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History Information Skills & Library inductions: For history undergraduates & visiting students

Coming up next....                                 for History UGs:

Researching your Bibliography, Fri 2nd March 11am

Thesis Fair, Thurs 26 April 2018 - Save the date!

for all students and researchers: Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Thu 25 Jan 9.30-12.30)

Researching your Bibliography for 2nd years

Researching your Bibliography Session - Examination Schools, Friday 2nd March, 11am

This one hour lecture is aimed at 2nd year undergraduates and follows on from the Framing an Undergraduate Thesis and the Perils of Plagiarism session offered by Dr Benjamin Thompson in week 4 of Hilary Term 2018. This session aims to give you a head start on the skills you will need to track down secondary literature and primary source material for your thesis. A range of library catalogues, databases, web portals and more will be explored to help you make the best use of your time.

No booking required.


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

Trinity Term Wednesday 16th May (week 4) and Wednesday 30th May (week 5)
2-4pm, Lecture Theatre, History Faculty, George Street

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.

Sign up now! (SSO required)


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.

1-1 surgery with History Librarian-in-Charge

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 with the History Faculty Librarian-in-Charge.

You can find details of Bodleian Libraries' subject specialists online for other areas and contact them directly for advice and to arrange appointments. Individual sessions can be arranged by emailing the History Faculty Librarian-in-charge (

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.