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 session is on Wednesday 29th November
The 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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Moving from research question to literature review in Archaeology

Are you a Postgraduate student in Archaeology?
Do you need to undertake a literature review as part of your dissertation or thesis?

We offer a FREE workshop to take you through the process – from looking at your initial research question to producing a literature review.

Subjects to be covered include:

  •     The literature review process
  •     Effective searching
  •     Key databases and eResources
  •     Using citations and bibliometrics
  •     Using alerts

There will be a practical element, with a chance to have a go at these things with the Librarian there to help.  There will also be a workbook available to take away.

Book online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Moving from research question to literature review in Archaeology
Wednesday 25 April 14.00-16.00

Reference management with Endnote – for the Medical Sciences Division

Are you a postgraduate student or researcher in the Medical Sciences? Do you need help managing your references? Do you need help citing references in your documents? In Week 8 we are running further sessions of a workshop introducing you to Endnote X8, a reference management package to help you store, organise and retrieve your references and PDFs, as well as cite references in documents and create bibliographies quickly and easily.

We will cover: importing references from PubMed, Google Scholar, and directly from a database such as Ovid Embase; managing PDFs; deduplicating references in an Endnote Library; creating a bibliography; citing references in Word documents.

These workshops are FREE, but online booking is essential.  Please go to:
iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Endnote
to choose your session in Week 8 and to book online.


Google for your research – how to find the good stuff!

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A google search can return high quality academic materials for your research including both primary materials and scholarly papers and commentary. However, too often the high quality content is lost among thousands of irrelevant, spurious and even misleading results. Wading through the dross to find the academic needle in the haystack is time consuming and most people give up after scanning the first page (or at most the first two pages) of results, but of course there could be an outstanding piece of research on page 3, 10 or even 100 of your results list.

The good news is that by learning a few basic techniques you can hone in on the good stuff.       Come along to our iSkills workshop, Google for academic research on Thursday 1st March to find out more and to practice your skills with Google and also with alternative search engines such as DuckDuckGo.

This workshop will be aimed at DPhils and researchers in Social Sciences subjects.   Please book your place at:

Bodleian iSkills: Using Google for academic research (Thursday 1st March 10.00-12.00)


Research impact – how to find high impact journals and demonstrate your own 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 Wednesday 21st February 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?

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, 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 (Friday 16 February 09.30-12.30)

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Working with sensitive or confidential research data?

Are you:
– Creating or using existing sensitive research data?
– Using suitable consent agreements?
– Protecting all your data?
– Aware of appropriate strategies?
– Documenting and creating metadata?
– Aware of the support at Oxford?

Our Bodleian iSkills workshops on working with sensitive research data will guide you through the issues and key principles to bear in mind when creating, using and sharing sensitive or confidential research data.  The workshops will be suitable for those using sensitive data either obtained from third party sources such as data archives or for those creating data as part of their research. They will be particularly suitable for DPhil students and research staff.  Please be sure to book your place online for:

Careful management of your data is vital for the health of your research project and having a robust research data management plan is increasingly required by funders.

A good research data management plan will ensure that:

  • you create, collect, store, structure and use your data in the most effective way for your particular research needs
  • your data is safely backed up and preserved for the future
  • you can make your data available to others where appropriate (and when mandated by your funder)
  • sensitive and confidential data is kept securely

Although having an effective research data management plan is really important, it can be difficult to know where to start.     Bodleian Libraries run a series of workshops covering elements of Research Data Management.  The next workshop in this series will take place on  Thursday 8th February and will introduce MANTRA, an online learning course covering best practice in research data management.  During the workshop you will have an opportunity to start the tutorial with help at hand from the Bodleian Libraries’ Data Librarian and to ask him questions about managing data for your own research project.  >Book a place on Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA

Data sources for research – discovery, access and use

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 Friday 2nd February 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
Friday 2nd February 14:00-16:00

The Workshop is FREE, but online booking is essential.


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.