Tag Archives: research

Keep up to date with emerging research

Keeping up to date with new publications, research papers, announcements from funding bodies and other news is an essential but time-consuming task.  Our workshop iSkills: Getting information to come to you takes the pain out of the process by introducing you to RSS feeds and email alerts. These technologies allow you to set up notifications so that, when key journals, databases or web sites publish new information in your research area, you are sent an alert via email or via an RSS feed reader. Participants will have the opportunity to set up their own RSS feed readers and/or email notifications during the session.

Please book online for:
iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Thursday 1 June 14:00-15:30)

Confident about your literature review?

tag cloud covering topics covered in this workshop

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.

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?

If you who missed our session in October, you’ll be pleased to hear that on Thursday 24th November we are running a repeat 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.

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Thu 24 Nov 14.00-17.00)

Please be sure to book your place online

Discovering and depositing Social Science research data

Are you a DPhil or researcher in the Social Sciences? We are running a workshop that looks at how social science data archives can inform your research. We will also outline the workings of ORA-Data – the institutional repository recently launched by the University of Oxford. By the end of the session you will know how to locate and cite data from a range of data archives and have an understanding of the benefits and operation of ORA-Data.

Please book online for:
iSkills: Discovering and depositing Social Science research data (Wednesday 15th June, 14:00-16:00)

Research impact – how to measure and demonstrate impact

Being able to demonstrate research impact is increasingly important when applying for funding and even in some cases research positions.   One way of measuring impact is to count, track and anaylse citations to your published works or to those of your department or research group.

Bodleian Libraries will be running our workshop  iSkills: Research Impact – citation analysis tools  on Thursday 19th May 11.00-12.30 to help you to use citation data to measure and demonstrate impact. We will be covering  Journal Citation Reports, SCImago Journal Rank, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Essential Science Indicators, Altmetrics and ORCID and will look at how to find highly cited journals and conferences as well as how to measure the impact of individual researchers including calculating the h-index.

This session is for researchers, research support staff and research postgraduates, especially in the Sciences and Social Sciences. Please be sure to book your place online.

Using Google for academic research

Changes to the nature of the dissemination of scholarly research and official information in recent years mean that a wealth of information relevant to your academic research can now be accessed via standard Internet search engines such as Google. Too often, however, such information is lost amongst thousands of irrelevant, spurious and misleading results.

We are running a workshop next week for DPhils and Research Students in the Social Sciences which aims to show basic techniques to quickly filter out high quality academic material from Google searches. Alternative search engines will also be explored and compared, including DuckDuckGo.

Book online for
Bodleian iSkills: Using Google for academic research (Tue 17 May 14:00-15:30)


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.

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.

Researching in Arts and Humanities? Discover key tools at the Humanities Research Skills Toolkit

Are you making the most of the IT and Library research tools available to help you with your thesis or dissertation? Do you need to brush up on your IT and information skills? IT Services and Bodleian Libraries are working together to run our award winning Research Skills Toolkit.

We will be running two further sessions this term for Arts and Humanities at 14.00-16.00 on Mon 18 Jan and Wednesday 20th Jan.

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 Arts and Humanities Toolkits will include the following:

  • 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

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

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

Open Access publishing – what you need to know

Are you in receipt of a research grant or involved in supporting researchers in receipt of such grants?  If so, your funder may require you to make any articles that you publish available on an open access basis.   If this applies to you, why not come along to our workshop,  Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – What’s happening? next Tuesday 21 October 12.00-13.00 at the Radcliffe Science Library.

During the workshop we will be covering:

  • What is open access?
  • How to find out your research council or funder requirements
  • How to find out what your publisher will allow
  • How to publish via the “Gold open access” route and claim for Author Processing Charges (APCs)
  • How to publish via the “Green open access” route and deposit your article in ORA
  • Where to get more help
  • New developments – update on new HEFCE policy

This class will take place on Tuesday 21 October 12.00-13.00 at the Radcliffe Science Library. >Booking is essential