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LAC Research Skills Training: Research Skills Training

LAC Librarians

If you would like more information about the topics covered in this guide, please contact one of the LAC librarians:

Librarian and Subject Consultant
Frank Egerton (Tue, Thu, 2-5 pm)
+44 (0)1865 274483 (LAC)
+44 (0)1865 278155 (Taylor)
+44 (0)7967 246482 (mobile)

Senior Library Assistant (Mon, Tue 9-5, Wed 9-1)
Rebeca Otazua
+44 (0)1865 274483

Library Assistant (Wed, Thu, Fri 9-5)
Sam Truman
+44 (0)1865 274483

Supporting disabled readers

The Bodleian Libraries offer a range of services for disabled readers and readers with Specific Learning Difficulties, such a s dyslexia. For more information, follow link below:

Library Assistant and iSkills

You can access general information about using the Bodleian Libraries and their services on your mobile (and on other PCs and devices) at the Library Assistant for Oxford Freshers site. There is also a very wide-ranging and informative series of information skills sessions run by the Libraries each term, which you can find out about by visiting the Bodleian iSkills LibGuide. Links below:

LibGuides for in-depth information

For further in-depth information about selected topics covered in the PDFs in this guide, follow the links below:

Graduate Training

This guide is for graduates studying for the MPhil in Latin American Studies, Year 1, and the MSc in Latin American Studies, and for other graduate and post-graduate users of the Library.

The PDFs and links containied in the guide introduce you to the library tools you will need for your research and to the essential e-resources that are available to you in the subject area in Oxford.

New members of the library are advised to go through the PDFs below first. Once you have completed the general PDFs and tasks, please see the right-hand column for HAPI and FBIS tasks and below for the Scan and Deliver guide. Do also explore the various links boxes in the guide - in particular the links relating to the PRISMA database (top right), which is a very valuable e-resource for Latin Americanists.

Our thanks to Bodleian Libraries colleagues - especially to Nick Hearn, Clare Hills-Nova and Joanne Ferrari, our colleagues at the Taylor Institution Library - who prepared many of the the documents on which these tasks are based and who kindly gave us permission to adapt them for LAC.

Scan and Deliver

There is now a Scan & Deliver service for items held in the Bodleian Libraries Book Storage Facility. Instead of requesting the physical item to a reading room, you can pay to request scans of sections direct to your desktop. The following presentation takes you through the basic process of ordering a scan. Further details can be found here:


PRISMA (Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanísticas) is a database containing over a hundred full text scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities, for the academic study of Hispanic and Latin America and the Caribbean Basin. You can use this database to find journal articles and book reviews, either using a specific reference or searching for material on a particular subject.

The database uses the universal ProQuest platform and we suggest that you try exlporing the database and refer to the ProQuest LibGuide for detailed help. The platform is, however, relatively straightforward and intuituve to use.


Two important recent developments in the academic and library worlds have been changes to the funding of Open Access (OA) journal articles and the introduction of eLegal Deposit, which gives publishers the option of providing the five major UK libraries, including Oxford, with legal deposit copies of their journal articles and books in electronic rather than print form.

The last couple of years have also seen interesting developments in the areas of Research Data Management (RDM) and Oxford's adoption of the Open Researcher and Contributor ID or ORCID.

For more information about all three developments, please follow the links below (and for: OA and RDM, see the appropriate tab above; and for ORCID, see the box below):

Identify yourself with an ORCID iD

Author ID systems like ORCID help you keep track of your research publications (and impact).

An ORCID iD is a unique researcher identifier, used worldwide, that you keep throughout your life and retain even if you move institution.

It identifies you and your work, and prevents confusion between you and others with the same name or initials.

Use ORCID at Oxford to register your affiliation with Oxford. 

Find further information on the ORCID LibGuide.