Free Bodleian iSkills workshops in 4th week

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 this week in 4th week


Tuesday 6th February 10:00-11:30
Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-21st centuries

*Fully booked, waiting list available*

Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching not only news but also many other aspects of political, economic, social and cultural life. In this 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. After the session participants will understand: the value of newspapers in research; the difficulties of using newspapers in research and effective search techniques, and will be able to use a range of sources for searching and reading.
Format: Online using Microsoft Teams. 


Thursday 8th February 10:30-12:00
Open Scholarship: Fundamentals of Open Access

Are you baffled by open, confused by embargoes? Does the mention of the colour gold or green catapult you into a realm of perplexed irritation? Come to this session, where we’ll break down open access and all its many jargon terms, confusing publishing structures and hint at the advantages you can reap by publishing open.
Format: Online using Microsoft Teams.

Thursday 8th February 14:30-16:00
Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History

*Fully booked, waiting list available*

The Bodleian Libraries Weston Library has a wealth of resources covering almost all aspects of modern British society and culture. This session will introduce key finding aids and get you started with the research skills needed to make the most of these resources
Classroom-based (Horton Room, Weston Library). 


Friday 9th February 09:30-12:30
Referencing: Choosing and using software for referencing

Formatting your in-text citations, footnotes and bibliography correctly for your thesis or publication is crucial. Reference management tools make this easier and save you time. This classroom-based session comprises a 30-minute presentation, which gives an overview of reference management tools. The rest of the session is dedicated to practical exercises at the computers, giving you the opportunity to try out three tools (RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero), so that you can work out which one is best for you.
Format: Classroom-based (Thames Suite, IT Services). 

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