Friday, 25 February 2011

RefWorks training next week

There are still places available on the RefWorks for Humanities course taking place on Wednesday 2nd March, 2.00-5.00, at OUCS on Banbury Road. Although the section on importing references will focus on examples from the humanities, this introductory course is open to all. A course booklet, costing £8, must be purchased when you attend the course.

RefWorks is an online reference management tool that is available free of charge to all members of the University. More information is available on the Bodleian Libraries' website.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Web of Knowledge training at RSL

The Radcliffe Science Library is offering the following session tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1pm in the RSL training room:

Getting more from the Web of Knowledge

Are you making the most of the services available on WoK? This session will cover:

Why create an account on the ISI Web of Knowledge; tips on formatting & exporting your search results; setting up Alerts and RSS feeds; bibliometrics in WoK; using ResearcherID to publicise your work.

To book a place please email

This session is part of the RSL's Research Training Skills Programme 2011.

Monday, 21 February 2011

WISER sessions this week

There are lots of WISER sessions on offer this week, including several that will help you to use a wide range of resources to find the various sorts of material you need, as well as others on getting information to come to you, resources for learning modern languages, and maps and mapping.

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: Isabel McMann, Penny Roberts, Kerry Webb and Angela Carritt
Tuesday 22 February 9.15-10.15 (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: Kerry Webb, Isabel McMann, Penny Roberts and Angela Carritt
Tuesday 22 February 10.15-11.15 (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. Presenter: Jayne Plant
Tuesday 22 February 11.30-12.30 (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: Sue Bird and James Shaw
Tuesday 22 February 12.30-1.30 (week 6)  Book Now

WISER: Getting information to come to you

This session will show you how to set up alerts to journals, databases and websites, so that you receive notifications when new content is added. Participants will have the opportunity to set up feed readers and/or email notifications during the session
Presenters: Jane Rawson and Penny Schenk
Thursday 24 February 9.15-10.45 (week 6)  Book Now

WISER: Learning a Modern Language

This session will help you find valuable resources for learning modern languages and make use of the language you are learning in your searches.  We will: find tools for non-latin writing systems, search non-English search engines, and use resources offered by Oxford and from referential sites
Presenter: Lucile Deslignères
Thursday 24 February 11.00-12.15 (week 6)   Book Now

WISER Maps and Mapping

Many areas of research use spatial data and digital mapping is an ideal way to present it.  This presentation will cover both web based resources (online map collections etc) and the digital mapping facilities available in the Bodleian.  
Presenter:  Debbie Hall
Friday 25 February 12.30-1.30 (week 6)  Book Now

All the sessions take place at OUCS on Banbury Road and are free to attend, but you will need to book a place in advance. If you are a member of the University, you can do this by clicking on the links above. If you have a Bodleian reader's card but are not a University member, please contact to book your place.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Calling all Modern Languages finalists!

A message from Lucile Deslignères, Librarian at the Oxford University Language Centre:

The time has come... and the language laboratory booths are looking fabulously new, because they are... we have been refurbishing last week.

All listening comprehension examinations have been done now.

I would strongly recommend you DO NOT look at the examination papers till you do the test in the condition of the exam: one listen, five minutes break, another listen. 
Any question regarding using material etc... do ask me, or my assistants (lunch time and evenings). Plus we have Andrea, visiting from Bayreuth, who will be happy to help for last minutes panics in German, and quite simply also to help you with finding and using the materials.

Good luck!

During term, the Language Centre Library is open Monday to Thursday, 8.45-20.00; Friday, 8.45-19.00; and Saturday, 10.00-13.00. Details of opening hours during weeks 0 and 9 and during vacation are available on the Language Centre website. Please note that the Centre will be closed 18th-25th April inclusive for the Easter break.

Friday, 11 February 2011

WISER sessions next week: e-books and e-book readers

The following sessions are taking place next week at OUCS on Banbury Road. WISER workshops are free to attend, but you still need to book a place. University members can book via the OUCS website by clicking on the links below; holders of Bodleian reader's cards who are not members of the University can book by emailing

WISER: E-Books
An overview of what is currently available and how to access them from the point of view of the student, the researcher and the academic.
Presenter: Hilla Wait
Wednesday 16 February 2.00-3.00  (week 5)  Book Now

WISER: E-Book Readers
How useful are e-book readers in academic work? Can they be used for accessing library materials? What are the features to look out for when considering purchase?  These and similar questions will be considered with particular reference to the i-Pad, the Amazon Kindle and Sony Touch e-readers and smartphones. There will an opportunity to try out the various e-readers
Presenter: Hilla Wait
Wednesday 16 February 3.00-4.00  (week 5)  Book Now