Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Vacation loans

The Easter vacation loan period, which applies to all items borrowed from Keble Library by undergraduates, will begin on Monday 5th March. Any books that you take out or renew on or after this date will be due back on Wednesday of 1st week of Trinity Term (i.e. Wednesday 25th April).

All items borrowed by undergraduates during Hilary Term are due back on Wednesday 7th March - please make sure you have returned or renewed your books by then. You can check your record and renew your books by signing on to your account on SOLO (instructions are available on LibGuides, should you need them), or by using the self-issue machine in the Library (please note that this facility lets you see and renew items from Keble Library only; it does not show any loans you may have from other Oxford libraries). If you have any questions or require any assistance, please ask a member of staff.

Don't forget that you can access electronic resources, including databases, e-journals, and e-books, while you are away from Oxford by signing on to SOLO or OxLIP+ with your Single Sign On username and password before you start searching.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Exhibitions and events at the Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library is marking World Book Day on 1 March with a display and a lecture on Jane Austen and her writings.

Jane Austen: a literary genius at work
A one-day display of Jane Austen’s manuscripts from the Bodleian Library collections showing the newly acquired handwritten manuscript of her unfinished novel The Watsons. Also included in the display will be Volume the First, a manuscript of Austen’s juvenilia.
10.00 - 16.00, Divinity School, Bodleian Library

The Watsons: Jane Austen practising
Professor Kathryn Sutherland (Professor of Bibliography and Textual Criticism, St. Anne’s College, Oxford).
1.00-1.30, Convocation House, Bodleian Library

All are welcome to these events, and admission is free.

The Bodleian's current main exhibition is The Romance of the Middle Ages, which showcases the library’s outstanding collection of manuscripts and early printed books containing medieval romance. The exhibition is open now in the Bodleian's Exhibition Room, and will run until 13 May 2012. Lots more information, including audio recordings of extracts from selected texts and a documentary on the ways in which medieval romance has inspired writers and artists across the centuries, is available on the exhibition's website.

Monday, 20 February 2012

WISER sessions this week

There are still places available on the following WISER sessions taking place this Wednesday at OUCS, 13 Banbury Road:

WISER: Finding Stuff – Books etc on SOLO [Wednedsay 22 February 2.00 - 2.45]
An introduction to SOLO for finding books, journal titles and other materials in Oxford libraries. The session will cover effective search techniques, placing hold requests for items in the stacks, reservations and using the SOLO eshelf and saved searches.   Presenters: Angela Carritt and Isabel McMann
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WISER: Finding Stuff – Conferences [Wednedsay 22 February 4.00 - 5.00]
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
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Although the workshops are free, booking is essential.  If you have a University Card, you can book via the OUCS website by clicking on the links above. If you do not have a University card but would like to attend a course please contact User Education.

Further information about the WISER programme, including the timetable for the rest of the term and handouts from previous presentations, is available on the WISER website.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Calling all modern languages finalists!

The Language Centre Library has the official examinations for:
  • Listening comprehension with our in-house recordings for French, German, Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish (videos for the Italian examination)
  • Discourse topics
These exams are not available on OXAM. Making copies of the audio documents is forbidden.

The Language Centre Library is open from 8.45 am to 8 pm Monday-Thursday, 8.45 am-7 pm Friday, and 10 am-1 pm on Saturdays during term time. Please note that it will be closed for Easter from 2-9 April, reopening on Tuesday 10 April.

These exam papers are just one of the many resources provided by the Language Centre Library, which has the one of the largest collections of materials for language learning in the UK, currently covering 140 languages. You can keep up to date with news, new acquisitions and useful links via the Library's blog.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

WISER sessions on bibliometrics, Wednesday 15 February

There are still places available on the two WISER sessions on bibliometrics that are taking place tomorrow (Wednesday) at OUCS, 13 Banbury Road. The courses are free to attend, but you will need to book a place in advance. University Card holders can book via the OUCS website by clicking on the links below; if you do not have a University Card but would like to attend a course, please contact the Bodleian Libraries User Education team.

WISER: Bibliometrics I - Who's citing you? [Wednesday 15 February 2.00 - 3.00]
An introduction to citation tracking as a tool for finding out who has cited your work. We will cover citation tracking using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar and will include time for you to use each tool to find citations to your own work. Presenters:  Juliet Ralph and Karine Barker
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WISER: Bibliometrics II – tools of the trade [Wednesday 15 February 3.15-4.15]
An introduction to tools such as Web of Science and Scopus for calculating research impact in the Sciences and Social Sciences. How to find journal Impact Factors, calculate your h-index, find ‘hot’ papers and authors, and compare research output of individuals, institutions and countries. Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Angela Carritt
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Monday, 13 February 2012

Research Skills Toolkit for graduate students

An invitation to graduate students from the Bodleian Libraries:

Need to brush up on your IT and information skills?  Why not come to a Research Skills Toolkit in 8th week? These free 2 hour workshops introduce key software and online tools to streamline your research, hone your searching and information skills, and provide opportunities to  meet 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

These workshops are open to Oxford graduate researchers in week 8 of Hilary Term. Please attend the session for your division or subject area. Find out more and book your place (you will need to log into Weblearn with your Single Sign On username and password).

Toolkits take place at Oxford University Computing Services and are run jointly by the Bodleian Libraries and Computing Services.

Friday, 3 February 2012

New books

Here are just a few of the books added to the Library's collections in January:

A full list of last month's accessions can be seen on our LibraryThing account.

We welcome recommendations of books for purchase from members of College; you can pick up a Book Suggestion Form in the Library, or download one from the College website.