7th Week – Free Bodleian iSkills Online Sessions

Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops designed for postgraduates and researchers, covering information discovery and searching for scholarly materials, keeping up to date with research, using reference management tools, research data management and open access publishing.  For Michaelmas term, most of the workshops will continue to 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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Open Access: UKRI Policy briefing (Mon 22 Nov 15:00-16:00)

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 and answer as many questions as we can.

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

Referencing: Zotero (Wed 24 Nov 14.00-15.00)

An online introduction to Zotero, 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.

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

iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History (Wed 24 Nov 15:00-16:30)

The Bodleian’s Weston Library has a wealth of archival material 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.

Who is this session for? Students, researchers and other Bodleian Libraries’ readers considering using modern papers and archives in social science or historical research.

Open Access Oxford: What’s happening? (Monthly briefings – next one Thu 25 Nov 11:00-12:00)

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. Will cover Gold and Green routes and Article Processing Charges; University policy for the Open Access block grants including RCUK/UKRI and Wellcome Trust.

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

iSkills: Managing research data and Data Management Planning (Fri 26 Nov 10:00-12:00)

Good research data management is a vital component of academic practice. This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on your work. The services available at Oxford to assist you will be outlined. Topics to be covered will include: common dangers and pitfalls of digital data; producing a data management plan; institutional, funder and publisher requirements; issues around preserving data and cybersecurity; ORA-Data, Github and other preservation services.

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

iSkills: Preparing for your literature review in the Social Sciences (Fri 26 Nov 14:00-15:30)

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. We will show you how 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.

Who is this session for? Postgraduate students and research staff in the Social Sciences

6th Week – Free Bodleian iSkills Online Sessions

Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops designed for postgraduates and researchers, covering information discovery and searching for scholarly materials, keeping up to date with research, using reference management tools, research data management and open access publishing.  For Michaelmas term, most of the workshops will continue to 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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Open Access: UKRI Policy briefing (Mon 15 Nov 12:00-13:00; still places left Thu 11 Nov 10:00-11:00)

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 and answer as many questions as we can.

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

Referencing: RefWorks (Mon 15 Nov 14:00-15:30)

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. This online introduction to RefWorks is open to all University of Oxford students and staff.

Who is this session for? Oxford Students, researchers and other staff.

iSkills: UK Parliamentary and Government materials – an introduction (slots available every Tue this Nov)

One-to-one sessions for finding and accessing historical pre-1800 and post-1800 to present day UK parliamentary and government material. Print and digital sources will be covered. We will also cover archival material if relevant. This will be of vital help to history, politics and social sciences students using this material.

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

Finding stuff: Scholarly literature for your research (Thu 18 Nov 14:00-16:00)

An online 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 from the University of Oxford and around the world.

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

iSkills: Working with sensitive research data in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Fri 12 Nov 10:00-12:00) (Week 5)

Will cover issues around creating original data in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and collecting from a third party source such as a data archive.

Who is this session for? All DPhil students and research staff in the Social Sciences and Humanities

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Bodleian iSkills – Free Workshops Taking Place in 5th Week

Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops designed for postgraduates and researchers, covering information discovery and searching for scholarly materials, keeping up to date with research, using reference management tools, research data management and open access publishing.  For Michaelmas term, most of the workshops will continue to 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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iSkills: Introduction to web archives for research use (Mon 8 Nov 14.00-15.00)

The Internet has been available since the early 1990s and has been a repository for almost all human thought. It is, however, a highly ephemeral resource with websites in regular change and frequent deletion. A web archive attempts to capture, preserve, and give access to archived websites at regular intervals. This 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: EndNote (Introduction to) (Tue 9 Nov 10:00-12:00)

EndNote 20 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. This introduction to EndNote is open to all University of Oxford students, researchers and staff and teaches you how to use the software so that you can effectively manage your references.

Who is this session for?  Oxford students, researchers and other staff.

iSkills: Keeping up to date with research (Wed 10 Nov 10.00-11:30)

An online 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.

