iSkills coming up: Sources for Historians, US History

iSkills logoIn Week 4, Bodleian Libraries are running a workshop on MANTRA for research data management; and workshops for history students covering historical UK parliamentary material, information sources for U.S. history and an introduction to online resources for British and Western European history. Please follow the links below to book your place on any of these FREE workshops:

Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for Historians (Tue 16 May 14.00-15.15)
A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods of British and W European history: bibliographical databases, biographical / reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Isabel Holowaty
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Evenlode Room

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US History (Tue 16 May 15.30-17.00)
Introduction to key information sources for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online (such as early printed books, US newspapers and US government papers), as well as guidance on locating material for your research.
Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Jane Rawson
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Evenlode Room

Bodleian iSkills: Get managing your data off to a good start with this introduction to MANTRA (Wed 17 May 10.00-11.30)
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 and Cathy Scutt
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Bodleian iSkills: UK parliamentary and government materials – an introduction (Thu 18 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, Information Skills Training Room

iSkills coming up: Social science research data, Getting started, Archives & modern papers, Zotero

iSkills logoIn Week 3, the Bodleian Libraries are running workshops on social sciences research data; getting started in Oxford Libraries; archives and modern papers; sources for African Studies and Zotero. Please follow the links below to book your place at these FREE workshops:

Bodleian iSkills: Discovering and depositing Social Science research data (Tue 9 May 10.00-12.00) Week 3
An opportunity for doctoral students to learn about using social science data archives to inform their research. It will also outline the workings of Oxford’s institutional repository: ORA-Data. By the end of the session you will know how to locate and cite data from a range of data archives and have an understanding of the benefits and operation of ORA-Data.
Who is this session for? DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences
Presenters: John Southall and Cathy Scutt

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Wed 10 May  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.
Presenters:  Angela Carritt and Cathy Scutt

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History (Wed 10 May 14.00-16.00) Week 3
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 during the workshop.
Who is this session for? Undergraduate and postgraduate students in History and Social Science subjects; researchers and other Bodleian Libraries readers considering using special collections
Presenter: Michael Hughes

Referencing: Zotero (Fri 12 May 14.00-17.00) Week 3
Zotero is a reference management package that enables you to build libraries of references and add in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies to word processed documents. This introduction covers the main features of Zotero.
Who is this session for? Students in all subjects, researchers and staff
Presenter: Angela Carritt

Network downtime Sunday 30th AM

Due to essential maintenance there will be a network outage to the building on Sunday morning (30th April). This means that there will be no wifi, PCs, PCAS etc until lunchtime that day. Apologies for the inconvenience; everything should be up and running again as normal for the afternoon.

iSkills coming up: Research data; Getting started; Your thesis, copyright & ORA; Moving from research question to literature review; Google for academic research

iSkills logoWe kick off Trinity Term with five iSkills workshops in Week 1. Please follow links to book online for these FREE workshops:

Bodleian iSkills: Managing Social Science Research data (Tuesday 25 April 10.00-12.00)
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 where possible be effectively stored, preserved and usable. This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on the work of researchers. Some of the tools in preparation to meet the requirements will be outlined as well as services that are already available. Main subjects will include: common dangers and pitfalls of digital data; effective organisation of your data; getting the most from your data and producing a data management plan; data creation and funder requirements; preserving data; embargoes and access restrictions; Oxford based tools for research data management (RDM). This session is not only essential during your DPhil but will be invaluable if you plan to continue in the field of research as a career.
Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences
Presenters: John Southall and Cathy Scutt

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Wed 26 Apr 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.
Presenters: Angela Carritt and Cathy Scutt

Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA (Wed 26 Apr 14.00-15.00)
Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive). This session will focus on copyright and other issues that DPhil students need to take into account when preparing their thesis for upload to ORA.
Who is this session for? Doctoral research students
Presenters: Jason Partridge and David Watson

Bodleian iSkills: Moving from research question to literature review in the Social Sciences (Thu 27 Apr 10.00-12.00)
This 2-hour workshop will be invaluable for researchers hoping to find suitable literature for their literature review, for which a well-constructed set of search terms and an understanding of online search engines are prerequisites. This workshop will allow researchers to use their own research questions to build a search and apply it to a range of databases. Techniques for structuring a search will be explained, an overview of key online resources for the social sciences will be given , major search tools will be explored, and strategies for approaching large results sets and sourcing papers will be discussed. This practical workshop will involve paper exercises and online activities using attendees own research topics.
Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences
Presenters: Craig Finlay and Helen Worrell

Bodleian iSkills: Google for academic research (Thu 27 Apr 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
Presenter: Cathy Scutt

In addition in Weeks 1-8 we are running weekly drop-in sessions to provide face-to-face support and answer all your queries on Open Access, Act on Acceptance and ORA

  • Tuesdays 14.30-15.30 –Knowledge Centre Library, Churchill Hospital, ask for Judith Ames
  • Wednesdays 14.00-15.00 – Social Science Library, ask for Kate Beeby
  • Thursdays 11.00-12.00 – Radcliffe Science Library, ask for Juliet Ralph
  • Fridays 14.00-15.00 – Radcliffe Humanities Building, ask for Hilla Wait.

Sunday opening is coming in Trinity Term

Thanks to a generous donation from the Rothermere Foundation, the library will be trialling Sunday opening hours beginning in Trinity Term. From 23rd April to 11th June, we will be open on Sundays from 11am-5pm as well as our usual weekday and Saturday hours. We hope that the extra hours will be of particular benefit to those of you studying for exams at this time of year.

The funds will also enable us to open on Sundays throughout the 2017/18 academic year, but we cannot guarantee that Sunday opening will continue beyond that point. Longer hours, particularly at weekends, are frequently requested and we are very grateful to the Rothermere Foundation for enabling us to offer this enhancement to service even if only on a temporary basis.