Free Library Skills workshops to help you Find it Fast!

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At the Library we believe you should be spending the majority of your time reading materials and not looking for them, so we have a range of workshops to help you learn how to get your hands on the best books, articles, reports and other information in the shortest time possible.

These are our Find it Fast! workshops, and they will be running between February 20 and March 8 to help all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students navigate the library landscape, which can at times seem filled with so much choice.

They are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and are a great introduction to the services and resources we provide and the best ways in which you can make use of them. They cover:

  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly.
  • Using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • How to search for the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to.

Invest one hour of your time over lunch to learn tips and techniques that will repay you with time saved when searching for the materials you need for assignments and exams!

To find out more and to view the full list of Find it Fast! workshops on offer please go to www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and search for Library Information Skills courses.

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PhD students – Library induction sessions now available for booking

Library induction sessions for new PhD students are now available for booking on the University’s course booking system. Held in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, these sessions introduce how to get the best out of the Library here at the University of Aberdeen and are highly recommended for those postgraduate researchers who are new to the institution.

There will be five opportunities to attend one of these sessions over the next five months, with the first taking place on Wednesday, February 14. The dates and times for all sessions are:

  • February 14: 10.00 – 11.00
  • March 13: 10.00 – 11.00
  • April 12: 14.00 – 15.00
  • May 16: 10.00 – 11:00
  • June 05: 14:00 – 15:00

During the hour-long introduction to the Library service we will cover:

  • The basics of how to search our catalogue, Primo
  • How to borrow and return items in our libraries
  • How to locate high-quality online scholarly materials
  • How the Library can help you as you progress with your research
  • Tour of The Sir Duncan Library

As every university is different in how they operate their library service it has proved useful to new arrivals to attend these sessions, to learn exactly how we do things here at the University of Aberdeen.

These induction sessions complement more detailed Library Information Skills Workshops which we offer to PhD students. The next series of these are to take place at the start of February. Click here for further details on these workshops.

We look forward to meeting with any new PhD students, to help you get the best out of our extensive resources while you carry out your research.

Book Sale coming soon at The Sir Duncan Rice Library

The Library Service will soon be holding a sale of books that have been withdrawn from library stock. These are books that are duplicates of items in our collection or donations that are not required.

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The sale will be held on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library for one week from Monday February 12 until Sunday February 18.

The sale will not start until 9 a.m. each day, once staff begin work at the Information Centre on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. You will not be able to purchase any books before 9 a.m.

The cost of the books will be:

  • Hardback – 50 pence
  • Paperback – 25 pence

There will be books available from across a whole range of subjects, and at those prices it is certainly worth coming and having a look to see what bargains you may be able to get.

RefWorks and ProQuest Databases – service interruptions this weekend

During this weekend ProQuest will be undertaking product maintenance to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability of their products. This vital work will mean that ProQuest databases and RefWorks will not be available for a limited time during the morning of Sunday January 28, if you are based in the UK.

United Kingdom (GMT): Sunday, 28 January, 3:00 a.m. through Sunday, 28 January, 11:00 a.m.

If you are based elsewhere in the world you can check here to see when the maintenance will occur in your region.

While the date and time were chosen to minimize impact ProQuest realize that some users may be affected, and apologise for the inconvenience.

Information Skills workshops for PhD researchers now open for booking

The Library is here to help all postgraduate researchers as they begin, or continue their in-depth research with a series of Information Skills Workshops designed to their needs. With so much academic literature available through the University of Aberdeen, these workshops will give you the confidence and skills to locate and manage the materials you need.

The workshops will take place at the start of February 2018 and will help you understand the resources available to you as researchers here at the University of Aberdeen, and how to get the best out of them. Read on for further information on the workshops. To book workshops visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills classes.

There are three workshops on offer, each lasting two hours:

  • Literature searching – Part 1: Getting started
  • Literature searching – Part 2: Using databases
  • Literature searching – Part 3: Managing your references using RefWorks*

Across the three workshops we will look at:

  • Planning your search
  • Looking for books: using Primo and E-books
  • Databases of academic literature
  • Getting the best out of Google
  • Managing your references with RefWorks
  • Formatting Word documents with in-text citations and bibliographies

 *IMPORTANT NOTE: The workshop focusing on the management of references (Part 3) is not suitable for research postgraduates in the School of Law, as the software used does not support the OSCOLA referencing style required for legal theses.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops.

Come and learn about the Library on a tour

New student? Current student who has just realised that it would be useful to find out more about library and information services? Come along to a tour and discover what is available to you from The Sir Duncan Rice Library and beyond….

WHEN: Monday 15 – Friday 19 January, 10.00 and 14.00

WHERE: Welcome Desk on ground floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library

WHAT: Short tour of the library lasting around 30 minutes, introducing you to the building, services and facilities, to help you make the most of the resources available to you from the library.

No booking necessary – just come along on the day and time that suits you best.

Need help with maths before the exams? Come to a drop-in session at The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Dr Morgiane Richard of the University’s Student Learning Service (SLS) will be holding Maths drop-in sessions in The Sir Duncan Rice Library this week, to help with any mathematics issues you may have, before the next exam period starts on December 2.

You will be able to find her on floor 5 of the library, room 506. There is no need to book, just drop in with your question(s).

Dr Richards will be available at the following times.

  • Wednesday 29 November, 12.00 – 14.00
  • Thursday 30 November, 12.00 – 14.00
  • Friday 1 December, 12.00 – 14.00

Please contact Dr Morgiane Richard if you have any further questions: m.richard@abdn.ac.uk