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

Open Access: UKRI Policy briefing (Thu 11 Nov 10:00-11:00)

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 and answer as many questions as we can.

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

iSkills: Working with sensitive research data in the Sciences and Medical Sciences (Fri 19 Nov 10:00-12:00)

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 an NHS trust or Biobank data. 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.

Who is this session for? All DPhil students and research staff in the Sciences and Medical Sciences

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Bodleian iSkills – Free Online Workshops Taking Place in 4th Week

 

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Bodleian iSkills Workshops will be online

Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops designed for postgraduates and researchers, covering information discovery and searching for scholarly materials, keeping up to date with research, using reference management tools, research data management and open access publishing.  For Michaelmas term, most of the workshops will continue to 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.

 

Coming up in 4th Week

Referencing: Zotero (Tue 2 Nov 10.00-11.00)

An online introduction to Zotero, 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.

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

Finding stuff: Scholarly literature for your research (Wed 3 Nov 10.00-12.00)

An online 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 from the University of Oxford and around the world.

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

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Thu 4 Nov 10.00-12.00)

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. We will search for a range of material and show you how to get hold of what you want to read. There will be regular breaks for questions.

Who is this session for? All Oxford Library users.

iSkills: Data sources for research – discovery, access and use (Fri 5 Nov 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. Topics to be covered include: how to obtain macro and micro data via specific sources; qualitative and quantitative data resources; additional data services such as the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Eurostat, Researchfish and the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative’s online interactive databank and global Multidimensional Poverty Index; specialist sources for business and economic data subscribed to by Oxford University; the importance of data management and cybersecurity.

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.

Book your place via the iSkills Workshops webpage.

Bodleian iSkills free online Workshops taking place in 3rd Week

Open laptop on a desk with the words Bodleian iSkills on it. Adjacent to the laptop is a notebook and pen, phone and a cup of coffee.Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops covering information discovery and searching for scholarly materials, keeping up to date with research, using reference management tools, research data management and open access publishing.  For Michaelmas term, most of the workshops will continue to run online.

These sessions are primarily aimed at Oxford University students (predominantly Researchers) and staff but check the ‘intended audience’ field in the course description before booking, as some are open to a wider audience.

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.

Workshops taking place in 3rd Week:

Referencing: RefWorks (Tue 26 Oct 10.00-11.30)

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. This online introduction to RefWorks is open to all University of Oxford students and staff.
Who is this session for?
Oxford Students, researchers and other staff.

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Wed 27 Oct 10.00-12.00)
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. We will search for a range of material and show you how to get hold of what you want to read. There will be regular breaks for questions.
Who is this session for?
All Oxford Library users.

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You may also wish to browse workshop handouts, materials, recorded webinars and video tutorials for iSkills Workshops. These are organised by subject:

 

Bodleian iSkills: Free online workshops for Postgraduates and Researchers

Open laptop on a desk with the words Bodleian iSkills on it. Adjacent to the laptop is a notebook and pen, phone and a cup of coffee.

Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops designed for postgraduates and researchers, covering information discovery and searching for scholarly materials, keeping up to date with research, using reference management tools, research data management and open access publishing.  For Michaelmas term, most of the workshops will continue to 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.

Coming up in 2nd Week …

Open Access Oxford: What’s happening?(Monthly briefings beginning Mon 18 Oct )

Monday 18 October, 2pm – 3pm

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. Will cover Gold and Green routes and Article Processing Charges; University policy for the Open Access block grants including RCUK/UKRI and Wellcome Trust.

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

Book your place via the iSkills Workshops webpage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bodleian iSkills free online Workshops taking place in 8th Week

The Bodleian iSkills programme is designed to help you make effective use of scholarly materials and resources. These sessions are primarily aimed at Oxford University students and staff (but check the ‘intended audience’ field in the course description before booking).

iSkills workshops will be available in Trinity Term through a combination of webinars and pre-recorded videos.

All workshops are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

Workshops taking place in 8th Week:

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History (Thu 17 June 14.30-16.00)
The Bodleian’s 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. We will look at identifying relevant material in Oxford and elsewhere; considerations when working with archival material; types of archives and modern papers; and how to find out more.

