Friday, 27 November 2015

Vacation loans begin on Monday!

Keble Library's vacation loan period begins on Monday 30 November - all books borrowed or renewed by undergraduates on or after that date will be due back on 20 January 2016 (Wednesday of 1st week of Hilary term).

Books borrowed by undergraduates during Michaelmas term are due back on Wednesday 2 December - please make sure that you return or renew your books by then. For information on renewing loans, please see the Library Guide.

While you're away from Oxford, you can still access almost all electronic resources - databases, reference works, e-books and e-journals - by logging into SOLO or OxLIP+ with your Oxford Single Sign On. More information about remote access to resources is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Research Skills Toolkit workshops

Do you need to brush up on your IT and information skills for research?  Why not come to a Research Skills Toolkit session? These free two hour workshops, run jointly by the Bodleian Libraries and IT Services and aimed at first year postgraduate students and researchers, 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

Please attend one session for your subject from this list.  All sessions take place at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road. To book a place at your chosen session, click on one of the links below (you will need your Single Sign On username and password to make a booking).
   
Humanities

Tuesday 1st December, 10.00-12.00
Wednesday 2nd December, 14.00-16.00
Monday 18th January, 14.00-16.00
Wednesday 20th January, 14.00-16.00

Book a place at a Humanities workshop.

Medical Sciences

Wednesday 2nd December, 10.00-12.00
Thursday 3rd December, 14.00-16.00
Wednesday 20th January, 10.00-12.00
Thursday  21st January, 10.00-12.00

Book a place at a Medical Sciences workshop.

MPLS

Tuesday 19th January, 10.00-12.00
Thursday 21st January, 14.00-16.00

Book a place at an MPLS workshop.

Oriental Studies

Monday 18th January, 14.00-16.00

Book a place at the Oriental Studies workshop.

Social Sciences

Tuesday 1st December, 14.00-16.00  
Thursday 3rd December, 10.00-12.00
Friday 4th December, 10.00-12.00
Tuesday 19th January, 14.00-16.00

Book a place at a Social Sciences workshop.

Friday, 6 November 2015

New books added to the Library in October

A selection of new books added to Library stock in October 2015.

This is a selection of the new books added to Library stock in October 2015.  A full list can be seen on LibraryThing.

We are always happy to receive recommendations of books for purchase. If you would like to recommend a book, please fill in a Book Suggestion Form (available from the information display in the Library, or to download and print from the website) and ask your tutor to sign it.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Bodleian iSkills workshops in Week 5

Places are available on the following workshops in Week 5:

Bodleian iSkills: UK Parliamentary and Government materials - an introduction
Tuesday 10th November, 10.00-12.00
A general overview of the main sources for finding and accessing historical UK parliamentary material, pre-1800 and post-1800, including sources for government publications both in print and in electronic format.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates and researchers who are new to working with parliamentary and/or government document or who would like a refresher on the main sources available.
Presenter:  Hannah Chandler
Venue:  Social Science Library, Manor Road  >Book a place

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact - citation analysis tools
Wednesday 11th November, 14.00-15.30
During this introduction to citation tracking and bibliometrics we will use a range of 'impact factor' tools to find top journals and conferences, count citations and measure the impact of publications and researchers. We will cover Journal Citation Reports, SCImago Journal Rank, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Essential Science Indicators, ORCID and more, explain how to use each tool, and consider their strengths and weaknesses.
Who is this session for?  Current Oxford research postgraduates, researchers, academics, University and Library staff.
Presenters:  Karine Barker, Juliet Ralph, Karen Langdon
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road  >Book a place

Bodleian iSkills: Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences
Wednesday 11th November, 14.00-15.30
The Bodleian’s Weston Library has a wealth of special collections and archival 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.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and other Bodleian Libraries readers considering using special collections
Presenter: Michael Hughes
Venue: Horton Room, Weston Library  >Book a place

Bodleian iSkills:  Social Science data archives & statistical databases
Friday 23rd October, 10.30-12.30
An overview of macro and micro data sources for social scientists including national data archives, subscription services, economic and business data.  During the session, we will also offer some pointers for further searching.
Presenter:  John Southall
Venue:  Social Science Library, Manor Road   >Book a place

To book your free place, either click on the links above (Oxford University members - you will need your Single Sign On username and password), or email the Bodleian's User Education team (Bodleian Reader's Card holders who are not University members).

