Coming up next week:
WISER: Theses and Dissertations
Friday 6th November, 12.30-1.3opm, OUCS, 13 Banbury Road
This session offers guidance on finding theses, both those held in Oxford and those held in other institutions in the UK and abroad. It will demonstrate how to exploit the main sources of information: SOLO, Index to Theses (UK & Ireland), Dissertations and Theses (international), EThOS and ORA.
Please note the previously advertised session on e-books on Monday 2nd November has been cancelled. A rescheduled date will be advertised shortly.
To view the full WISER programme please see http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/training/wiser, or to receive a weekly email listing WISER sessions please send an empty email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively to receive WISER updates by RSS feed please subscribe to http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ulib/usered-events-wiser/rss10.xml.
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Next week there are two WISER sessions running on OxLIP+, the libraries’ gateway to electronic resources:
WISER Social Science: OxLIP+ Electronic Resources
Monday 26 October, 12.30-1.30pm, OUCS, Banbury Road
Gillian Beattie and Craig Finlay
WISER Humanities: OxLIP+ Electronic Resources
Friday 30 October, 12.30-1.30pm, OUCS, Banbury Road
OxLIP+ provides access to Oxford University’s extensive collection of databases, electronic reference works, e-journals and e-books. These sessions will give you an introduction to effective searching and the range of resources which are available.
To view the full WISER programme please see http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/services/training/wiser, or to receive a weekly email listing WISER sessions please send an empty email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively to receive WISER updates by RSS feed please subscribe to http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ulib/usered-events-wiser/rss10.xml. Individual assistance is also available on request direct from your subject librarian. Please see http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/libraries/subjects/librarians for contact details. For more information about WISER, please email email@example.com.
Wednesday, week 3 (28th October), 14.00-16.00
Exam Schools, High St
All graduates are encouraged to drop in on this fair, which is conceived as a gateway to the University’s information resources. Oxford is fortunate in having rich library and archival holdings and electronic resources. Discover where they are!
Sources for medieval, early modern & modern, British, European, African, Indian, Commonwealth and US history will all be addressed, as will History of Science & Medicine and History of Art and Visual Resources.
Library experts and academic historians will have stalls where they will demonstrate and talk to you about information resources; Oxford colleges and some of their archivists will also be represented.
OUCS will talk about IT for historians. Learn about keeping up-to-date as well as the Oxford Research Archive (ORA).
There will also be information about further training courses.
Further to the announcement a couple of weeks ago about trial access to the Congressional Serial Set, we are now also running a second trial to the same content via a different provider. Both trials will run until 30 November.
US Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980, + American State Papers (Readex)
US Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1969, + American State Papers (Lexis Nexis)
They can both be accessed via OxLIP+. The Lexis Nexis version requires an additional password; follow the instructions in the legend on OxLIP+.
This resource provides comprehensive, full-text access to over 337,000 Congressional and Executive branch documents and reports published in over 13,000 volumes of the US Congressional Serial Set. However, search options vary significantly between the two providers. Please let Isabel Holowaty (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jane Rawson (email@example.com) know your feedback and preferences, preferably by 9 November.
Next week the library service will be running two WISER sessions on SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online), covering how to search for and retrieve printed and electronic books and journals in the Oxford system and how to personalise SOLO so that it works for you!
WISER Social Sciences: SOLO
Monday 19 October, 12.30-1.30pm, OUCS, 13 Banbury Road
How to search for printed and electronic books and journals
WISER Humanities: SOLO
Friday 23 October, 12.30-1.30pm, OUCS, 13 Banbury Road
Learn how to search for both physical and electronic books and journals in Oxford University and beyond.
Jayne Plant and Kate Petherbridge
The WISER programme, delivered by subject librarians, aims to help you make the most efficient and effective use of online and printed resources. To view the full WISER programme, please see http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/services/training/wiser, or to receive a weekly email listing WISER sessions, please send an empty email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, to receive WISER updates by RSS feed please subscribe to http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ulib/usered-events-wiser/rss10.xml.
Individual assistance is also available on request direct from your subject librarian. Please see http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/libraries/subjects/librarians for contact details.
Please email email@example.com for more information about the WISER programme.
The University has just launched a mobile service that, among other things, lets you search OLIS and, using GPS (if you have it), will tell you the nearest library to you that has the book you are looking for.
For more information see: http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2009/091012.html. Mobile Oxford can be accessed at: http://m.ox.ac.uk.
I’ll be running an induction tour of the VHL for new graduate students in American History tomorrow afternoon (13th October) at 3pm. Any new graduates in US studies for Politics or Literature would be welcome to come along too!
We are pleased to announce that we have trial access to the online US Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980 and the American State Papers, 1789-1838, available until November 13th.
The US Serial Set is a rich collection of primary source material detailing all aspects of American history. This resource is invaluable to the research of US political, social, cultural, military, and ethnic history, as well as international relations, explorations, genealogy, commerce, industrial development, and more. Its contents come not only from the US Congress, but also include key Executive Department publications. Beginning with volume 1 in the first session of the 15th Congress (1817), the Readex US Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980 contains all publications from the 15th through to the 96th Congresses. American State Papers, 1789-1838 – which contains every legislative and executive document of the 1st through to the 14th Congresses and more – both complements the US Congressional Serial Set and is cross-searchable with it.
Upon completion, the database will contain nearly 14,000 volumes and more than 12 million pages from the original 350,000 publications, along with 52,000 maps and thousands of illustrations and statistical tables.
Both are available via OxLIP+, and can also be accessed directly from: http://infoweb.newsbank.com/. The trial ends on 13th November. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your feedback.
News of a new electronic resource available via SOLO:
The Making of Modern Law comprises over 21,000 works from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries on British Commonwealth and American law. It covers nearly every aspect of law, encompassing a range of analytical, theoretical, and practical literature, some very rare. The monographs and materials in legal treatises include casebooks, local practice manuals, books on legal form, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, and speeches. The collection covers domestic and international law, legal history, business and economics, politics and government, national defence, criminology, religion, education, labour and social welfare, and military justice.
The full programme of WISER (Workshops in Information Skills and Electronic Resources) sessions for Michaelmas term is now available on the OULS website. The workshops are free and take place at lunchtimes (12.30-1.30pm) at OUCS on Banbury Road. This term sessions include:
- OxLIP+ Electronic Resources
- Theses & Dissertations
- Keeping up-to-date
- Getting information to come to you
- Finding journal articles
- News resources for research
- Citation searching with Web of Knowledge
- Strategies for conducting research on the internet
WISER Humanities | WISER Social Sciences
If you would like further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.