Working with sensitive research data?

Do you work with sensitive, confidential or restricted data?  If so, you may be interested in the next workshop in our Research Data Management series: ‘Working with sensitive research data’.

The workshop 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.    It will be particularly suitable for DPhil students and research staff.  Please be sure to book your place online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data (Wed 31 May 10:00-12:00)

Need resources from the Medieval period for your research?

Bodleian Libraries will will be running a workshop on sources for Medievalists next Tuesday 30 May. This interdisciplinary workshop will provide a general overview of e-resources relevant for British and Western European medieval studies. It will cover bibliographical databases, biographical and reference tools, web portals and collections of online primary source materials including Anglo-Saxon sources, Greek and Latin texts, chronicles, charters and literary works and manuscript sources.

This session is aimed at undergrads, postgrads, researchers, academics, staff eg. Classicists, English students, Historians, Philosophers, Theologians and anyone who needs sources from the Medieval period for their research.

Please book online for this FREE workshop:
Bodleian iSkills: Sources for Medievalists (Tuesday 30th May 14.00-16.15)

Choosing and using software for referencing

Struggling with your in-text citations/footnotes or bibliography?

Keep on top of it all with reference management software. 

Not sure which package to use? Come one of our introductory sessions. We will give an overview of how reference management works, explore the pros and cons of a wide range of reference management packages and give you the opportunity to try out four different packages so that you can work out which one is best for you. The packages included are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley.

We run workshops every term on choosing and using Referencing software. The workshops are FREE, but online booking is required. Book online for:
Referencing: Choosing and using software
(Wednesday 24th May 14.00-17.00)

Published an article? Have you used ‘act on acceptance’ to comply with the REF?

Open Access Oxford logoIn 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. In Oxford this means that you need to use our ‘Act on Acceptance‘ service to upload your author-accepted manuscript to the Oxford Research Archive (ORA) within 3 months of publication.    Those funded by UK Research Councils, Wellcome Trust or charities may also have additional open access obligations.

All this sound confusing?  If so, not to worry, just come along to one of our Open Access Oxford briefing.  Our briefings last 1 hour and are aimed at researchers and academics, research support staff, administrators and librarians. Key topics include:

  • What is open access?
  • Key open access terms – Gold Access, Green Access, APCs
  • REF requirements and how to comply
  • How to find out about research council or funder requirements
  • How to find out what your publisher will allow
  • Green route and how to deposit in the Oxford Research Archive using ‘Act on Acceptance’
  • Gold route and how to claim for APCs
  • New developments, including ORCID researcher IDs
  • Where to get more help

Briefing take place monthly, with the next session on Our next session is on Tuesday 23 May 14.00-15.00 at the Manor Road Building.  The session is free, but booking is required.

Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA

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.     One option is to come along to the Bodleian Libraries iSkills workshops on research data management.   The next workshop in this series will take place on  Wednesday 17th May 10.00-11.30 and will introduce MANTRA, a free online learning course covering best practice in digital 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.  This workshop is FREE, but online booking is required.

>Book a place on Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA

Referencing: Zotero

Another workshop from the Bodleian Libraries Referencing series, this one looks at Zotero.

What do we like about Zotero? Well, as with other reference management tools, it makes easy work of creating bibliographies and adding in-text citations or footnotes to your papers by keeping track of all the items you may wish to cite or add to a bibliography and by formatting your citations correctly for your chosen citation style.  It also shares the following features with Mendeley:

  • You can access Zotero online from multiple devices (computers, laptops, tablets and phones) and you can also use Zotero when you are offline
  • It works on Linux as well as on Windows and Mac and with both Microsoft Word and Libre Office
  • It is free for a basic account

In particular, Zotero is currently our most-recommended product for people using footnotes, which other reference managers can sometimes struggle with.

To find out more about Zotero and give it a test run, particularly if you are looking for a reference manager to help you manage your footnotes, come to our Referencing: Zotero workshop this Friday, 12th May 14.00-17.00. Attendance is FREE, but please book a place.

