Next week in Bodleian iSkills: Google for academic research (Mon 30 Oct, 14:00-16:00)

Your introduction to the Bodleian Libraries

This term the Bodleian are running FREE iSkills workshops to help you navigate the Oxford library system. Book online now for handy hints and tips – all are welcome!

Workshops in Information Discovery and Scholarly Communications

Google for academic research

Google is often dismissed as being irrelevant to the academic literature search. However, changes to the nature of the dissemination of scholarly research and official information in recent years mean that a wealth of relevant information can be accessed via standard Internet search engines such as Google. Too often however such information is lost amongst thousands of irrelevant, spurious and misleading results. Based on an understanding of how the Google search engine works this practical workshop will show you the basic techniques to hone in on high quality academic material from Google searches. Given concerns about the privacy costs of a ‘free’ search within search engines such as Google, alternative search engines will also be explored and compared, including DuckDuckGo.

  • Be able to find high quality academic material using Google
  • Understand how Google works
  • Use alternative search engines including DuckDuckGo.

Intended Audience: All DPhils and Research Students in the Social Sciences

When: Monday 30th October, 14:00-16:00

Where: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

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Next week in Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Thu 26 Oct, 10:00-11:30)

Your introduction to the Bodleian Libraries

This term the Bodleian are running FREE iSkills workshops to help you navigate the Oxford library system. Book online now for handy hints and tips – all are welcome!

Workshops in Information Discovery and Scholarly Communications

Getting information to come to you

An introduction to using RSS feeds and alerts to keep up to date with new research. Participants will have the opportunity to set up RSS feeds and/or email alerts to receive notifications about new journal articles and other publications, conference papers and blog posts in their field of research.

  • Use an RSS feed reader to receive notifications about new publications in your research field
  • Use email alerts as an alternative to RSS feeds to receive notifications about new publications in your field
  • Use JournalTOCS to receive tables of contents for new issues of your favourite journals
  • Set up RSS feeds or alerts on your favourite databases for new content in your field
  • Set up RSS feeds for new blog posts and web site updates
  • Explore use of social media tools for keeping up to date with research

Intended Audience: Postgraduates, researchers, academics and anyone interested in the topic

When: Thursday 26th October, 10:00-11:30

Where: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road – Isis Room

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Next week in Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford, what’s happening? (Tue 24 Oct, 12:00-13:00)

Your introduction to the Bodleian Libraries

This term the Bodleian are running FREE iSkills workshops to help you navigate the Oxford library system. Book online now for handy hints and tips – all are welcome!

Workshops in Information Discovery and Scholarly Communications

Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?

A 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.

  • What is open access?
  • Key terms – Gold, Green, Article Processing Charges
  • How to find out about research council or funder requirements
  • How to find out what your publisher will allow
  • Green route – how to deposit in ORA
  • Gold route and how to claim for APCs
  • Where to get more information & help
  • Act on Acceptance and HEFCE OA policy for the post-2014 REF
  • New University policy for the RCUK Open Access block grant

Intended Audience: Current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians

When: Tuesday 24th October, 12:00-13:00

Where: Radcliffe Science Library, IT Training Room

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Next week in Bodleian iSkills: Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences (Thu 19 Oct, 10:00-12:00)

Your introduction to the Bodleian Libraries

This term the Bodleian are running FREE iSkills workshops to help you navigate the Oxford library system. Book online now for handy hints and tips – all are welcome!

Workshops in Information Discovery and Scholarly Communications

Moving from research question to 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.

  • 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

Intended Audience: All DPhil students and research staff in the Social Sciences

When: Thursday 19th October, 10:00-12:00

Where: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

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Next week in Bodleian iSkills: UK Parliamentary and government materials, an introduction (Wed 18 Oct, 10:00-11:30)

Your introduction to the Bodleian Libraries

This term the Bodleian are running FREE iSkills workshops to help you navigate the Oxford library system. Book online now for handy hints and tips – all are welcome!

Workshops in Information Discovery and Scholarly Communications

UK Parliamentary and government materials – an introduction

Of vital help to all history, politics and social science students is this general overview of the main sources for finding and accessing historical UK parliamentary material, pre-1800 and post-1800. We look at sources for government publications both in print and in electronic format, including: Parliamentary proceedings – Hansard, Journals of the House of Commons and Lords; Legislation; Government and departmental papers.

Subjects to be covered include:

  • Parliamentary proceedings
  • Legislation
  • Government and departmental papers

Intended Audience: History, Politics and other Social Science students, particularly new postgraduates

When: Wednesday 18th October, 10:00-11:30

Where: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

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Next week: Referencing, Choosing and using software (Tue 17 Oct, 09:15-12:15)

Your introduction to Referencing and Reference Management

This term the Bodleian and IT Services are running FREE workshops to help you navigate different referencing systems. Book online now for handy hints and tips – all are welcome!

Workshops in Information Discovery and Scholarly Communications

Referencing – Choosing and using software

Formatting your in text citations, footnotes and bibliography correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easier and saves you time. This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the pros and cons of a wide range of software packages and gives you the opportunity to try out five different packages (RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley and Papers) so that you can work out which one is best for you.

  • Understand how reference management software works and what it does
  • Understand the pros and cons of a range of reference management packages
  • Add, edit and organise references using a number of different tools
  • Add citations to documents and create bibliographies using a number of different tools
  • Make an informed decision about which reference management package works best for you

Intended Audience: Postgraduate students, researchers and university staff

When: Tuesday 17th October, 09:15-12:15

Where: IT Services – 13 Banbury Road, Isis Room

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Next week in Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright & ORA (Tue 10 Oct, 10:00-11:00)

Your introduction to the Bodleian Libraries

This term the Bodleian are running FREE iSkills workshops to help you navigate the Oxford library system. Book online now for handy hints and tips – all are welcome!

Workshops in Information Discovery and Scholarly Communications

Your thesis, copyright & ORA

Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis in the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA). This session will focus on copyright and other issues that DPhil students need to take into account when preparing their thesis for upload to ORA.

  • Deposit your thesis in ORA
  • Observe relevant rights and permissions
  • Access help with depositing your thesis in ORA

Intended Audience: All doctoral research students

When: Tuesday 10th October, 10:00-11:00

Where: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

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Next week in Bodleian iSkills: Getting Started in Oxford Libraries (Thu 12 Oct, 09:30-13:30)

Your introduction to the Bodleian Libraries

Feeling flustered by Freshers’ Week? This term the Bodleian are running FREE iSkills workshops to help you navigate the Oxford library system. Come along to the first session for handy hints and tips – all are welcome!

Workshops in Information Discovery and Scholarly Communications

Getting Started in Oxford Libraries

An introduction to Oxford Libraries including guidance on which libraries to use; finding and using books, journals and other materials in print and online; and making the most of Library services. This workshop will help you settle into searching for literature at Oxford with confidence.

  •  Find out which libraries are most relevant to your topic and study requirements
  • Use SOLO to find printed and online books, journals and other materials
  • Use OxLIP+ to access databases
  • Use LibGuides to find key resources for your subject
  • Access help and advice from the libraries on searching, current awareness, reference management, open access, research data management and more.

Intended Audience: All Oxford Library users

When: Thursday 12th October, 09:30-13:30

Where: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

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