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History Information Skills & Library inductions: For history postgraduates

Coming up next....                                      for History PGs: for History PGs: Digital Mapping for Historians, Wed. 7 Feb 10am-1pm
for all students and researchers:  Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford - what's happening? (Tue 30 Jan 12.00-13.00)

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.

State Papers Online 1509-1714 - training

Thursday 3 May 2017, 1.30-3.30pm, Lecture Theatre, George Street

Yes, please sign me up!

State Papers Online I - IV: The Tudors, Stuarts & Commonwealth 1509-1714 (Foreign & Domestic) is a complex but hugely important resource for early modernists. Join a SPO trainer to learn:

  • Description of the product – content information, background, where the documents come from, etc.
  • Differences between this product and the other Gale archives you may have - just to highlight how different SPO is from other archives ·
  • Searching differences – calendar vs manuscript
  • Advance search options – by reign, volume, etc.
  • Additional features – (i.e. Online paleography courses; essays, persons of importance, weight and measurements, key dates, notepad, etc.)

What does the State Papers Online contain?

SPO offers original historical materials across the widest range of government concern, from high level international politics and diplomacy to the charges against a steward for poisoning a dozen or more people. The correspondence, reports, memoranda, and parliamentary drafts from ambassadors, civil servants and provincial administrators present a full picture of Tudor and Stuart Britain. This major resource overcomes the fragmented experience of much historical research by re-uniting the Domestic, Foreign, Borders, Scotland, and Ireland State Papers of Britain with the Registers of the Privy Council and other State Papers now housed in the Cotton, Harley and Lansdowne collections in the British Library.

Research Skills for Your Thesis

[scheduled for Michaelmas Term only.]

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.

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


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, intensive weekend courses and quite simply, our regular OPAL and LASR courses.

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.

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]