If you are interested in using a reference manager, but are not sure which one is best for you, why not come to our Choosing and Using workshop: Referencing: Choosing and Using Software.

Studying History? Preparing for your dissertation?

In Trinity term the Bodleian Libraries will be running a number of workshops for historians. We will be covering sources for British and European History, US History, African History and Medieval Studies, plus special workshops on newspapers for historians, UK government and parliamentary materials and the Weston Library’s archives and modern manuscripts.

These workshops will be introductory and are suitable for undergraduates preparing for a dissertation, for anyone new to the subject or as a refresher for postgraduates and researchers.   Please follow the links to book on these FREE courses:

Bodleian iSkills: Information sources for African Studies (Thursday 11th May 10.00-11.30) Week 3
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.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in the topic.
Presenters: Lucy McCann; Sarah Rhodes

Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for Historians (Tuesday 16th May 14.00-15.15) Week 4
A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods of British and W European history: bibliographical databases, biographical/reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Isabel Holowaty

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US History (Tuesday 16th May 15.30-17.00) Week 4 
Introduction to key information sources for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online (such as early printed books, US newspapers and US government papers), as well as guidance on locating material for your research.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Jane Rawson

Bodleian iSkills: UK parliamentary and government materials – an introduction (Thursday 18th May 10.00-11.30) Week 4
Of vital help to all undergraduate history students is this general overview of the main sources for finding and accessing historical UK parliamentary material, pre-1800 and post-1800. We look at 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.
Who is this session for? Undergraduate history students and anyone new to the subject
Presenters: Julie Alden and Andrew Milner

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for Medievalists (Tuesday 30th May 14.00-16.15) Week 6 
A general overview of 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.
Who is this session for? Researchers, students, academics, staff e.g. Classicists, Historians, Philosophers, Theologians etc
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Hilla Wait, Eva Oledska, Charlotte Goodall, Helen Scott

Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th to 21st century (Wednesday 7th June 09.30-12.30) Week 7
Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching not only news, but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.
Who is the session for? Students, researchers and anyone else who is interested.
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Angela Carritt

Also running for Social Sciences and History:

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History (Wednesday 10thMay 14:00-16:00) Week 3
The Bodleian’s Weston Library has a wealth of resources covering almost all aspects of modern British 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. We will look at identifying relevant material in Oxford and elsewhere; considerations when working with archival material; types of archives and modern papers; and how to find out more. You will have an opportunity in the session to handle some actual examples.
Who is this session for? Students in History and Social Science subjects; researchers and other Bodleian Libraries readers considering using special collections
Presenter: Michael Hughes

Please note that online booking is essential for all of the courses.

Resources for research in African Studies

Researching African Studies?   Bodleian Libraries is running an iSkills workshop on information sources for African Studies.  This session will introduce: the African collections in Oxford; main finding tools for locating materials here and elsewhere; key portals and gateways for African Studies, such as African Studies world wide web links via the British Library; key websites for sources of information such as AllAfrica, African Bibliography and Aluka; and extensive online archives of primary texts.  The workshop will start with a talk and demonstration of key resources but will also include time for you to try out your own searches with expert help at hand from our two subject specialists in African Studies.

This is a FREE workshop, but please book your place online for:
iSkills: Information sources for African Studies (Thursday 11th May 10.00-11.30)

Archives and modern papers for social sciences and modern 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 Wednesday 10 May 14.00-16.00.   Places are limited so please book your place.

Looking for statistical data for your Social Sciences research?

Picture of graphs and chartsCalling all Social Sciences researchers looking for statistical data (or creating their own data). On Tuesday 9 May Bodleian Libraries will be running a workshop looking at key data archives for tracking down statistical data to support your research and how to access and cite the data that you find.

In addition, we will talk about Oxford’s own data repository, ORA-Data where you can deposit any data that you generate as part of your own research.

The workshop will take place Tuesday 9 May 10.00-12.00 at the Information Skills Training Room in the Social Science Library. Please be sure to book your place online.