Trial until 8th February: American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection

We now have trial access to the full American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection until Friday 8th February.

The collection provides digital access to the full text of thousands of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912, digitised from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society. Titles cover a broad range of subjects and interests related to every aspect of American life and culture, from politics to religion, science, law, literature and the arts.
>>More information on the AAS periodicals collection

Access is available via OxLIP+ – use single sign-on for remote access.

Please send comments and feedback to jane.rawson@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Trials now available: Women’s History eresources (until 10 February)

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The History Faculty Library is currently running trials of three women’s history collections, two of which contain material relating to the United States. Access is available via OxLIP+ until 10 February.

 

Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Women: Transnational Networks (until 10 Feb 2018)

Concentrates on issues at the intersection of gender and class — from the late eighteenth century to the era of suffrage in the early twentieth century — through a transnational perspective. This collection deepens the already-comprehensive coverage of European movements included in Nineteenth Century Collections Online by adding sources from the United States and other regions. The focus of this collection is on major nineteenth-century trends, topics, and events as they relate to gender, including social reform, high and low culture, transnational networks, immigration, daily life, religion, and more. > More.
A list of titles in this resource is available.

Women’s Studies Archive: Issues and Identities (until 10 Feb 2018)

Traces the path of women’s issues from past to present, pulling primary sources from manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals. It captures the foundation of women’s movements, struggles and triumphs, focus on the social, political, and professional achievements of women throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. Topics covered: History of Feminist Theory and Activism; domestic culture; lay and ordained church women; women in industry; women’s sexuality and gender expression; women’s education; women’s movement; women’s health and mental health; women and law; women and the control of their bodies; and women’s roles and interactions within society. > More.
A list of titles in this resource is available.

The third resource is Archives Direct: Women in the National Archives (until 1 Feb 2018) – more information is available on the HFL blog.

Please send any feedback on the content, functionality and usefulness to your research to isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. When doing so, also tell her your priorities for purchase and explain why. Your views matter!

Coming up: iSkills Research dissemination; Research Toolkits

Happy New Year, and welcome to a new term of iSkills and Referencing workshops.  We kick off in Week 0 with a session addressing the difficulties of disseminating research in the current UK ‘Open Access’ environment.  This is followed in Week 1 by our very popular series of Research Skills Toolkit workshops.

iSkills logoBodleian iSkills: Help! I’m an author get me out of here (A discussion about evolving research dissemination for Oxford authors and journal editors) (Thu 11 Jan 13.00-14.00) Week 0
This presentation and discussion focuses on research dissemination difficulties encountered by Oxford researchers, and invites authors and journal editors of the collegiate University to contribute their views. The current UK open access (OA) environment is extremely complex, and the concept of OA as a ‘good thing’ is being lost. Inefficient processes are unavoidable; an astonishing amount of money is changing hands; numerous new journals are being produced; OA policies and funding are regularly reviewed and open to change; and all the while, research dissemination is evolving. Authors are caught in the middle of a complicated, and sometimes conflicting, mixture of requirements from funders and publishers. Many researchers want to use new models to distribute their findings and discuss them with peers. University research support staff attempt to filter policy requirements and simplify instructions and procedures for authors, whilst supporting them in using all forms of dissemination. The event will comprise a presentation followed by time for questions and discussion.
Who is this session for?  Oxford University Researchers

Research Skills Toolkits in Week 1
Are you using the smartest tools and strategies to get your research organised? Need to brush up on your IT and information skills for research?  Why not come to a Research Skills Toolkit? These free 2-hour workshops introduce key software and online tools for your research, hone your searching and information skills and introduce you to subject specialists. Topics on offer include: finding articles, papers, conferences and theses;   keeping up to date and current awareness; using Endnote to manage your references; manipulating images using Gimp; managing your thesis with word; analyzising data with Excel pivot tables; podcasting with Audacity; plagiarism and how to avoid it; your thesis, copyright and ORA; finding highly cited journals and measuring research impact.

