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.

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