Christmas vacation hours and Christmas closed period

VHL Christmas treeFrom Monday 5th December, the library will revert to vacation hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm (closed Saturday).

We will close for Christmas at 5pm on Thursday 22nd December and will reopen for the New Year on Tuesday 3rd January.

For those readers with borrowing rights, please note that any books checked out from Wednesday 21st December will be due back on 3rd January.

We’d like to wish all our readers a very happy Christmas and New Year!

iSkills coming up: Getting started, Finding stuff, Ebooks

iSkills logoIn Week 7 we are running the following iSkills courses. Please click on the course title to book your place.

(If you experience any trouble using the course booking system, please email usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk with the course title and date and we will book a place for you.)

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Tue 22 Nov 14.00-17.00) 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, Training Room

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Thu 24 Nov 14.00-17.00) Week 7
A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics.
Presenters: Kate Beeby, Angela Carritt, Isabel McMann
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Bodleian iSkills: E-books (Fri 25 Nov 09.15-11.15) Week 7
The Bodleian Libraries has over 624,000 e-books, with titles in all subject areas, but do you feel confident in finding and using them? This workshop will cover finding e-books and how to use and manipulate them.
Who is this session for? Anyone who is interested
Presenters: Hilla Wait, Kat Steiner
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Bodleian iSkills: E-book readers (Fri 25 Nov 11.15-12.15) Week 7
Reading on E-Book Readers such as Kindle or Nook and using apps for iPad and Android devices is increasingly popular, but how useful are these devices for academic work? This workshop will look at a range of devices and apps on the market and will cover key features to look out for when considering purchase. The workshop will also include an opportunity to try out a range of devices.
Who is this session for? Anyone who is interested
Presenters: Hilla Wait, Kat Steiner
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

We still have places on the following courses in Week 6

Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th to 21st century (Fri 18 Nov 09.15-12.15) Week 6
Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching not only news, but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.
Who is the session for? Students, researchers and anyone else who is interested.
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Referencing: Refworks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Fri 18 Nov 14.00-17.00) Week 6
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; Rachel Scanlon
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

>Full iSkills programme for Michaelmas Term

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities? Why not follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bodleianskills or visit the Bodleian iSkills blog at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/skills/.

Questions? – Please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

iSkills coming up: Research data, Archives & modern papers, Newspapers, RefWorks

iSkills logoIn Week 6 we are running the following iSkills courses. Please click on the course title to book your place.

(If you experience any trouble using the course booking system, please email usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk with the course title and date and we will book a place for you.)

Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data (rescheduled to Tue 15 Nov 10.00-12.00) Week 6
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. Subjects to be covered include: creating original data; using Informed consent agreements; maximising usage potential of data; types of data โ€“ numbers text and beyond; strategies to protect data; embargoes, vetting and restrictions; accessing archived data; understanding access conditions; importance of metadata; trends in data access โ€“ greater detail v harder access.
Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff
Presenters: John Southall, Cathy Scutt
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History (Tue 15 Nov 14.00-16.00) Week 6
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

Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th to 21st century (Fri 18 Nov 09.15-12.15) Week 6
Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching not only news, but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.
Who is the session for? Students, researchers and anyone else who is interested.
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Referencing: Refworks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Fri 18 Nov 14.00-17.00) Week 6
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; Rachel Scanlon
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

>Full iSkills programme for Michaelmas Term

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities? Why not follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bodleianskills or visit the Bodleian iSkills blog at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/skills/.

Questions? – Please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

iSkills coming up: Research data management, Citation analysis, Referencing, Getting information to come to you

iSkills logoIn Week 5 we are running the following iSkills courses. Please click on the course title to book your place.

(If you experience any trouble using the course booking system, please email usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk with the course title and date and we will book a place for you.)

Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA (Mon 7 Nov 14.00-15.30) Week 5
MANTRA is an acclaimed online independent learning course which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates and researchers. This will be particularly useful for DPhil students and early career researchers who are starting a research project.
Presenters: John Southall
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools (Wed 9 Nov 14.00-15.30) Week 5
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: Juliet Ralph, Karine Barker
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Training Room

Referencing: Zotero (Fri 11 Nov 09.15-12.15) Week 5
Zotero is a reference management package that enables you to build libraries of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents. This introduction covers the main features of Zotero.
Presenter: Erika Delbecque; Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Fri 11 Nov 14.30-16.00) Week 5
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.
Presenter: Helen Bond and Helen Worrell.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities? Why not follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bodleianskills or visit the Bodleian iSkills blog at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/skills/.

Questions? – Please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk