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.

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