Reference Management workshops in Michaelmas Term

Do you need to create in-text citations or footnotes or to build a bibliography?  If so, then 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!

In addition to our very popular workshops on Choosing and Using reference management software, Bodleian libraries offer a series of workshops that guide you through effectively using the most appropriate reference management software for your work. Please follow links to book online for each session.

Referencing: RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Wednesday 1st November 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.
If you missed out on Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities in Week 3, you may still come along to RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences. The two sessions are similar although they use different examples in the demonstrations.

Referencing: Zotero (Friday 3rd November 02:00-17:00)
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: Mendeley (Thursday 16th November 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.

Referencing: RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences

On Wednesday 1st November, our popular ‘Referencing’ workshop series looks at RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences.

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. Our workshop will introduce the main features of RefWorks including:

  • signing up for RefWorks
  • 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!

The workshop is open to anyone looking for an introduction to RefWorks but the section on importing references will focus on Science/Social Science examples.

Please book your place online

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.

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:
iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Thursday 26 October 10:00-11:30)

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 usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

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 Tuesday 10 October at the Social Science Library.     Please note that although the session is free, booking is essential.

Book now for Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA (Tuesday 10 October 10.00-11.00)

Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? (Old Road Campus)

Picture of an open lockIn 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 give a monthly briefing 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 two sessions are as follows:

  • Wednesday 12 July 14.00-15.00  Headington Old Road campus
    (
    particularly convenient for the Medical Sciences Division)

  • Tuesday 22 August 14.00-15.00  Manor Road Building, Seminar Room E

The sessions are free, but online booking is required.
Book a place on  iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?

 

Authors, copyright and open access – making it work for you

Authors are often unsure what rights they retain when signing the publisher agreement for a journal article. Your choices affect what you and others can do with your work.

Bodleian Libraries are running an introductory workshop to help you decipher the jargon and explain the pitfalls so you can understand your options and make informed decisions.  The workshop will cover: benefits of retaining copyright; Copyright Transfer Agreements (CTA) compared with other Licence types (inc. Creative Commons); author rights and sharing permissions; subscription and open access articles; uploading to the web or repositories; University and funder policies (inc. REF); and the support available.

Participants are invited to bring along an example of a publisher copyright agreement that they have signed in the past or from a journal they publish in regularly. There will be time for Q&A, but if you wish to send questions in advance please email: openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, using subject line: June Copyright session.

Please book online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Authors, copyright and open access – making it work for you
(Thursday 15th June 14.00-15.00)

Using four centuries of news sources for historical and contemporary research

Newspapers are wonderful resources for both historical and contemporary research not only providing a record of events, politics, the law and international affairs but also rich information about the zeitgeist of the age, social and cultural life, language and much more.

However, newspapers can be tricky to use in research. Tracking down papers can be difficult not least because historical newspapers are spread across a range of digital resources whilst in the modern age the huge scale of the resources available and the plethora of editions can make research tricky.    Mastering the appropriate resources in order to search them effectively and to make the most of the items you find can also be a challenge.

To develop your skills in using newspapers in research, why not come to the Bodleian Libraries’ iSkills session Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-21st centuries on Wednesday 7th June (09.30-12.30). During the session we will look at a wide range of resources for both historical and contemporary research and how to make best use of them.

Book your place online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-21st centuries
(Wednesday 7th June, 09.30-12.30)