Thursday, 24 November 2016

Vacation loans begin next week

Vacation loans from Keble Library begin on Monday 28 November. Any books borrowed or renewed by undergraduates on or after this date will be due back on Wednesday 18 January 2017 (i.e. Wednesday of 1st week of Hilary term). For postgraduates, the usual two month loan period continues to apply.

Any books borrowed by undergraduates during Michaelmas term are due back on Wednesday 30 November. Please make sure you return or renew your books by this date.

Don't forget that you can access almost all of Oxford's subscription e-resources while you are away by logging into SOLO or OxLIP+ with your Single Sign On username and password before you start searching. (Please note that owing to server moves by the service provider, there will no access to e-journals or e-journal articles via OU e-Journals or SOLO during the following time periods: Sunday 4 December from 15:00 to 19:00 GMT, and Wednesday 7 December from 11:45 to 13:15 GMT.) Further information on remote access to resources is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Bodleian iSkills workshops in Week 7

The Bodleian iSkills programme for Week 7 includes sessions on open access, getting started in Oxford libraries, finding scholarly literature, and e-books and e-readers. All the workshops are free to attend, but you need to book a place in advance. To book, click on the relevant title link below (Single Sign On username and password required). If you encounter any problems with the online booking system, or if you are a Bodleian Reader's Card holder without an SSO, please email the User Education team to reserve your place.

These are the final iSkills workshops for this term. Handouts and presentations from previous sessions can be found on the iSkills website.

iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Open Access Oxford - what's happening?
Tuesday 22 November, 10.00-11.00 (Week 7)

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.

Who is this session for? Research support staff, administrators and librarians, researchers and academics.
Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Judith Ames.
Venue: Beeson Room, Cairns Library, John Radcliffe Hospital.

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


Getting started in Oxford Libraries
Tuesday 22 November, 14.00-17.00 (Week 7)

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.
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Training Room.

Finding stuff - scholarly literature for your research
Thursday 24 November, 14.00-17.00 (Week 7)

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, and Isabel McMann.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

E-books
Friday 25 November, 09.15-11.15 (Week 7)

The Bodleian Libraries have over 624,000 e-books, with titles in all subject areas, but do you feel confident in finding and using them? This workshop will cover finding e-books and how to use and manipulate them.

Who is this session for? Anyone who is interested.
Presenters: Hilla Wait and Kat Steiner.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

E-book readers
Friday 25 November, 11.15-12.15 (Week 7)

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.

Who is this session for? Anyone who is interested.
Presenters: Hilla Wait and Kat Steiner.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Bodleian iSkills workshops in Week 6


The Bodleian iSkills programme for Week 6 includes workshops on research data, archives and modern papers, newspapers and other news resources, and reference management software. All the sessions are free to attend, but you must book a place in advance. To book, click on the relevant title link 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 reserve your place.

Working with sensitive research data
Tuesday 15 November, 10.00-12.00 (Week 6)

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.

Subjects to be covered include:

  • Creating original data 
  • Using Informed consent agreements
  • Maximising usage potential of data
  • Types of data – numbers text and beyond
  • Strategies to protect data
  • Embargoes, vetting and restrictions
  • Accessing archived data
  • Understanding access conditions
  • Importance of metadata
  • Trends in data access – greater detail v harder access

Who is this session for? All DPhil Students and Research Staff.
Presenters: John Southall and Cathy Scutt.
Venue: Social Sciences Library, Information Skills Training Room.

Archives and modern papers for Social Sciences and History
Tuesday 15 November, 14.00-16.00 (Week 6)

The Bodleian's Weston Library has a wealth of resources covering almost all aspects of modern British society and culture. This session will introduce key finding aids and get you started with the research skills needed to make the most of these resources. We will look at identifying relevant material in Oxford and elsewhere; considerations when working with archival material; types of archives and modern papers; and how to find out more. You will have an opportunity in the session to handle some actual examples.

Who is this session for? Students in History and Social Science subjects; researchers and other Bodleian Libraries readers considering using special collections.
Presenter: Michael Hughes.
Venue: Weston Library, Horton Room.

Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Endnote
Tuesday 15 November, 15.00-16.00 (Week 6)

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.

Bodleian iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Mendeley 
Thursday 17 November, 15.00-16.00 (Week 6)

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.

Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th to 21st century
Friday 18 November, 09.15-12.15 (Week 6)

Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching not only news, but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.

Who is the session for? Students, researchers and anyone else who is interested.
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty and Angela Carritt.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

Referencing: Refworks for Sciences and Social Sciences 
Friday 18 November, 14.00-17.00 (Week 6)

RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your references and 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.

Who is this session for? All University members and alumni.
Presenters: Nia Roberts, Gigi Horsfield, Angela Carritt and Rachel Scanlon.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

New books


Here is a selection of the books added to Library stock during October. The full list of last month's new accessions can be viewed on LibraryThing.

Bodleian iSkills in Week 5


Next week's iSkills programme includes workshops on a collaborative research tool, data management, research impact, reference management, and keeping up to date with new research. All the sessions are free to attend, but you 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 are a Bodleian Reader's card holder and do not have an SSO, or if you encounter 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 7 November, 12.00-13.00 (Week 5) - please note the new date for this course, postponed from 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 repoducibility.

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

Get managing your data off to a good start with MANTRA
Monday 7 November, 14.00-15.30 (Week 5)

MANTRA is an acclaimed online independent learning course which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates and researchers. This will be particularly useful for DPhil students and early career researchers who are starting a research project.
Presenter: John Southall.
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room.

Research impact - citation analysis tools
Wednesday 9 November, 14.00-15.30 (Week 5)

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 its strengths and weaknesses.

Who is this session for? Current Oxford research postgraduates, researchers, academics, University and Library staff.
Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Karine Barker.
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Training Room

Referencing: Zotero
Friday 11 November, 09.15-12.15 (Week 5)

Zotero is a reference management package that enables you to build libraries of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents. This introduction covers the main features of Zotero.

Presenters: Erika Delbecque and Angela Carritt.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

Getting information to come to you
Friday 11 November, 14.30-16.00 (Week 5)

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.
Presenters: Helen Bond and Helen Worrell.
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.