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EFL training and workshops

This page is constantly updated throughout the academic year, please keep checking back to see what other courses we have on offer.

Most of our training takes place in the EFL IT Training Room. See the Main Library floorplan for details of how to access this room.


Other relevant training programmes

Bodleian iSkills
Bodleian iSkills workshops and classes run every term and are designed to help you to make effective use of library and other information resources in print and online.

These practical workshops are free and will usually take place at OUCS. Book online via the OUCS Course website.  Please cancel your place if you cannot attend.

If you would like further information or advice as to which session would be most useful for you, please email or join the mailing list:

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Making the most of the Bodleian
These sessions are general ones, providing a practical introduction to the Bodleian within the context of the Bodleian Libraries, with hands-on guidance in the use of the online catalogue, the automated stack request system, and electronic resources accessed through OxLIP+.

Undergraduates and visiting students do not need to attend these sessions, as their timetabled library inductions (even if not held at the Bodleian) will cover the same skills and knowledge.
Making the most of the Bodleian timetable


English undergraduates - Trinity Term 2015

Information skills training for undergraduates, TT 2015

4th week, Tuesday 19th May 2-3pm         Online Resources for Course II Paper 4

                                                                         IT Training Room, EFL

This session will present and explore online resources for the study of the History of English Language, including historical dictionaries, EEBO and ECCO.  Attendees will have a chance to follow along with demonstrations and ask questions as the session progresses.

6th week, Tuesday 2nd June 12-1pm      Researching your Dissertation lecture session

                                                                         with Dr Margaret Kean.

                                                                         Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre (no need to book online)

This session taking place in the Gulbenkian is an hour introduction to Paper 7, the dissertation.  Dr Kean will begin by discussing ways to find your topic and the structure of the Paper.  Library staff will conclude the session with a quick breakdown of how to get started with your research and a quick introduction to some online resources.

6th week, Thursday 4th June 11-12pm   iBard: online resources for the study of Shakespeare

                                                                           IT Training Room, EFL

An interactive session to help you get the most out of electronic full-text and critical resources for Shakespeare, including:

  • Using electronic editions of Shakespeare to perform thematic searches, to research use of source material, and to check quotations quickly;
  • Finding useful (and high-demand) critical texts and journal articles online.

7th week, Tuesday 9th June 11-12pm    Researching your Dissertation: using online resources for Paper 7

                                                                        (follow up session)

                                                                         IT Training Room, EFL

Following on from the short introduction to online resources for research, this session expands on the topics and presents help on how to create a search strategy for research, how to choose your resources, and what each resource can offer.  There will be time in the session for attendees to do some of their own research and to follow along with demonstrations.

To book a place on any session taking place in the IT Training Room, email:



Postgraduate classes - Trinity Term 2015

Information skills training for postgraduates, TT 2015

Bodleian iSkills:  Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-20th centuries  Tuesday 26th May  (Week 5)  14.00-15.30
Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching, not only news but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.
Who is the session for?  Students, researchers and anyone else who is interested.
Presenters:  Isabel Holowaty,  Angela Carritt 
Venue:  IT Services, 13 Banbury Road Book online

RefWorks for Humanities  Wednesday 3rd June  (Week 6)  14.00-17.00
RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your citations/references, insert them into your work as footnotes or intext citations, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles. This introduction is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researcher
Presenters:  Bethan Jenkins, Helen Maththews, Angela Carritt
Venue:  IT Services, 13 Banbury Road Book online

Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright & ORA  Tuesday 9th June  (Week 7)  10.00-11.00
Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive). This session will focus on copyright and other issues that DPhil students need to take into account when preparing their thesis for upload to ORA. 
Presenters: David Watson, Jason Partridge and Sarah Barkla
Venue:  Jesus College, Ship Street Centre (next to the News Cafe) Book online

Bodlieian iSkills: Open Access Oxford: what's happening?  Wednesday 10th June (Week 7)  12.00 noon-13.00
A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford's position: Green vs. Gold; funder mandates and publisher policies; Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; OA website/ helpline; what's new - update on new HEFCE policy. 
Who is this session for?  Current Oxford research postgraduates, researchers, academics, University and Library staff. 
Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Andy Kernot 
Venue:  Jesus College, Ship Street Centre (next to the News Cafe) Book online

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for Medievalists Thursday 18th June (Week 8) 14.00-16.00
General overview to a range of e-resources relevant for British and Western European medieval studies: bibliographical databases, biographical/reference tools, web portals and collections of online primary source materials of Anglo-Saxon sources, Greek/Latin texts, chronicles, charters and literary works and manuscript sources.
Who is this session for? Researchers, students, academics, staff e.g. Classicists, Historians, Philosophers, Theologians etc.
Presenters: Sue Usher, Hilla Wait, Charlotte Goodall, Eva Oledzka, Isabel Holowaty  
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road Book online


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