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Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and 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 Tuesday 31 October 14.00-16.00.   Attendance is free, but places are limited so please book your place.

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.

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.

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 

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.

All things medieval…

Bodleian Libraries will will be running a workshop on sources for Medievalists next Thursday 18 June. 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.

The workshop will take place on  Thursday 18 June 14.00-16.00.  Please book your place online.

Parliamentary and government papers for your dissertation or thesis

Tracking down parliamentary papers whether historic or contemporary is difficult, partly because you need to use a range of databases and finding aids and partly because the materials themselves can be tricky to use.

Next week the Bodleian Libraries’ Official Papers Librarian will be running a special workshop for those using UK parliamentary and government papers in a dissertation or thesis. The session will cover both historical and contemporary government and parliamentary materials, and although aimed primarily at history undergraduates will be an excellent workshop for anyone needing an introduction to these complex materials.

The session will take place on Thursday 11th June 10.00-12.00 noon at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.  Please be sure to book your place online.

Essential iSkills for Historians

This term the Bodleian Libraries will be running a number of workshops for historians. We will be covering sources for  ritish and European History, African Studies,  American and US history and Medieval Studies plus special workshops on newspapers for historians and UK government and parliamentary materials.

These workshops which will take place at IT Services (13 Banbury Road) 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 Friday 1st May  (Week 1)  9.15-10.30 – A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods for British and West European history including bibliographical databases, biographical and reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.
>Please book your place online

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US history Friday 1st May (Week 1) 10.45-12.15 – An introduction to key information sources and collections for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online, as well as guidance on locating material for your research.
> Please book your place online

Bodleian iSkills:  Information sources for African Studies  Friday 15th May  (Week 3)   11.00-12.30 –  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.
> Please book your place online

Bodleian iSkills:  Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-20th centuries  Tuesday 26th May  (Week 5)  14.00-15.30 – 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.
>Please book your place online

RefWorks for Humanities  Wednesday 3rd June  (Week 6)  14.00-17.00
RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your citations/references, insert them into your work as footnotes or intext citations, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles. This introduction is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.
> Please book you place online

Bodleian iSkills:  UK parliamentary and government materials – an introduction  Thursday 11th June (Week 7) 10.00-12.00 noon – A general overview of the main sources for finding and accessing historical UK parliamentary material, pre 1800 and post 1800 including sources for government publications both in print and in electronic format.
>Please book your place online

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for Medievalists Thursday 18th June (Week 8) 14.00-16.00 – An overview of a range of e-resources relevant for British and Western European medieval studies including bibliographical databases, biographical and reference tools, web portals and collections of online primary source materials of Anglo-Saxon sources, Greek and Latin texts, chronicles, charters and literary works and manuscript sources.
>Please book your place online