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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

 

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:

 

 

Information Sources for African Studies

Next Thursday (8th May) Bodleian Libraries will be running a WISER session on Information sources for African Studies. The session will cover finding tools for locating African Studies materials, as well as key portals and gateways to libraries and archives of online primary texts.

Starting with a presentation the session will also include time for participants to try out some of the resources demonstrated.

Who is this session for? Researchers, academic staff, graduates and anyone interested in the topic.
When? Thursday 8th May (10-11.30am)

Book your place online

 

Two workshops to help you measure impact…

Want to calculate your h-index or find the most highly cited journals? If so, come along to Bodleian Libraries bibliometrics workshops next week…

Bibliometrics I: Who’s citing you? will introduce citation tracking as a technique for finding out who is citing your work using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar.  The session will cover how to track citation using the three tools and the pros and cons of each.    We will also include time for you to try out each tool to find citations to your own work.  This session will take place on Tuesday 6 November 11.15 – 12.15.   Note – this session will take place in the IT Training Room at the Radcliffe Science Library.  Please book your place online.

WISER: Bibliometrics II – tools of the trade will focus in more detail on using Web of Science and Scopus to calculate h-indexes, find highly cited journals and to measure the impact of individual institutions and countries.    In addition we will look at using Essential Science Indicators to find “hot” papers and authors.

Bibliometrics II – tools of the trade  is aimed at academics, researchers, administrators and librarians in the Sciences.    If you are unfamiliar with citation tracking please attend Bibliometrics I: Who’s citing you? first.   The session will take place on Tuesday 6 November 15.15-16.15.   Note – this session will take place in the IT Training Room at the Radcliffe Science Library.  Please book your place online.

Essential information for DPhils – copyright, sensitive information and ORA

Doing a DPhil?   Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis electronically in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA).   Its worth thinking about this now, even if you will not be submitting for several years.  In particular, the requirement to deposit in ORA means that you will need to get copyright permission for any material in your thesis which belongs to third parties (e.g. pictures,  full text journal articles and more).  Getting copyright permissions as you go along is preferable to leaving it until the end of your thesis.     In addition, if you plan to include sensitive information you will need to get a dispensation from consultation.

Find out what you need to know at our workshop  WISER: Your thesis, copyright and ORA.  This session is running  Wednesday 24 October 15.45-16.45 and Monday 29 October 12.30-13.30. 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.

Research: Maximising visibility using ORA

Ensuring that your research is visible is becoming more and more important as grant applications and the REF focus increasingly on research impact.     One easy way to increase your visibility is to deposit your research in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA). Come along to our training session on Monday 28th November to find out:

  • How to deposit your articles, posters, conference papers and other research outputs in ORA
  • How to use  Symplectic to keep track of your publications and to add items to ORA
  • Find out about copyright and other rights issues when making your research available online.

This session will take place on Monday 28 November 9.15-12.15 at Oxford University Computing Services.    Please book your place online.

Maximising the visibility of your research

Ensuring that your research is visible is becoming more and more important as grant applications and the REF focus increasingly on research impact.     One easy way to increase your visibility is to deposit your research in the Oxford Research Archive(ORA). Come along to next Monday’s training session on ORA to find how how to deposit your articles, posters, conference papers and other research output, to find out about using Symplectic to keep track of your publications and to add items to ORA and to learn about copyright and other rights issues when making your research available online.

This session will take place on Monday 13 June 2.-00-5.00.  Please book your place online.