Training from the Bodleian Libraries

Next week the Bodleian Libraries will be running workshops on finding scholarly literature for your research and two special sessions for historians on finding sources for British and Western European History and on America and the US. Please find more details below or to view the full iSkills timetable for Trinity Term see

Bodleian iSkills: Finding Stuff – Scholarly literature for your research, Monday 27th April  (Week 1)  14.00-17.00 – A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.

Who is this session for?  Postgraduates, researchers and academics.

Presenters:  Joanne Edwards, Craig Finlay, Angela Carritt, Helen Worrell

Venue:  IT Services, 13 Banbury Road  >Book online

Bodleian iSkills: Online resources for historians, Friday 1st May  (Week 1)  9.15-10.30 – 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 / reference research aids, ebooks and ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials.

Who is this session for? Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.

Presenter:  Isabel Holowaty

Venue:  IT Services  13 Banbury Road  >Book online

Bodleian iSkills: Sources for US history, Friday 1st May (Week 1) 10.45-12.15 –  Introduction to key information sources and collections for the study of colonial America and US history. The session will provide an overview of the primary sources available in Oxford and online, as well as guidance on locating material for your research.

Who is this session for: Students, researchers and anyone interested in this topic.

Presenter: Jane Rawson

Venue: IT Services 13 Banbury Road >Book online

What’s coming up in the iSkills Programme – See the full timetable at

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Questions? – Please contact

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Remember that we are open this week from 8.45 am to 5 pm with a break between 1 and 2 pm.

The library has the listening comprehension and discourse topics examinations with recordings made for the listening comprehension examinations

There are some examinations online but it is only a selection:

(or alternatively: go to the Language Centre Weblearn site, then select library).

There are also free magazines and newspapers for you to take (see picture below)

I wish you good luck in your examinations!

Best wishes,

Lucile, Librarian


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Books to give away and books on sale

We have a few books left on sale and books and mags to give away. They are in the library: books on sale when you arrive mags to give away on the left-hand side books to give away in the room next to my office in boxes. We have English, French and Zulu left.magstooffer2Most books to give away are for beginner’s level. Come and have a look! Best wishes, Lucile Librarian

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Research participants sought

Digital technologies in teaching: online survey. IT Services’ DIGE 2 project is investigating Oxford students’ digital experience from both sides of the teaching–learning divide. Contributions welcomed from staff who teach undergraduates or postgraduates (taught Masters’ programmes). Complete our online survey:, or arrange an interview via Dr Liz Masterman (project manager) ( The research has been reviewed by, and received clearance through, the University of Oxford Central Ethics Committee.

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New Beginner Taster classes starting in Trinity Term 2015!

As usual, this Trinity Term we will be offering several New Beginner Taster classes, for University members who wish to get a taste of a new language starting from scratch!

Tthe languages we will definitely be offering are French and Spanish, at the times below:

French New Beginners Taster
Tuesdays 10:00 – 12:00
Tutor: Isabelle Dubuisson
Click here to see the syllabus
Coursebook: Alter Ego + Level 1 Livre de l’élève plus CD by Annie Berthet, Catherine Hugot, Veronique M. Kizirian, Béatrix Sampsonis and Monique Waendendries, (Hachette). ISBN: 9782011558107

Spanish New Beginners Taster
Thursdays 15:00 – 17:00
Tutor: Esmeralda Frances-Martinez
Click here to see the syllabus
Coursebook: Nuevo Prisma Fusión A1+A2 – Libro del alumno + CD Edinumen ISBN: 9788498485202

German Speaking New Beginners Taster
Mondays 18:00 – 20:00
Tutor: Christina Hell
Click here to see the syllabus
Coursebook: Menschen A1/1 Kursbuch mit DVD-ROM Franz Specht, Sandra Evans, Angela Pude (ISBN 978-3-19-301901-1)

You can now register for these new courses using the Online Registration Page on our website. You’ll be notified in 0th week of Trinity Term if we are able to offer you a place.

Note that these classes are designed to be a standalone taster course for the language. If you wish, you can choose to continue onto the regular Beginners classes in Michaelmas Term, but there would be some repetition of material. Though since you have a long summer vacation in between, a bit of revision would be useful!

Contact if you have any questions about these courses!

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Calling all native English speakers for a (very) short survey!

We have been contacted by a student of English at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, who is working on her linguistics thesis. For this she needs to collect word associations from native English speakers, and she’s created a very short survey:

The survey is extremely quick and only takes a couple of minutes, so if you have a spare moment please help her gather some data and fill it out!

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My mosaic… to celebrate Holi !

mymosaicThis mosaic, using many pictures taken of the Language Centre and of Oxford, has been created using (and if you really see that picture from close control +, you might recognise some of us!)

I just wanted to celebrate Holi, a spring festival that celebrates love!

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