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Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences

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

This 2-hour workshop will be invaluable for researchers hoping to find suitable literature for their literature review, for which a well-constructed set of search terms and an understanding of online search engines are prerequisites. This workshop will allow researchers to 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 (Monday 30 January 14.00-15.00)

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?

On Monday 23rd January (Week 2) we are running 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.

Please be sure to book your place online:
Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Mon 23 Jan 09.30-12.30)

Research tools for Medical Sciences

Did you know that Scopus searches far more journals than PubMed?    Do you know which are the highest impact journals in your discipline?  Are you keeping up to date with the latest publications in key journals?

As part of our ‘Research Skills Toolkits’ series in Week 1 we have two dedicated sessions for Medical Sciences on Wednesday 18th January and Friday 20th January.

Research Skills Toolkits are 2-hour workshops at which you have a chance to try out 10 different tools and skills which will help you in your research.
The Medical Sciences Toolkits will include the following:

  • Keeping up to date and current awareness
  • Searching for articles and papers on Scopus and Ovid databases
  • Finding highly cited journals and measuring research impact
  • Your thesis and ORA – essential information about copyright and sensitive data
  • Plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Endnote for managing citations, inserting intext references/footnotes and creating bibliographies
  • Manipulating images using Gimp
  • Managing your thesis with Word
  • Podcasting with Audacity
  • Analysing data with Excel Pivot tables

These workshops are very popular and booking is essential, so please be sure to
book your place online.

Not in Medical Sciences?  We will be running toolkits for most subject areas.
Check LibGuides workshops for a full list.

Research tools for Maths, Physical and Life Sciences

Researching in Maths, Physical or Life Sciences? Need to brush up on your IT and information skills?  We are running two Research Skills Toolkit workshops for MPLS in Week 1. These free 2-hour workshops introduce key software and online tools to streamline your research, hone your searching and information skills and provide opportunities to meet your subject specialists.

Topics on offer include:
•Finding articles, papers, conferences and theses using subject-specific databases
•Keeping up to date and current awareness
•Using Endnote to manage your references
• Manipulating images using Gimp
• Managing your thesis with word
• Analyzising data with Excel pivot tables
• Podcasting with Audacity
• Plagiarism and how to avoid it
• Your thesis, copyright and ORA
• Finding highly cited journals and measuring research impact

Book online for Research Skills Toolkits in Maths, Physical and Life Sciences, Week 1 Hilary Term.

Toolkits are run jointly by the Bodleian Libraries and Computing Services.

Key Research Tools for Social Scientists

Are you making the most of the research tools available to help you with your thesis or dissertation? Do you need to brush up on your IT and information skills? IT Services and Bodleian Libraries will be working together to run our Research Skills Toolkit in Week 1 of Hilary Term.
Research Skills Toolkits are 2 hour workshops at which you have a chance to try out 10 different tools and skills which will help you in your research. The Social Sciences Toolkits will include the following:

  • Keeping up to date with new research publications using email alerts
  • Finding data and statistics using OECD iLibraryData and Databank
  • Searching for dissertations and theses using Proquest
  • Citation searching with Web of Science to find high impact articles and journals and to track citations between papers
  • Your thesis and ORA – essential information about copyright and sensitive data
  • Plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Endnote for managing citations, inserting intext references/footnotes and creating bibliographies
  • Free software for image manipulation
  • Managing your thesis with Word
  • Analysing data with Excel Pivot tables

These workshops are very popular so please be sure to book your place online.

Not a Social Scientist? We will be running toolkits for most subject areas. Check LibGuides workshops for a full list.

Starting your research in Arts and Humanities? Or feel you need to brush up your skills? Our Research Skills Toolkits are here to help.

Need to brush up on your IT and information skills for research?  Why not come to a Research Skills Toolkit? These free 2-hour workshops introduce key software and online tools for your research, hone your searching and information skills and introduce you to subject specialists. We will be running the toolkit workshops in Week 1 of Hilary Term, kicking off with the Research Skills Toolkit for Humanities. Topics on offer include:

  • Using key Humanities databases to find articles, books and other materials in your research field. Participants will be able to choose from MLA (English and Modern Languages), Oxford Bibliographies Online, Philosopher’s Index, ATLA Religion, Historical Abstracts and Bibliography of British and Irish History
  • Finding primary materials using PastMasters
  • Finding newspaper articles from 1600s to mid-20th century
  • Advanced searching on SOLO
  • Keeping up to date with new research publications using RSS feeds and email alerts
  • Finding high impact articles and books and tracking citations to key authors and works using Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Your thesis and ORA – essential information about copyright and sensitive data
  • Plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Endnote for managing citations, inserting intext references/footnotes and creating bibliographies
  • Free software for image manipulation
  • Managing your thesis with Word

Not studying a Humanities subject? We will be running toolkits for most subject areas. Go to http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops/skills-toolkit for a full list of the toolkits we are running in Week 1, and to book online.

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?

If you who missed our session in October, you’ll be pleased to hear that on Thursday 24th November we are running a repeat 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.

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Thu 24 Nov 14.00-17.00)

Please be sure to book your place online

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?

On Friday 14th October we are start the term with our 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 opportunitities for hands on practice during which time you will be able to collect papers for your own research.

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Friday 14 October 9.15-12.15) Week 1

Please be sure to book your place online.

Sources for US history

Sources for US history

As part of our series of workshops for historians, Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US history has been re-scheduled to run on Monday 6th June.

This workshop will introduce you to key information sources for the study of colonial America and US history, providing you with 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.

For students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic, please book online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US History (Monday 6th June 11:00-12:30) Week 7 

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 session: Thursday 2 June 14:00-17:00