Friday, 12 May 2017

Bodleian iSkills workshops in Week 4

Next week's iSkills programme includes sessions on key resources for historians, and a workshop on research data management. All the sessions are free to attend, but you need to book a place in advance by clicking on the appropriate links below. If you are Bodleian Reader's card holder and do not have a Single Sign On username and password, please contact the User Education team and they will book a place on your behalf.

Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for Historians 
Tuesday 16 May, 14.00-15.15 

A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods of British and W European history: bibliographical databases, biographical / reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.

Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Isabel Holowaty
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Evenlode Room

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US History
Tuesday 16 May, 15.30-17.00

An introduction to key information sources for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online (such as early printed books, US newspapers and US government papers), as well as guidance on locating material for your research.

Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.
Presenter: Jane Rawson
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Evenlode Room

Bodleian iSkills: Managing your data with MANTRA
Wednesday 17 May, 10.00-11.30 

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.
Venue: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Bodleian iSkills: UK parliamentary and government materials - an introduction
Thursday 18 May, 10.00-11.30 

Of vital help to all undergraduate history students is this general overview of the main sources for finding and accessing historical UK parliamentary material, pre-1800 and post-1800. 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; 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

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Research Skills Toolkit workshops in Weeks 1 and 2

Run jointly by IT Services and the Bodleian Libraries and aimed at graduate research students, Research Skills Toolkit workshops introduce key software and online tools for your research, hone your searching and information skills and introduce you to subject specialists. Topics covered in these free two-hour sessions include:

  • Finding articles, papers, conferences and theses
  • Keeping up to date and current awareness
  • Using Endnote to manage your references
  • Manipulating images using Gimp
  • Managing your thesis with Word
  • Analyzising data with Excel pivot tables
  • Podcasting with Audacity
  • Plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Your thesis, copyright and ORA
  • Finding highly cited journals and measuring research impact

All sessions take place at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road. Please book a place at one workshop for your subject area by clicking on the links below (Single Sign On username and password required).


Monday 16 January, 10.00-12.00

Tuesday 17 January, 14.00-16.00

Wednesday 18 January, 14.00-16.00

Social Sciences

Monday 16 January, 14.00-16.00

Thursday 19 January, 9.30-11.30

Friday 20 January, 14.00-16.00

Medical Sciences

Wednesday 18 January, 10.00-12.00

Thursday 19 January, 15.00-17.00

Friday 20 January, 10.00-12.00

Maths, Physical and Life Sciences

Tuesday 17 January, 10.00-12.00 

Thursday 19 January, 12.30-14.30