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Introducting Bodleian iSkills and Oxford LibGuides for postgraduates and researchers

Bodleian iSkills logoWelcome to Oxford and to the Bodleian Libraries to all our new students and members of staff.

Postgraduates and researchers may be interested in two training initiatives run by the Bodleian Libraries: Bodleian iSkills and Oxford LibGuides.

Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops designed for postgraduates and researchers.  We cover:

  • Information discovery and finding both primary and secondary resources to support your research
  • Reference management including Endnote, RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero
  • Keeping up to date with new research
  • Measuring research impact including how to calculate your h-index and find the highest impact journals when you come to publish
  • Open Access publishing and in particular how to comply with Research Council open access mandates and the new HEFCE policy on Open Access for the REF
  • Managing your research data
  • Copyright and looking after your intellectual property
  • Using and presenting geospatial information and data
  • Finding and using images in your research

To view this term’s timetable please visit our iSkills LibGuide.  Bodleian iSkills workshops are free but booking is essential.    All classes are advertised on our iSkills LibGuide, through the @bodleianskills Twitter feed and on this blog.

Oxford LibGuides logoOxford LibGuides  is the home of the Oxford Libraries’ subject and research guides.

Oxford LibGuides provides information on key resources in 303 subject areas, for each subject focussing on the best resources for finding and using primary and secondary research materials in the subject area.  Check out the information for your subject on the LibGuides home page.

In addition, Oxford LibGuides provides guidance on:



Protecting your work – what you need to know about copyright

Intellectual property and copyright are key concerns for today’s researchers. This WISER session next week will be raising your awareness of issues to look out for, both in using other people’s work and in publishing your own work.

Key topics will include:

  • What is copyright and how does it affect you as a researcher?
  • Using other people’s work for your own publications and research, and for teaching from a range of formats
  • Publishing your own work – including protecting your copyright, what to look out for in your contract with your publisher, open access publishing and re-use licences

Click here to book for WISER: Protecting your work – what you need to know about copyright, Tue 17 Jun 11.00 – 12.30

Essential information for DPhils – copyright, sensitive information and ORA

Doing a DPhil?   Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis electronically in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA).   Its worth thinking about this now, even if you will not be submitting for several years.  In particular, the requirement to deposit in ORA means that you will need to get copyright permission for any material in your thesis which belongs to third parties (e.g. pictures,  full text journal articles and more).  Getting copyright permissions as you go along is preferable to leaving it until the end of your thesis.     In addition, if you plan to include sensitive information you will need to get a dispensation from consultation.

Find out what you need to know at our workshop  WISER: Your thesis, copyright and ORA.  This session is running  Wednesday 24 October 15.45-16.45 and Monday 29 October 12.30-13.30. Please book your place online.

DPhils – Copyright, your thesis and ORA

Oxford DPhils students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis electronically in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA).   Once deposited, your thesis will be publically available via ORA (in many cases after an embargo period).

Since your thesis will eventually be available on ORA, it is essential that you get permission to reproduce any materials (e.g. pictures, journal articles etc) where a third party holds the copyright.  This may even apply to materials that you have authored yourself (e.g. journal articles)  if the copyright belongs to a third party.  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.

To find out more about how to handle copyright and sensitive data in your electronic thesis, come along to  WISER: Your thesis, copyright and ORA  on Wednesday 9 May 12.30-1.30   > book your place.

Streamline your research with a Research Skills Toolkit

Need to brush up on your IT and information skills?  Why not come to a Research Skills Toolkit in 8th week? 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 subject specialists. Topics on offer include:

  • Finding articles, papers, conferences and theses
  • 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

These workshops are open to Oxford graduate researchers on in weeks 1 and 8 of Hilary Term. Please attend the session for your division or subject area.  > Find out more and book your place.

Toolkits take place at Oxford University Computing Services  and are run jointly by the Bodleian Libraries and Computing Services.

Calling all DPhils – your thesis, copyright and ORA

Oxford DPhils students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis electronically in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA).    Ensuring that you have copyright permission to include any information or material in your thesis which is owned by third parties is essential. In addition, if your thesis contains sensitive or confidential information you will need to apply for a dispensation from consultation.    Find out more about what you need to do to ensure that you can deposit your thesis at our workshop  WISER: Your thesis, copyright and ORA  on Friday 27 January 9.15-10.15)   > book your place.

Research: Maximising visibility using ORA

Ensuring that your research is visible is becoming more and more important as grant applications and the REF focus increasingly on research impact.     One easy way to increase your visibility is to deposit your research in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA). Come along to our training session on Monday 28th November to find out:

  • How to deposit your articles, posters, conference papers and other research outputs in ORA
  • How to use  Symplectic to keep track of your publications and to add items to ORA
  • Find out about copyright and other rights issues when making your research available online.

This session will take place on Monday 28 November 9.15-12.15 at Oxford University Computing Services.    Please book your place online.