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Biology: Workshops


The Bodleian Libraries host free workshops and classes to help you effectively search for and access scholarly materials. Topics include literature searching, keeping up to date with new research, reference management and measuring research impact.

On this page you will find details of centrally coordinated workshops that are part of the Bodleian iSkills programme and subject-specific workshops organised by your subject librarian.

Biology training

You can find recorded video introductions to using the library to help you find books and services relevant for biology at the link below.

One to one research consultations are available with your librarian. We can help with topics such as developing search strategies for literature reviews, how to find material in the library collections using SOLO and other library search tools, tutorials on how to use particular databases such as Web Of Science or Scopus and advice on using reference management software. To book an appointment, please contact

Centrally coordinated training and resources

Bodleian iSkills is a centrally coordinated programme primarily aimed at University of Oxford students and staff and, for particular workshops, Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) staff. The programme covers literature searching, reference management, Open Access, Research Data Management and more. Look at the Bodleian iSkills webpage for a list of courses that are running, links to webinar recordings and video tutorials.

The IT Learning Centre offer a range of training for the University including teacher-led group classes and online resources. Topics include managing long documents, spreadsheets, databases, statistical analysis and more. Look at their website for further information.

You will find study skills resources compiled by Bodleian Libraries staff available on Oxford Reading List Online (ORLO). You will need your Oxford Single Sign On credentials to access the list.

The Oxford University Language Centre offers courses on English for Academic Studies for Oxford University staff and students who are non-native English speakers. Find out more on the Academic English website:

LearnHigher is a platform that provides free tips on academic writing, plagiarism, referencing and other aspects of university study such as group work and time management.

Reference management

The Bodleian Libraries provides support on reference management software to researchers, staff and students at the University of Oxford. Take a look at the guide below to see a comparison table of supported softwares, details of training, and introductions to the software we support.