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Workshops and Classes: iSkills: Finding stuff - scholarly literature for your research

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Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff - scholarly literature for your research

An online introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding books, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Run effective literature searches
  • Find books and other scholarly items in Oxford Libraries using SOLO
  • Search for journal articles using subject databases and scholarly search engines
  • Search for theses and dissertations from the University of Oxford and around the world
  • Search for conference papers

Intended Audience: Postgraduate students, researchers and academics.

You will be asked to watch a ~10 minute video ahead of the session, which introduces you to the best tools for finding scholarly material including SOLO (the University’s resource discovery tool), developing effective search strategies and making the most of your results. The link to the video will be shared with you upon booking.

Dates and booking

Next date TBA Booking closed

Notice of recording

We will record each live online training session for accessibility and inclusivity reasons. The recording will include what appears on the screen, the audio stream, and the content of the chat panel, and will be circulated to all who attended following the session. Sharing the video beyond those who attended the session will be done at our discretion only in response to individual request.

A series of pre-recorded videos adapted from this workshop can be found at
You can find a live recording of this workshop on Canvas at Single Sign On is required to view the live recording.

More information


Presenters: Marija Babic; Helen Bond; Pinelopi Flaouna

Format:  Pre-recorded Panopto video; followed by interactive presenter-led online training session via Teams

What you will need? You will need to provide your own computer with a browser (must be Chrome or Edge) or preferably have the Microsoft Teams desktop app installed.  Please read our guidance notes below on using Teams. You need to be online with a reliable internet connection.

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