4th 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 4th Week:


Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Tues 17 May 14:00-17:00; repeated 14 June online)

A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding books, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more. We will cover how to: run effective literature searches; find books and other scholarly items in Oxford Libraries; search for journal articles; search for theses and dissertations from the University of Oxford and around the world; search for conference papers.

Format: classroom based.

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

Newspapers and other online sources from the 17th to 20th centuries (Weds 18 May 09:30-11:00)

Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching not only news but also many other aspects of political, economic, social and cultural life. In this online session, we will introduce key online sources of news and how to make best use of them. The focus will be on historical and contemporary newspapers from the 17th century across most countries of the world.

Format: online.

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

Managing research data and Data Management Plans (DMPs) (Thurs 19 May 10:00-12:00)

This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on your work. Topics to be covered will include: common dangers and pitfalls of digital data; key principles of RDM and organising your data effectively; producing a data management plan; institutional, funder and publisher requirements; issues around preserving data and cybersecurity; ORA-Data, GitHub and other preservation services; sharing thoughts and insights about the potential of data management in your own field; accessing Oxford based tools for research data management.

Format: online.

Who is this session for? All DPhil students and research staff.

Referencing: RefWorks (Mon 16 May 14:00-17:00; repeated 9 June online)

RefWorks is a web-based reference management tool for Windows and Macs which helps you to collect and manage references and insert them into your Word document as in-text citations or footnotes and generate bibliographies. Topics covered in this classroom-based session include: understanding RefWorks and what it can do for you; adding references to RefWorks from a range of sources; managing your references; adding in-text citations and/or footnotes to your papers; creating bibliographies.

Format: classroom based.

Who is this session for? Oxford students, researchers and other staff plus Oxford alumni. RefWorks is subscription based. External readers will not be able to use RefWorks through Oxford’s subscription, and can only use it through membership of an institution that provides RefWorks.

Open Access Oxford: What’s happening? (Thurs 19 May 11:00-12:00; places still available 10 May 15:00-16:00)

An online 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.

Format: online.

Who is this session for? Current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians.



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