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Needles in Haystacks – finding high quality academic materials on the web

Picture of a needle in a haystackGoogle can return high quality academic papers and also primary materials such as data and statistics; reports and policy documents; images, broadcasts and audio-visual content; historical and legal materials and much more.    However, too often the best results are lost among many thousands of spurious, inaccurate and downright crazy results.    Finding the academic needle in the haystack is time consuming and most people give up after scanning the first page or two of results, but of course there could be an outstanding piece of research on page 3, 10 or even 100 of your results list.

The good news is that by learning a few basic techniques you can hone in on the best academic content.       Come along to our iSkills workshop, Google for academic research on Thursday 27 April 14.00-16.00 at the Social Science Library to find out more and to practice your skills with Google and also with alternative search engines such as DuckDuckGo.

This workshop will be aimed at DPhils and researchers in Social Sciences subjects.   Please book your place at
Bodleian iSkills: Using Google for academic research (Wed 22 Feb 14.00-16.00)

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