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.