iSkills coming up: Digital images, RefWorks, Research skills toolkits

bodleian_iskills_web-98pixelsThe Bodleian Libraries will be running workshops on finding and using digital images and RefWorks in weeks 4 and 6. In addition, please find below advance notice of this term’s Research Skills Toolkits.

Digital images: ARTstor, Bridgeman Education, VADS and Archivision for teaching and learning (Thurs 6 Nov 14.00-16.00) (wk 4) – The course examines three major digital image collections subscribed to by the Bodleian Libraries – ARTstor, Bridgeman Education, Archivision (new and on trial) – and a fourth resource, free for educational use, VADS. All of these are geared to research and teaching in the humanities, history of science and medicine, and social sciences. The workshops will cover finding, viewing, presenting and managing images.
Presenters:  Clare Hills-Nova and Vicky Brown
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road > Book online

RefWorks for Humanities (Fri 14 Nov 9.15 – 12.15) (wk 5) – RefWorks is 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.  This introduction is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers,  academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Bethan Jenkins, Nora Khayi and Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road > Book online

Research Skills Toolkits – IT and Information Skills and services for your research (week 8) – A free hands-on workshop for research students introducing key tools, techniques and resources.   Topics covered in this 2 hour session include:

•    Reference management software
•    Literature searching and advanced search techniques
•    Keeping up to date with emerging research
•    Managing your thesis with Word
•    Analysing data with Excel pivot tables
•    Podcasting with Audacity and Weblearn
•    Free software for image manipulation
•    Measuring research impact
•    Your thesis, copyright and submitting to ORA

During the sessions you will also meet with subject specialists for help and guidance on further training.

These workshops which are run jointly by IT Services and the Bodleian Libraries are open to graduate researchers and take place in week 8 of Michaelmas and week 1 of Hilary Term as follows:

Research Skills Toolkit for Social Sciences (Tues 2 Dec 14.00-16.00 and repeated Thurs 4 Dec 14.00-16.00, Fri 5 Dec 10.00-12.00, Tues 20 Jan 10.00-12.00) – Book a place

Research Skills Toolkit for Humanities subjects (Wed 3 Dec 10.00-12.00 and repeated Mon 19 Jan 14.00-16.00) – Book a place

Research Skills Toolkit for History, Archaeology and Classics (Wednesday 21 Jan 14.00-16.00)  – Book a place

Research Skills Toolkit for English (Thursday 22 Jan 10.00-12.00) – Book a place

What’s coming up in the iSkills programme – Later this term we have workshops on E-books and E-book readers and Mendeley. To see what’s coming up see the iSkills timetable

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