Friday, 28 October 2016

Bodleian iSkills workshops in Week 4



The Bodleian iSkills programme for Week 4 of Michaelmas term includes workshops on a collaborative research writing tool; reference management software; resources for Film Studies; and social science data and statistics. All the sessions are free to attend, but you need to book a place in advance. To book, click on the title links below (Single Sign On username and password required). If you are a Bodleian Reader's card holder without an SSO, or if you encounter any problems with the online booking system, please email the User Education team to book your place.

Authorea: a collaborative, data driven research writing tool
Monday 31 October, 14.00-15.00 (Week 4)

Authorea is a tool scholars can use to write, discuss and share research. Find out how it can help with Open Science, scientific communication and research reproducibility.

Who is this session for? For students writing their first paper and researchers seeking more collaborative alternatives to Word, LaTeX and Google Docs.
Presenter: Karolina Mosiadz
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Training Room

Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Endnote
Monday 31 October, 15.00-16.00 and Tuesday 1 November, 15.00-16.00 (Week 4)

Do you need help managing your references? Do you need help citing references in your documents? This hour-long session will introduce you to Endnote X7, which can help you to store, organise and retrieve your references and PDFs, as well as cite references in documents and create bibliographies quickly and easily.

Who is this session for? Postgraduate students, researchers and university staff based on the Old Road Campus or in Medical Sciences Division departments elsewhere in Headington.
Presenter: Eli Harriss.
Venue: The Knowledge Centre, Group Study Room, Old Road Campus Research Building, Headington.

Information resources for Film Studies
Wednesday 2 November, 14.00-15.00 (Week 4)

Tools and tips for starting your research in film studies. Includes an overview of the Film Studies collections at Oxford - films, books and more; effective searching for Film Studies monographs; finding Film Studies journal articles; citing films.

Who is this session for? Anyone using film resources for a dissertation, thesis or research.
Presenter: Helen Scott
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Mendeley
Thursday 3 November, 10.00-11.00 (Week 4)

Do you need help managing your references? Do you need help citing references in your documents? This hour-long session will introduce you to Mendeley, a free programme which can help you to store, organise and retrieve your references and PDFs, as well as cite references in documents and create bibliographies quickly and easily.

Who is this session for? Postgraduate students, researchers and university staff based on the Old Road Campus or in Medical Sciences Division departments elsewhere in Headington.
Presenter: Eli Harriss.
Venue: Group Study Room, the Knowledge Centre, Old Road Campus Research Building, Headington.

Social Science Data Archives and Statistical Databases
Thursday 3 November, 14.00-16.00 (Week 4)

This session provides an overview of macro and micro data sources for social scientists, including national data archives, subscription services, economic and business data, and offers some pointers for further searching.

Who is this session for? Postgraduate students and research staff in the Social Sciences. This workshop will be most beneficial to those researchers planning to use secondary data sources (quantative and qualitative and mixed) as part of their research or wish to learn more about data archives.
Presenter: John Southall.
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room.

Referencing: Choosing and using software
Friday 4 November, 09.15-12.15 (Week 4)

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.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers.
Presenters: Oliver Bridle, Pamela Stanworth, Angela Carritt, Suke Wolton.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Bodleian iSkills workshops in Week 3



The iSkills programme for Week 3 includes workshops on reference management software; preparing your thesis for upload to ORA (the Oxford University Research Archive); open access and copyright; using Google for academic research; literature reviews; and social science research data.

All the sessions are free to attend, but you do need to book a place in advance. To book, click on the title links below. (You will need your Single Sign On username and password.) If you encounter any problems with the online booking system, or if you are Bodleian Reader's card holder without an SSO, please email the User Education team to make your booking.

Monday 24 October, 09.15-12.15 (Week 3)

Mendeley is a reference management package that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word-processed documents. This session will be run in two parts with a break in between. If you are an advanced user of Mendeley you need only attend the second part, starting at 11.00. 

Key topics:
- An overview of reference management with Mendeley
- Creating a Mendeley account and installing Mendeley Desktop
- Adding, editing and organising references
- Creating bibliographies
- Managing PDF documents with Mendeley
- Using the Mendeley 'Papers' database
- Collaboration and social networking with Mendeley

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Oliver Bridle. 
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

Tuesday 25 October, 09.15-12.15 (Week 3)
(This session is repeated in Week 4 on Friday 4 November, 09.15-12.15.) 

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, ColWiz and Papers.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates and researchers.
Presenters: Oliver Bridle, Pamela Stanworth, Angela Carritt, Suke Wolton. 
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

Tuesday 25 October, 14.00-15.00 (Week 3) 

Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive). This session will focus on copyright and other issues that DPhil students need to take into account when preparing their thesis for upload to ORA. 

