Training and guides

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Getting the most out of our resources

The Bodleian Libraries offer wide-ranging support to help you develop your library skills.

Workshops and training courses

for undergraduates (incl Visiting Students)
for postgraduates
for academics and researchers

Individual support

We can provide training tailored to your individual research needs in one-to-one sessions in person, by phone, email or live chat.

Appointments can be arranged on areas such as:

  • Library catalogue (SOLO) & advanced uses (contact the HFL
  • Locating source materials (contact the History Librarian)
  • Use of electronic resources & tools (contact the History Librarian)

Online support  

Online guides are available 24/7 which explain the services of the HFL as well as guides on e-resources and useful tools available to users. You may also view presentations of previous courses.

Our Ask an HFL Librarian service allows you to submit queries to us online and we also offer a live chat service whenever possible during working hours Monday to Friday.

Need to brush up your Français? Have to learn Deutsch?

The University's Language Centre has a lot to offer for historians wishing to upgrade their language skills or, quite simply, start learning a language. There are several courses for historians available, intensive weekend courses and quite simply, our regular OPAL and LASR courses.

They also have a lending library encouraging self-learning with a lot of language learning resources for 180 languages, including books and CDs, a very nice film collection and satellite television available in several languages. They also encourage online learning and the use of web 2.0 sites. Tours are offered every weekday at 10 am and 2 pm.

And finally, they have a successful language exchange programme which allows you to speak with native speakers.

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