Training and workshops for undergraduates and visiting students

Freshers: 0th week library inductions will take place Wed 4th to Fri 6th October at the History Faculty, George St. Timetables by college can be found here

2nd and 3rd year students: Support for your Thesis: 1-1 specialist support - Bodleian iSkills Workshops - Language Courses - Online Palaeography tutorials - Making Maps

Workshops in Michaelmas Term

Research Skills for Your Thesis

Thursday 30th November, 2-4pm.

Priority booking for Postgraduates, but Undergraduates are welcome to attend

This 2-hour session is designed to equip students working on their dissertation with key information skills in order to make best use of electronic information and discovery resources. A range of databases, e-journals and web portals will be explored as well as advanced features in SOLO and tools for literature searches. Time for hands-on practise will be included.

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP FULLY CHARGED UP. Allow enough time to get yourself set up and on wifi.

Location: Rees Davies Room, History Faculty

Course leaders: B Jenkins & R D’Arcy Brown

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1-1 surgery with History Librarian-in-Charge

If you would like a one-to-one session to get help on any aspect of library resources and tools (SOLO, databases, ejournals, etc.) and generally get advice and tips for locating sources for British and Western European history, then sign up for a 1-1 session with the History Librarian.

You can find details of Bodleian Libraries' subject specialists online for other areas and contact them directly for advice and to arrange appointments.

Individual sessions can be arranged by emailing the History Faculty Librarian-in-charge (


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All researchers and academics can attend Bodleian iSkills workshops. Further details about upcoming sessions and online booking are available at

Some individual workshops are designed for particular groups (for example researchers or postgraduates). Check the individual class descriptions for more details.
Where booking is not yet open, you can sign up for email alerts at the link.

The full Michaelmas timetable can be found here

iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries

Thursday 12 October, Repeated Thursday 2 November, 09.30-12.30 (both sessions)

An introduction to Oxford Libraries including guidance on which libraries to use; finding and using books, journals and other materials in print and online; and making the most of Library services. This workshop will help you settle into searching for literature at Oxford with confidence.

Location: 12 October - Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room > Book now

2 November - Radcliffe Science Library, IT Training Room > Book now

iSkills: Referencing: Choosing and Using Software

Tuesday 17 October, Repeated Friday 10 November, 09.15-12.15 (both sessions)

Formatting your in text citations, footnotes and bibliography correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easier and saves you time. This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the pros and cons of a wide range of software packages and gives you the opportunity to try out five different packages (RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley and Papers) so that you can work out which one is best for you.

Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Isis Room > 17 October Booking

10 November Booking

iSkills: UK Parliamentary and Government materials

Wednesday 18 October 10.00-11.00

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.

Location: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room > Book now

iSkills: Refworks for Humanities

Monday 23 October 14.00-17.00

RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your references, insert them into your work as in text citations or footnotes and automatically generate bibliographies. This introduction to RefWorks is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.

Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road > Book now

iSkills: Ebooks

Wednesday 25 October, 14.00-16.00

The Bodleian Libraries has over 624,000 e-books, with titles in all subject areas, but do you feel confident in finding and using them? Please note that this workshop will focus on finding and using e-versions of books.

Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road > Book now

iSkills: Ebook Readers

Wednesday 25 October, 16.00-17.00

Following on from the course above, 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 including i-Pad, Amazon Kindle, Nook, Sony Touch and Smart Phones.

Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road > Book now

iSkills: Archives and Modern Papers for Social Sciences and History

Tuesday 31 October, 14.00-16.00

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. You will have an opportunity in the session to handle some actual examples.

Location: Weston Library, Horton Room > Book now

iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-21st centuries

Monday 13 November, 14.00-17.00

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.

Location: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room > Book now

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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.

Making Maps: self-teaching resources from the Bodleian Map Department

A huge range of online tutorials and videos are available to support self-teaching in GIS. There are tutorials for ArcGIS Desktop and QGIS.

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