Research and Skills Training Sessions on the Social Science: HT Week 2

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There are two exciting training sessions for DPhil students and Research running next week. You can book your place here. Details of the sessions are below.

Referencing: Choosing and using software

Thurs 14th Jan 15:00 to 16:00

Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building

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 reference management packages and gives you the opportunity to try out five different packages so that you can work out which one is best for you. The packages included are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley and ColWiz.


Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences

Thurs 28th Jan 14:00 to 16:00

SSL IT Training Room

This 2 hour workshop will be invaluable for researchers hoping to find suitable literature for their literature review. A well constructed set of search terms and an understanding of online search engines are prerequisites for undertaking a comprehensive literature review. This workshop will allow researchers to use their own research questions to build a search and apply it to a range of databases. Techniques for structuring a search will be explained, an overview of key online resources for the social sciences will be given , major search tools will be explored, and strategies for approaching large results sets and sourcing papers will be discussed. This practical workshop will involve paper exercises and online activities using attendees own research topics.

Learn something new in 2016: Bodleian Library courses taking place in Hilary Term


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


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The Research Skills Toolkit is a free hands-on workshop for research students. It is an opportunity for you to learn about a broad range of resources in one time-efficient session.

The next Research Skills Toolkit for Social Sciences is taking place on:

  • 19th January 2015, 14.00 – 16.00

Click here for further information and to book a place on it.


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We offer Research and Skills Training in the Social Sciences for Graduate students.

The following sessions are running in Hilary Term:

Click here for further information and to book on a session.



Bodleian iSkills is a series of free workshops designed to help you make effective use of scholarly publications and other materials in print and online.

These workshops are open to all Oxford University members and with a few indicated exceptions they are also open to Bodleian Libraries readers.

Click here for further information and to book on a session.