Who is this session for? Students in History and Social Science subjects; researchers and other Bodleian Libraries readers considering using special collections.

Google for Academic research (Video)
A series of videos adapted from the iSkills workshop Google for Academic Research, looking at why you may wish to use Google to find literature relevant to your research. The videos explain how Google works, and include various techniques to quickly filter your results for high quality academic material.  Alternative search engines, Bing and DuckDuckGo are also introduced

Have a look at further workshops in our iSkills programme for Trinity Term, and also our available video recordings.

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Bodeian iSkills free Online Workshops taking place in 7th Week

The Bodleian iSkills programme is designed to help you make effective use of scholarly materials and resources. These sessions are primarily aimed at Oxford University students and staff (but check the ‘intended audience’ field in the course description before booking).

iSkills workshops will be available in Trinity Term through a combination of webinars and pre-recorded videos.

All workshops are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

Workshops taking place in 7th Week:

Referencing: RefWorks (Mon 7 Jun 14.00-15.30)

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. This online introduction to RefWorks is open to all University of Oxford students and staff.
Who is this session for? Oxford Students, researchers and other staff.

Take a look at further workshops in our iSkills programme for Trinity Term, and also our available video recordings.

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Bodleian iSkills free online workshops taking place in 6th Week

The Bodleian iSkills programme is designed to help you make effective use of scholarly materials and resources. These sessions are primarily aimed at Oxford University students and staff (but check the ‘intended audience’ field in the course description before booking).

iSkills workshops will be available in Trinity Term through a combination of webinars and pre-recorded videos.

All workshops are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

Workshops taking place in 6th Week:

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Tue 1 Jun 10.00-12.00)
An online 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.Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics.

Bodleian iSkills: Research metrics and citation analysis tools (Thu 3 Jun 14.00-15.00)
During this introduction to citation tracking and bibliometrics we will examine a range of tools for finding journal metrics, article metrics and author metrics, in the context of moves towards responsible metrics in measuring the impact of publications and researchers. We will cover Journal Citation Reports, CiteScore Journal Metrics, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Essential Science Indicators, ORCID and more and explain how to use each tool and its strengths and weaknesses.
Who is this session for? Researchers, Academics, Research Support Staff and Research Postgraduates in Sciences and Social Sciences.

Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Fri 4 Jun 11.00-12.30)
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.
Who is this session for? All DPhil students and research staff in the Social Sciences.

Google for Academic research (Video)
A series of videos adapted from the iSkills workshop Google for Academic Research, looking at why you may wish to use Google to find literature relevant to your research. The videos explain how Google works, and include various techniques to quickly filter your results for high quality academic material.  Alternative search engines, Bing and DuckDuckGo are also introduced

Have a look at further workshops in our iSkills programme for Trinity Term, and also our available video recordings.

Person on their laptop watching an online training session

Bodleian iSkills free online workshops taking place in 5th Week

Open laptop on a table with the Bodleian iSkills logo on it.

The Bodleian iSkills programme is designed to help you make effective use of scholarly materials and resources. These sessions are primarily aimed at Oxford University students and staff (but check the ‘intended audience’ field in the course description before booking).

iSkills workshops will be available in Trinity Term through a combination of webinars and pre-recorded videos.

All workshops are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

Workshops taking place in 5th Week:

Bodleian iSkills: Keeping up to date with research (Tue 25 May 14.00-15.30)

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

Bodleian iSkills: Preparing for your literature review in the Social Sciences (Wed 26 May 14.00-15.30)

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. This workshop will cover: building a successful search strategy; using a range of bibliographic databases and search tools in the Social Sciences; working effectively with large result sets; sourcing highly cited papers relevant to your research; setting up alerts for newly-published papers on your topic.
Who is this session for? Postgraduate students and research staff in the Social Sciences

Open Access: Your thesis, copyright and ORA (Fri 28 May 10.00-11.00)

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

Have a look at further workshops in our iSkills programme for Trinity Term, and also our available video recordings.

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