Tag Archives: Social Sciences

Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences

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

tag cloud covering topics covered in this workshop

A well-constructed set of search terms and an understanding of online search engines are prerequisites for maximising the amount, quality and relevance of resources you can identify for your literature review.  In this session researchers will 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 (Tuesday 1 May 09.30-12.00)

Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History

The Weston Library has a wealth of archival and manuscript resources covering almost all aspects of modern British society and culture.   Next Wednesday’s workshop “iSkills:  Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History” will introduce the collections, key finding aids and the research skills needed to make the most of these resources. We will cover:

  • identifying relevant archival and manuscript material in Oxford and beyond
  • things to consider when working with archival material
  • there will also be an opportunity to handle some interesting examples from the Weston’s collections.

This session is designed for Social Scientists and Historians (including students starting a dissertation) and will take place on Tuesday 31 October 14.00-16.00.   Attendance is free, but places are limited so please book your place.

Archives and modern papers for social sciences and modern history

The Weston Library has a wealth of archival and manuscript resources covering almost all aspects of modern British society and culture.   Next Wednesday’s workshop “iSkills:  Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History” will introduce the collections, key finding aids and the research skills needed to make the most of these resources. We will cover:

  • identifying relevant archival and manuscript material in Oxford and beyond
  • things to consider when working with archival material
  • there will also be an opportunity to handle some interesting examples from the Weston’s collections.

This session is designed for Social Scientists and Historians (including students starting a dissertation) and will take place on Wednesday 10 May 14.00-16.00.   Places are limited so please book your place.

Data, data, data…for Social Scientists

If you need data for your Social Science research then you should come to next Thursday’s Bodleian iSkills workshop on Social Science Data Archives and Statistical Databases.  The workshop will cover both macro and micro  data sources including national data archives, subscription services and databases available at Oxford University,  economic and business data and more.  The session which will be led by the Bodleian Libraries Data Librarian and will not only introduce the main databases and tools but also discuss how to use them effectively in your research.

Booking for this workshop which will take place on Thursday  3 November 14.00-16.00 at the Social Science Library is essential.