About this site

Welcome to the Research Skills Toolkit. Here, researchers can explore a variety of IT & Library tools and online services to help you improve your IT and library skills for research.

The website complements a series of live events held at 13, Banbury Road, at which research students are invited to try out a selection of IT tools and online services, and to talk to specialist IT teachers and Libraries staff.

First time using the Toolkit?

Download a task for a guided tour (instructions in a PDF) of some features of the site.

Using the resources

Many of the resources described here are marked "Publicly viewable", and are open to all visitors. Those marked "Restricted" are only available for members of the University of Oxford who can log in. If you are asked to “login to WebLearn”, you can proceed if you can give your University of Oxford Single Sign-On username and password.

The taught courses provided by the IT Learning Programme are usually open to members of the University to attend. Others can read about them but will not be able to book a place on a course. External visitors can sometimes pay to participate in a course – contact courses@it.ox.ac.uk to request details.

For help with downloading and unzipping the bundles of student files that you need when working through a course pack, read more here.


The site was built by Bav Radia and Mohammad Yaqub, with support from colleagues in Oxford’s IT Services and from Nik Roberts at Versantus; the team at Oxford University’s IT Learning Programme provided design guidance.

The content has been contributed by colleagues in IT Services and the Bodleian Libraries.

Thanks too for those students who allowed their conversations to be recorded.

About the resources and content of this site

Links to external sites are provided for browsing only. These do not imply endorsement or authorisation by the University of Oxford. Please read and obey all copyright and third party rights notices at other sites. The University is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

The Research Skills Toolkit is a joint project by the Bodleian Libraries and the IT Learning Programme at Oxford University. The site has a content management system built using Drupal 7. Many of the documents are stored in the University’s virtual learning environment known locally as WebLearn (WebLearn is based on the Sakai open system). Some videos are stored in our YouTube channel.

Some movies on this site require Flash to be installed on your computer. Visit the Adobe Flash site to download a free copy of the Adobe Flash Player software.

PDF documents can be read using Adobe Reader software. For a free download of Adobe Reader, visit the Adobe Reader site.

All software icons are trademarks of their respective companies.

Read the IT Services statement on accessibility.

Contact us about any aspect of the Research Skills Toolkit.