Free Bodleian iSkills workshops in 3rd 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 3rd week

Tuesday, 7 May 15:00-16:30
Research metrics and citation analysis tools: Part 1 what makes a journal a “top” journal?
In this session we will cover how to locate and interpret journal level metrics such as the Journal Impact Factor (JIF). We will examine the tools you can use to locate journal level metrics, such as Journal Citation Reports and Scopus Sources. We will also consider the uses, limitations and pitfalls inherent in these metrics and how they can be used responsibly.
Format: Classroom-based (Radcliffe Science Library, Seminar Room).


Wednesday, 8 May 10:00-12:00
Data sources for research – discovery, access and use
This workshop will provide a grounding in the different ways quantitative and qualitative data is being made available to benefit researchers. By the end of the session you will also have some insight into how your own future work could add to the process and become part of the research discourse. The course aims to provide an overview of macro and micro data sources available at the University of Oxford, including national data archives, subscription services, business data, and offers some pointers for further searching.
Format: Classroom-based (Social Science Library).

Wednesday, 8 May 14:00-16:00
Online Sources for Historians
A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods of British and Western European history. Learning outcomes are to: gain an overview of some of key online resources for Medieval, Early Modern and Modern British and Western European History; know how to access subscription resources; and gain awareness of key examples of useful resources.
Format: Online using Microsoft Teams.


Thursday, 9 May 10:00-11:30
Open Scholarship: Introduction to Persistent Identifiers
This course will introduce you to the concept of Persistent Identifiers, the problems that they address, and how they can be used in the academic environment to simplify some tasks. It will examine several different types of identifier, some of which are currently widely used (DOI’s for publications/data and ORCID’s for researchers) and others which are emerging in importance.
Format: Online using Microsoft Teams.

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