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Confident about your literature review?

tag cloud covering topics covered in this workshop

Doing a literature review is no easy task. In our Bodleian iSkills workshop, Moving from a research question to a literature review in the Social Sciences, you will learn how to build a search strategy and use it in a number of key tools.      The workshop is specifically designed for Social Sciences DPhil students and will cover:

  • building a successful search strategy
  • using a range of bibliographic databases and search tools in the Social Sciences
  • working effectively with large result sets
  • sourcing highly cited papers relevant to your research

Please bring along your own research questions so that you can start searching for materials relevant to your DPhil.

Bodleian iSkills: Moving from a research question to a literature review in the Social Sciences will take place Thursday 27 April 10.00-12.00 at the Social Science Library. Although the workshop is free, booking is essential.

Oxford Libraries: which to use, how to find stuff, research services and how to get help

If you’re new to Oxford and it’s many libraries (or have been here for a while but have a sneaking suspicion that you’re not making the most of the libraries), then come along to our iSkills workshop, Getting started in Oxford Libraries.

We will be covering:

  • Which libraries you may use, which cover your subject, which allow you to borrow….are warm…have nice views/natural light/cafes/interesting architecture/bookable rooms…are open on Sundays and more
  • How to find and make the most of our print collections and our e-books, e-journals and databases using SOLO, OxLIP+ and LibGuides
  • Accessing the wide range of research support services available to you from Bodleain Libraries
  • Where to get help
  • a literature searching taster session

This workshop runs monthly with the next session taking place Monday 20 February 14.00-17.00 at the Bodleian Social Science Library.  Please book your place online.

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 available dates:
Thursday 26 January 14.00-17.00
Monday 20 February 14.00-17.00

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.

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

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: Tuesday 22 November 14:00-17:00

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 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.