Free Bodleian iSkills Online Workshops

Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops designed for postgraduates and researchers, covering information discovery and searching for scholarly materials, keeping up to date with research, using reference management tools, research data management and open access publishing.  For Michaelmas term, most of the workshops will continue to run online.

The workshops are FREE but online booking is essential. A list of the sessions taking place this term can be found on the iSkills Workshops webpage.

Image of the Bodleian iSkills and Open Access Oxford logosOpen Access: Your thesis, copyright & ORA (Tue 22 Feb 10:00-11:00)

Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis in the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA). This session will focus on what ORA is and how to deposit one’s thesis in ORA, and how to access help with this process. It will also cover the relevant rights and permissions required and other issues that DPhil students need to take into account when preparing their thesis for upload to ORA.
Who is this session for?  All doctoral research students

iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Tue 1 Feb 10:00-12:00; repeated Thu 17 Feb 10:00-12:00)

An introduction to getting started in Oxford Libraries, featuring live demonstrations and hands-on activities on how to use SOLO, the University’s resource discovery tool; how to search for a range of material and get hold of what you want to read; which Oxford Libraries to use for your needs and how to use our many services.

 

Literature searching and finding scholarly materials:
iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research
(Mon 7 Feb 14:00-16:00; repeated Wed 16 Feb 10:00-12:00)

How to run effective literature searches for books, journal articles, conference materials, theses and dissertations from the University of Oxford and around the world.

iSkills: Preparing for your literature review in the Social Sciences (Tue 1 Mar 10:00-11:30)

Using your own research questions to build a successful search in the Social Sciences; working effectively with large result sets; sourcing highly cited papers relevant to your research; setting up alerts on your topic.

iSkills: UK Parliamentary and Government materials – an introduction (Thursdays in Hilary Term)

One-to-one sessions for finding and accessing historical and present-day UK parliamentary and government material, including print and digital sources, and any relevant archival materials.

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Reference Management

We offer workshops on three reference management tools for Windows and Mac users, which help you build libraries of references, insert references into your Word document as in-text citations or footnotes and automatically generate bibliographies:

Referencing: Endnote (Tue 15 Feb 14:00-16:00)

Referencing: RefWorks (Fri 11 Feb 14:00-15:30; repeated Thu 24 Feb 10:00-11:30)

Referencing: Zotero (Mon 14 Feb 14:00-15:00; repeated Thu 3 Mar 10:00-11:00)

 

Open Access

Open Access Oxford: What’s happening? (Monthly sessions)
A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position including guidance on how to comply with the Open Access requirements for the REF and mandates from key funding bodies whilst respecting your publisher’s rights and policies. Will cover Gold and Green routes and Article Processing Charges; University policy for the Open Access block grants including RCUK/UKRI and Wellcome Trust.  The briefing is intended for current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians.

Have your say! Complete the Bodleian Libraries’ Reader Survey (17 Jan to 19 Feb)

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The Bodleian Libraries is inviting all members of the University to share their feedback about the Libraries by completing a short online Reader Survey. The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete but it provides vital information that feeds into decision making and helps improve library services. It is particularly valuable post-lockdown, as we work to establish which services implemented during government restrictions were most effective and therefore have long-term value beyond the pandemic crisis.

The survey will be open from 17 January – 19 February, and is for all students, academics, researchers, and staff who have used the online collections and/or services (e.g. Scan & Deliver) and/or any of the physical libraries. In addition to members of the University, feedback is welcome from external researchers who have a Bodleian Libraries card, including alumni and NHS staff.

Readers are asked to share their views on areas such as the provision of information resources, the libraries as a space for study, how staff treat readers, information skills and support, and their overall satisfaction with library support for research, teaching and learning. Responses are confidential.

As a thank you for taking part, participants can choose to enter a prize draw to win one of ten £50 Amazon/Blackwell’s vouchers. No identifying links between responses and the individual responding will be retained.

The Bodleian Libraries are continually seeking feedback from readers, and conduct a readership-wide survey every 3 years. Numerous changes and enhancements have been made to the library service in response to feedback received from the last Reader Survey, which took place in 2019. These range from increasing library opening hours to buying more e-books, from providing more comfortable furniture to developing a universal lending policy.

