Book now: Research Skills Toolkit

Need to brush up on your IT and information skills for research? Why not come to a Research Skills Toolkit? These free 2-hour workshops introduce key software and online tools for your research, hone your searching and information skills and introduce you to subject specialists. Our next series will be running in 1st week of Hilary Term 2019. Topics on offer include:

  • Finding articles, papers, conferences and theses
  • Keeping up to date and current awareness
  • Using Endnote to manage your references
  • Manipulating images using Gimp
  • Managing your thesis with MS Word
  • Analyzising data with Excel pivot tables
  • Podcasting with Audacity
  • Plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Preparing your thesis for the Oxford Research Archive (ORA)
  • Finding highly cited journals and measuring research impact

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iSkills coming up: Getting started, Keeping up to date, Ebooks

iSkills logoBodleian iSkills is a series of workshops designed for postgraduates and researchers, covering information discovery and searching for scholarly materials, using reference management tools such as RefWorks and Mendeley, keeping up to date with research, measuring research impact, Open Access and Research Data Management.  These workshops are FREE but online booking is essential.

Below are the workshops coming up in Week 2.  Click on any title to go to the booking page.

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Mon 15 October 09.30-12.30)
An introduction to Oxford Libraries including guidance on which libraries to use; accessing e-journals and other online resources; SOLO and other finding aids and making the most of Library services.
Who is this session for?  Anyone who would like an introduction to Oxford Libraries.

Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Tue 16 October 10.00-11.30)
Keeping up to date with new research is important but time consuming! This session will show you how to set up automatic alerts so that you are notified about new articles and other publications and when key web sites are updated. Participants will have the opportunity to set up RSS feed readers and/or email notifications during the session.
Who is this session for?  Postgraduates, researchers and academics.

Bodleian iSkills: E-books (Fri 19 October 09.15-10.45)
The Bodleian Libraries has over 624,000 e-books, with titles in all subject areas, but do you feel confident in finding and using them? This workshop will cover finding e-books and how to use and manipulate them.
Who is this session for?  Anyone who is interested
Presenters: Hilla Wait, Kat Steiner

Bodleian iSkills: E-book readers (Fri 19 October 11.00-12.15)
Reading on E-Book Readers such as Kindle or Nook and using apps for iPad and Android devices is increasingly popular, but how useful are these devices for academic work? This workshop will look at a range of devices and apps on the market and will cover key features to look out for when considering purchase. The workshop will also include an opportunity to try out a range of devices.
Who is this session for?  Anyone who is interested.

The full timetable for Michaelmas Term is at http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops/workshopsbydate 

Eresource trials until 31 October: Chatham House Online Archive; Political Extremism and Radicalism in the 20th Century

The Social Science Library has arranged trial access to two databases from Gale Cengage until 31 October 2018: Chatham House Online Archive 1920-2008, and Political Extremism and Radicalism in the 20th Century. Both databases will be of particular interest to researchers in International Relations, Politics, Global Governance and Diplomacy, Public Policy, International Development, Economics, Area Studies, History and more.

Chatham House Online Archive 1920-2008 is a searchable online database covering 88 years of the institute’s expert analysis and commentary on international policy. Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London where world leaders and policy-makers are invited to discuss their views in an impartial environment. The online archive includes briefing papers, special reports, pamphlets, conference papers, monographs, as well as the audio recordings of Chatham House lectures and their fully searchable transcripts.

Political Extremism and Radicalism in the 20th Century is an online archive of briefing papers, reports, pamphlets and other publications from various Far-Right and Far-Left Political Groups in the US, Europe and Australia. Having this primary source material all together in one searchable database enables researches to explore the origins and development of present-day issues, including the resurgence of right-wing politics, evolution of various civil rights movements and the nature of radical political thought.

Please send your feedback about these online archives to jo.gardner@bodleian.ox.ac.uk: Are they useful to you, would you recommend them, do they offer you anything new?

New eresources: Proceedings of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions

We are delighted to announce that once again thanks to very generous donations, we now have access to two collections of US party convention records:

1876 Democratic National Convention (Cornell University Library)

The collections include the proceedings for the National Conventions of each party, providing gavel to gavel coverage of the conventions, including speeches, debates, votes, and party platforms. Also included are lists of names of convention delegates and alternates. Records of the earliest proceedings are based in part on contemporary newspaper accounts.

The collections are now available to access via SOLO or Databases A-Z. University members should use their single sign-on for remote access.

 

New: International Women’s Periodicals, 1786-1933: Social and Political Issues (Archives Unbound)

From the History Faculty Library blog:

I’m pleased to inform Oxford researchers and students that you now have access to the online International Women’s Periodicals, 1786-1933: Social and Political Issues (Archives Unbound).

This Cengage resource provides online access 57 women’s magazine and journal publications covering the late eighteenth century to the 1930s.

The material allows researchers to explore the role of women in society and the development of the public lives of women as the push for women’s rights (woman suffrage, fair pay, better working conditions, etc.) grew in the United States and England.

Some of the titles in this collection were conceived and published by men, for women; others, conceived and published by male editors with strong input from female assistant editors or managers; others were conceived and published by women, for women. It is therefore also useful for the study of the history of women’s publishing.

Gallery Of Fashion, May 1796, in International Women’s Periodicals 1785-1933 (Cengage)

The strongest suffrage and anti-suffrage writing was done by women for women’s periodicals. Suffrage and anti-suffrage writing, domesticity columns, and literary genres from poetry to serialized novels are included in these periodicals. Thus this resource provides a wide array of views for study.

The collection contains overwhelmingly English and US publications, with 4 German, 1 French periodical and 1 Icelandic periodical.

Access is via SOLO or Databases A-Z. Use your Oxford Single Single On for remote access.

Network downtime: Friday 20th July, 9-10am

There will be a brief period of network downtime on Friday morning between 9am and 10am while the Institute’s firewall is upgraded. This will likely involve a few brief outages of network connectivity over about half an hour, and will affect library PCs, the PCAS machine, and all wifi networks. Apologies for any inconvenience!

New eresource: The War of 1812

We’re delighted that once again thanks to a generous donation, we now have access to another new eresource collection: The War of 1812: Diplomacy on the High Seas.

Part of the Cengage Archives Unbound platform, this collection contains records and papers from the US National Archives and US State Department. The bulk of these date from 1812-1814 and include letters of marque to private vessels engaged in the conflict, passenger lists, passport records, and correspondence relating to prisoners of war.

Access is available via SOLO or Databases A-Z. University members can use single sign-on for remote access.

New e-resources! Congressional Hearings; British Pamphlets on the American Revolution

Happy Fourth of July! As an Independence Day present, we are delighted to announce that thanks to generous donations, the Bodleian Libraries now have access to the following new eresources for American history:

The American Revolution from a British Perspective, 1763-1783
A collection of pamphlets published in Britain between 1763 and 1783 relating to American affairs and providing a British perspective on the American Revolution.

Congressional Hearings, 1824-1979 (ProQuest Congressional)
Includes the full text of published committee hearings from the US Congress from 1824-1979. Published hearings are the official record of committee hearings proceedings held to enable committees to gather opinions and information to help Members make decisions regarding proposed legislation or to help them fulfill their oversight and investigation responsibilities. Official hearings publications may include: written and oral statements of witnesses, transcripts of question-and-answer sessions, reports and other materials submitted for the record, and correspondence and other materials submitted by interested parties.

The collections may be accessed via SOLO or our new Databases A-Z listing; University members can use single sign-on for remote access.