Who is this session for? Doctoral research students.
Presenters: David Watson and Jason Partridge.
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library Training Room.

Tuesday 25 October, 15.00-16.00 (Week 3) 
(This session was previously offered in Week 2. It will be repeated in Week 4 on Tuesday 1 November, 15.00-16.00.) 

Do you need help managing your references? Do you need help citing references in your documents? This hour-long session will introduce you to Endnote X7, which can help you to store, organise and retrieve your references and PDFs, as well as cite references in documents and create bibliographies quickly and easily. 

Who is this session for? Postgraduate students, researchers and university staff based on the Old Road Campus or in Medical Sciences Division departments elsewhere in Headington.
Presenter: Eli Harriss.
Venue: Group Study Room, The Knowledge Centre, Old Road Campus Research Building, Headington.

Open Access Oxford - what's happening?
Wednesday 26 October, 11.00-12.00 (Week 3)

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.

Key topics:

  • Introduction - What is open access?
  • Key terms - Gold, Green, APCs
  • How to find out about research council or funder requirements
  • How to find out what your publisher will allow
  • Green route - how to deposit in ORA
  • Gold route and how to claim for APCs
  • HEFCE policy for next REF
  • New developments, including ORCID researcher IDs
  • Where to get more help

Who is this session for? Research support staff, administrators and librarians, researchers and academics.
Presenters: Juliet Ralph, Owen Coxall, Kate Beeby
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library Training Room

Wednesday 26 October, 14.00-16.00 (Week 3) 

Google is often dismissed as being irrelevant to the academic literature search. However, changes to the nature of the dissemination of scholarly research and official information in recent years mean that a wealth of relevant information can be accessed via standard Internet search engines such as Google. Too often however such information is lost amongst thousands of irrelevant, spurious and misleading results. Based on an understanding of how the Google search engine works, this practical workshop will show you the basic techniques to quickly filter out high quality academic material from Google searches. Given concerns about the privacy costs of a 'free' search within search engines such as Google, alternative search engines will also be explored and compared, including DuckDuckGo

Who is this session for? All DPhils and research students in the Social Sciences.
Presenter: Cathy Scutt .
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room.

Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Mendeley
Thursday 27 October, 10.00-11.00 (Week 3)
(This session was previously offered in Week 2. It will be repeated in Week 4 on Thursday 3 November, 10.00-11.00.)

Do you need help managing your references? Do you need help citing references in your documents? This hour-long session will introduce you to Mendeley (www.mendeley.com), a free programme which can help you to store, organise and retrieve your references and PDFs, as well as cite references in documents and create bibliographies quickly and easily.

Who is this session for? Postgraduate students, researchers and university staff based on the Old Road Campus or in Medical Sciences Division departments elsewhere in Headington.
Presenter: Eli Harriss.
Venue: Group Study Room, the Knowledge Centre, Old Road Campus Research Building, Headington

Thursday 27 October, 10:00-12:00 (Week 3) 

This two hour workshop will be invaluable for researchers hoping to find suitable literature for their literature review, for which a well constructed set of search terms and an understanding of online search engines are prerequisites. This workshop will allow researchers to use their own research questions to build a search and apply it to a range of databases. Techniques for structuring a search will be explained, an overview of key online resources for the social sciences will be given , major search tools will be explored, and strategies for approaching large results sets and sourcing papers will be discussed. This practical workshop will involve paper exercises and online activities using attendees' own research topics.

Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and research staff in the social sciences.
Presenters: Craig Finlay and Tom Dale.
Venue: Social Science Library Information Skills Training Room.

Authors, copyright and open access - making it work for you
Thursday 27 October, 14.00-15.00 (Week 3) 

Authors are often unsure what rights they retain when signing the publisher agreement for a journal article. Your choices affect what you and others can do with your work. This introductory workshop deciphers the jargon and explains the pitfalls so you can understand your options and make informed decisions.

It covers benefits of retaining copyright, Copyright Transfer Agreements (CTA) compared with other Licence types (inc. Creative Commons), author rights and sharing permissions, subscription and open access articles, uploading to the web or repositories, University and funder policies (including REF), and the support available.

Participants are asked to bring along an example of a publisher copyright agreement that they have signed in the past or from a journal they publish in regularly. There will be time for Q and A but if you wish to send questions in advance please email openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk using the subject line 'October copyright session'.

Who is this session for? Academics, researchers, postgraduate research students.
Presenters: Sarah Barkla, Kate Beeby, Juliet Ralph, Sally Rumsey.
Venue: Social Science Library Information Skills Training Room.

Discovering and depositing social science research data
Friday 28 October, 09.15-12.15 (Week 3) 

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.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Bodleian iSkills workshops in Weeks 1 and 2


*Updated on 11 October to reflect new booking information*

With the new term comes a new programme of iSkills workshops designed to help you discover, manage and make the most of a wide range of scholarly resources and tools. More information about the programme, including the full schedule for Michaelmas term, is available on the iSkills website.

