iSkills coming up: Referencing, Google, Official papers, Bodleian archives. Also Open Access and Digital Scholarship drop-ins

iSkills logoIn Week 4 of Trinity Term, Bodleian Libraries will be running the following sessions. Please follow links to book online:

Referencing: Choosing and using software (Tuesday 17th May 09:15-12:15)
Formatting your in text citations/footnotes and bibliography correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easier and saves you time. This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the pros and cons of a wide range of reference management packages and gives you the opportunity to try out five different packages so that you can work out which one is best for you. The packages included are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, ColWiz and Papers.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers.
Presenters: Oliver Bridle, Sophie Staves, Pamela Stanworth, Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Bodleian iSkills: Using Google for academic research (Tuesday 17th May 14:00-15:30)
Google is often dismissed as being irrelevant to the academic literature search. However, changes to the nature of the dissemination of scholarly research and official information in recent years mean that a wealth of relevant information can be accessed via standard Internet search engines such as Google. Too often however such information is lost amongst thousands of irrelevant, spurious and misleading results. Based on an understanding of how the Google search engine works this practical workshop will show you the basic techniques to quickly filter out high quality academic material from Google searches. Given concerns about the privacy costs of a ‘free’ search within search engines such as Google, alternative search engines will also be explored and compared, including DuckDuckGo.
Who is this session for? All DPhils and Research Students in the Social Sciences
Presenter: Cathy Scutt
Venue: Social Science Library, IT Room Ground Floor

Bodleian iSkills: UK parliamentary and government materials – an introduction (Wednesday 18th 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, IT Room Ground Floor

Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities (Wednesday 18th May 14:00-17:00)
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.
Presenters: Bethan Jenkins, Angela Carritt
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools (Thursday 19th May 11.00-12.30)
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, 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, Karen Langdon
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History (Thursday 19th May 14:00-16:00)
The Bodleian’s Weston Library has a wealth of resources covering almost all aspects of modern British society and culture. This session will introduce key finding aids and get you started with the research skills needed to make the most of these resources. We will look at identifying relevant material in Oxford and elsewhere; considerations when working with archival material; types of archives and modern papers; and how to find out more. You will have an opportunity in the session to handle some actual examples.
Who is this session for? Students in History and Social Science subjects; researchers and other Bodleian Libraries readers considering using special collections
Presenter: Michael Hughes
Venue: Weston Library, Horton Room

Referencing: Mendeley (Friday 20th May 9:15-12:15)
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 11.00.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Oliver Bridle, Sophia Staves
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

In addition we are running the following:

Weekly Open Access & ORA drop-in sessions to provide face-to-face support and answer all your queries on Open Access and ORA.
11:30-13:30 every Monday (except Bank Holidays) until 8th Week – Digital Scholarship Centre, Weston Library
16.00-17.00 every Tuesday until 8th Week – The Lounge, Radcliffe Science Library

Digital Scholarship Centre (Weston Library) weekly drop-in sessions every Monday from 25th April to 13th June, except Bank Holidays

  • Digital projects drop-in session 9.30–11.30
  • ORA and ORA Data drop-in session 11.30–13.30
  • Digital coffee afternoons, held in the Visiting Scholars’ Centre 14.00–15.00

Also at the Centre for Digital Scholarship:

Crowdsourcing and humanities research (17th May 2016 14:00-15:00)   
(Part of the Research Uncovered – free lunchtime talks 13.00–14.00, Tuesdays of Trinity term 2016)
Venue: Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library
Speaker: Victoria van Hyning

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