WISER Trinity 2008

WISER: Electronic resources Friday, 25th April 2008 (week 1)
An introduction to the networked databases available through the Oxford
Libraries Information Platform (OxLIP) interface.  Available databases include indexing services, electronic journals and other full text services, online reference tools, statistics and library catalogues. We will also discuss how to access online resources from outside the Oxford network.
Emma Sullivan and Judy Reading
Presentation -- Electronic resources handout -- Step by step database search in CSA -- Exercises

WISER: General and Reference resources for Science Wednesday, 30th April 2008 (2)
This session is a demonstration of well known reference sources available in full-text via Oxlip platform. It will help you make use of subject specific e-books, monographic series, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, handbooks, critical tables, full-text standards, dissertations online and conference proceedings.
Ljilja Ristic


WISER: Looking things up: reference sources online Friday, 2nd May 2008 (2)
This session will introduce some useful online reference resources such as biographical sources, encyclopaedias, dictionaries and handbooks for questions requiring quick answers.
Mat Andrews and Judy Reading
Presentation - Handout - Exercise

WISER: Maps and mapping online resources and digital mapping Wednesday, 7th May 2008 (3)
Maps and mapping online resources and digital mapping Wednesday, 7th May 2008
Many areas of research use spatial data and digital mapping is an ideal way to present it.  This presentation will cover both web based resources (online map collections etc) and the digital mapping facilities available in the Bodleian.
Nigel James
Handout - Presentation part 1 - part 2 - part 3 [divided as large file]

WISER: Digitizing the Bodleian John Johnson collection Friday, 9th May 2008  (3)
This collection includes rare primary source materials and evidence of our cultural, social, industrial, and technological histories. It is particularly valuable to anyone interested in the everyday lives of ordinary citizens. For more information see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/eejjc/
Michael Popham and David Tomkins

WISER: Bioinformatics: Sources for research in biology Wednesday, 14th May 2008 (4)

The aim of this session is to introduce users to some frequently used internet based bioinformatics resources. The session will cover basic strategies for searching and retrieving DNA sequence data from the GenBank sequence database and also searching a variety of biological science resources using the Entrez cross-database search engine. Users will be shown how to locate bibliographic records, DNA and protein sequence information using Entrez.
Oliver Bridle
Presentation - Exercises

WISER: Gadgets and widgets Friday, 16th May 2008 (4)

This session will look at some tools that can help you organise yourself on the web, including social bookmarking services like del.icio.us, bibliophile
sites like LibraryThing and My WorldCat, and customised start pages.  
Jane Rawson and Emma Cragg
Presentation - Handouts: LibraryThing - Del.icio.us - My WorldCat - i-Google exercise

WISER: Ovid SP the new interface  Wednesday, 21st May 2008  (5)
Medical and bio-sciences databases have recently been moved from the Ovid Gateway and WebSpirs to the new OvidSP interface.  They include Medline, PsychInfo, Embase, the British and American Nursing Indexes, Zoological Record, CAB Abstracts and  Biosis , just to name a few.  This session will demonstrate the main features of the OvidSP Interface and there will be an opportunity for hands-on practice.
Catherine Dockerty
Presentation - Exercises - Exercise answers

WISER: Introduction to critical appraisal Friday, 23rd May 2008 (5)

This session will define "critical appraisal" and show how it can be used to decide whether a journal paper is valid, reliable and applicable to your own research. We will also look at some of the critical appraisal checklists that are available
Jo Hunter
Presentation - Handout

WISER: Reading lists Wednesday, 28th May 2008 (6)

Providing online reading lists is an easy and quick way to help your students locate material in Oxford libraries.  This session outlines the process of doing this.  We will also explore user-friendly Web 2.0 applications, which give you the opportunity to create reading lists that are more interactive and encourage discussion.
Judy Reading and Eric Howard
Presentation - Creating reading lists guide

WISER: Information Sources for US History Friday, 30th May 2008 (6)
This session will introduce key information sources for the study of colonial American and the history of United States. Starting with useful finding tools to locate relevant material, examples of source materials will then be shown or outlined. These include archival, microform, printed and online collections and useful web portals. There will be time for a brief hands-on at the end.
Isabel Holowaty

WISER: Google Project Wednesday, 4th June 2008 (7)

The Library Services are working with Google to attempt the mass digitization of our entire holdings of out-of-copyright C19th material. This presentation will set our experiences and the outputs of the project in the context of Oxford's ambitions to provide a digital library service for the global community of readers.
Michael Popham


WISER: Resources for research in French language and literature Friday, 6th June 2008 (7)
An overview of the most useful and relevant databases on OxLIP for French Language and Literature.  The session will look at the most important databases, including Modern Languages Association Bibliography  as well as other key electronic resources such as Frantext and Corps de litterature medievale.
Nick Hearn
Presentation - Handout - Exercises - Answers

WISER: Finding quality information on the internet Wednesday, 11th June 2008 (8)
This session will help you to develop effective web searching techniques for use with a variety of search engines and web directories and will introduce strategies for evaluating web resources.
Angela Carritt and Penny Schenk


WISER: Remote access Wednesday, 11 June 2008 (8)
Arrangements for remote access are changing over the summer as we will no longer be using Athens from July 2008.  This session will explain what is going to happen and help you to set up access to Oxford online resources from your home computer using the Oxford Single-Sign On and the Virtual Private Network. Information is also available at http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/eresources/remote_access  and queries can be sent to eresources@bodleian.ox.ac.uk at any time.
Judy Reading and Katherine Craddock

WISER: Information Sources for History of Science and Medicine Friday, 13th June 2008 (8)
This session will introduce key information sources for the study of the history of science and medicine. Starting with useful finding tools (catalogues, bibliographical aids, search engines), examples of source materials will then be outlined. The emphasis will be on collections held in Oxford (esp. Bodleian, RSL, Library of Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine and college libraries) and on online resources.
Isabel Holowaty, Juliet Ralph and Shauna Barrett



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