Training and workshops for researchers

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.

To arrange a one-to-one session, please email the History Faculty Librarian-in-charge (


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Act on Acceptance and Open Access

Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Publishing: Papers and Peer-review (Fri 20 January 10.30-16.00) Week 1

There are many changes afoot in academic publishing. We therefore invite you to attend a series of short talks, panel discussions and opportunities for conversation around the subjects of open access publishing, peer review, publishing metrics, and the role and requirements of the University. Speakers and panel members will include Oxford academics, and representatives from PLoS, BioRxiv, the Wellcome Trust, F1000, eLife, Publons, Oxford University IT, Bodleian Libraries and Oxford University Press.

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Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford - what's happening? (Tue 31 January 14.00-15.00) Week 3

A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford's position: Green vs. Gold; funder mandates and publisher policies; Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; OA website/ helpline; what's new.

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See also Open Access Oxford for further details and latest news from Open Access Oxford.


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.

Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Thur 26 January 14.00-17.00) Week 2; repeated (Mon 20 February 14.00-17.00) Week 6

An introduction to Oxford Libraries including guidance on which libraries to use; accessing e-journals and other online resources; SOLO and other finding aids and making the most of Library services.

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Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Mon 6 February 10.00-11.30) Week 4

Keeping up to date with new research is important but time consuming! This session will show you how to set up automatic alerts so that you are notified about new articles and other publications and when key web sites are updated. Participants will have the opportunity to set up RSS feed readers and/or email notifications during the session.

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Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data (Wed 1 March 14.00-16.00) Week 7

A workshop outlining some of the key principles to bear in mind when working with sensitive or restricted research data obtained from a third party source such as a data archive. This session will also be of interest to those creating data they consider sensitive or confidential who want to know how best to go about it. Examples of scenarios drawn from the research of participants are particularly welcome. The role of support services at Oxford will also be outlined and in particular the role of the Bodleian Data Librarian.

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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.

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


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