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Bodleian iSkills: Reference Management

Places are available on the following workshops in Michaelmas term:

Bodleian iSkills: Refworks for Social Sciences
Wednesday 28th October, 14.00-17.00
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.
Presenters:  Nia Roberts, Gigi Horsfield, Angela Carritt
Venue:  IT Services, 13 Banbury Road  > Book a place

Referencing: Mendeley (Bodleian iSkills)
Friday 6th November, 9.30-12.15
Mendeley is a reference management package that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters:  Oliver Bridle,  Sophia Staves
Venue:  IT Services, 13 Banbury Road  > Book a place

Referencing: Choosing & using software  (Bodleian iSkills)
Thursday 19th November, 14.00-17.00
Formatting your in-text citations/footnotes and bibliography correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easier and saves you time. This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the pros and cons of a wide range of reference management packages and gives you the opportunity to try out five different packages so that you can work out which one is best for you.   The packages included are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero,  Mendeley, ColWiz and Papers.
Presenters: Oliver Bridle, Erika Delbeque, Sophie Staves, Pamela Stanworth, Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.   > Book a place
(N.B. Booking for this session opens on 20 October.)

These sessions are all free to attend, but you will need to book in advance. University members can book by clicking on the links above (you will need your Single Sign On username and password). Bodleian Reader's card holders can book by emailing the User Education team.

More information about the iSkills programme is available on its website.

Bodleian iSkills workshops in Michaelmas Term

Bodleian iSkills is a series of free information skills workshops designed to help you find and make effective use of scholarly resources. The sessions are open to all University members and Bodleian Reader's card holders (although some individual sessions are aimed at particular groups, e.g. postgraduates). You will need to book a place in advance for any session you wish to attend. University members can do so by clicking on the 'Book a place' links below (you will need your Single Sign On username and password). Bodleian Readers who do not have a SSO can book by contacting the User Education team.

Places are available at the following upcoming sessions:

Bodleian iSkills: E-book readers 
Friday 16th October, 10.45-12.15
Reading on E-Book Readers such as Kindle or Nook and using apps for iPad and Android devices is increasingly popular, but how useful are these devices for academic work? This workshop will look at a range of devices and apps on the market and will cover key features to look out for when considering purchase. The workshop will also include an opportunity to try out a range of devices.
Presenters:  Hilla Wait and Kat Steiner
Venue:  IT Services, 13 Banbury Road  > Book a place

Bodleian iSkills: Resources for your research - get managing your data off to a good start with an introduction to MANTRA
Friday 30th October, 11.15-12.30 
MANTRA is an acclaimed online independent learning course which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management. This session will be especially useful for DPhil students and early career researchers who are starting a research project.
Presenter:  John Southall
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road   > Book a place

Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford - what is happening?   
Tuesday 3rd November, 11.00-12 noon
A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford's position. During the session we will cover "Green" and "Gold" routes to open access; funder mandates and publisher policies; the Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; the HEFCE policy on Open Access; and how to get help via the Open Access web site and helpline.
Who is this session for?  Current Oxford research postgraduates, researchers, academics, University and Library staff.
Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Andy Kernot
Venue:  Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road  > Book a place

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford libraries  
Wednesday 4th November,  10.00-12 noon
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.
Presenters:  Angela Carritt & Cathy Scutt
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road > Book a place

The full schedule for Michaelmas term is available on the iSkills website.

Friday, 9 October 2015

The new academic year begins...

A very warm welcome to all our new students, and welcome back to all those who are returning - we're looking forward to seeing you in the Library over the coming term.

The Michaelmas Term loan period has begun, so any books borrowed by undergraduates now will be due back on Wednesday of 8th week. Books borrowed for the Long Vacation are due back on Wednesday of 1st week (14th October) - if you have had books out over the summer, please make sure you have returned or renewed them by then.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Vacation loans

All Keble Library books borrowed by undergraduates during Trinity Term are due back on Wednesday 17th June - please make sure you have returned or renewed your books by this date.

Vacation loans for undergraduates will begin on Monday 15th June - any books borrowed or renewed on or after this date will be due back on 14th October 2015 (Wednesday of 1st Week of Michaelmas Term).

