Training and workshops for undergraduates and visiting students

Freshers: 0th week library inductions took place Wed 5 to Friday 7 October 2016. The presentation 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


Thesis Fair 2017 and Workshops in Trinity Term

Thursday 27 April 14.00-16.00 (week 1)
North Writing School, Exam Schools

The programme aims to help you locate relevant source materials for your thesis and to show how to make good use of tools and resources available to you. You will now need better searching skills than ever before.

This year the Thesis Fair stalls includes: Thesis Fair 2008

  • Medieval, Early Modern and Modern sources
  • Visual Resources
  • global history: India, Africa & Commonwealth, US, Latin America, Chinese Studies etc.
  • Legal History
  • User Education Specialists
  • Maps for historians
  • History of Science and Medicine
  • collections in the HFL and college libraries & archives, and many more...

The Fair will be in the North Writing School on the first floor of the Exam Schools.  You can view access the room by the north staircase or using the lift. 

The slides from last year's the Top 10 Tips for your Thesis presentation are available online as a PDF.

Follow-up workshops

Research Skills for Your Thesis

Wed 3 May 2-4pm
Repeated Wed 17 May 2-4pm

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.
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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RefWorks for Your Thesis

Wed. 10 May 2-4pm

RefWorks is an online tool that makes it easy for students to keep track of their references and format them for inclusion in their work. This session is primarily aimed at 2nd year History Undergraduates and will give a basic introduction on how to use RefWorks for your dissertation and will highlight some of its key features. There will be hands-on exercises.

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

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 (rachel.darcy-brown@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

 

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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  

>Book a place

 

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

 

>Book a place 

 

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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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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