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

Bodleian iSkills

Upcoming workshops in Hilary Term 2021

iSkills workshops are available in Hilary Term through a combination of webinars and pre-recorded videos, and will be listed on this page as they become available.

Click on the 'Workshops by topic' tab above for further information on all our workshops.

Week 5  (15-19 Feb)
Week 6  (22-26 Feb)
Week 7  (1-5 Mar)

Further sources of information you may find helpful:

Workshops by Topic

Please click on the links below for further information about each course.

Searching and finding scholarly materials (general)
Searching and finding scholarly materials (specific subjects)
Materials in special formats (images, manuscripts, maps etc.)
Mapping and spatial analysis
Reference management (RefWorks, Endnote, Zotero, Mendeley)
Research data management
Keeping up to date with the latest research
Measuring impact
Open Access
Searching and finding scholarly materials (specific subjects) - Trinity Term only

Handouts are uploaded to the Bodleian iSkills Handouts Page

About iSkills

Bodleian iSkills is a series of free information skills workshops designed to help postgraduates and researchers find and make effective use of scholarly publications and other materials.  We cover:

  • Information discovery and searching for scholarly materials
  • Sourcing and using archival materials
  • Endnote, RefWorks, Zotero, 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
  • Mapping with GIS

Workshops by topic - select this tab above to see the full list of workshops we run, grouped under topic headings.

Workshops by date  - select this tab above to view our timetable of upcoming sessions.

Who may attend? - All members of the University and Bodleian Library Readers. Some individual workshops are designed for particular groups (e.g. postgraduates). Our iSkills for the Medical Sciences and OUH staff are designed for those two groups of people.

For more information on each workshop and who may attend, click on the links in the Workshops by Date or Workshops by Subject tabs above.

Cost - all iSkills sessions are free.

Booking a place - Booking is essential. Use the online booking links for each session in the Workshops by Date or Workshops by Subject tabs above.  When you make your booking, you will be prompted to sign in with your Oxford single sign on (SSO) username.  All current members of Oxford University should have an SSO, but Bodleian Libraries readers who are not current members of Oxford University will not have an SSO.  OUH staff might also not have an SSO.   If you do not have a SSO but would like to attend a course please contact User Education and we will book a place on your behalf.

Handouts - are available from the handouts page after each session.

1-1 surgery with History Faculty 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, and a variety of regular Languages for All courses for all skill ranges.

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.