Spring book display

Make the most of the spring weather by heading outside into nature.

We’ve collected a selection of seasonal titles that celebrate the wonder of walking in nature.

Learn about the benefits of forest-bathing with Walking in the woods or find out what’s hiding in the bushes with A natural history of the hedgerow. There’s Oxford’s hidden walls to guide you on lunchtime walks, or maybe you’d like to learn more about why trees make us happy?

We’ve also made available a guide to quick walks near the library so you can pop out in your lunch break.

You can find the pop-up display around the corner from the issue desk.

If there is a spring title that you think should be added to the display let us know by emailing ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Women’s History Month

A book display of nine books arranged around a sign for Women's History MonthWomen’s History Month runs from the 1st-31st March and is a celebration of phenomenal women throughout history.

To celebrate the Social Science Library has curated a pop-up book display.
We’ve chosen books that are either by, or about, women who have influenced how we see the world through their work.

A selection from the display

The front cover of Sister outsider by Audre Lorde

 

Sister outsider : essays and speeches
Aurdre Lorde

 

 

 

 

The front cover of Frida Kahlo by Francisco De La Mora

 

Frida Kahlo : her life, her work, her home
Francisco De La Mora

 

 

 

The front cover of It's a Don's life by Mary Beard

 

It’s a don’s life
Mary Beard

 

 

 

 

The front cover of Come tell me how you live by Agatha Christie Mallowan

Come, tell me how you live
Agatha Christie Mallowan

 

 

 

 

 

The front cover of of Undreamed shores by Frances Larson

 

Undreamed shores : the hidden heroines of British anthropology
Frances Larson

 

 

 

 

The Bodleian’s collection is full of Women’s history but if you think there is something missing or if you have a suggestion for our display please let us know at ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Bodleian iSkills workshops beyond the end of Hilary term

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 beyond the end of Hilary term

Thursday 14th March 14:00-15:30
Open Scholarship: Forum of Open Scholarship

During this forum speakers from Bodleian Open Scholarship Support and across Oxford will discuss current changes in the field of open scholarship. Including subjects like data, open access, open monographs, copyright and more. It is advised that attendees of the forum have previously attended the Fundamentals and Logistics courses to improve understanding.
Format: Online using Microsoft Teams.

Tuesday 19th March 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.

World Book Day 2024

We’re celebrating World Book Day at the Social Science Library by highlighting the value of reading for pleasure.

As well as being a way of travelling through time, space, and perspectives, reading for pleasure has been proved to be a highly important factor in future academic success and mental health

We’ve curated a selection of past Booker, and International Booker, prize winners to provide a taste of some to the titles that are held by the Bodleian.

These are just some of the books on display around the corner from the issue desk.

If you’re inspired to read more you can find loanable fiction at your college library, and of course it is free to join the Oxfordshire County Library Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Bodleian iSkills courses in 8th 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 8th week

Thursday 7th March 09:30-12:30

Open Scholarship: Copyright the Card Game
This interactive, games-based session introduces you to the key concepts of copyright law and allows you to apply them in practice. No prior knowledge is required, and the session caters for all whatever their level of experience with copyright. At the end of the session participants will be able to: explore how copyright really works in practice; interpret the legislation and apply the relevant legal concepts to their own work; practice using the exceptions and licences in sector-specific examples; discuss the role of risk management in making decisions about the ethical creation and use of copyright material.

Format: Classroom-based (Seminar Room, Radcliffe Science Library). 

Free Bodleian iSkills workshops in 7th 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 7th week

Tuesday 27th February 10:00-11:30
Preparing for your literature review in the Social Sciences
Get ready to undertake your literature review using your own research questions to build a successful search and apply it to a range of library resources. By the end of the session you will be able to: build a successful search strategy; use a range of bibliographic databases and search tools in the Social Sciences; work effectively with large result sets; source highly cited papers relevant to your research; and set up alerts for newly-published papers on your topic.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams. 

Tuesday 27th February 11:30-13:00
Playing in the open: Getting familiar with Creative Commons licences
Create content for your teaching or research with greater confidence by attending our session on Creative Commons (CC) licences. Learn how they work, how they interact with copyright and how to use them to best effect. The session will make special reference to images but is applicable to all media, including written works. We’ll finish the session with a Creative Commons card game.

Format: Classroom-based (Seminar Room, Radcliffe Science Library).

 

Wednesday 28th February 10:00-11:00
Referencing: Zotero
An introduction to the functionality of Zotero, a 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.
Format: Online using Microsoft Teams.

