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 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 – 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 – 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

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