2nd 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 2nd Week:

Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Weds 25th Jan 14:00-15:00) 

An introduction to getting started in Oxford libraries. This workshop will feature demonstrations and hands-on activities on how to use SOLO, the University’s resource discovery tool. We will search for a range of material and show you how to get hold of what you want to read. We will cover: which Oxford Libraries you can use, and which meet your needs; how to search SOLO to find printed and online books, journals and other materials; how to place holds on books that are out, make stack requests and renew books online; and how to use the Scan & Deliver service.

Who is this session for? All Oxford Library users.
Format: Classroom-based (Social Science Library).  


Referencing: Choosing and using software for referencing (Fri 27th Jan 9:30-12:30)
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. At the end of the session you will: understand how reference management works; understand the advantages and disadvantages of a range of reference management packages; add, edit and organise references using a number of different tools; add references to documents and create bibliographies using a number of different tools; and make an informed decision about which reference management package works best for you. 

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

Format: Classroom-based.  


There are still some spaces to book on to this week’s sessions too, including:

Introduction to Zotero (Weds 18th Jan 10:30-12:00)  

An introduction to the functionality of Zotero, which is a free-to-use software programme used to manage references and create bibliographies. The workshop will cover: understanding the main features and benefits of Zotero; setting up a Zotero account; importing references from different sources into Zotero; organising your references in Zotero; inserting citations into documents; and creating a bibliography/reference list.

FormatOnline using Microsoft Teams. 



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