Pt 1: Dave’s essay crisis: a day in the life of a History Masters student



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Pt 1: Dave’s essay crisis: a day in the life of a History Masters student

  • Isabel Holowaty, OULS History Librarian
  • isabel.holowaty@ouls.ox.ac.uk

1am Saturday morning and Dave has just returned to his digs in Cowley to find waiting for him…

…an essay crisis!

  • Need to find book
  • Clive Holmes: Why was Charles I executed (2006)
  • Need to find journal article
  • Kevin Sharpe: “So hard a text? Images of Charles I, 1612-1700”, in Historical Journal, 43(2), Jun 2000
  • GE Aylmer: Buckingham as an administrative reformer, in Journal of ??? (1990?)

Finding books

  • SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online)
  • 24/7 remote access
  • http://solo.ouls.ox.ac.uk/
  • Introduction to Bodley, catalogues, databases & eJournals
  • Tomorrow 15:30-16:30
  • Isis Room, OUCS
  • > Stack Request?
  • > Member of college?
  • > Reserve?
  • > Opening hours?
  • Bodley tour
  • Mon-Fri. 14:30
  • Book online at http://www.eventsforce.net/bodtour
  • “How Alice grew tall”,
  • Bodleian Library, University of Oxford,
  • (The Nursery “Alice” 1890)

Finding libraries

  • 100+ libraries in Oxford
  • Oxford University Library Services (OULS) 40+ libraries
  • College libraries

Libraries’ directory online

  • Contact information
  • Opening hours
  • Link to website
  • http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/libraries/

Finding journal articles

  • SOLO
  • Oxford University eJournals (electronic copy)
  • Bibliographical databases (find reference, link to electronic copy)
  • Kevin Sharpe: “So hard a text? Images of Charles I, 1612-1700”, in Historical Journal, 43(2), Jun 2000
  • GE Aylmer: Buckingham as an administrative reformer, in Journal of ??? (1990?)
  • Information Skills Minimum Kit
  • 29 Oct, 14:00-16:00
  • IT Room, History Faculty
  • Book via http://www.eventsforce.net/minimumkit

Bibliographical databases

  • GE Aylmer: Buckingham as an administrative reformer, in Journal of ??? (1990?)
  • Search Historical Abstracts via OxLIP+
  • Information Skills Minimum Kit
  • 29 Oct, 14:00-16:00
  • IT Room, History Faculty
  • Book via http://www.eventsforce.net/minimumkit

Dave uses his own laptop…

At 2am Dave finally goes to bed…

It is 11:30 in the morning…

  • Visits the HFL (open till 1pm)
  • Brings University card (ID, borrowing)
  • Brings Common card (photocopying & printing)
  • Brings own laptop

HFL collections

      • Late Roman to 1989
      • Strong in British history, good in European & US history, some world history
      • Historiography, Palaeography
      • Lending copies for History of Art and History of Science

Other History collections in OULS

    • British & European history, Special Collections (Central Bodleian)
    • History of the USA (Vere Harmsworth)
    • History of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Commonwealth, and former British colonial territories (Rhodes House)
    • History of the Indian Sub-Continent (Indian Institute)
    • History of Science & Medicine (Radcliffe Science Library)
    • History of Art, Ancient History & Archaeology (Sackler)

HFL services

  • Lending & enquiry service
  • Photocopying, printing & IT
  • Training & support

Lending services

  • Taught Masters
  • Research students
    • 10 books for 28 days
    • 20 books for Xmas & Easter Vac
    • 30 books for Long Vac

Renewals & reservations

  • 1st renewal online via Patron Record
  • Reservations for item already out on loan

Late returns

  • Please return book if you don’t need your book – others might do!
  • E-mail reminder sent day before it is due back
  • Late returns: 20p per book per day
    • 4 books overdue for 2 days =

Photocopying

  • University Common card
  • 3 xerox machines & 1 networked printer
  • £1 for card, 7p per A4 sheet
  • Buy cards & charge up at Enquiry desk
  • Remember the copyright restrictions!

IT facilities

  • 20 reader workstations
  • Networked printing (EMOS card, 7p)
  • Wired up tables with powersockets
  • Internet access for laptops, scan laptop every week (up-to-date virus software!)

Dave is considerate…

  • Toilets & Common Room in basement

Other training sessions

  • Tomorrow / 15:30-16:30: Intro to the Bodleian Library, online catalogues & databases
  • Mon-Fri. week 1 / 14:30-15:30: Bodley tours for new graduates
  • Tues. week 1/ 15:00-15:20: US History:Vere Harmsworth Library tour for new graduates
  • Wed. week 1 / 11:00-12:00: African & Commonwealth History: Intro to Rhodes House Library
  • Wed. week 2 / 14:00-16:00: Information Fair for graduates
  • Wed. week 3 / 14:00-16:00: Information Skills Minimum Kit
  • Tues. week 6 / 15:00-15:45: US History: Sources seminar
  • Wed. week 6 / 13:00-14:00: Parliamentary Papers online

Seek help if you are stuck!

  • HFL staff: Valerie, Stephen, Ambessu, Bethan, Ian, Tom
  • Phone: (01865) 277262/264
  • E-mail: library@history.ox.ac.uk
  • Isabel: isabel.holowaty@ouls.ox.ac.uk


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