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Workshops and Classes: Scholarly literature for your research

Scholarly literature for your research

On this page you will find a series of videos adapted from the iSkills workshop Finding Stuff: Scholarly Literature for your Research.  The videos cover:

  • How to use SOLO (the University's resource discovery tool)
  • Search techniques including special characters, such as *, ?, AND, OR, NOT
  • Creating an effective search query to submit to catalogues and databases so that you find results relevant to your research
  • Why using theses and conferences in your research are beneficial and how find them

The videos have captions and you will find transcripts as an alternative for each video.

We would welcome feedback on this series of videos. Please fill in this short survey: https://oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/finding-stuff-video-series.

The video creators are Marija Babic, Helen Bond and Pinelopi Flaouna.

Search techniques and tools

An introduction to tools and techniques to help with searching for resources. The video explores SOLO (the University's resource discovery tool), Boolean logic and special characters you can use to improve your searches.

Video created by Pinelopi Flaouna. Created 27th May 2020.

Creating an effective search query

An introduction to the research cycle and how to turn your research question into an effective search query. Your effective search query can be used to search catalogues and databases in order to find research relevant to your subject.

Video created by Helen Bond. Created 4th May 2020.

Finding theses

This video explains the benefits of consulting theses as part of your research and how to find them at the University of Oxford and other institutions. The video explains how to use the platforms SOLO (the University of Oxford's resource discovery tool), ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, eThOS with further advice on ORA (Oxford University Research Archive) and OpenDOAR.

Please consult the Bodleian Libraries website for the latest updates on accessing physical collections, including theses.

Created by Marija Babic. Created 26th May 2020.

Finding conference proceedings

Conference papers can be an excellent resource to seek as part of your research. This video introduces you to why they are beneficial and how to find them. Specific platforms covered are SOLO (the University of Oxford's resource discovery tool), Web of Science and ProceedingsFirst.

Please consult the Bodleian Libraries website for the latest updates on accessing physical collections, which includes conference proceedings.

Video created by Marija Babic. Created 26th May 2020.

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