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History Information Skills & Library inductions: For history postgraduates

Bodleian iSkills

Bodleian iSkills - Workshops in Information Discovery & Scholarly Communications 

This programme is designed to help you to make effective use of scholarly materials. We cover

  • Information discovery and searching for scholarly materials
  • Endnote, RefWorks, Zotero and Mendeley for managing references and formatting footnotes and bibliographies
  • Keeping up to date with new research
  • Measuring research impact
  • Understanding copyright and looking after your intellectual property
  • Open Access publishing and complying with funder mandates for open access
  • Managing your research data

Check the timetable for scheduled courses.

Research Skills for Your Thesis

Wed 6 Nov. and REPEAT Wed 20 Nov. 2-4pm

This 2-hour session is designed to equip students working on their dissertation with key information skills in order to make best use of electronic information and discovery resources. A range of databases, e-journals and web portals will be explored as well as advanced features in SOLO and tools for literature searches. Time for hands-on practise will be included.

Booking required - book now

Workshop materials: slides (pptx) - handout (pdf)

Act on Acceptance and Open Access

Act on Acceptance and Open Access briefings

The History Librarian is happy to offer 1-1 support or group briefings on Open Access and the REF upon request. Please email Isabel Holowaty

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, and a variety of regular Languages for All courses for all skill ranges.

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 finally, they have a successful language exchange programme which allows you to speak with native speakers.

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.

More assistance in learning how to find, use or create maps is available from staff in the Bodleian Library's Map Department.


British Library training events

British Library runs various workshops and courses throughout the year.

See the BL's Free workshops: Training programme for more details.

The National Archives (TNA) Postgraduate archival skill training

The National Archives offers are range of information skills training courses aimed specifically at postgraduates. Sessions include:

  • Introduction to archival research
  • Skills and methodology workshops
  • Record workshops

Need help?

Ask an HFL Librarian for help.

Check one of our guides.

Ask SOLO Live Help (M-F 9am-5pm).

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 by emailing the History Librarian.

You can find details of Bodleian Libraries' subject specialists online for other areas.

Library Assistant

To help you get to grips with Oxford Libraries visit “Library Assistant for Oxford Freshers” on your smartphone, tablet or computer.



Missed your induction?

View the presentation (.ppsx, 61MB) [requires SSO]