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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.

Are you a History undergraduate? Preparing for your dissertation? Help is on hand with this term’s programme of iSkills workshops.

This 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 find more details and booking information below:

Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for Historians (Tuesday 10th May 09:30-10:45) Week 3
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 10th May 11:00-12:30) Week 3
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: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th to 21st century (Wednesday 11th May 10:30-12:00) Week 3
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

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for Medievalists (Tuesday 17th May 10:00-12:15) Week 4
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

Bodleian iSkills: UK parliamentary and government materials – an introduction (Wednesday 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
Presenter: Hannah Chandler

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History (Thursday 19th May 14:00-16:00) Week 4
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

Bodleian iSkills: Information sources for African Studies (Tuesday 31st May 10:00-11:30) Week 6
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

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

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 Thursday 5th May we are running 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 (Thursday 5th May 9.30-12.30) Week 2

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? Are you relying too heavily on Google?

On Wednesday 10th February we are running a repeat session of our very popular workshop, in which we explore a wide range of scholarly databases to help you to discover the best research materials, including not only articles and books, but also 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. So if you missed the session on 1st February, here’s your chance to attend.

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Wednesday 10th February 9.15-12.15) Week 4

Please be sure to book your place online.

Finding scholarly literature for your research

Are you confident that you are finding the best articles, conference papers, books and theses to support your research? Are you relying too heavily on Google?

This term we are running two more sessions of our very popular workshop, in which we explore a wide range of scholarly databases to help you to discover the best research materials, including not only articles and books, but also 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 (Monday 1st February 14.00-17.00; repeated Wednesday 10th February 9.15-12.15) Weeks 3 & 4

Please be sure to book your place online.

 

Research Skills workshops in Week 1 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:
Tuesday 19th January 10.00-12.00
Thursday 21st January 14.00-16.00

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

Key Tools for Researchers in Oriental Studies

Bodleian Libraries and IT Services will be running a dedicated “Research Skills Toolkit” for Oriental Studies graduate students on Monday 18 Jan 14.00-16.00.   >book your place online

If you’re not familiar with the Research Skills Toolkit, these 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 Oriental Studies Toolkits will include the following:

  • Online Egyptological Bibliography (OEB)
  • Archive of Mesopotamian Archaeological Reports (AMAR)
  • Index Islamicus
  • Encyclopaedia of Islam
  • China Academic Journals (CNKI)
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
  • Otzar haHochma
  • Searching for theses and dissertations using Proquest
  • Tracking citations to key authors and works using Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Keeping up to date with new research publications using RSS feeds and email alerts
  • 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

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

Not studying Oriental Studies? We will be running toolkits for most subject areas. Check LibGuides workshops for a full list.

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 in Week 8 of Michaelmas Term (2015), and Week 1 of Hilary term (2016)  > 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.

 

Key tools for researchers in Oriental Studies

Bodleian Libraries and IT Services will be running a dedicated “Research Skills Toolkit” for Oriental Studies graduate students on Thursday 4 Dec 10.00-12.00.   >book your place online

If you’re not familiar with the Research Skills Toolkit, these 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 Oriental Studies Toolkits will include the following:

  • Online Egyptological Bibliography (OEB)
  • Archive of Mesopotamian Archaeological Reports (AMAR)
  • Index Islamicus
  • Encyclopaedia of Islam
  • China Academic Journals (CNKI)
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
  • Otzar haHochma
  • Searching for theses and dissertations using Proquest
  • Tracking citations to key authors and works using Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Keeping up to date with new research publications using RSS feeds and email alerts
  • 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

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

Not studying Oriental Studies? We will be running toolkits for most subject areas. Check LibGuides workshops for a full list.

Are you over reliant on Google? Finding high quality research materials

Tracking down high quality secondary materials to support your research can be tricky. With services such as Google returning huge numbers of results, how can you be sure that you are finding the most relevant materials?    Over reliance on Google can not only drain your time as you sift through thousands of results but can also result in you missing key materials which have not been indexed by Google.

Bodleian Libraries run a half day workshop on finding scholarly materials for your research. During this session we look at the best scholarly databases for finding books, journal articles, conference papers and theses and give you plenty of time to try them out with you own searches.

We are running this workshop twice during Michaelmas Term:  Monday 27 October 14.00-17.00 and Friday 7 November 10.00-13.00.   (Please note that although the 27 October date was fully booked there are now spaces on this date as well as on 7 November as we are using a bigger training room).    These workshops are popular so please be sure to book your place.