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Bodleian iSkills sessions in Week 3

Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you
Friday 15th May, 9.15-10.45
Keeping up to date with new research is important but time consuming!  This session will show you how to set up automatic alerts so that you are notified about new articles and other publications and when key web sites are updated.    Participants will have the opportunity to set up RSS feed readers and/or email notifications during the session.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics.
Presenters:  Helen Matthews, Ian Chilvers.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road >Book online

Bodleian iSkills:  Information sources for African Studies
Friday 15th May, 11.00-12.30
This session will introduce key information sources for African Studies. You will be shown useful finding tools to locate relevant material via SOLO, as well as important portals and gateways to libraries and archives of online primary texts. There will be time for a brief hands-on.
Who is this session for? Researchers, academic staff, graduates and anyone interested in the topic.
Presenters: Lucy McCann, Sarah Rhodes.
Venue:  IT Services, 13 Banbury Road >Book online

Both these workshops are free to attend, but you will need to book a place in advance. Current University members can book by clicking on the links above (you will need your Single Sign On username and password). Holders of Bodleian Reader's cards who are not members of the University can book by contacting the Bodleian user education team.

Information about other events taking place this term, as well as an archive of hand-outs from previous workshops, is available on the Bodleian iSkills website.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Bodleian iSkills workshops on reference management

Two iSkills workshops on reference management are coming up in Weeks 2 and 3:

Tech Tools – Reference management
Friday 8th May, 9.15-12.15
Formatting your in text citations/footnotes and bibliography correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easier and saves you time. This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the pros and cons of a wide range of reference management packages and gives you the opportunity to try out five different packages so that you can work out which one is best for you.   The packages included are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero,  Mendeley and ColWiz.
Presenters: Oliver Bridle, Erika Delbeque, Sophie Staves, Pamela Stanworth, Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road. >Book online

RefWorks for your Laptop
Wednesday 13th May, 9.30-12.30
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. At this introductory workshop you will set up and learn to use RefWorks on your own laptop. The session is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Science/Social Science examples.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Nia Roberts, Gigi Horsfield and Angela Carritt
Venue:  Jesus College Ship Street Centre  (next to the News Cafe) > Book online

Both sessions are free to attend, but you will need to book a place in advance, either by clicking on the links above (University members) or by emailing the Bodleian's user education team (Bodleian Reader's Card holders who are not members of the University).

Further workshops on reference management are scheduled for Week 6: Mendeley for reference management (booking opens on 3rd May), and RefWorks for Humanities (booking opens on 4 May).

Bodleian iSkills workshops in Week 1

The first iSkills workshops for Trinity Term focus on tools for finding scholarly literature for your research, and resources for historians. All the sessions are free to attend, but you will need to book a place in advance. Members of the University can book by clicking on the links below (you will need your Single Sign On username and password); holders of Bodleian Reader's Cards who are not members of the University can book by contacting the Bodleian's user education team.

Finding Stuff - Scholarly literature for your research
Monday 27th April, 14.00-17.00
A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.
Who is this session for?  Postgraduates, researchers and academics.
Presenters:  Joanne Edwards, Craig Finlay, Angela Carritt, Helen Worrell
Venue:  IT Services, 13 Banbury Road  >Book online

Online resources for historians
Friday 1st May, 9.15-10.30
A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods for British and Western 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  >Book online

Sources for US history
Friday 1st May, 10.45-12.15
An introduction to key information sources and collections for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online, 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  >Book online

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Accessing resources during the vacation

When you're away from Oxford during the vacation, you can still access electronic resources (e-books, e-journals, bibliographic databases, reference works, etc.) from wherever you are by signing on to SOLO or OxLIP+ with your Single Sign On username and password before you start searching. More information on remote access to e-resources is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

If you are revising for exams and need access to past papers, you can find these on OXAM (you will need to select 'Oxford Account Login' then enter your Single Sign On username and password to access the resource). OXAM provides access to formal examination papers set by the University of Oxford since the academic year 1999-2000; as well as Mods, Prelims and Finals, it also includes papers for taught postgraduate courses.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Bodleian iSkills workshops in week 7

There are still places available on the following courses taking place next week. To book your place, click on the links below (Bodleian Reader's card holders who are not members of the University can book by emailing the Bodleian Libraries User Education team).

Bodleian iSkills:  Open Access Oxford – What’s Happening?
Tuesday 3 March, 14.00-15.00
A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford's position: Green vs. Gold; funder mandates and publisher policies; Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; OA website/ helpline; what's new (including an update on new HEFCE policy).
Who is this session for?  Current Oxford research postgraduates, researchers, academics, University and Library staff.
Presenters:  Juliet Ralph and Clare Kavanagh.
Venue: Training Room, Radcliffe Science Library  > Book online

Bodleian iSkills: Protecting your Work: What you need to know about copyright
Wednesday 4 March, 12.00-13.00
Intellectual property and copyright are key concerns for today's researchers. This event will raise your awareness of issues to look out for, both in using other people's work and in publishing your own work.
Who is this session for?  Postgraduate students, researchers, academics and staff.
Presenter: Tim Padfield.
Venue: Taylor Institution Library  > Book online

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Bodleian iSkills in Week 6

There are still places available on the following course, which takes place at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road. To book your place, click on the link below, or (if you have a Bodleian Reader's card but are not a member of the University) email the Bodleian Libraries user education team.

Bodleian iSkills:   Mendeley for Reference Management
Friday 27 February, 9.15-12.15

Mendeley is a reference management package that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents. This introductory session will cover Mendeley's main features.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Oliver Bridle and Sophie Staves.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Bodleian iSkills sessions in Week 5

Places are still available on the following Bodleian iSkills sessions taking place next week:

Bodleian iSkills: Finding Stuff – Scholarly Literature for your Research
Tuesday 17 February, 14.00-17.00
A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics
Presenters: Joanne Edwards, Craig Finlay, Angela Carritt and Helen Worrell
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road > Book online

Bodleian iSkills: Tech Tools – Reference Management
Wednesday 18 February, 14.15-17.00
Keeping track of your references and formatting them correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easy and is worth investigating. This introductory session gives an overview of how it works and the pros and cons of RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers,  academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Oliver Bridle, Kelly Schultz, Sophie Staves, Steve Albury and Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road  > Book online

RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences
Friday 20 February, 9.15-12.15
RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your citations/references, insert them into your work as footnotes or in-text citations, 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? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Nia Roberts and Gigi Horsfield
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road > Book online

To book your place, click on the links above. (Bodleian Reader's cardholders who are not University members can book by contacting the Bodleian Libraries user education team.)

For more information about the Bodleian iSkills programme, including the full schedule for the term and handouts from previous sessions, visit the iSkills website.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Bodleian iSkills workshops in week 4

Digital images: ARTstor, Bridgeman Education, VADS and Archivision for teaching and learning
Wednesday 11 February, 14.00-16.00
This course examines three major digital image collections subscribed to by the University - ARTstor, Bridgeman Education, Archivision (new and on trial) - and a fourth resource, free for educational use, VADS. All of these are geared to research and teaching in the humanities, history of science and medicine, and social sciences. Viewing, presenting and managing images will also be covered.
Presenter: Clare Hills-Nova
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road > Book online

Finding and Converting Geospatial Data
Thursday 12 February, 14.00-17.00
This course covers how to find and convert geospatial data and prepare it for digital mapmaking in ArcGIS. This is the preliminary stage of GIS work - see ArcGIS Desktop for training in mapmaking itself.
Who is this session for? Postgraduate students, researchers, academics and anyone else interested in finding and converting geospatial data.
Presenters: Kelly Schultz and Michael Athanson
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library   > Book online

Both these sessions are free to attend, but you will need to book a place in advance, either by clicking on the links above (University members) or by contacting the Bodleian Libraries user education team (Bodleian Reader's card holders who are not members of the University).

Friday, 23 January 2015

Bodleian iSkills workshops in Week 3

Bodleian iSkills: E-Books
Tuesday 3 February, 14.00-15.15

An overview of what e-books currently available and how to access them, from the point of view of the student, the researcher and the academic.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, Researchers, Academics, Library Staff and anyone interested in the topic.
Presenter: Hilla Wait
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library Training Room > Book online

Bodleian iSkills: E-Book Readers 
Tuesday 3 February, 15.30-17.00

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 reference to the i-Pad, the Amazon Kindle and Sony Touch e-readers, and smart phones.
Presenters: Hilla Wait and Ian Chilvers
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library Training Room > Book online

Bodleian iSkills: Tech Tools – Reference Management
Wednesday 4 February, 9.30-12.15
(Repeated on Wednesday 18 February, 14.15-17.00)

Keeping track of your references and formatting them correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easy and is worth investigating. This introductory session gives an overview of how the software works, and the pros and cons of RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers,  academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Oliver Bridle, Kelly Schultz, Sophie Staves, Steve Albury and Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road  > Book online

All these sessions are free to attend, but you will need to book a place in advance, either by clicking on the links above or (if you have a Bodleian Reader's card but are not a member of the University) by emailing the Bodleian Libraries user education team.