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History Information Skills & Library inductions: Overview & Contact

Information skills courses and events for History Undergraduates  -  Postgraduates - Researchers open to all


Book now for the FREE Humanities Research Fair 27 Jan 2-5pm.

Discover the wealth and riches of research and library resources available in Oxford. Meet the experts and network with your peers. Network over a cup of tea.

The Fair is an excellent opportunity for Humanities postgraduate students to gain a wider perspective on the wealth and riches of research sources available for their field of study.

At the Fair you can learn about resources you may not yet have yet considered and meet the curators of collections who can guide you towards relevant material or useful finding tools.

Over 40 stalls will cover many areas: Special collections (archives & early printed books, maps, museums); Topical stalls (e.g. resources for English literature, Theology, History, Modern Languages, Biography); Geographical stalls (e.g. US studies, Latin American, Far & Near Eastern, European); General resources (e.g. Information skills, Open Access, Top 10 Tips from a Graduate)


History students and research can make use of a wide range of information skills courses, workshops and events.

History Faculty Library training for historians

Radcliffe Camera staff offer tailored courses and events to historians. They include:

  • Library inductions & tours
  • Research Skills for your Thesis
  • Thesis / Research Fairs
  • 1-1 sessions with specialists
  • Act-on-Acceptance and Open Access

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

Research Skills Toolkit (for graduates) - These 2 hour workshops introduce key software and online tools for your research, hone your searching and information skills and introduce you to subject specialists.  Some of the topics on offer include

  • Finding articles, papers, conferences and theses
  • Keeping up to date with emerging research
  • Using Endnote to manage your references
  • Finding and manipulating images
  • Finding highly cited journals and measuring research impact

IT skills

IT Services offers a great range of courses which are useful to historians. These include managing images or using Word effectively for your dissertation.



Students and researchers also have access to which is a huge library of online, video based, courses covering a wide range of software and IT related topics.

Contact us

Radcliffe Camera

Oxford, OX1 3BG

T: 01865 (2)77262



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Making the most of the Bodleian Library

Introductory sessions on using the Bodleian Library are available. Scheduled sessions run throughout term on Mondays, 2pm-3pm. > more

Online support

Online guides are available 24/7 which explain the services of the RadCam as well as guides on e-resources and useful tools available to users.