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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Using news in your research

News sources are primary resources for researching political and social issues.  However, tracking down news stories is surprisingly tricky.   Come along to WISER: Searching online news sources next week to find out how to use Nexis UK, Factiva and Proquest to find news items to support your research.  The session will include a demonstration and opportunities to practice using the databases.

The session will take place Friday 16 November 10.15-12.15. Please book your place online.