Training and workshops for graduates

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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. More workshops are planned and will appear soon.

iSkills sessions in Trinity Term

Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities

Tuesday 2 May 09.15-12.15
Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Evenlode Room

Presenters: Angela Carritt, Helen Bond, Bethan Jenkins 

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.

Objectives - By the end of the session you will be able to:

 

• Understand the pros and cons of RefWorks
• Create a RefWorks account
• Add references to RefWorks from a range of sources
• Add in text citations and /or footnotes to your essays and papers
• Create bibliographies
• Get help with RefWorks  

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Referencing: Zotero

Friday 12 May
Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Isis Room
 

Zotero is a reference management tool that helps you build libraries of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents using your chosen citation style. This introduction covers the main features of Zotero.

Objectives:

• Install Zotero and related plug ins on your computer
• Understand how to synchronise Zotero across several computers
• Add, edit and organise references using Zotero
• Add in text citations and /or footnotes to your papers
• Create bibliographies

 

Online resources for Historians  
Tuesday 16 May 14.00-15.15
Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Windrush Room
Presenters: Isabel Holowaty

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

Subjects to be covered include:

• Bibliographical databases
• Bibliographical / reference research aids
• E-books and e-journals
• Web portals
• Collections of online primary source materials

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Sources for US History    

Tuesday 16 May 15.30-17.00

Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Windrush Room  

Presenter: Jane Rawson


Introduction to key information sources and collections for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online, as well as guidance on locating material for your research.

Subjects to be covered include:

• Overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online
• Guidance on locating material for your research


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Referencing: Choosing and Using software

Wednesday 24 May 14.00-17.00

Location: 13 Banbury Road, Isis Room

 

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.

Objectives:

• Understand how reference management software works and what it does
• Understand the pros and cons of a range of reference management packages
• Add, edit and organise references using a number of different tools
• Add citations to documents and create bibliographies using a number of different tools
• Make an informed decision about which reference management package works best for you

 

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Sources for Medievalists
Tuesday 30 May 14.00-16.15

Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Windrush Room   

Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Hilla Wait, Eva Oledska, Charlotte Goodall, Helen Scott

 

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

Subjects to be covered include:

• Bibliographical databases
• Bibliographical / reference research aids
• E-books and e-journals
• Web portals
• Collections of online primary source materials
 

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Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-20th centuries                            
Wednesday 7 June 09.30-12.30
Location: SSL, Information Skills Training Room
Presenters: Angela Carritt and Isabel Holowaty

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.

Subjects to be covered include:


• The value of newspapers in research
• The difficulties of using newspapers in research and effective search techniques
• Using a range of sources for searching and reading historical newspapers
• Using a range of sources for searching and using historical audio-visual news sources
• Using a range of sources for searching and reading contemporary newspapers
 
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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.

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

Individual consultations can be arranged by emailing the History Faculty Librarian-in-charge (rachel.darcy-brown@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

 

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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.

Introduction to early newspapers: from the 17th century to the mid-19th century

Date: 21 Sept., 2pm

This workshop will be presented by the Newspaper Curator and will cover:

  • The development of newspapers from the early C17th to the mid C19th
  • The origins of the national and regional press in the UK
  • Early newspaper collections at the British Library
  • Searching for early newspapers in the British Library catalogue (Explore the British Library)
  • Digitised early newspapers

Introduction to modern newspapers: From the mid-19th century to the present

Date: 17 Nov., 2pm  

This workshop will be presented by a News curator and will include:

  • The development of newspapers from the mid- 19th century to the present day
  • Modern newspaper collections at the British Library
  • British/Irish newspapers received on Legal Deposit
  • Overseas newspapers
  • Searching for modern newspapers in the British Library catalogue (Explore the British Library)

News-related electronic resources

Date: 3 Nov., 3pm

This session will cover the range of news related electronic resources available at the BL and how to access this material. The session will include:

  • Awareness of newspaper electronic resources and importance of newspaper e-resources for contemporary research
  • Highlighting the various ways to access BL newspaper e-resources
  • Demonstrations of key newspaper e-resources
  • Showcasing the variety of newspaper databases including facsimile and text only e-resources, and various news related bibliographies and indexes available at the BL.

To book a place, please email newspaper@bl.uk.

 

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