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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?

In response to demand, Bodleian Libraries are running a repeat session this term, of this 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 opportunities for hands on practice during which time you will be able to collect papers for your own research.

This workshop is FREE. Please be sure to book your place online:

Finding stuff: scholarly literature for your research (Monday 20 November 14.00-17.00)

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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.

Confident about your literature review?

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Doing a literature review is no easy task. In our Bodleian iSkills workshop, Moving from a research question to a literature review in the Social Sciences, you will learn how to build a search strategy and use it in a number of key tools.      The workshop is specifically designed for Social Sciences DPhil students and will cover:

  • building a successful search strategy
  • using a range of bibliographic databases and search tools in the Social Sciences
  • working effectively with large result sets
  • sourcing highly cited papers relevant to your research

Please bring along your own research questions so that you can start searching for materials relevant to your DPhil.

Bodleian iSkills: Moving from a research question to a literature review in the Social Sciences will take place Thursday 27 April 10.00-12.00 at the Social Science Library. Although the workshop is free, booking is essential.

Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences

Plan an effective and structured search for your dissertation or thesis.

This 2-hour workshop will be invaluable for researchers hoping to find suitable literature for their literature review, for which a well-constructed set of search terms and an understanding of online search engines are prerequisites. This workshop will allow researchers to use their own research questions to build a search and apply it to a range of databases. Techniques for structuring a search will be explained, an overview of key online resources for the social sciences will be given, major search tools will be explored, and strategies for approaching large results sets and sourcing papers will be discussed. This practical workshop will involve paper exercises and online activities using attendees own research topics.

We are running this free workshop for all DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences. Please book online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences (Monday 30 January 14.00-15.00)

Getting to grips with Oxford’s Libraries

Are you new to the University’s libraries, feeling confused about which libraries or tools to use or just not convinced that you’re making the most of  Oxford’s rich print and electronic resources?  If so, come along to our Bodleian iSkills workshop Getting started in Oxford Libraries on Wednesday 2 March 9.30-11.30.

During the workshop we will cover:

  • Which libraries to use?   How to find out which libraries you may use and which libraries hold the best collections for your topic.
  • Effective use of SOLO for finding printed and electronic books, journals and other materials
  • Using OxLIP+ and LibGuides to discover Oxford’s rich collections of databases and eresources
  • Using the Bodleian Libraries “Print, Copy and Scan (PCAS)” service to make a copy and using your own laptop or device in the Library
  • Information about how Librarians can help you with your research including literature searching, current awareness, research impact, open access, research data management, copyright and reference management.

There will be plenty of opportunities for questions.

Please be sure to 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 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 scholarly materials: books, articles, conference papers and theses

Bodleian Libraries will be kicking this term’s WISER programme off with our popular ‘Finding Stuff’ workshops in week 3:

WISER: Finding stuff – Journal Articles  (Monday 28 Jan 9.30-10.45) – an introduction to finding journal articles to support your research and learning. We will focus on searching for articles by subject and keyword and will cover sophisticated bibliographic databases and journal indexes as well as more basic search engines such as the SOLO ‘Journal Articles’ services.    The session will include  time for you to practice using a scholarly database in your subject area.      Please book your place online.

WISER: Finding Stuff – Conferences (Monday 28 Jan 10.45-11.45)  – ever had difficulty tracking down a conference paper.  This session introduces the  secret art of tracking down conference  proceedings and papers.    In addition we will introduce tools for keeping up to date with up and coming conferences in your research area.  Please Book your place online.

WISER: Finding stuff – books etc on SOLO (Wednesday 30 Jan  14.00-15.00)  – introduces SOLO for searching Oxford Libraries and effective ways of using SOLO to find books, journal titles and other library materials in print and online.  The workshop will also cover placing “hold requests” for materials in the  bookstacks, how to use your SOLO “MyAccount” for book renewals and other administration and using  the SOLO e-shelf and alerts.  Please book your place online.

WISER: Finding Stuff – Theses and Dissertations   (Wednesday 30 Jan 15.15 – 16.30) – An introduction to finding Theses in Oxford and from Universities around the World. The session will cover SOLO for these, EThOS and Proquest’s Dissertations and Theses.  Please book your place online.

 

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.