11th 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 11th Week:

Open Access: National Institute for Health and Care Research open access policy briefing (Thurs 7 July 14:30-15:30)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded and need to know how to comply from 1st June 2022? In this focused online briefing we will: step you through the changes and new requirements; provide links to further NIHR information and guidance; let you know where to find help at Oxford; answer as many questions as we can.

Format: online

Who is this session for? Current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians.

 

9th Week: Free Bodleian iSkills Workshops

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Bodleian 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 9th Week:

iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division and OUH Trust: Introduction to systematic reviews and evidence syntheses (Fri 24 June 14:00-15:00)

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the principles underpinning the conduct of literature searches for systematic reviews and evidence syntheses. The session will cover: formulating a search strategy to address research questions; applying methodological search filters to restrict by study type; choosing appropriate databases and search engines; searching for grey literature and ongoing studies; documenting and reporting your search; storing and managing references.

Format: online.

Who is this session for? Students and Researchers in the Medical Sciences Division and OUH staff.

 

 

6th 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 6th Week:

 

Referencing: EndNote (Tues 31 May 10:00-12:00)

EndNote 20 is a desktop-based reference management tool for Windows and Mac users. 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

Format: online.

Who is this session for? Oxford students, researchers and other staff. For anyone in the Medical Sciences, we run Endnote workshops in the ‘iSkills for Medical Sciences and OUH Trust’ series, which are listed on our iSkills workshops page when they are available.

 

DIY tools for small scale web archiving (Weds 1 June 11:00-12:00)

This online session introduces DIY tools that can be used for capturing your own web archives at a small scale. This is an interactive, practical session which aims to get you confident with using these tools and builds on the workshop ‘Introduction to web archives for research use’ which took place Thurs 12 May.

Format: online.

Who is this session for? Undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and University staff.

 

 

Sources of Help for Exam Stress

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The build-up to exams can be a very stressful time for students. The University offers a number of different workshops to help you manage this stress, as well as other issues you may be experiencing throughout your studies.  A list of workshops available can be found below:

  • ACT-based Anxiety Group
  • Can’t Work
  • CBT for Low Mood
  • Managing Exam Anxiety
  • Managing Strong Emotions
  • Mindfulness for Life
  • Overcoming Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Reducing Digital Distraction
  • Relaxation
  • Self-Compassion group
  • Sleep Difficulties & Insomnia
  • Students of Colour Group

For further information about the content and format of these workshops, and to book your place, please visit: https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/welfare/counselling/workshops?wssl=1

The University Counselling Service have also created a series of podcasts which address the pressure of being a student at Oxford. Example titles include ‘Introducing CBT for low mood and depression’ and ‘The pressure to be perfect: ways of responding’. You can listen to these podcasts through the University’s podcast site or download them from iTunes U. There is also a range of Supportive Resources (such as recommended books and helpful links) regarding topics such as relationships, self-care and mental health, which have been compiled by the University and can be accessed via the link: https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/welfare/counselling/self-help.

If you would prefer to speak to someone direct, there are a number of different counselling services to support student wellbeing. These include the University Counselling Service, Peer Support Programme and Oxford SU Student Advice Service. In addition, the student-run confidential listening service Nightline is available between 8pm and 8am every night of term. For further information about these services and their contact details, please visit the University of Oxford’s Welfare and Wellbeing page at: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/student-life/support-and-welfare.

 

5th 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 5th Week:

 

Sources for U.S. history (Thurs 26 May 10:00-11:00)

An online introduction to primary sources for the study of American history, from the colonial period to the 20th Century. The session will provide an overview of the different kinds of information sources (early printed books, newspapers, databases and official records), and guidance on locating material for research.

Format: online.

Who is this session for? Students, researchers, and anyone else interested in the subject.

 

Referencing: Zotero (Mon 23 May 09:30-12:30; repeated online Fri 10 June)

Zotero is a reference management tool that helps you build libraries of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents using your chosen citation style. This classroom-based introduction covers the main features of Zotero with the opportunity for practical exercises. Learning outcomes are to: create a Zotero library and add references to it; edit and organise references in your Zotero library; add in-text citations and/or footnotes to your word processed document; create bibliographies; understand how to sync your Zotero library across multiple computers; understand how to share your Zotero library of references.

Format: classroom based.

Who is this session for? Students, researchers and staff needing to manage references and create bibliographies.

 

Referencing: EndNote (Tues 24 May 14:00-16:00; repeated Tues 31 May)

EndNote 20 is a desktop-based reference management tool for Windows and Mac users. 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

Format: online.

Who is this session for? Oxford students, researchers and other staff. For anyone in the Medical Sciences, we run Endnote workshops in the ‘iSkills for Medical Sciences and OUH Trust’ series, which are listed on our iSkills workshops page when they are available.

 

*New* Open Access: British Heart Foundation open access policy briefing (Tues 24 May 11:00-12:00)

British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded and need to know how to comply with their open access requirements? In this focused online briefing, we will: step you through the changes and new requirements; provide links to further BHF information and guidance; let you know where to find help at Oxford

Format: online.

Who is this session for? Current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians.

 

 

4th 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 4th Week:

 

Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Tues 17 May 14:00-17:00; repeated 14 June online)

A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding books, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more. We will cover how to: run effective literature searches; find books and other scholarly items in Oxford Libraries; search for journal articles; search for theses and dissertations from the University of Oxford and around the world; search for conference papers.

Format: classroom based.

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

Newspapers and other online sources from the 17th to 20th centuries (Weds 18 May 09:30-11:00)

Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching not only news but also many other aspects of political, economic, social and cultural life. In this online 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.

Format: online.

Who is this session for? Students, researchers, and anyone else interested in the subject.

Managing research data and Data Management Plans (DMPs) (Thurs 19 May 10:00-12:00)

This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on your work. Topics to be covered will include: common dangers and pitfalls of digital data; key principles of RDM and organising your data effectively; producing a data management plan; institutional, funder and publisher requirements; issues around preserving data and cybersecurity; ORA-Data, GitHub and other preservation services; sharing thoughts and insights about the potential of data management in your own field; accessing Oxford based tools for research data management.

Format: online.

Who is this session for? All DPhil students and research staff.

Referencing: RefWorks (Mon 16 May 14:00-17:00; repeated 9 June online)

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 this classroom-based 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.

Format: classroom based.

Who is this session for? Oxford students, researchers and other staff plus Oxford alumni. RefWorks is subscription based. External readers will not be able to use RefWorks through Oxford’s subscription, and can only use it through membership of an institution that provides RefWorks.

Open Access Oxford: What’s happening? (Thurs 19 May 11:00-12:00; places still available 10 May 15:00-16:00)

An online 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.

Format: online.

Who is this session for? Current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians.

 

 

Well-being at the SSL

 

Food and Drink:

Although we ask that food and drink (excluding water/hot drinks in KeepCups) is not brought into the library itself, there’s still plenty to be had on-site! During regular opening hours you can grab some hot food at the Manor Road Café upstairs or the Missing Bean just up the road in the St Cross Building. Out of hours, there are still two vending machines in the balcony area behind the café. These offer an array of drinks as well as crisps, chocolate bars and flapjacks. You can eat them at the seating area provided, the sofa at the entrance or even outside on the benches on a nice day.

 

Outdoor Spaces:

As well as our outdoor seating area, there are several green spaces within just a few minutes’ walk of the SSL. Below are a couple of choice spots for taking a relaxing study break:

University Parks (7 minute walk) – from the Southern entrance you can choose a variety of different paths, such as the Oak and Thorn walks, or along the River Cherwell. The Parks’ website features a helpful mA bench built from wooden slats beside a large tree trunk covered in lichen and moss. Sunlight is shining through the trees behind.ap of these routes, as well as a guide on the different types of tree found along them. For example, the Oak Walk features a Tibetan Whitebeam tree which blooms with tiny white flowers in late spring. The South Walk also takes you past the ‘Genetic Garden’, dedicated to genetics researcher Professor Cyril Dean Darlington. Darlington first established the garden in 1964 to showcase the evolutionary spectacle of plants, and many of the original trees and shrubs are still there. For more information, visit the Universty Parks website: https://bit.ly/3Ez8Ygw.

Marston Meadows (10 minute walk) – the Marston cycle path runs down the southern edge of University Parks. If you follow it down across a bridge, you will come to a grassland meadow which lies adjacent to the Cherwell. Several plants on the Rare Plants Register have been found growing within the meadow, as well as in the other grasslands that lie along this stretch of the river. The path is a nice route to walk along to take a half hour away from study. Watch out for cyclists though!

Oxford Botanic Gardens (10 minute walk) – thought to be Britain’s oldest botanical gardens, the Oxford Botanic Gardens were founded in 1621 to supply the University’s medical students with useful herbs and plants. The Walled Garden provides a lovely space to relax amongst the plant beds, or there is a variety of different glasshouses to explore featuring plants from far-away climes. Entrance is free for students who can produce a valid ID card.