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Complete the survey here.

 

 

If you have any questions about the survey please email: survey@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

New Resource of the Month feature

In addition to our ‘Book of the Month’ feature, we are now introducing a ‘Resource of the Month.’ Each month, one of our Subject Librarians will choose an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

 

January’s Resource of the Month has been selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.

John’s choice is Statista. This is a new subscription for a database that has been requested by a wide range of researchers.

Resource Overview

Statista is a global industry statistics database. It aggregates content from third party sources as well providing data from its own independent market research. The data included in Statista includes industry information, consumer data, company profiles, and financials. It covers sectors such as Advertising, Retail, Technology, Recreation, Transportation, Hospitality and the Internet. In addition to statistics it provides a variety of reporting, forecasting and data visualisation options.

User guides and tutorials on the use of the database are provided by Statista on Youtube and Vimeo.

Where can you access the resource

Statista is available to access via SOLO. A Single-Sign-On (SSO) is required to access this database, so access is restricted to Oxford University students and staff members.

 

1st Week – Free Bodleian iSkills Online Workshops

Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops designed for postgraduates and researchers, covering information discovery and searching for scholarly materials, keeping up to date with research, using reference management tools, research data management and open access publishing.  For Michaelmas term, most of the workshops will continue to run online.

The workshops are FREE but online booking is essential. A list of the sessions taking place this term can be found on the iSkills Workshops webpage.

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Introduction to Oxford Libraries

iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Tue 1 Feb 10:00-12:00; repeated Thu 17 Feb 10:00-12:00)

An introduction to getting started in Oxford Libraries, featuring live demonstrations and hands-on activities on how to use SOLO, the University’s resource discovery tool; how to search for a range of material and get hold of what you want to read; which Oxford Libraries to use for your needs and how to use our many services.

Literature searching and finding scholarly materials

iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Mon 7 Feb 14:00-16:00; repeated Wed 16 Feb 10:00-12:00)

How to run effective literature searches for books, journal articles, conference materials, theses and dissertations from the University of Oxford and around the world.

iSkills: Keeping up to date with research (Mon 21 Feb 14:00-15:30)

An introduction to keeping up to date with research in your field by setting up and managing alerts on databases and other scholarly platforms.

iSkills: Preparing for your literature review in the Social Sciences (Tue 1 Mar 10:00-11:30)

Using your own research questions to build a successful search in the Social Sciences; working effectively with large result sets; sourcing highly cited papers relevant to your research; setting up alerts on your topic.

iSkills: UK Parliamentary and Government materials – an introduction (Thursdays from 27 Jan to 3 Mar)

One-to-one sessions for finding and accessing historical and present-day UK parliamentary and government material, including print and digital sources, and any relevant archival materials.

Reference Management Workshops

We offer workshops on three reference management tools for Windows and Mac users, which help you build libraries of references, insert references into your Word document as in-text citations or footnotes and automatically generate bibliographies:

Referencing: Endnote (Thu 27 Jan 10:00-12:00; repeated Tue 15 Feb 14:00-16:00)

Referencing: RefWorks (Fri 11 Feb 14:00-15:30; repeated Thu 24 Feb 10:00-11:30)

Referencing: Zotero (Mon 14 Feb 14:00-15:00; repeated Thu 3 Mar 10:00-11:00)

Open Access

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Open Access Oxford: What’s happening? (Runs monthly – next one Mon 17 Jan 15:00-16:00)
A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position including guidance on how to comply with the Open Access requirements for the REF and mandates from key funding bodies whilst respecting your publisher’s rights and policies. Will cover Gold and Green routes and Article Processing Charges; University policy for the Open Access block grants including RCUK/UKRI and Wellcome Trust.  The briefing is intended for current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians.

 Keep an eye on our iSkills workshops page for upcoming workshops throughout the year; and for our workshop handouts, live webinar recordings and pre-recorded video tutorials. 

 

Opening times for the SSL for Hilary Term

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We will continue to open at 9.30am on week days during Hilary Term. This will help enable staggered arrival times for staff reliant on public transport.

