3rd Week: Free Bodleian iSkills Workshops

A photo of a laptop open with the iSkills logo on the screenBodleian iSkills workshops aim to develop your skills in information discovery and scholarly communications, covering a variety of resources across a wide range of disciplines. They are primarily aimed at University of Oxford students and staff. Some workshops take place face-to-face, whilst others are 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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Workshops taking place in 3rd Week:

Discovering archives at the Bodleian Libraries (Wed 11 May 14:30-15:30)

This session will introduce participants to the key catalogues and finding aids for post-1500 archives and manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries. In particular, the session will focus on Bodleian Archives and Manuscripts, the new online catalogue for post-1500 archives and manuscripts. This session is classroom-based.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and anyone interested in the topic.

Information resources for modern global history (Thurs 12 May 09:30-11:00)

An introduction to key archival, printed and electronic resources, such as finding aids, bibliographic resources and primary sources for post-1800 global history. The focus will be on non-European history but will draw predominantly on English and European language resources. This session is classroom-based.

Who is this session for? Students, researchers, and anyone else interested in the subject.

Introduction to web archives for research use (Thurs 12 May 14:00-15:00)

This online session will introduce web archives and their potential for academic research at all levels. By the end of the session, you will have an introductory overview of the potential of web archives (and the UK Web Archive in particular) for academic research.

Who is this session for? Undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and University staff.

Referencing: Choosing and using software for referencing (Fri 13 May 09:30-12:30; spaces still available Fri 6 May 14:00-17:00)
This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the advantages and disadvantages of a range of software packages and gives you the opportunity to try out three different packages (RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero) so that you can work out which one is best for you. This session is classroom-based.

Who is this session for? Postgraduate students, researchers and University staff.

Creating reading lists using Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO) for Academics, Administrators and Staff (Fri 13 May 14:00-15:30; repeated Thurs 16 June 15:00-16:30)

Do you want to provide reading lists with direct links to e-books and articles? Oxford Reading List Online (ORLO) is an online reading list platform which makes it easy to create reading lists with direct links to e-books, articles and other eresources and which show real time availability for physical resources in Oxford Libraries. This online introductory session will cover everything you need to know to create a reading list in ORLO.

Who is this session for? This is an introductory session for academics, administrators and any staff supporting reading lists. It is NOT intended for students.

Open Access: your thesis, copyright & ORA (Tues 10 May 15:00-16:00)
Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis in the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA). This online 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.



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