WISER Hilary 2009

WISER: Key search tools  Monday 26th January 2009 (week 2) [NEW]
This session will give you an overview of the key search tools provided by the Library services including SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries’ Online) http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk, OxLIP+ http://oxlip-plus.bodleian.ox.ac.uk (our gateway to electronic resources) and OU e-Journals  http://ejournals.bodleian.ox.ac.uk 
Judy Reading and Angela Carritt
Finding books and journals: SOLO  Presentation - Exercises OxLIP+ Electronic resources Presentation - Exercises

WISER: Theses and dissertations  Friday 30th January 2009 (2)
This session offers guidance on finding theses, both those held in Oxford and those from other institutions in the UK and abroad. It will demonstrate how to exploit the main sources of information : OLIS; Index to Theses (UK and Ireland); and Dissertations and Theses (international)
Mat Andrews
Presentation - Handout - Exercises

WISER: Doing a literature search in biomedicine  Monday 2nd February 2009 (3)
Need to do a comprehensive literature search? It’s not all on Google! This session covers the key steps & resources for biomedicine: Planning the search; Search tools & information types; Obtaining the full-text in Oxford & beyond; Evaluating search results & reviewing your search strategy.
Juliet Ralph
Presentation - Exercises

WISER: Chemistry and Materials Science  Wednesday 4th February 2009 (RSL) (3)
In this session we will demonstrate SciFinder on the Web, a research discovery tool that allows you to explore the CAS databases. The databases cover research publications in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Materials, Agriculture, etc. The new platform enables easy searching for References, Substances, and Reactions. We will also demonstrate the Materials Research Database with METADEX, available on the CSA platform.
Karl Harrison, Ljilja Ristic
Presentation - Handout - Excercises

WISER: Middle East and Islamic Studies  Friday 6th February 2009 (3)
You will be shown relevant full-text and abstracting/indexing resources accessible via SOLO and how to search them, then important portals which will include libraries of online primary texts, and gateways to sources on Islam and Islamic history and culture. There will be time for a brief hands-on.
Dinah Manisty

WISER: the Ovid databases  Monday 9th February 2009 (4)
Many of the key medical and bio-sciences databases are available through the Ovid platform.  They include Medline, PsycInfo, EMBASE, Global Health, Zoological Record, CAB Abstracts and BIOSIS.  This session will cover the main features of the OvidSP Interface. 
Roger Mills and Juliet Ralph

WISER: Engineering and Technology: Reference management  Wednesday 11th February 2009 (RSL) (4)
This session is about using the reference management program RefWorks to keep and organise your references.
You will learn how to export references from online databases, organise them by topic, and create a bibliography for your essay, project report or a dissertation. More advanced options of embedding references in Word documents using Write N-Cite will also be shown. Tips will be given on how to transfer references into BibTex – another reference management program.
Ljilja Ristic and Rachel Tucker

WISER: Google Scholar – pros and cons  Friday 13th February 2009 (4)
Google Scholar offers a very convenient method of retrieving article citations and often the accompanying full text, and is growing in popularity. This session offers tips on using it effectively and extending your search to other sources should Scholar’s coverage prove inadequate for your purposes.
Sue Bird and Roger Mills
Presentation - Handouts  - Quick Reference

WISER: Physics, Engineering and Computing: key databases  Monday 16th February 2009 (5)
We will demonstrate INSPEC and Compendex, the most comprehensive research databases for Physics, Electronics, Computing and Engineering. We will take you through searching the Engineering Village platform, exporting references to RefWorks, finding full-text articles, and setting up e-mail alerts.
Ljilja Ristic

WISER: SCOPUS for Science and Medicine  Wednesday 18th February 2009 (RSL) (5)
Scopus is a cross disciplinary database of research papers and quality web resources which is particularly strong in science and medicine. The session will demonstrate the full capability of the database in searching, linking to full text, citation tracking, setting up alerts and exporting results to RefWorks.
Isabel McMann and Penny Roberts

Presentation - Handouts

WISER: Education  Friday 20th February 2009 (5)
An overview of key education databases and how to search them effectively, focusing on the British Education Index, ERIC and other relevant resources including web-sites and current research sources.
Kate Williams
Presentation - Handouts - Exercises

WISER: Resources for Geography and the Environment  Monday 23rd February 2009 (6)
This session gives an overview of all major electronic resources available for researching this interdisciplinary subject.  There will be a discussion and comparison of available platforms, database content, structure and indexing; locating full text; setting up alerts and exporting to RefWorks
Sue Bird and Judith Pinfold

WISER: Biosciences: Reference management  Wednesday 25th February 2009 (RSL) (6)
An introduction to managing references obtained from a variety of biosciences databases, using tools such as RefWorks or EndNote. Worked examples will show the complete process from formulating a research query, selecting and searching appropriate databases, exporting to reference management software, inserting references in a document and compiling a bibliography.
Roger Mills & Juliet Ralph

WISER: Resources for Research in Theology  Friday 27th February 2009 (6)
An overview of the most useful and relevant electronic resources on OxLIP for theologians. The session will demonstrate key bibliographic resources, full-text titles and e-journals.
Hilla Wait and Kate Alderson-Smith
Notes - Presentation

WISER: Management and Business Literature  Monday 2nd March 2009 (7)
Business Source Complete, Factiva, Proquest and Nexis  - understand the differences between their content,  indexing practices and capabilities to construct better searches and produce more relevant and meaningful results in a shorter space of time.
Emma Cragg
Presentation -Exercises - Notes

WISER: French Language and Literature: research resources  Friday 6th March 2009. (7)
An overview of the most useful and relevant databases on OxLIP+ for French Language and Literature.  The main focus of the session will be on locating journal articles.
Nick Hearn
Presentation - Handouts

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