All iSkills sessions are free to attend, but you do need to book a place in advance. To book, click on one of the title links below, then enter your Single Sign On username and password when prompted. If you are a Bodleian Reader's card holder and you do not have an SSO, or if you encounter any problems using the online booking system, please email the User Education team to book your place.

The following workshops are taking place in Weeks 1 and 2. To book, click on the title links below.

Finding stuff - scholarly literature for your research
Friday 14 October, 09.15-12.15 (Week 1)

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: Kate Beeby, Angela Carritt, Isabel McMann.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Endnote
Tuesday 18 October, 10.00-11.00 (Week 2)
(This session will be repeated in Week 3 on Tuesday 25 October, 15.00-16.00, and in Week 4 on Tuesday 1 November, 15.00-16.00.)

Do you need help managing your references? Do you need help citing references in your documents? This hour-long session will introduce you to Endnote X7, which can help you to store, organise and retrieve your references and PDFs, as well as cite references in documents and create bibliographies quickly and easily.

Who is this session for? Postgraduate students, researchers and university staff based on the Old Road Campus or in Medical Sciences Division departments elsewhere in Headington.
Presenter: Eli Harriss
Venue: Group Study Room, the Knowledge Centre, Old Road Campus Research Building, Headington

Managing Social Science Research data
Tuesday 18 October, 14.00-16.00 (Week 2)

Good research data management is a vital component of academic practice. Part of this is the principle that the data used to develop the arguments and outcomes of your research should where possible be effectively stored, preserved and usable. This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on the work of researchers. Some of the tools in preparation to meet the requirements will be outlined as well as services that are already available. Main subjects will include: common dangers and pitfalls of digital data; effective organisation of your data; getting the most from your data and producing a data management plan; data creation and funder requirements; preserving data, embargoes and access restrictions; and Oxford based tools for research data management (RDM). This session is not only essential during your DPhil but will be invaluable if you plan to continue in the field of research as a career.

Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff in the Social Sciences.
Presenter: John Southall.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

UK parliamentary and government materials - an introduction
Wednesday 19 October, 10.00-11.30 (Week 2)

This general overview of the main sources for finding and accessing historical UK parliamentary material, pre-1800 and post-1800, will be of vital help to all undergraduate history students. We look at sources for government publications both in print and in electronic format, including: Parliamentary proceedings – Hansard; Journals of the House of Commons and Lords; Legislation; and Government and departmental papers.

Who is this session for? Undergraduate history students and anyone new to the subject.
Presenter: Hannah Chandler.
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room.

Getting started in Oxford Libraries
Thursday 20 October, 09.30-12.30 (Week 2)
(This session will be repeated in Week 7 on Tuesday 22 November, 14.00-17.00.)

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 and Cathy Scutt.
Venues: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room (Week 2); Radcliffe Science Library Training Room (Week 7).

Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Mendeley
Thursday 20 October, 10.00-11.00 (Week 2)
(This session is repeated in Week 3 on Thursday 27 October, 10.00-11.00, and in Week 4 on Thursday 3 November, 10.00-11.00.)

Do you need help managing your references? Do you need help citing references in your documents? This hour-long session will introduce you to Mendeley, a free program which can help you to store, organise and retrieve your references and PDFs, as well as cite references in documents and create bibliographies quickly and easily.

Who is this session for? Postgraduate students, researchers and university staff based on the Old Road Campus or in Medical Sciences Division departments elsewhere in Headington.
Presenter: Eli Harriss
Venue: Group Study Room, the Knowledge Centre, Old Road Campus Research Building, Headington.

Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities
Friday 21 October, 09.15-12.15 (Week 2)

RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your citations/references and 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 Humanities examples.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers.
Presenters: Bethan Jenkins, Angela Carritt, Helen Bond.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

Further workshops on reference management software are offered later in the term - please see the full schedule for details.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Welcome to your Library!

A very warm welcome to all our new students - we look forward to meeting you soon. Library inductions for new undergraduates will be taking place throughout this week; the timetable is below:

Tuesday 4th October

11.20  CAAH, Archaeology & Anthropology, History, Ancient & Modern History, History & Politics
11.40  Law, Law with Law Studies in Europe, English

Wednesday 5th October

9.00  Physics, Engineering
9.20  Theology, Philosophy & Theology, Music
9.40  Geography, Human Sciences

Friday 7th October

9.00  Chemistry
9.20  PPE, Economics & Management
9.40  Modern Languages, Modern Languages & Linguistics
10.00  Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biology
10.20  Maths, Computer Science, Maths & Statistics, Maths & Computer Science

In the meantime, you can begin to get to know the Library by watching our video: