iSkills coming up: Getting started, RefWorks, Google for academic research

iSkills logoIn Week 7 we are running the following FREE workshops. Please follow the links below to book your place:

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Mon 26 Feb 14.00-17.00)
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.

Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities (Tue 27 Feb 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.

Bodleian iSkills: Google for academic research (Thu 1 Mar 10.00-12.00)
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 your results for high quality academic material.  A couple of other search engines will be considered briefly, including DuckDuckGo which has become a popular alternative to Google in the light of concerns about the privacy costs of a ‘free’ search within search engines such as Google or Bing.
Who is this session for? All DPhils and Research Students in the Social Sciences

In addition we still have spaces left on the following courses this week:

Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? (Tue 20 Feb 11.00-12.00)
A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position including guidance on how to comply with the Open Access requirements for the REF and mandates from key funding bodies whilst respecting your publisher’s rights and policies.
Who is this session for? Current Oxford researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians

Referencing: Mendeley (Tue 20 Feb 14.00-17.00)
Mendeley is a reference management tool that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents. This session gives an overview of Mendeley and is run in two parts. Part 1 covers the basics of using Mendeley for reference management and part 2 covers more advanced functionality.  To attend the basic and/or more advanced part of the class please book by following the link above.  Once you have booked a place you will be advised re the content and coverage of each part and what to do if you only want to attend part 1 or part 2.
Who is this session for?  Students, researchers and university staff

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools (Wed 21 Feb 14.00-15.30)

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.
Who is this session for?  Researchers, Academics, Research Support Staff and Research Postgraduates in Sciences and Social Sciences.

Referencing: Zotero (Thu 22 Feb 14.00-17.00) Week 6
Zotero is a reference management tool that helps you build libraries of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents using your chosen citation style. This introductory session covers the main features of Zotero.
Who is this session for?  Students, researchers and staff needing to manage references and create bibliographies

Join our weekend invigilator team!

We’re looking for two new invigilators to join a team of four, providing cover on a rota basis for our Weekend Library Assistant’s lunch break (30 minutes).

Your role will include staffing the enquiry desk and responding to reader enquiries. You will have the ability to communicate effectively and courteously with readers and visitors, and have basic IT skills to learn our library system and troubleshoot basic problems with our PCs and equipment. Sufficient training will be provided. Familiarity with the library and collections and familiarity with SOLO and other Oxford library resources is desirable.

These roles will involve lone working in the library, and may also involve helping with fire evacuation or reporting to emergencies.

These are one academic year fixed-term, variable hours posts, and anticipated to be 4-5 Saturdays or Sundays per term.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the further particulars, and explain how you meet each one. CVs will not form part of the selection process.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday (GMT) on Monday 26 February 2018 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 9 March 2018.

For more details, a copy of the job description and to apply online, please see: