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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.

 

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:

 

 

Finding more stuff…

In addition to “WISER: Finding Stuff – Conferences” Bodleian Libraries will be repeating “Finding Stuff – Books etc on SOLO” and “Finding Stuff – Journal Articles” on Wednesday 22 February.

WISER: Finding stuff – books etc on SOLO is a short 45 minute session introducing tips and techniques for searching SOLO for books, journals and other materials in Oxford Libraries. We will cover both basic and advanced search techniques and also look at placing hold requests for items in the book stacks and some of SOLO’s personalised features such as the e-shelf and saved searches.  The session will take place on Wednesday 22 February 2.00-2.45 at Oxford University Computing Services – please book your place online.

WISER: Finding stuff – Journal Articles will focus on using bibliographical tools and indexes to find high quality papers in your research area.    The session will focus on how to find reliable bibliographical databases in your subject area and how to search them effectively to optimize your results.        The session will last just over an hour and will include time for you to practice using a database in your subject area.      It will take place Wednesday 22 February 2.45-4.00 at the Computing Services.  Please book your place online.

 

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.

Get the New Year off to a flying start with a Skills Toolkit

The Research Skills Toolkit is a practical workshop for graduate research students which is designed to give a taste of a wide range of tools, resources and skills for research.   This year’s toolkit will include:

  • Key e-resources for your research
  • Advanced search techniques
  • Measuring research impact
  • Keeping up to date with emerging research
  • Your thesis, copyright and submitting to ORA
  • Plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Software for managing citations
  • Free software for image manipulation
  • Managing your thesis with Word
  • Analysing data with Excel pivot tables
  • Podcasting with Audacity and WebLearn

The workshops which are run by Bodleian Libraries and Oxford University Computing Service jointly  take place in weeks 1 and 8 of this term and are open to Oxford graduate students and researchers.   > Please book your place online

How to find books, journals, articles, theses, conferences and other stuff

“WISER Finding Stuff” is returning on Thursday 9th June.  Book for the whole series or just the sessions that interest you…

WISER: Finding Stuff – Books etc on SOLO (Thursday 9 June 12.30 – 1.30pm) – An introduction to finding books, journal titles, audio visual materials and other Oxford Library materials using SOLO.  >Book your place online

WISER: Finding Stuff – Journal Articles (Thursday 9 June 1.30 – 2.30pm) – This session will focus on finding journal articles for your research and will cover a range of databases as well as effective search strategies.  >Book your place online.

WISER: Finding Stuff – Theses and Dissertations (Thursday 9 June 2.45 – 3.45pm) – An introduction to finding theses in Oxford, in other institutions in the UK and abroad using  SOLO, ORA, Index to Theses,  Dissertations and Theses (International) and  EThOS >Book your place online

WISER: Finding Stuff – Conferences (Thursday 9 June 3.45 – 4.45pm) – Conference papers can be difficult to find but are valuable because they describe cutting-edge research. This session will enable you to find out about forthcoming conferences and also to locate the published papers of proceedings which have taken place. >Book your place online.

How to find stuff in the library and online!

Next Tuesday we have four WISER sessions on “Finding Stuff”…

  • Finding books etc on SOLO
  • Finding journals articles
  • Finding theses and dissertations
  • Finding conferences

Each of these hour long workshops will introduce the main tools and techniques needed to find the specified items in Oxford libraries and online.    The four workshops work as a set and individually so you are very welcome to book for all four or  to dip in and out depending on what you want to find.  Please see more more information about each session and booking details below:

WISER: Finding Stuff – Books etc on SOLO  – This session will introduce SOLO as a tool for finding printed and electronic books, journals and other library materials in Oxford Libraries.    Although SOLO is quite easy to use, this session will introduce tips and techniques to help you to track down elusive titles quickly and to use SOLO as an effective tool for subject searching.  The presentation at this workshop will be quite short so that you have plenty of time to work on SOLO with help at hand.    This session will take place  Tuesday 22 February 9.15-10.15.  University members should book their place online. Other Bodleian Readers should email usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk quoting their Bodleian Libraries card number.

WISER Finding Stuff: Articles – This session will cover effective searching of  databases for articles and papers for your research and learning.  We will focus on  how to find databases that are relevant to your subject area and  on good search technique.    During the hands on section you will have the opportunity to work through exercises on a number of  databases covering a broad range of subjects  or you can choose a database of your own to explore with help at hand.  This session will take place Tuesday 22 February 10.15-11.15.  University members should book their place online. Other Bodleian Readers should email usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk quoting their Bodleian Libraries card number.

WISER Finding Stuff – Theses and dissertations will cover finding Oxford theses and those submitted at other institutions in the UK and abroad. We will cover searching SOLO and ORA for Oxford theses (including searching SOLO for theses by supervisor); Index to Theses and the British Library’s EThOS service for UK and Irish Theses and the database Dissertations and Theses for international theses.      The session will run on 22 February 11.30-12.30 allowing those who have attended the earlier sessions a 15 minute break before we start.   University members should book their place online. Other Bodleian Readers should email usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk quoting their Bodleian Libraries card number.

WISER Finding Stuff – Conferences is the final session in this series and will concentrate on finding both forthcoming conferences and the published papers of conferences that have already taken place.  Conference papers can be very tricky to find and often cover cutting-edge research and so this is an essential session for anyone trying to keep up with the most recent research. University members should book their place online. Other Bodleian Readers should email usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk quoting their Bodleian Libraries card number.