iSkills coming up: Getting info to come to you; Your thesis, copyright & ORA; Literature reviews; Getting started; RefWorks; Film Studies

iSkills logoIn Week 1 of Trinity Term, Bodleian Libraries will be running the following workshops. Please follow links to book online:

Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Monday 25th April 14.30-16.00)
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: Social Science Library, IT Room Ground Floor

Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright & ORA (Tuesday 26th April 10.00-11.00)
All 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? All DPhil Students and Research Staff
Presenters: Tuula Lindgren and David Watson
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road

Bodleian iSkills: Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences (Tuesday 26th April 14.00-16.00)
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
Venue: Social Science Library, IT Room Ground Floor

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Wednesday 27th April 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 & Cathy Scutt.
Venue: Social Science Library, IT Room Ground Floor

Referencing: Refworks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Thursday 28th April 09:30-12:30)
RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your references, insert them into your work, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles. This introduction is open to all but the section on importing references will focus on Science/Social Science examples.
Who is this session for? All University members and alumni.
Presenters: Nia Roberts, Gigi Horsfield, Angela Carritt
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library

Bodleian iSkills: information resources for Film Studies (Thursday 28th April 14:00-15:00)
Tools and tips for starting your research in film studies. Includes an overview of the Film Studies collections at Oxford – films, books and more; effective searching for Film Studies monographs; finding Film Studies journal articles; citing films.
Who is this session for? Anyone using film resources for a dissertation, thesis or research.
Presenter: Helen Scott
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library

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SOLO: Limited service 8th-11th April

SOLO-logoSOLO will be running with limited functionality between 5pm on Friday 8th April and 9am on Monday 11th April.

During this time:

  • The Find & Request tab will not be visible, so there will be no live item or availability information. You can use COPAC to check locations and shelfmarks while SOLO is down.
  • It will not be possible for users to view or renew their loans
  • It will not be possible to place stack requests or make reservations
  • Online access to electronic resources will be unaffected

This is due to major maintenance work on associated systems. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.