Thursday, 21 January 2010

WISER coming up

Next week the Library Service is running WISER sessions on key tools for locating Oxford's printed and online collections (this is a great session for those finding it difficult to track down elusive books, journals or other materials), e-books (what's available and where to find them) and the pros and cons of Google Scholar. Full details below. Please book your places.

WISER: Key Tools for Locating Oxford Materials
This session will give an overview of the key search tools provided by the Library services including SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries’ Online), OxLIP+ (our gateway to electronic resources) and OU e-Journals.
Date: Monday 25 Jan 12.30-1.30
Presenters: Gillian Pritchard and Gillian Beattie
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WISER: E-Books
An overview of what is currently available and how to access them from the point of view of the student, the researcher and the academic considering using e-books to resource their courses. The session will end with a brief demonstration of e-book readers including Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader.
Date: Thursday 28 Jan 12.30-1.30
Presenters: Hilla Wait, Juliet Ralph and Roger Mills
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WISER: Google Scholar - Pros and Cons
Google Scholar is a convenient tool for locating academic articles and papers. This session will offer tips for making the most of Scholar and will discuss its coverage, strengths and weaknesses. We will also offer advice on extending your search should Scholar’s coverage prove inadequate.
Date: Friday 29 Jan 12.30-1.30
Presenters: Kate Jackson
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