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.

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