 

Getting Support at Oxford:

The University of Oxford provides a number of different seA graphic of a person facing to the left sat at a computer wearing a headset as though listening to a caller. One of their hands is on their keyboard and the other under their chin.rvices to support their students’ wellbeing. These include the University Counselling Service, Peer Support Programme and Oxford SU Student Advice Service. In addition, the student-run confidential listening service Nightline is available between 8pm and 8am every night of term if you need someone to talk to. For further information about these services and their contact details, please visit how the University of Oxford’s Welfare and Wellbeing page at: https://bit.ly/3vZlFyJ.

 

 

 

 

3rd 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 3rd Week:

Discovering archives at the Bodleian Libraries (Wed 11 May 14:30-15:30)

This session will introduce participants to the key catalogues and finding aids for post-1500 archives and manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries. In particular, the session will focus on Bodleian Archives and Manuscripts, the new online catalogue for post-1500 archives and manuscripts. This session is classroom-based.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and anyone interested in the topic.

Information resources for modern global history (Thurs 12 May 09:30-11:00)

An introduction to key archival, printed and electronic resources, such as finding aids, bibliographic resources and primary sources for post-1800 global history. The focus will be on non-European history but will draw predominantly on English and European language resources. This session is classroom-based.

Who is this session for? Students, researchers, and anyone else interested in the subject.

Introduction to web archives for research use (Thurs 12 May 14:00-15:00)

This online session will introduce web archives and their potential for academic research at all levels. By the end of the session, you will have an introductory overview of the potential of web archives (and the UK Web Archive in particular) for academic research.

Who is this session for? Undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and University staff.

Referencing: Choosing and using software for referencing (Fri 13 May 09:30-12:30; spaces still available Fri 6 May 14:00-17:00)
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. This session is classroom-based.

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

Creating reading lists using Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO) for Academics, Administrators and Staff (Fri 13 May 14:00-15:30; repeated Thurs 16 June 15:00-16:30)

Do you want to provide reading lists with direct links to e-books and articles? Oxford Reading List Online (ORLO) is an online reading list platform which makes it easy to create reading lists with direct links to e-books, articles and other eresources and which show real time availability for physical resources in Oxford Libraries. This online introductory session will cover everything you need to know to create a reading list in ORLO.

Who is this session for? This is an introductory session for academics, administrators and any staff supporting reading lists. It is NOT intended for students.

Open Access: your thesis, copyright & ORA (Tues 10 May 15:00-16:00)
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.

 

 

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:

Keeping up to date with research (Tues 3 May 14:00-15:30)
An online introduction to using alerts to keep up to date with new research and save you time, concentrating on: how email alerts can help you; setting up alerts on your favourite databases and other platforms for new content in your field; managing your alerts.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and anyone interested in the topic.

Getting started in Oxford libraries (Wed 4 May 14:00-16:00)
An online introduction to getting started in Oxford libraries. This workshop will feature live demonstrations and hands on activities on how to use SOLO, the University’s resource discovery tool.

Who is this session for? All Oxford Library users.

Data sources for research – discovery, access and use (Thurs 5 May 10:00-12:00)
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.

Who is this session for? DPhil students and research staff (particularly in Social Sciences). This workshop will be most beneficial to those researchers planning to use secondary data sources (quantitative, qualitative and mixed) as part of their research or who wish to learn more about the potential of open data platforms and data archives.

Referencing: choosing and using software for referencing (Fri 6 May 14:00-17:00; repeated Fri 13 May 09:30-12:30)
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.

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

 

 

1st 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 1st Week:

iSkills: Online sources for historians (Weds 27 Apr 14.00-15:30)

A general online introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods of British and Western European history.

Who is this session for? Students, researchers, and anyone else interested in the subject.

iSkills: UK Parliamentary and Government Materials (Thurs 28 Apr)

One-to-one sessions for finding and accessing historical and present-day UK parliamentary and government material, including print and digital sources, and any relevant archival materials.

Who is this session for? History, Politics and other Social Sciences students. In particular, anyone just starting their postgraduate studies or new to using these materials.

Open Access: UKRI policy briefing (Mon 25 Apr 11.00-12.00)

UKRI funded and need to know how to comply from 1st April 2022? In this focused online briefing, we will: step you through the changes and new requirements; provide links to further UKRI information and guidance; let you know where to find help at Oxford; answer as many questions as we can.

Who is this session for? Current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians.