Wednesday, 17 October 2012

MSc Education: Search skills for your assignments

A reminder to sign up now for your preferred session for "Search skills for your assignments" training. This seminar is a part of the FER programme, and will ensure you are able to find the literature you need for your assignments.Sessions are on: Weds 24th October, Tues 30th October and Thurs 8th November, at 2pm.

Click here to sign up:

You can also sign up for Managing your references training, later in the term, while you are there!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Very best wishes,


Thursday, 11 October 2012

PGCE Managing your references

A reminder that there are 2 sessions tomorrow (Friday 12th Oct) on "Managing your references" for PGCE interns. 11.30-12.30 and 13.00-14.00. If you would like to come along, and have not already signed up, please do!

Please could those of you who are coming bring laptops or similar devices, if you have them? (Don't worry if you don't, as the session will still be useful).

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Kate and Sophie

Friday, 14 September 2012


A very warm welcome to all our new PGCE and Masters in Learning and Teaching students! We know how busy the coming terms will be, and staff at the Bodleian Education Library are here to help and support you during your course. Here are a couple of useful links to get you started:

Bodleian Education Library webpage
A getting started guide to libraries and resources for Education

Don't forget that your course readings are linked from your course pages on WebLearn!

Please do contact us if you need help or if you have any comments or suggestions for how we can improve our services to you.

With very best wishes,

Kate and all in the Library

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Friday, 13 July 2012

17th July - University Network Maintenance

Due to maintenance work carried out by the Oxford University Computing Services, the Education Library will lose its network connectivity for a short period early in the morning on 17th July 2012.

We have every expectation that the network connectivity will be restored to the Education Library by 8 am. 

Sorry for the inconvenience it may cause. 

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

15th August - no network in the library

Dear all,

Please note that on Wednesday 15th August the network will be out of action within the Education Department due to the replacement of IT networking hardware. This will mean that all the library systems will be affected and you will be unable to access the internet from the library computers.

Thank you for your understanding. 

The Library Staff

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Disruptions of PCAS in the Educaton Library

During the summer, there will be some disruptions with PCAS system in the Education Library due to the upgrade of Oxford University Computing Services.  Not only printing but copying, scanning and Webpay will be affected.  

Please note, the PCAS system will be down on the following dates, but should be back up and running by 11.30am:

17th July 2012 remote service (PrinterOn and Webpay) will work fine

7th August 2012 no aspect of PCAS will work including remote access services such as PrinterOn and Webpay

9th August 2012 no aspect of PCAS will work including remote access services such as PrinterOn and Webpay

 Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

The Library Staff

Use up your PCAS credit!

If you are about to finish your time at Oxford University, don’t forget to use up your PCAS credit.

We can transfer credit to another PCAS account if requested. We cannot give refunds except in exceptional circumstances. 
 Please email

Your PCAS account will only close after 2 years of inactivity (unless you specifically request it), so if you will be coming back you can use your credit at a later date. However, it can also be used to pay for Bodleian Library Postal Photocopying orders that can be requested by anyone, from anywhere in the world.

For more information visit

Monday, 25 June 2012

Disruption to SOLO & reader PCs - Tues 26th June

Please note that that the first in a series of scheduled maintenance to the University Network will take place tomorrow Tuesday 26 June 2012. This is likely to affect: borrowing and renewals/ SOLO/ logging on to library computers/ OWL and Eduroam wireless access. 

Services are expected to have returned to normal by 11am. We will keep you informed of any changes.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Bodleian Libraries' training - week 6

Here are some general training sessions next week. For help finding material specific to Education, please email Kate ( or Sophie (

WISER: Finding Stuff - Books etc on SOLO [Wednesday 30 May 14.00 -
14.45] - An introduction to SOLO for finding books, journal titles and
other materials in Oxford libraries. The session will cover effective
search techniques, placing hold requests for items in the stacks,
reservations and using the SOLO eshelf and saved searches.  Book your
place online

WISER: Finding Stuff - Journal Articles [Wednesday 30 May 14.45 - 16.00]
- This session will focus on finding journal articles for your research
using a wide range of databases as well as developing effective search
strategies. There will be plenty of time for participants to try out
their own searches using databases for their subject. Book your place

 WISER: Finding stuff - Conferences [Wednesday 30 May 16.00 - 17.00]  -
Conference papers can be difficult to find but they are valuable because
they describe cutting-edge research. This session will enable you to
find out about forthcoming conferences and also to locate the published
papers of proceedings which have taken place.  Book your place online

WISER: Online Sources for Historians [Friday 1 June 14.00 - 15.15] - A
general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are
available for all historical periods for British and West European
history including  bibliographical databases, biographical and reference
research aids, e-books and ejournals, web portals and collections of
online primary source materials.  Book your place online

WISER: Sources for US History  [Friday 1 June 15.30 - 17.00] - An
introduction to key information sources for the study of colonial
America & US history. Starting with finding tools to locate material,
examples of source materials will then be shown including archival,
microform, printed/online collections & useful web portals & audiovisual
collections. Book your place online.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Bodleian Libraries workshops next week

ARTstor and Bridgeman: Using images in teaching and learning [Tuesday 15 May 14:00-16:00] - This workshops covers two major digital image collections subscribed to by the University - ARTstor and Bridgeman Education - geared to research and teaching in the humanities, history of science and medicine, and social sciences.  The session will cover searching, viewing, presenting and managing images.    Presenters:  Clare Hills-Nova and Vicky Brown.  > Book you place

WISER: Getting information to come to you [Wednesday 16 May 14.00 - 15.30] – How to keep abreast of new publications and papers in your research area, research news and opportunities using RSS feeds and email alerts. The session will include a demonstration and time to set up an RSS reader or email notifications.  Presenters: Jane Rawson and Penny Schenk.  >Book your place.

