Network downtime Sunday 30th AM

Due to essential maintenance there will be a network outage to the building on Sunday morning (30th April). This means that there will be no wifi, PCs, PCAS etc until lunchtime that day. Apologies for the inconvenience; everything should be up and running again as normal for the afternoon.

iSkills coming up: Research data; Getting started; Your thesis, copyright & ORA; Moving from research question to literature review; Google for academic research

iSkills logoWe kick off Trinity Term with five iSkills workshops in Week 1. Please follow links to book online for these FREE workshops:

Bodleian iSkills: Managing Social Science Research data (Tuesday 25 April 10.00-12.00)
Good research data management is a vital component of academic practice. Part of this is the principle that the data used to develop the arguments and outcomes of your research should where possible be effectively stored, preserved and usable. This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on the work of researchers. Some of the tools in preparation to meet the requirements will be outlined as well as services that are already available. Main subjects will include: common dangers and pitfalls of digital data; effective organisation of your data; getting the most from your data and producing a data management plan; data creation and funder requirements; preserving data; embargoes and access restrictions; Oxford based tools for research data management (RDM). This session is not only essential during your DPhil but will be invaluable if you plan to continue in the field of research as a career.
Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences
Presenters: John Southall and Cathy Scutt

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Wed 26 Apr 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.
Presenters: Angela Carritt and Cathy Scutt

Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA (Wed 26 Apr 14.00-15.00)
Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive). This 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
Presenters: Jason Partridge and David Watson

Bodleian iSkills: Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences (Thu 27 Apr 10.00-12.00)
This 2-hour workshop will be invaluable for researchers hoping to find suitable literature for their literature review, for which a well-constructed set of search terms and an understanding of online search engines are prerequisites. 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.
Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences
Presenters: Craig Finlay and Helen Worrell

Bodleian iSkills: Google for academic research (Thu 27 Apr 14.00-16.00)
Google is often dismissed as being irrelevant to the academic literature search. However, changes to the nature of the dissemination of scholarly research and official information in recent years mean that a wealth of relevant information can be accessed via standard Internet search engines such as Google. Too often however such information is lost amongst thousands of irrelevant, spurious and misleading results. Based on an understanding of how the Google search engine works this practical workshop will show you the basic techniques to quickly filter out high quality academic material from Google searches. Given concerns about the privacy costs of a ‘free’ search within search engines such as Google, alternative search engines will also be explored and compared, including DuckDuckGo.
Who is this session for? All DPhils and Research Students in the Social Sciences
Presenter: Cathy Scutt

In addition in Weeks 1-8 we are running weekly drop-in sessions to provide face-to-face support and answer all your queries on Open Access, Act on Acceptance and ORA

  • Tuesdays 14.30-15.30 –Knowledge Centre Library, Churchill Hospital, ask for Judith Ames
  • Wednesdays 14.00-15.00 – Social Science Library, ask for Kate Beeby
  • Thursdays 11.00-12.00 – Radcliffe Science Library, ask for Juliet Ralph
  • Fridays 14.00-15.00 – Radcliffe Humanities Building, ask for Hilla Wait.

Sunday opening is coming in Trinity Term

Thanks to a generous donation from the Rothermere Foundation, the library will be trialling Sunday opening hours beginning in Trinity Term. From 23rd April to 11th June, we will be open on Sundays from 11am-5pm as well as our usual weekday and Saturday hours. We hope that the extra hours will be of particular benefit to those of you studying for exams at this time of year.

The funds will also enable us to open on Sundays throughout the 2017/18 academic year, but we cannot guarantee that Sunday opening will continue beyond that point. Longer hours, particularly at weekends, are frequently requested and we are very grateful to the Rothermere Foundation for enabling us to offer this enhancement to service even if only on a temporary basis.

iSkills coming up: Getting started, RefWorks, Google for academic research

iSkills logoIn Week 6 we are running Skills workshops on getting started in Oxford Libraries, MANTRA for managing your data, Google for academic research and RefWorks for managing your references. Please click on the course title for further details and to book your place.

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Mon 20 February 14.00-17.00) Week 6
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.

Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with this introduction to MANTRA (Tue 21 February 14.00-15.30) Week 6
MANTRA is an acclaimed online independent learning course which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management. Particularly useful for DPhil students and early career researchers who are starting a research project.

Bodleian iSkills: Google for academic research (Wed 22 February 14.00-16.00) Week 6
How do you get relevant, high quality academic material from a Google search, while quickly filtering out the torrent of spurious and misleading results? This practical workshop will show you how. Alternative search engines will also be explored and compared, including DuckDuckGo.

Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities (Fri 24 February 09.15-12.15) Week 6
This workshop introduces you to RefWorks – an online tool which allows you to manage your citations/references, insert them into your work as footnotes or intext citations, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles.

We still have spaces available on the following workshops in Week 5:

Referencing: Choosing and using software (Thur 16 February 09.15-12.15) Week 5; repeated (Fri 3 March 09.15-12.15) Week 7
Reference management software makes easier the task of formatting your in text citations/footnotes and bibliography correctly for your thesis or publication. It also 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, ColWiz and Papers.

Bodleian iSkills: Discovering and depositing Social Science research data (Thur 16 February 15.00-17.00) Week 5
This session provides an opportunity for doctoral students to learn about using social science data archives to inform their research. It will also outline the workings of the institutional repository recently launched by the University of Oxford: ORA-Data. By the end of the session you will know how to locate and cite data from a range of data archives and have an understanding of the benefits and operation of ORA-Data.

In addition we are running weekly drop-in sessions to provide face-to-face support and answer all your queries on Open Access, Act on Acceptance and ORA. Weeks 1-8.

  • Tuesdays 14.30-15.30 –Knowledge Centre Library, Churchill Hospital, ask for Judith Ames
  • Wednesdays 14.00-15.00 – Social Science Library, ask for Kate Beeby
  • Thursdays 11.00-12.00 – Radcliffe Science Library, ask for Juliet Ralph
  • Fridays 14.00-15.00 – Radcliffe Humanities Building, ask for Hilla Wait.

New eresource: CQ Almanac

We are pleased to announce that together with the Social Science Library, we have purchased access to the full archive of CQ Almanac Online from 1945-2015.

The CQ [Congressional Quarterly] Almanac is a key resource for anyone interested in the U.S legislative system. It offers original narrative accounts of every major piece of legislation that lawmakers considered during a congressional session. Arranged thematically, the CQ Almanac organises and cross-indexes the full year in Congress and in national politics.

Access is now available via SOLO or OxLIP+.