Help with dissertation literature reviews available in Sir Duncan Rice Library

At the start of June colleagues from the Student Learning Service (SLS) will be running a series of workshops and drop-in sessions in the Sir Duncan Rice Library to help taught postgraduate students as they begin their dissertations.

These will take place between June 5 and 9 and the sessions on offer include:

Writing a Literature Review – how to approach and undertake a review of the literature in your subject.

Writing your Dissertation / Project: Spelling, Paragraph Structure and Constructing an Argument – This interactive workshop will stress the importance of writing with a reader in mind. To engage the reader, writing should be logical, coherent and clearly argued.  Through practical exercises, we will examine the significance of accurate spelling, paragraph structure and construction of an argument.

You can book a place on one of these sessions by visiting www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and searching for Student Learning Service.

There will also be a Maths Drop-in Session in the Sir Duncan Rice Library for those students needing some guidance with mathematics in their dissertation or project. To get this assistance simply come to the co-labs on Floor 5 of the Library where a colleague from the SLS will be on hand to help. No need to book this, just come along between 10 am and 12 noon with your maths questions.

These sessions are in addition to Information Skills Workshops offered by the library and Word Formatting Sessions offered by IT Services. And don’t forget that library staff are here all summer to help with any problems you may have accessing and managing information for your dissertation or project.

Good luck to all taught postgraduates as you embark on this important piece of academic research.

Need help formatting your postgraduate dissertation? IT Services are here to help with free courses

At the end of May 2017 colleagues from the IT Service’s Training and Documentation Team will be running some workshops in The Sir Duncan Rice Library which are designed to help taught postgraduates with many of the common formatting problems and frustrations that can arise as they write their dissertations in Microsoft Word.

Come to one of the classes to ensure you start this important piece of work with the skills to make the whole process as easy as possible.

This course will enable participants to create and manipulate long documents effectively by using the functions in Word 2013. By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define and use an appropriate template
  • Understand and modify Inbuilt Styles
  • Apply multi-level numbering
  • Insert Section Breaks
  • Insert page Numbers
  • Use Captions for images/tables
  • Create Cross-References
  • Create Tables of Contents and Tables of Figures

tadTo sign up to attend one of these popular workshops please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking . Look for courses offered by the Library. Do this soon, as places go fast!

Unattended belongings in our Libraries before and during exams

With the next exam period approaching, all of our libraries are becoming busier as revision begins in earnest. To ensure all our students have fair access to a study space during this busy time we would like to bring to your attention the Library policy concerning unattended belongings.

The reason for the policy is to ensure that study spaces are not blocked by readers leaving their belongings unattended at a desk for an extended period of time, in effect reserving a desk. This inconveniences others, particularly at a time when demand for study space is high, and we kindly ask that you do not do this. If you see desks being reserved in this way please feel free to speak with library staff.

If you do leave belongings at a study space please note that items left unattended for more than 30 minutes may be removed for safe keeping by library staff, in accordance with Library Regulation 5.5. A notice will be left on the desk to indicate this has happened to your belongings.

In the Sir Duncan Rice Library, if this happens to your belongings before 5pm please refer to Library Floor staff to retrieve your belongings. For Floor 7 please go to the Floor 6 Office. After 5pm belongings can be collected from the Information Centre on Floor 1. At Taylor and Medical Libraries please speak with staff at the issue desks.

Notices will be displayed on desks to indicate this policy. We kindly ask all readers to please think of their fellow students and be considerate to the needs of others also revising hard for important exams. Good luck to everyone with their exams.

Dissertation workshops coming soon for taught postgraduates about to begin their research

Once the fast approaching exams are over it will be time for many taught postgraduate students to focus on their dissertations and the library will be here to help, with bookable workshops on how best to gather and manage the literature you will need to complete your research.

These workshops will introduce you to:

  • How to plan what you are going to search for.
  • Where to find the many resources we have in paper and online.
  • How to get the best out of these resources to ensure you find the materials you need.
  • RefWorks, reference management software to help you manage the materials you find and then create a perfectly referenced dissertation.

These workshops will take place in the Sir Duncan Rice Library, once the exams are over. There are three workshops on offer, running over three days, beginning on May 22.

To reserve a place on these workshops please visit the coursebooking site. These workshops have been very popular in the past so be sure to book up soon to avoid disappointment.

In the meantime, please visit the information skills section of our website for further information on using our many resources to help you research and write your dissertation.

Good luck to all our students, undergraduate and postgraduate, with the upcoming exams. Remember to contact library staff if you need any help with locating materials for your revision.

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 next week, to help with any mathematics issues you may have, before the next exam period starts on April 29.

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 26 April, 12.00 – 14.00
  • Thursday 27 April, 12.00 – 14.00
  • Friday 28 April, 12.00 – 14.00

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

Exam Papers Database available to help with revision

books-927394_1280With just over one week until the start of the next exam period, for the majority of students, we would like to help you prepare for them by reminding you about the large online collection of past exam papers which the library manages.

There are well over 3000 past exam papers available in Word or PDF format in our searchable database, covering undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses from across the University’s three Colleges. You can either search for specific courses or browse your way towards those past papers you need. You will need to enter your University username and password to access the exam papers.

Exam papers can be accessed either through Primo or directly via the DigiTool Exam Paper Database

We do not have every past exam paper available there, so if you can’t find an exam paper for a particular course you will need to check with the School that delivers that course to see if they can provide you with copies of past exams.

There is a guide to accessing the exam papers available here and a further guide to DigiTool available here.

Also, don’t forget that library staff are here to help you locate any other resources you may need while preparing for your exams. If you have any questions please just ask a member of library staff.

24/7 opening at The Sir Duncan Rice Library before and during Exams

In the lead up to the fast approaching exam period The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are just a few days until this happens and we want to let you know just now so that you can properly plan your revision.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open at 11.00 on Sunday April 23, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday May 19, 2017.

Over this period it is important that you are aware of the following:

  • Swipe access only after 22.00 – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.
  • The PCs require a nightly shutdown (lasting about ten minutes) and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 04.00, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
  • Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 02.00 and 06.00, which may result in some disruption.
  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
  • Take care if leaving the Library in the early hours – travel with friends if possible.

Please respect the building and your fellow library users:

  1. Hot and cold drinks in covered containers can be consumed in designated areas of the Library (everywhere except the silent study areas, study rooms, project rooms and areas with equipment).
  2. Cold food can be consumed in the same locations – but not if it is has a strong smell or is noisy! (remember – no hot food allowed).
  3. Tidy up after yourself – use the bins which are available on each of the floors.
  4. Keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.

Please report any problems to security staff on duty – in person (Information Centre,
Floor 1, TSDRL) or by phone (01224 273330).

Also check out the opening hours for our other two Library sites, as Taylor and Medical will NOT be open 24/7 during these dates.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, contact us at library@abdn.ac.uk.

Posted on behalf of Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager