Wednesday, 24 February 2016

History Thesis Fair

This year's History Thesis Fair takes place on Thursday 3rd March from 3.00-5.00pm, in the North Writing School, Exam Schools. (Students from colleges beginning with B-N are invited to attend between 3.00 and 4.00pm, and those from colleges beginning with O-W between 4.00 and 5.00pm.)

Aimed at second year undergraduates, the Thesis Fair will help you to locate relevant source materials for your thesis, and show you how to make good use of the tools and resources available to you.

This year the Thesis Fair stalls will include:

  • Medieval, Early Modern and Modern sources
  • Visual Resources
  • Global history: India, Africa & Commonwealth, US, Latin America, Chinese Studies
  • Legal History
  • User Education support specialists
  • Maps for historians
  • History of Science and Medicine
  • Collections in the HFL and college libraries & archives, and many more...

Further information and guidance on theses is available on the History Faculty Library website.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Bodleian iSkills workshops in Week 7

Places are available at the following workshops taking place in Week 7. All sessions are free to attend, but you will need to book a place in advance. University members can book by clicking on the headings below (you will need your Single Sign On username and password); Bodleian Reader's card holders who are not University members can book by emailing the User Education team.

ORCID IDs and the ‘ORCID at Oxford’ service 
Monday 29th February, 14.15-14.45
ORCID iDs are unique researcher identifiers that you keep throughout your life and retain even when you move institutions.  They are increasingly important for linking researchers with their publications and grants, and are being used more and more by funders and publishers. Find out more about how ORCID works at Oxford, and how to get an iD at this 30 minute workshop.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, research staff, academics and any University and library staff.
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library

Getting started in Oxford Libraries
Wednesday 2nd March, 9.30-11.30
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.
Who is this session for? Anyone who would like an introduction to Oxford Libraries.
Presenters: Angela Carritt & Cathy Scutt.
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library

Working with sensitive research data 
Thursday 3rd March, 10.00-12.00
A workshop outlining some of the key principles to bear in mind when working with sensitive or restricted research data obtained from a third party source such as a data archive. This session will also be of interest to those creating data they consider sensitive or confidential who want to know how best to go about it. Examples of scenarios drawn from the research of participants are particularly welcome. The role of support services at Oxford will also be outlined and in particular the role of the Bodleian Data Librarian.
Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff.
Presenter: John Southall.
Venue: Social Science Library

Research impact - citation analysis tools
Thursday 3rd March, 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, and explain how to use each tool and 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

Research skills training for Engineers

The following sessions are offered to members of the Department of Engineering. Both sessions will take place in Lecture Room 4 in the Thom Building. To book a place at either workshop, please email the Engineering librarian Alessandra Vetrugno.


Finding research information in Engineering
Monday 29th February, 15.00-16.00

Key topics:

  • How to access library websites and key engineering information portals
  • How to find and search key electronic databases
  • How to develop search strategies to search effectively
  • Where to find full-text journal articles, conference papers, standards, and theses
  • How to export and organise references using reference management software
  • How to set up alerts and keep up-to-date with research


Reference management software for Engineering DPhil students
Wednesday 2nd March, 15.00-16.00

Key topics :

  • Introduction to reference management
  • Overview of available software – Example with Refworks
  • How to choose the best tool for your needs
  • Comparisons among different tools

This session does not include practical activities, but a workbook will be distributed with guidelines on how to use four different packages: EndNote, Refworks, Mendeley and Zotero.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Bodleian iSkills workshops in Weeks 5 and 6

Places are available at the following iSkills workshops, both of which take place at the Social Science Library, Manor Road. To book a place, click on the links below (Single Sign On username and password required). Bodleian Reader's card holders who are not University members can book by emailing the User Education team.

Bodleian iSkills: Discovering and depositing Social Science research data
Thursday 18th February, 14:00-16:00
This session provides an opportunity for doctoral students to learn about using social science data archives to inform their research. It will also outline the workings of the institutional repository recently launched by the University of Oxford: ORA-Data. By the end of the session you will know how to locate and cite data from a range of data archives and have an understanding of the benefits and operation of ORA-Data.
Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences.
Presenter: John Southall.

Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you
Friday 26th February, 14.30-16.00
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.
Presenter: Helen Matthews and Helen Worrell.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

New books added to the Library in January

Here is a selection of the books that were added to Keble Library stock in January:


The full list for the month can be seen on LibraryThing.

We're always happy to receive recommendations of books for purchase from current Keble members - simply complete a Book Suggestion Form (available to download from the Library website, or to pick up from the information display in the Library) and ask your tutor to sign it.