Learn something new in 2018: find out more about courses you can attend to aid your studies and research

The Bodleian Libraries and the Social Sciences Division are offering a wide variety of courses this Hilary Term. So if you are interested in improving your research skills or want to make more effective use of scholarly materials then read on below.

Toolskit

The Research Skills Toolkit is a free hands-on workshop for graduate research students. In a lively 2-hour session, you will try out a variety of tools and online services to support your research. Repeat sessions will be taking place this January:

  • Tues 16th Jan, 10:00 – 12:00
  • Thurs 18th Jan, 14:00 – 16:00
Sessions will take place at Oxford University IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Click here for further information and to book your place.

The Social Sciences Division and its departments run a range of research and professional skills training for DPhil students.

Click here to see a full list of the courses available this Hilary Term, and for further information on how to book a session.

Brush up your knowledge of:

  • Information discovery and searching for scholarly materials
  • Endnote, RefWorks, Zotero and Mendeley for managing references and formatting footnotes and bibliographies
  • Keeping up to date with new research
  • Measuring research impact
  • Understanding copyright and looking after your intellectual property
  • Open Access publishing and complying with funder mandates for open access
  • Managing your research data

Attend a free Bodleian iSkills workshop in information Discovery & Scholarly Communications.

Primarily aimed at Graduates, the programme is designed to help you to make effective use of scholarly materials.

For a full list of Hilary Term’s workshops click here.

Next week in Bodleian iSkills: Research impact, citation analysis tools (Thu 23 Nov, 14:00-15:30)

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

Research impact – citation analysis tools

During this introduction to citation tracking and bibliometrics we will use a range of ‘impact factor’ tools to find top journals and conferences, count citations and measure the impact of publications and researchers.

  • Understanding the main issues involved in using citation analysis to measure impact
  • Using Journal Citation Reports and CiteScore Journal Metrics to find journal impact factors
  • Using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar to track and count citations to papers and individual researchers
  • Calculating your own h-index
  • Measuring impact using altmetrics
  • Creating a researcher profile and using ORCID IDs to identify your work

Intended Audience: Researchers, Academics, Research Support Staff and Research Postgraduates in Sciences and Social Sciences

When: Thursday 23rd November, 14:00-15:30

Where: Radcliffe Science Library, IT Training Room

Click here to book a place

Next week in Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff, scholarly literature for your research (Mon 20 Nov, 14:00-17:00)

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

Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research

A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.

  • Run effective literature searches
  • Find monographs and other scholarly items in Oxford Libraries using SOLO
  • Search for journal articles using subject databases and scholarly search engines
  • Search for theses and dissertations from around the World using Proquest and eTHos
  • Search for theses from Oxford University using SOLO and ORA
  • Search for conference papers using Proquest, OCLC and other databases

Intended Audience: Postgraduate students, researchers and acadmics

When: Monday 20th November, 14:00-17:00

Where: Radcliffe Science Library, IT Training Room

Click here to book a place

Next week: Referencing, Mendeley (Thu 16 Nov, 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 – Mendeley

Mendeley is a reference management tool that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents. This session gives an overview of Mendeley and is run in two parts. Part 1 covers the basics of using Mendeley for reference management and part 2 covers more advanced functionality. Please attend parts 1 and/or 2 as appropriate. The document below will give you more detail of what is covered in each part.

(Note – Part 2 starts at 10:45)

  • Create a Mendeley account and install Mendeley Desktop
  • Add, edit and organise references using Mendeley
  • Create bibliographies with Mendeley
  • Manage PDF documents with Mendeley
  • Use the Mendeley ‘Papers’ database
  • Collaborate with colleagues and use social networking features in Mendeley

Intended Audience: Students, researchers and university staff

When: Thursday 16th November, 09:15-12:15

Where: IT Services – 13 Banbury Road, Isis Room

Click here to book a place

Next week in Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Wed 15 Nov, 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

Working with sensitive research data in the Social Sciences and Humanities

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. The role of support services at Oxford will also be outlined and in particular the role of the Bodleian Data Librarian who will lead the session. Follow up consultations with the Data librarian or other subject consultants are also offered.

  • Understand key best practice principles when working with sensitive or restricted research data
  • Understand issues around creating original data in the Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Develop a better understanding of informed consent agreements
  • Maximise the usage potential of data during and after a project
  • Consider the strengths and weaknesses of anonymization, data blurring and similar techniques
  • Understand key strategies for protecting data including encryption, embargoes, future vetting and access restrictions
  • Better understand the obligation put on researchers by legislation and research partners

Intended Audience: All DPhil students and research staff

When: Wednesday 15th November, 14:00-16:00

Where: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Click here to book a place

Next week in Bodleian iSkills: Introducing MANTRA for Research Data Management (Tue 14 Nov, 14:00-15:30)

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

Introducing MANTRA for Research Data Management

MANTRA is an acclaimed online independent learning course which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management. This workshop will discuss research data management as an integral part of the research process; give an introduction to MANTRA; and then give an actual opportunity to begin the online course with the assistance of library staff.

  • Receive a guided introduction to key issues in research data management
  • Gain an understanding of the structure of MANTRA
  • Use MANTRA to further your research data management practice during the session and after

Intended Audience: Postgraduates and researchers. This will be particularly useful for DPhil students and early career researchers who are starting a research project

When: Tuesday 14th November, 14:00-15:30

Where: IT Services – 13 Banbury Road, Evenlode Room

Click here to book a place

Next week in Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-21st centuries (Mon 13 Nov, 14:00-17:00)

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

Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-21st centuries

Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching, not only news but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.

 

  • The value of newspapers in research
  • The difficulties of using newspapers in research and effective search techniques
  • Using a range of sources for searching and reading historical newspapers
  • Using a range of sources for searching and using historical audio-visual news sources
  • Using a range of sources for searching and reading contemporary newspapers

Intended Audience: Students, researchers, and anyone else interested in the subject

When: Monday 13th November, 14:00-17:00

Where: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Click here to book a place

Next week: Referencing, Choosing and using software (Fri 10 Nov, 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: Friday 10th November, 09:15-12:15

Where: IT Services – 13 Banbury Road, Isis Room

Click here to book a place

Next week in Bodleian iSkills: Information resources for Film (Thu 9 Nov, 14:00-15:00)

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

Information resources for Film

Tools and tips for starting your research in film studies.

  • Overview of the Film Studies collections at Oxford
  • Finding Film Studies books & journal articles
  • Finding films.

Intended Audience: Anyone using film resources for a dissertation, thesis or research

When: Thursday 9th November, 14:00-15:00

Where: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Click here to book a place

Next week in Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff, scholarly literature for your research (Thu 9 Nov, 09:30-12:30)

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

Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research

A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.

  • Run effective literature searches
  • Find monographs and other scholarly items in Oxford Libraries using SOLO
  • Search for journal articles using subject databases and scholarly search engines
  • Search for theses and dissertations from around the World using Proquest and eTHos
  • Search for theses from Oxford University using SOLO and ORA
  • Search for conference papers using Proquest, OCLC and other databases

Intended Audience: Postgraduate students, researchers and acadmics

When: Thursday 9th November, 09:30-12:30

Where: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Click here to book a place