Training and workshops for graduates

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History-specific training and inductions sessions in Michaelmas Term 2017

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Bodleian and History Faculty Library orientation tour [booking required]

Mon. 2 Oct., 14.00-15.00
Tues. 3 Oct., 9.15-10.15am [History of Science & Medicine graduates only: Introduction to the Bodleian and HFL for history of science and medicine graduate students]
Thurs. 5 Oct., 9.30-10.30am
Fri. 6 Oct., 9.30-10.30am
Mon. 9 Oct., 14.00-15.00
Tues. 10 Oct., 14.00-15.00
Wed. 11 Oct., 14.00-15.00
Thurs. 12 Oct., 14.00-15.00
Fri. 13 Oct., 14.00-15.00

Not sure how to find your way round the Bodleian Library, Gladstone Link and History Faculty Library (HFL) and which facilities are available? Join the History Librarian for a 60min orientation tour of the central Bodleian Library site, including the Radcliffe Camera where the HFL is located, and briefly enter the recently opened Weston Library which is relevant for Special Collections and African & Oriental studies.

Tour leader: Isabel Holowaty
Location: Meet Proscholium, Old Bodleian. You must bring your University Card to enter the Library.
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Max nos of students: 10

Also useful: Library induction: IT session and extended Induction to the Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts Reading Room, Weston Library.

Introduction to information facilities (Part One)

Tues. 3 Oct., 4.30-5.30pm - All DPhil students and students on the Master of Studies in US History and Global and Imperial History

Tues. 3 Oct., 5.30-6.30pm - All other students

A talk outlining how to get started using the Bodleian Libraries, what key searching tools there are, how to use basic library facilities. Attend this talk and save yourself a lot of time later on. No booking required.

Location: History Faculty Lecture Theatre 
Presenter: I Holowaty & D Baker

Also useful: Library induction: IT session

Library induction (Part Two): hands-on practical [booking required]

Thurs. 5 Oct., 14.00-15.00

Continuing from the Introduction to information facilities talk on Tuesday, this IT session looks at the use of the online discovery tool SOLO, the stack request system and a brief look at electronic resources. There will be an opportunity for hands-on exercises. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP FULLY CHARGED UP. Allow enough time to get yourself set up and on wifi.

Course leader: I Holowaty
Location: Rees Davies Room, History Faculty
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Max nos of students (per session): 22

Library induction (Part Two): hands-on practical [MSt/ MPhil for British and Western European History priority booking]

Fri. 6 Oct., 14.15-15.15 & 15.30-16.30 [repeat]

Continuing from the Introduction to information facilities talk on Tuesday, this IT session is an introduction to the use of the online discovery tool SOLO, the stack request system and a brief look at electronic resources. There will be an opportunity for hands-on exercises. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP FULLY CHARGED UP. Allow enough time to get yourself set up and on wifi.

Course leader: I Holowaty
Location: Rees Davies Room, History Faculty
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Max nos of students: 22

Vere Harmsworth Library induction

Thurs 5 Oct., 11.00-12.00 (week 0)

Join the Librarian for a tour of the Vere Harmsworth Libary which houses the University's principal research collection relating to the history of the United States. No booking required.

Tour leader: J Rawson
Location: Vere Harmsworth Library at the Rothermere American Institute

Induction to the Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts Reading Room, Weston Library [booking required]

Mon. 9 Oct., 10.30-11.30
Tues. 10 Oct., 9.15-10.15
Wed. 11 Oct., 10.30-11.30
Thurs. 12 Oct., 15.30-16.30
Fri. 13 Oct., 10.30-11.30

Join the staff of the Special Collections Department in an orientation tour of the Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts Reading Room in the Weston Library. Please note that advice on sources and finding aids will be covered by archivists at the Graduate Research Fair in week 4.

Bags are not allowed into the Weston Library. Bring a £1 coin to lock your bags into lockers. You must bring your University Card to enter the Library. Please allow enough time to get yourself organised.

Course leaders: Oliver House and Eva Oledzka
Location: Meet Enquiries Area, Level 1, Weston Library
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Max nos of students: 10

Weston Library tour for African & Commonwealth studies

Wed 11 Oct., 9.00-10.30 (week 1)

An introduction to the sources at African and Commonwealth history collections covering books and journals, theses, government publications, newspapers and manuscripts/archives.

Bags are not allowed into the Weston Library. Bring a £1 coin to lock your bags into lockers. You must bring your University Card to enter the Library. Please allow enough time to get yourself organised.

Course leader: Lucy McCann
Location: Meet Information desk, Blackwell Hall, Weston Library

Graduate Research Fair

Thursday 2 November, 2-4pm (week 4)

An essential guide to the University's information resources: its library and archival holdings and its electronic resources. Experts from the library and other information professionals from across the University will have stalls addressing resources for medieval, modern, British, European, African, Commonwealth, Slavonic, Latin American and US history. As well as information about primary sources and library holdings you can find out information on further training courses and other tools for your research. There will also be a guest appearance from the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House library staff.

New graduate students must attend – but existing students will also find new and invaluable information.

“Really useful for getting suggestions and ideas that I had not considered or was not aware of.”

“One-on-one guidance from Librarians and archivists was the highlight, especially the fact that they can give you tips and point you in the right direction, even with a very specific topic.”

“Very informative staff members, good contacts made. Excellent.”

No booking required, just turn up anytime between 2 and 4.

Location: North Writing School, Examinations Schools, High St.

Contact: I Holowaty

Research Skills for your dissertation [booking required]

Wed. 8 Nov., 2-4pm (week 5)
Repeated Thur. 30 Nov., 2-4pm (week 8)

This 2-hour session is designed to equip history graduates 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.

Course leaders: R D’Arcy Brown, B Jenkins.
Location: Lecture Theatre, History Faculty (8 Nov); Colin Matthew Room, History Faculty (30 Nov)
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Max nos of students: 22 

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

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: Your thesis, copyright & ORA

Tuesday 10th October, 11.00-12.00

Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis in the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA). This session will focus on copyright and other issues that DPhil students need to take into account when preparing their thesis for upload to ORA.

Objectives - By the end of the session you will be able to:
Deposit your thesis in ORA
Observe relevant rights and permissions
Access help with depositing your thesis in ORA

Location: Social Sciences Library, Information Training Room > Book now

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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1-1 surgery with History Librarian

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.

Please email the History Librarian (isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

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

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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.

 

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Prob11_593 Online Palaeography tutorials

Online tutorials for medieval and early modern palaeography (Anglo-Norman Online Hub)

English Handwriting 1500-1700: an online tutorial (from University of Cambridge English Faculty)

Palaeography: reading old handwriting 1500 - 1800: An online practical (from The National Archives)

German Script Tutorial: A tutorial how to read German Gothic script. "The materials and exercises of the German Script Tutorial cover both Gothic handwriting and typefaces, although more attention will be given to handwriting. Most German documents from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were originally handwritten, and reading them is a challenge for modern scholars and researchers. "

Scottish Handwriting.com: offering online tuition in palaeography for historians, genealogists and other researchers who have problems reading manuscript historical records written in Scotland in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The emphasis of the website is on practical help to improve the palaeographical skills, rather than on the academic study of Scottish handwriting. (National Records of Scotland)

 

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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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bl_logo_100 British Library   

British Library runs various workshops and courses throughout the year. See the BL's Free workshops: Training programme for more details.

 

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