Historians in Trinity Term 2018

In Trinity Term Bodleian Libraries runs a series of workshops aimed at Historians. These workshops are also aimed at undergraduates looking for resources for their final-year thesis.  This term’s schedule is listed below.  All our iSkills course are FREE but online booking is required.  Please click on any title to link to its booking page.

Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for historians
Tuesday 1st May  14.15-15.15
A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods for British and West European history: including bibliographical databases, biographical / reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.
Presenter: Isabel Holowaty
Venue: IT Services 13 Banbury Road

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US history 
Tuesday 1st May 15.30-17.00
Introduction to key information sources and collections for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online, as well as guidance on locating material for your research.
Presenter: Jane Rawson
Venue: IT Services 13 Banbury Road

Bodleian iSkills: Information sources for African Studies
Wednesday 2nd May  10.00-11.30
This session will introduce key information sources for African Studies. You will be shown useful finding tools to locate relevant material via SOLO and how to search them, as well as important portals and gateways to libraries and archives of online primary texts. There will be time for a brief hands-on.
Presenters: Lucy McCann, Sarah Rhodes
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History
Wednesday 9th May 14.00-16.00
The Bodleian’s Weston Library has a  wealth of resources covering almost all aspects of modern Brigish society and culture.  This session will introduce key finding aids and get you started with the research skills needed to make the most of these resources.  You will have an opportunity in the session to handle some actual examples.
Presenter:  Michael Hughes
Venue: Weston Library, Horton Room

Bodleian iSkills: UK Parliamentary & Government Materials—an Introduction    
Wednesday 16 May 10.00-11.30
A general overview of the main sources for finding and accessing historical UK parliamentary material, pre-1800 and post-1800 including sources for government publications both in print and in electronic format, including: Parliamentary proceedings—Hansard, Journals of the House of Commons and Lords; Legislation; Government and departmental papers.
Presenters: Hannah Chandler and Andrew Milner
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for Medievalists
Wednesday 6th June 09.30-11.45
General overview to a range of e-resources relevant for British and Western European medieval studies:  including bibliographical databases, biographical/reference tools, web portals and collections of online primary source materials of Anglo-Saxon sources, Greek/Latin texts, chronicles, charters, literary works and manuscript sources.
Presenters: Sue Usher, Hilla Wait, Charlotte Goodall, Eva Oledzka, Isabel Holowaty , Helen Scott
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room



Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences

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

tag cloud covering topics covered in this workshop

A well-constructed set of search terms and an understanding of online search engines are prerequisites for maximising the amount, quality and relevance of resources you can identify for your literature review.  In this session researchers will 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 (Tuesday 1 May 09.30-12.00)

Your thesis, copyright and ORA – do you know what to do?

If you are an Oxford DPhil, you are probably aware that you are required to deposit a digital copy of your thesis in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA).    Once deposited, your thesis will be embargoed for a short period, but after that it will be become publicly available as an open access thesis.

Making your thesis open access brings lots of benefits not only to other researchers and the public who can benefit from your research, but also to you in terms of raising your visibility and impact.  However, it also carries responsibilities. In particular, if you have included materials such as pictures for which you are not the copyright holder, you will need to get permission to reproduce them.    You may be surprised to learn that this not only applies to the more obvious items like pictures, but also to materials that you have authored yourself (e.g. journal articles) if the copyright belongs to a third party such as a publisher.  Our top tip is to be aware of copyright issues as early as possible in your research, as getting permissions as you go along is usually much easier than leaving it until you have finished your thesis.

In addition, if your thesis includes sensitive or confidential material, you may need to apply for a dispensation from consultation for the whole or part of your thesis so that it does not become public.

To find out more about how to handle copyright and sensitive data in your digital thesis, and how to prepare it for depositing in ORA, come along to Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA on Monday 30 April at the Radcliffe Science Library.     Please note that although the session is free, booking is essential.

Book now for Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA (Monday 30 April 14.00-15

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