Training and workshops for graduates

Induction and Research Fair Flyer 2017

History-specific training sessions in Michaelmas Term 2017

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
Book now
Max nos of students: 45 

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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

New date added! 11 December, 14.00-17.00

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 > 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 (

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 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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