iSkills coming up: ORCID, Getting started, Research data, Research impact

iSkills logoIn Week 7, the Bodleian Libraries will be running workshops on ORCID for linking researchers with publications and grants, working with sensitive data, and measuring research impact.  In addition, we will be running workshops on research information and reference management for engineers.  We will also be running our workshop on getting started in Oxford Libraries for those new to Oxford or anyone who would like a refresher.    More details:

Bodleian iSkills: ORCID IDs and the ‘ORCID at Oxford’ service (Monday 29th February 14.15-14.45) Week 7
ORCID iDs are unique researcher identifiers that you keep throughout your life and retain even when you move institutions.  They are increasingly important for linking researchers with their publications and grants, and are being used more and more by funders and publishers.    Find out more about how ORCID works at Oxford, and how to get an ID at this 30 minute workshop
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, research staff, academics and any University and library staff
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library
Booking: to book a place follow click on the workshop title above.

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Wednesday 2nd March 9.30-11.30) Week 7
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 & Cathy Scutt.
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library
Booking: to book a place follow click on the workshop title above.

Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data (Thursday 3rd March 10.00-12.00) Week 7
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.
Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff
Presenter: John Southall
Venue: Social Sciences Library, Manor Road
Booking: to book a place follow click on the workshop title above.

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools (Thursday 3rd March 14.00-15.30) Week 7
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, SCImago Journal Rank, 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? Current Oxford research postgraduates, researchers, academics, University and Library staff.
Presenters: Karine Barker, Juliet Ralph, Karen Langdon
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road
Booking: to book a place follow click on the workshop title above.

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New eresource: Migration to New Worlds

Oxford historians now have access to Adam Matthew’s Migration to New Worlds. Following a collaboration between Jisc and Adam Matthew this resource is made freely available to all UK academics and students in higher (HE) and further (FE) education institutions from January 2016.

Migration to New Worlds documents the emigration of peoples to the United States, Canada and Australasia during the period 1800 to 1924, although there are documents from the eighteenth century and also later materials.

Mainly focusing on European emigration, the resource includes material on English, Scandinavian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Polish and Scottish experiences along with a wealth of material covering Chinese and Japanese movement to the United States.

The majority of the collection comprises unique manuscript correspondence, diaries and travel journals, providing eye-witness accounts and experiences of emigrants across the World. It is also rich in visual content.

Topics covered include: motives for emigration; assisted migration schemes; social conditions and organisation in ports of emigration; ships and shipping lines involved in emigration; government legislation for emigration and immigration; settlement, naturalisation and choice of location; maintaining identities.

This collection of primary sources provides an important and multi-faceted resource for students, teachers and researchers from a diverse range of academic disciplines, including migration studies, history, sociology, law, economics and postcolonial studies.

Migration to New Worlds is now available via SOLO and OxLIP+.


Have your say: complete the Bodleian’s Reader Survey by 29 February

During February, the Bodleian Libraries is inviting all members of the University of Oxford and all Bodleian cardholders to share their feedback about the Libraries by completing a short online Reader Survey.

Image of logo for Bodleian Libraries Reader SurveyThe survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete but it provides vital information that feeds into decision making and helps improve our library services.

The survey is open from 8-29 February, and is for all readers who have used the physical libraries across Oxford or the online collections. In addition to members of the University, feedback is welcome from external researchers who have a Bodleian Libraries card, including alumni.

Readers are asked to share their views on areas such as the provision of information resources, the libraries as a space for study, how staff treat readers, information skills and support, and their overall satisfaction with library support for research, teaching and learning. Responses are confidential. No identifying links between responses and the individual responding will be retained. As a thank you taking part, participants can choose to enter a prize draw to win one of ten £50 Amazon vouchers.

The Bodleian is continually seeking feedback from readers, and conducts a readership-wide survey every 3-4 years.Numerous changes and enhancements have been made to the library service in response to feedback received from the last Reader Survey, which took place in 2012. These range from increasing library opening hours and improving the usability of SOLO (the Bodleian’s search tool) to improving the study environment in Reading Rooms and buying more e-books.

Preliminary results from this year’s Reader Survey will be posted on the Bodleian Libraries’ website in April.