WISER: Manuscripts [Wednesday 16 May 15.30 - 17.00] – An overview of the rich heritage collections preserved in the Bodleian. This session will also help readers to locate relevant material and describe the procedures for access and getting assistance.  Presenter: Mike Webb. > Book your place

RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences [Friday 18 May 14.00 - 17.00] - RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your references, insert them into your work, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles. This introduction is open to all but the section on importing references will focus on Science/Social Science examples. Presenters: Nia Roberts and Shona MacLean > Book your place
Bodleian Libraries workshops Check for the full WISER programme and for details of other training opportunities offered by Bodleian Libraries.     Why not follow us on Twitter at ,  visit the BodWiser blog at or join our mailling list by sending an empty email to

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Library closing at 19.30, Wednesday 14th March

Unfortunately, due to staff sickness, we will be closing the Education Library one hour early today (Weds 14th March)- at 19.30.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Vacation loans and opening hours

Here are the details of loan periods and opening hours for the Easter vacation:

1. Vacation loans:

All staff, DPhil and MSc students:
From Thursday 8th March 2012 (Wk 8, Hilary Term)
Due back Tuesday 24th April 2012 (Wk 1, Trinity Term)

All PGCE students:
From Thursday 29th March 2012 (last week of PGCE term)
Due back Tuesday 17th April 2012 (first week of PGCE term)

The above applies to all normal loan books. All overnight material will remain overnight for the duration of the vacation, with the exception of the closed period over the Easter weekend, when it may be borrowed.

2. Opening hours:

The library will close for Easter on Thursday 5th April at 19.30, and will re-open on Tuesday 10th April at 09.00

Vacation hours are from Friday 30th March and are:
Monday to Thursday 09.00-19.30
Friday 09.00-19.00
Term-time hours will resume on Monday 16th April.

Wishing you all a happy holiday!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Training coming up!

The following Bodleian Libraries workshops are coming up in the next 10 days. Please book your places online.

RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences [Friday 2 March 9.15 - 12.15] - RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your references, insert them into your work, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles. This introduction is open to all but the section on importing references will focus on Science/Social Science examples. Presenters: Kate Williams and Nia Roberts >Book Now

Research Skills Toolkit [sessions running Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 March] - Need to brush up on your IT and information skills? Why not come to a Research Skills Toolkit in 8th week? These free 2 hour workshops introduce key software and online tools for your research, hone your searching and information skills and introduce you to subject specialists. The Research Skills Toolkit is open to postgraduate students at Oxford University only. > Find out more and book.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Research skills toolkit coming up

A free hands-on workshop for research students. An opportunity for you to learn about a broad range of resources in one time-efficient session.

The 2-hour session focuses on the skills and tools that will streamline your academic work. You will encounter a variety of online tools and services to support your research. Relevant software, online services and library techniques are on offer for you to try out.You will also meet with subject specialists for help and guidance on further training.

These workshops are open to graduate researchers in the Social Sciences Division, in week 8 of Hilary Term.

Read more here and book your place – places are limited, book your place now!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Upgrading of the Oxford Nexus email and calendaring service. Please, avoid emailing or amending calendars between 10 pm and 8 am over one night in March (TBA).

Also, changes on 14 and 16 February where no-one will be able to use the service between 7 am and 9 am on 14 February and some people will notice a difference to the service on 16 February.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

NEW extended weekend opening, 10am-5pm!

The Education Library will now be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-5. This is an additional 6 hours per week, and is in response to requests from student surveys, committees and other consultations.

These longer hours start Saturday 11th February 2012 and will apply during Hilary and Trinity terms (following PGCE term dates). We hope this will make it easier for those at school in the week to come and use the library.

We hope you will all find this useful!

Kate and all in the Library

Thursday, 19 January 2012

PRS literature search training

A reminder about literature searching training:

1. For those who came to the Literature Review Workshop in November:

Today (Thursday) afternoon, Working with the literature 2-4pm, Seminar Room J. This session is a follow-on from the November workshop, and will look at more advanced subject searching, searching inter-disciplinary resources, setting up alerts for new literature, and tracing the impact of research. The session will be very much guided by you and your own research topics and interests, so please do bring along your research questions and any problems/questions you may have.

2. For those who couldn't make the session in November:

"Resources for research" workshop on Effective search strategies, Wednesday 25th January (repeated Thursday 16th February), 9.30-12.30, IT Training Room, Social Science Library, Manor Road. This session will look at the literature search process as a whole, from building an effective search strategy to searching a wide range of resources, saving your searches, creating alerts and tracing research impact. Please bring your research question with you.

I hope to see you all at one or other (or both!) of these sessions.