Thursday, 28 October 2010

WISER: coming up next week

The following WISER sessions are on offer next week (Week 4):

WISER: Finding Stuff - Books etc on SOLO

A general introduction to finding books and journal titles in Oxford libraries using SOLO and OLIS.  For detailed information about searching for journal articles, theses and conference papers please see other titles in the WISER Finding Stuff series.
Presenters:  Angela Carritt and Penny Roberts
Wednesday 3 November 12.30pm - 1.30pm (Week 4) (repeated Friday 19 November 9.15 - 10.15am  Week 6) > Book Now

WISER: Finding Stuff - Journal Articles

This session will focus on finding journal articles for your research using a wide range of databases as well as developing effective search strategies.  There will be plenty of time for participants to try out their own searches using databases for their subject.
Presenters: Angela Carritt and Penny Roberts
Wednesday 3 November 1.30 - 2.30pm (Week 4) (repeated Friday 19 November 10.15 - 11.15am Week 6) > Book Now

WISER: Finding Stuff - Theses and Dissertations

This session offers guidance on finding theses, both those submitted to and held in Oxford, and those from other institutions in the UK and abroad. It will demonstrate how to exploit some of the main sources of information : SOLO, Index to Theses (UK and Ireland); and Dissertations and Theses (International) EThOS and ORA..
Presenters:  Jayne Plant
Wednesday 3 November 2.30 - 3.30pm (Week 4) (repeated Friday 19 November 11.30 - 12.30pm Week 6) > Book Now

WISER: Finding Stuff - Conferences

Conference papers can be difficult to find but they are valuable because they describe cutting-edge research. This session will enable you to find out about forthcoming conferences and also to locate the published papers of proceedings which have taken place.
Presenters:  James Shaw and Sue Bird
Wednesday 3 November 3.30 - 4.30pm  (Week 4) > Book Now

All the sessions take place at OUCS (13 Banbury Road) and are free to attend, but you must book a place in advance. University members can book by following the links above; Bodleian reader's card holders who are not University members can book by emailing

Further information about the WISER programme, including the schedule for the rest of the term, is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Jane Austen Day at the Bodleian Library

Reposted from the Bodleian Libraries website:

For only one day, the Bodleian Library is putting on public display a selection of manuscripts, first editions and papers related to Jane Austen, one of the most celebrated English novelists. The event takes place on Monday, 25 October 2010, to coincide with the launch of a new freely accessible online resource The Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition.  The website reunites in a virtual space all Jane Austen’s handwritten manuscripts for the first time since 1845 when her sister Cassandra dispersed the collection.

The display is a celebration of Jane Austen’s beginnings and endings as a writer.  At its centre lie two manuscripts.  One is her earliest collection of short stories and plays, written out in her teenage hand and entitled by her Volume the First.  The other manuscript is her sister Cassandra’s handwritten copy of the last novel, known as Sanditon, which Jane Austen was writing in the final months of her life.

The exhibition takes place in the Divinity School from 10.00am to 6.45pm; admission is free.

Monday, 18 October 2010


WISER (Workshops in Information Skills and Electronic Resources) is a programme of classes designed to help you make the most of electronic and other library resources. The classes are usually free and are open to all library users, but you do need to book a place in order to attend. Classes usually take place at OUCS (13 Banbury Road).

Further information, including how to book and the full programme for Michaelmas Term, is available on the Bodleian Libraries website. The following courses are coming up next week (Week 3):

WISER: Who's citing you? Tools for tracking citations

Citation-tracking databases can help you monitor the impact of your research. Knowing where and how often you’re being cited is useful for grant or job applications, and deciding where to submit an article for publication. We cover citation searching in Web of Science, Scopus & Google Scholar.
Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Angela Carritt
Wednesday 27 October 2.00 - 3.30pm (Week 3) >Book Now

WISER: Bibliometrics - the Black Art of Citation Ranking

Mystified by metrics? Anxious about impact factors? Happy with your h-index? The forthcoming Research Excellence Framework is likely to place increased emphasis on the use of these measures. This session covers how they work, how they are interpreted and how to make them work for you!
Presenter: Juliet Ralph and Angela Carritt
Wednesday 27 October 3.30 - 4.30pm (Week 3) > Book Now

RefWorks for Humanities

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 Humanities examples.
Presenters: Valerie Lawrence and Shona McLean
Friday 29 October 9.15am - 12.15pm (Week 3) > Book Now

If you would like more information about a workshop or need assistance with booking, please email

Thursday, 14 October 2010

SOLO search tips: books with more than one edition or format

When you search for a book on SOLO, it may sometimes appear at first glance that the library doesn't have the edition that you need. But don't panic! SOLO often groups the different versions of a title together - e.g. multiple print editions of a book, or the print and electronic versions of a book or a journal - so that they intially appear as a single entry in your list of search results. Whenever this happens, you will see a message telling you that this is '1 of n versions of this work'.

 If you click on this message, you can see the different versions listed individually.

In this example, the two different versions are an electronic and a print edition. You can then click on Online resource to read the e-book, or click on Details (and then View this item in OLIS) to check the location and availability of the print edition, in the usual way.

For more information on searching SOLO, have a look at the online guide.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Michaelmas Term begins!

Welcome to all new students, and welcome back to those who are returning.

Library staff will be conducting two induction tours of the Library on Friday 8th October, one at 11.00am and one at noon - all members of College are welcome, so if you have any questions at all about using the Library (whether you are new or not!), please do come along.

We have produced a new Library guide for this academic year, which includes information on how to find the resources you need and how to borrow, renew and reserve books. Copies are available throughout the Library - please help yourself if you would like one.

Finally, a reminder to all returning students that any books borrowed over the summer vacation are due back on Wednesday of 1st week (13th October).