 

Thursday 29th February 14:30-16:00
Open Scholarship: Logistics of open scholarship
The second in a duo of courses (attendees should attend the Fundamentals course or complete the eLearning module Digital Induction to Open Access prior to Logistics) that will cover the logistics of researching, publishing, and locating open scholarship resources and tools at the University of Oxford. 

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams. 

LGBT+ History Month

The whole month of February is LGBT+ History Month and this year’s theme is Medicine -#UnderTheScope

A pop up book display has been set -up which aims to highlight some of the titles that are already in the Social Science Library’s collection. All of the books are borrowable!

Seven books on the subject of LGBT plus history are arranged around a LGBT plus history month poster.

Some highlights from the display:

 

The end of innocence by Simon Garfield 

A neon green book cover with black text that reads The end of innocence; Britain in the time of Aids  

A re-issue of the original 1994 text investigating the AIDS crisis in Britain. This edition features both a brand new foreword by Russel T Davies, creator of the renowned series It’s a sin, and a new afterword by the author which explores what has changed since the book was originally published.

 

 

Bi: the hidden culture, history and science of bisexuality by Julia Shaw

A book cover on which two pink and blue circles intersect with the word Bi in the middle

 

Bisexuality, the world’s largest sexual minority, is explored in this book by psychological scientist Dr Julia Shaw.

This book is also available online

 

 

 

Before we were trans; a new history of gender by Kit Heyam

A book cover with an black and white photo of gender fluid individuals.

 

Kit Heyam provides a broad view of the history of gender fluidity with examples from around the world that go beyond the gender binary.

 

 

 

 

As well as the resources held by the Social Science Library there are wider Bodleian LGBT+ resources such as this Reading List which is regularly updated.

If you feel that there is a LGBT+ History Month title we should hold at the Social Science Library you can let us know by emailing ssl-orders@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or via the Bodleian’s Recommend a purchase page.

Learn more about LGBT+ History Month via their website

Free Bodleian iSkills workshops in 6th 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 6th week

 

Tuesday 20th February 10:00-11:30
Keeping up to date with research
An introduction to using alerts to keep up to date with new research and save you time. A combination of presenter-led instruction and the opportunity for participants to set up email alerts to receive notifications for publications in their field of research. The workshop will cover: how email alerts can help you; setting up alerts on your favourite databases and other platforms for new content in your field; and managing your alerts.

Format: 
Online using Microsoft Teams.

Tuesday 20th February 14:30-16:30
Scholarly literature for your review
In this interactive workshop you will learn how to create an effective search query and have the opportunity to try out a range of tools that you can use to search for scholarly materials to support your research. You will: learn how to find books and other scholarly items in Oxford libraries using SOLO; search for journal articles using subject databases and scholarly search engines; and be signposted towards learning materials you can use if you are interested in searching for conference proceedings, theses and dissertations.
Format: Online using Microsoft Teams.

Wednesday 21st February 14:00-16:00
Referencing: EndNote
EndNote is a desktop-based reference management tool for Windows and Mac users, which helps you build libraries of references and insert them into your Word document as in-text citations or footnotes and automatically generate bibliographies. The workshop will cover: what EndNote can do for you; adding references to EndNote from a range of sources; managing your references in an EndNote library; adding in-text citations and/or footnotes to your essays and papers; and creating bibliographies.
Format: Online using Microsoft Teams.

Free Bodleian iSkills workshops in 5th 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 5th week

 

Monday 12th February 13:30-16:30
Referencing: Zotero

An introduction to the functionality of Zotero, a 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.
Format: Classroom-based (Thames Suite, IT Services). 

 

Tuesday 13th February 10:30-11:30
Open Scholarship: Your thesis, copyright & ORA

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.
Format: Online using Microsoft Teams.

Tuesday 13th February  14:00-15:30
Referencing: RefWorks

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 the online 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; where to get help with RefWorks.
Format: Online using Microsoft Teams.

 

Wednesday 14th February 10:00-12:00
Working with sensitive research data

A workshop outlining some of the key principles to bear in mind when working with sensitive or restricted research; whether collected yourself or obtained from a third-party source such as a data archive. Issues of confidentiality, informed consent, cybersecurity and data management will be covered. Examples of scenarios or concerns drawn from the research of participants are particularly welcome.
Format: Classroom-based (Social Science Library). 

 

Friday 16th February  09:30-12:30
Referencing: EndNote

An introduction to EndNote, open to all, that teaches you how to use the software so that you can effectively manage your references. The workshop will cover: what EndNote can do for you; adding references to EndNote from a range of sources; managing your references in an EndNote library; adding in-text citations and/or footnotes to your essays and papers; creating bibliographies.
Who is this session for?
 Oxford students, researchers and other staff.
Format: Classroom-based (Thames Suite, IT Services).

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
Format: 
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).