Each toolkit is subject specific to a Division. Choose one of the 2-hour sessions listed under your area of study, and book your place!

Social Sciences 16th January 10.00-12.00 Book your place
18th January 14.00-16.00 Book your place
Humanities 15th January 14.00-16.00 Book your place
17th January 14.00-16.00 Book your place
19th January 10.00-12.00 Book your place

Or visit https://ox.libguides.com/workshops/skills-toolkit for list of dates and times.

Christmas closure: 22nd December – 1st January

The library will close for Christmas at 5pm on Thursday 21st December, and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January.

For those readers who have borrowing privileges, any books checked out or renewed from Wednesday 20th December will be due back on 2nd January.

We’d like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you all in 2018!

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Trial until 24 December: San Francisco Chronicle, 1865-1984

We now have trial access to the San Francisco Chronicle, 1865-1984, via Readex’s America’s Historical Newspapers platform. Access is available via OxLIP+ until 24th December (use your single sign-on for remote access).

Though it was Northern California’s “newspaper of record,” the San Francisco Chronicle’s influence was so far-reaching that it was known as the Voice of the West. With colorful reporting and commentary on news ranging from the aftermath of the Gold Rush to the effects of World War II to the counterculture boom of the 1960s, the Chronicle offers an unparalleled glimpse into the issues and events that shaped the West Coast for over a century.

Founded by two teenage brothers with a $20 gold piece borrowed from their landlord, the San Francisco Chronicle soon boasted the largest circulation of any West Coast newspaper. In its early years, the paper relied on a mixture of advertisements, anecdotes and satire by the likes of Mark Twain to capture life in the wlid boomtown of San Francisco. As the first transcontinental railroad came to town and capitalism and corruption boomed in equal parts, the Chronicle made it a mission to expose crooked politicians and support honest ones. This practice resulted in a shootout in the paper’s office that killed one of the founding brothers. The Chronicle dutifully reported the news.

By the turn of the century, the San Francisco Chronicle was so successful it was able to provide firsthand reports from the Klondike Gold Rush, sponsor free concerts in the streets and send reporters to cover sporting events as far away as Reno. When the 1906 earthquake devastated the city, the Chronicle kept publishing. Its coverage of the stock market crash, the Great Depression and labor strikes won the paper its first Pulitzer. Later in the 20th century, the paper became known for colorful columnists like Herb Caen and the original “Dear Abby,” as well as its astute observations of the counterculture movement, gay rights and the onset of the AIDS crisis.

You can browse the newspaper by date, or search the full text from the initial screen. Individual issues may be read page-by-page and can also be downloaded as PDFs.

Please send any comments or feedback to jane.rawson@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Vacation opening hours start 4th December

From Monday 4th December the library will revert to vacation opening hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm only. We will be closed at weekends until Hilary Term begins in January.

The library will close for the Christmas break at 5pm on Thursday 21st December and will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January.

iSkills coming up: Google, Archives, Research data, Getting started, Referencing

iSkills logoBelow we list the FREE workshops offered by Bodleian iSkills for Week 4.  Please follow the links below to book your place on any of these:

Bodleian iSkills: Google for academic research (Monday 30 October 14.00-16.00)
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 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

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History (Tuesday 31 October 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

Referencing: Refworks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Wednesday 1 November 09.15-12.15)
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.

Bodleian iSkills: Managing research data and Data Management Planning (DMPs) (Wednesday 1 November 14.00-16.00)
Good research data management is a vital component of academic practice. Part of this is the principle that the data used to develop the arguments and outcomes of your research should be effectively stored and managed during a project, preserved for the future and – where possible – shared with other academics. This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on your work. The services available at Oxford to assist you will be outlined. This session is not only essential during your current studies but will be invaluable if you plan to continue in research as a career.
Who is this session for? All DPhil students and research staff.

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Thursday 2 November 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.

Referencing: Zotero (Friday 3 November 14.00-17.00)
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.