Our opening hours will be as follows:

Thursday 6 – Friday 7 Jan : 09:30 – 19:00

Saturday 8 Jan: 10:00-18:00

Sunday 9 Jan: 11:00-19:00

Monday 10 – Friday 14 Jan: 09:30 – 19:00

Saturday 15 Jan: 10:00-18:00

From 1st week – 9th week of Hilary Term (Sunday 16 January – Saturday 19 March) we will be open:

Sunday: 11:00-19:00

Monday – Friday: 09:30 – 22:00

Saturday: 10:00-18:00

Opening hours beyond this date will be confirmed closer to the time. See our website for the latest information.

Our Book of the Month choice for January

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.

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January’s book of the month was selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.

 

Front cover of our Book of the Month. A star appears above the words 'The Meritocracy Trap' 'Daniel Markovits' under are the words 'A bold, brave critique - Michael Sandel' A rosette is overlapping the book and says 'SSL Book of the Month' on it.

 

 

The Meritocracy Trap

Daniel Markovits

Allen Lane, 2019

Shelfmark: HT684.MAR 2019

Also available as an eBook via SOLO.

 

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because of the way it discusses fundamental concerns of Sociology such as social mobility and inequality.

Book Overview

It is an axiom of modern life that meritocracy promises to provide opportunity to all. The idea that reward should follow ability and effort is so entrenched in our attitudes that, even when society divides itself in other ways, all sides can be heard repeating meritocratic notions. Meritocracy cuts to the heart of who we think we are.

However, Markovits argues, meritocracy has become exactly what it was conceived to resist: a mechanism for the concentration and dynastic transmission of wealth and privilege across generations. Upward mobility has become a fantasy, and the middle classes are now more likely to sink into the working poor than to rise into the professional elite. At the same time, meritocracy ensnares even those who manage to claw their way to the top, requiring them to work with crushing intensity, exploiting their expensive educations in order to extract a return.

Reviews

Markovits shows the tenacity of meritocracy’s narrative pull and how easy it is to get entangled in its logic.” Phil Bell, LSE Review of Books

 This book flips your world upside down. Daniel Markovits argues that meritocracy isn’t a virtuous, efficient system that rewards the best and brightest. Instead it rewards middle-class families who can afford huge investments in their children’s education.” The Times

How can I access it?

This title is available in hard copy at the SSL at shelfmark HT684.MAR 2019 to consult in the library. It is also available on SOLO for Oxford University staff and students to access remotely using their SSO.

Image of an open book with the pages curled to form a love heartWhat would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.

Update : Work on lighting improvements temporarily suspended

Hand holding a spiral jotter that has the words 'Building Work Update' written on it.We informed you last month of some work taking place in our library (this week and next week), to replace the suspended ceilings and improve the lighting in our library toilets and study carrels.

This work has unfortunately now been temporarily suspended. We will inform you when a new schedule of works is available.

Wi-Fi Maintenance Works on Wednesday 22nd December at the SSL

This Wednesday 22 December, an engineer from IT Services will be installing new Access Points for our wireless networks in the SSL.

There may be some brief interruption to the wireless service in different areas of the library (up to 15 minutes) while the Access Points are replaced.

During this time readers are advised to try moving to a different area of the library, connecting via a wired connection, or using the Bodleian Reader Workstations in the Reader PC Area and Information Skills Training Room.

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Change in week day opening times from Mon 20 December

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The Bodleian Libraries, including the Social Science Library, will open at 9.30am on the open week days during w/c 19 December and w/c 2 January. This will help enable staggered arrival times for staff reliant on public transport.

Opening times for SSL –  19 December – 8 January:

Sunday 19 December: CLOSED

Mon 20 December – Wed 22 December: 09:30am – 19:00

Thur 23 December: 09:30 – 17:00

Fri 24 December – Mon 3 January: CLOSED

Tue 4 January – Fri 7 January: 09:30 – 19:00

Sat 8 January: 10:00 – 18:00

Opening hours beyond this date will be confirmed closer to the time. See our website for the latest information.