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 (


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Act on Acceptance and Open Access

Act on Acceptance and Open Access Briefing: Tuesday 21 Nov 12.45-1.45pm 7th Week

The new HEFCE policy started on 1 April 2016. If you want to learn about Open Access and how to comply with the next REF, then do come along. The session will outline the HEFCE policy and requirements for the next REF, give a demonstration how to deposit journal articles and conference proceedings in Symplectic, allow participants with laptops to practice on the system, and close with Q&A.
Location: History Faculty Colin Matthew Room

Target audience: All interested graduate students, ECRs and researchers

No booking required

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.

Full Michaelmas Term timetable and bookings are coming soon, and can be found here

Open access Oxford - What's happening?

A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford's position including guidance on how to comply with the Open Access requirements for the REF and mandates from key funding bodies whilst respecting your publisher's rights and policies.

Wednesday 20th September 11.00-12.00
Venue: Manor Road Building, Seminar Room A
Book a place

Tuesday 24th October 12.00-13.00
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, IT Training room
Book a place

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.

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

Find out which libraries are most relevant to your topic and study requirements
Use SOLO to find printed and online books, journals and other materials
Use OxLIP+ to access databases
Use LibGuides to find key resources for your subject
Access help and advice from the libraries on searching, current awareness, reference management, open access, research data management and more.

Location: 12 October - Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room > Book now

2 November - Radcliffe Science Library, IT Training Room > Book now

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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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