New data resources: election data sets, Polling the Nations

Thanks to the Social Science Library, Americanists in Oxford now have access to two new data resources with relevance for the United States:

U.S. Representative General – County and Congressional District Level Vote 2004, 2006 and 2008 datasets
A selection of high-quality, very detailed election data sets, compiled from official sources relating to U.S. Representative General – County and Congressional District Level Votes for the elections of 2004, 2006 and 2008. This contains a breakdown of voting by State, County, Town and Congressional District. Graphs, statistics and candidate names are also included.

Polling the Nations
A compilation of full-text questions and responses from over 14,000 national, state, and local surveys conducted since 1986 by more than 1,400 polling organisations in 100 countries.

Both are now available via SOLO/OxLIP+, with remote access available to University members via single sign-on.

Mezzanine closed, Thursday 6th July

The mezzanine area will be closed to readers on Thursday 6th July. This is to allow electrical work to be carried out which will require scaffolding to be built to get up to the high ceiling. Access will be maintained to the upper floors, where alternative seating is available. We apologise for any disruption this work may cause.

Book moves in the library beginning 26th June

During the week beginning 26th June, books with shelfmarks beginning F… will be moved from the first floor to the top floor. The movers will endeavour to keep noise to a minimum but there will inevitably be a bit of disruption on the first and second floors of the library while this takes place.

Books with F shelfmarks will be temporarily unavailable for a brief period during the week as each shelf is moved. Following the move, these books will be found on the top floor after the end of the E section.

Further moves will take place throughout the rest of the summer on both the top and first floors to respace other parts of the collection. Apologies for any inconvenience, but any given book should not be inaccessible for long.

Summer vacation hours

From Sunday 18th June the library will switch to summer vacation hours:

  • Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Closed weekends

Please note, for the last weekend of term, we will be open as usual on Saturday 17th June (10am-4pm) but CLOSED on Sunday 18th June.

iSkills coming up: Getting started, Research impact, Newspapers

iSkills logoIn Week 7, Bodleian Libraries are running the following FREE workshops. Please follow the links below to book your place on any of these:

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Mon 5 Jun 14.00-17.00)
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.
Trainers: Angela Carritt and Cathy Scutt

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools (Tue 6 Jun 10.00-11.30)
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. 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.
Trainers: Karine Barker and Juliet Ralph

Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th to 21st century (Wed 7 Jun 09.30-12.30)
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.
Who is the session for? Students, researchers and anyone else who is interested.
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Angela Carritt

In addition, we still have some places left on the following workshops this week:

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for Medievalists (Tue 30 May 14.00-16.15) Week 6
A general overview of a range of e-resources relevant for British and Western European medieval studies including bibliographical databases, biographical/reference tools, web portals and collections of online primary source materials of Anglo-Saxon sources, Greek/Latin texts, chronicles, charters, literary works and manuscript sources.
Who is this session for? Researchers, students, academics, staff e.g. Classicists, Historians, Philosophers, Theologians etc
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Hilla Wait, Eva Oledska, Charlotte Goodall
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data (Wed 31 May 10.00-12.00) Week 6
A workshop outlining some of the key principles to bear in mind when working with sensitive or restricted research data obtained from a third party source such as a data archive. This session will also be of interest to those creating data they consider sensitive or confidential who want to know how best to go about it. Examples of scenarios 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. Subjects to be covered include: creating original data; using informed consent agreements; maximising usage potential of data; types of data – numbers text and beyond; strategies to protect data; embargoes, vetting and restrictions; accessing archived data; understanding access conditions; importance of metadata; trends in data access – greater detail v harder access.
Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff
Presenters: John Southall and Cathy Scutt
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Thu 1 Jun 14.00-15.30) Week 6
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.
Presenters: Helen Bond and Helen Worrell
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Referencing: Mendeley (Fri 2 June 09.15-12.15) Week 6
Mendeley is a reference management package that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents. This session will be run in two parts with a break in between. If you are an advanced user of Mendeley you need only attend the second part, starting at 15.30. Key topics: an overview of reference management with Mendeley; creating a Mendeley account and installing Mendeley Desktop; adding, editing and organising references; creating bibliographies; managing PDF documents with Mendeley; using the Mendeley ‘Papers’ database; collaboration and social networking with Mendeley
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Ollie Bridle and Cathy Scutt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Open Access Drop-in sessions
In weeks 1-8 we will be 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, Old Road Campus, 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

Also, from the Centre for Digital Scholarship:
Visualize Your Data for the Web using D3.js (Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June 09.30-17.00)
This two-day hands-on workshop will provide you with a brief introduction to creating simple web-based data visualizations. You do not need any previous coding experience: the workshop will take you through the process of creating a webpage, loading a data file, creating a simple visualization, and adding some basic interactivity into your visualization. The workshop will use HTML, CSS, and SVG, as well as teaching its core technology, D3.js. D3.js is an open source JavaScript library developed by Mike Bostocks.
Who is this session for? The workshop is aimed at people with little or no programming experience who are interested in learning and using D3.js for data visualization.
Presenter: Alfie Abdul-Rahman
Venue: Conference Room, University of Oxford e-Research Centre, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG
Please click on workshop title to link to full course information and booking details for this FREE course.

iSkills coming up: Sources for Historians, US History

iSkills logoIn Week 4, Bodleian Libraries are running a workshop on MANTRA for research data management; and workshops for history students covering historical UK parliamentary material, information sources for U.S. history and an introduction to online resources for British and Western European history. Please follow the links below to book your place on any of these FREE workshops:

Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for Historians (Tue 16 May 14.00-15.15)
A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods of British and W European history: bibliographical databases, biographical / reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Isabel Holowaty
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Evenlode Room

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US History (Tue 16 May 15.30-17.00)
Introduction to key information sources for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online (such as early printed books, US newspapers and US government papers), as well as guidance on locating material for your research.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Jane Rawson
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Evenlode Room

Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with this introduction to MANTRA (Wed 17 May 10.00-11.30)
MANTRA is an acclaimed online independent learning course which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates and researchers. This will be particularly useful for DPhil students and early career researchers who are starting a research project.
Presenters: John Southall and Cathy Scutt
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Bodleian iSkills: UK parliamentary and government materials – an introduction (Thu 18 May 10.00-11.30)
Of vital help to all undergraduate history students is this general overview of the main sources for finding and accessing historical UK parliamentary material, pre-1800 and post-1800. We look at sources for government publications both in print and in electronic format, including: Parliamentary proceedings – Hansard, Journals of the House of Commons and Lords; Legislation; Government and departmental papers.
Who is this session for? Undergraduate history students and anyone new to the subject
Presenter: Hannah Chandler
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room