Exciting new chapter for The Sir Duncan Rice Library: UPDATE

Last week, we announced that a redesign of the west side of The Sir Duncan Rice Library Ground Floor was in progress. We are delighted to announce that the works are now completed and visitors can enjoy the new space we have created for reading and relaxation!

The space will also host the Old Aberdeen Library, which will open on Monday 14 October.

For more information, see our update at:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/using-libraries/old-aberdeen-library-644.php

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Exciting new chapter for The Sir Duncan Rice Library

A significant redesign of a large area of The Sir Duncan Rice Library is underway. We are delighted to announce that the space behind the Gallery on the Ground Floor is being altered to provide:

  • a lending, self-service collection provided by Aberdeen City Libraries
  • a range of new furniture and services to support the well-being of our users

For more information, visit our page:
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/using-libraries/old-aberdeen-library-644.php

Old Aberdeen Library in progress

 

Information Skills workshops for PhD researchers: now open for booking

As you begin, or continue your PhD it is important that you feel confident that you are locating and managing all the literature and information you require to achieve your research aims.

The Library Service is here to support your research so we will be running a series of Information Skills Workshops starting at the end of October 2019. The workshops’ aim is to 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.

29, 30 & 31 October
Literature searching – Part 1: Planning, Primo and Google

5, 6 & 7 November
Literature searching – Part 2: Databases

12, 13 & 14 November 
Literature searching – Part 3: Managing References with RefWorks

Across the three parts, 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

Feedback from those who have previously attended these sessions has been positive and highlights how after attending, students felt better equipped to find and manage the materials they need for research. One quote from a previous attendee nicely sums up what we are aiming for with these sessions:

“I will definitely be searching smarter than before”

Our aim is that after you attend, you will also leave feeling this way.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The sessions focusing on the management of references 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.

To find out more, and to book onto the different workshops please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Information Skills classes. Please note that we will be offering three sessions on each part, with the Tuesday & Thursday sessions lasting 2 hours and the Wednesday sessions lasting 3 hours.

In the meantime, do not forget that Library staff are always here to help with any information needs that you may have. Visit our website for further information on our services. We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

Library Skills workshops to help you ‘Find it Fast!’

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We believe that 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.

Our Find it Fast! workshops will be running between October 15 and November 7 to help all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students navigate the library landscape, which can at times seem filled with so much choice.

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

  • using Primo, our online resource discovery tool for locating physical and electronic resources
  • how to search for the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to
  • using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you cannot find by searching in Google!
  • how to manage your references using RefWorks
  • getting the best out of Google

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 your 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.

Did you know…? – Silent Study Rooms

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Did you know that there are 7 Silent Study Rooms in The Sir Duncan Rice Library? 

silent_study-ep  There are Silent Study Rooms on Floors 3 to 6 in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, all located on the south side of the building. If you are looking to work somewhere quiet using your personal electronic device, you can go to any of the Silent Study Rooms on floors 3, 4 and 5. The Silent Study Rooms, overlooking Bedford Road, also include the recently installed power sockets with USB charging points. Please note that the Silent Study Room on floor 6 is a strictly silent working environment where electronic devices cannot be used.  This is for those who wish to study with no disturbance.  

Please remember that food is not allowed in all Silent Study Rooms! 

Click here for more information on Silent Study spaces within our libraries.  

 

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Search our digital collections using ‘Find Databases’ on Primo

Primo will tell you about the hundreds of thousands of digital resources available through the University and will link you to one of over 200 different online academic databases to let you read the material that you’re interested in.

Did you know, though, that if you go straight to the website of specific academic databases you can perform even more powerful searches, often looking across every word contained in every item within that collection? A simple search in Primo is the best place to start a piece of research but using the Find Databases option is the next step, improving the quality of any academic research that you do.

These databases often focus on specific subject areas, meaning that your searching becomes more focused and efficient, saving you time looking and giving you more time to read and write. See below for details of how to use the Find Databases feature in Primo to link straight to digital collections best suited to your area of study.

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Use the Find Databases option at the top of Primo. Please remember to log in with your username and password.

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You can search for specific databases or you can filter by subject area. It is also possible to browse an alphabetical listing of all databases available.

Once you have identified an academic database that you wish to search, simply click on its name to link out to it. You may be asked to log in again.

Please note that it is not possible to search across multiple databases at once using the Find Databases option. You must link out to each database that you are interested in and search them individually. This method will allow you to perform the most powerful searches available to you.

For further guidance on using Primo please see our short videos on its various features. For guidance on accessing online resources, particularly when off campus, please see our Library Guide on Accessing Electronic Information and the Toolkit’s section on Remote Access.

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

Talks: Friends of Aberdeen University Library Events for 2019/20

The Friends of Aberdeen University Library will be hosting a series of fascinating talks across the coming academic year on a variety of topics relating to our collections or those of other Libraries. The Friends are a charity founded in 1962 to support the work of the Library and to help promote the rich collections we have at the University of Aberdeen.

The full programme of talks can be seen below, with the first event taking place in just over one week’s time. All of the talks are free and open to all.

The mystery of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s library solved?

7 October 2019, 19.30 – 20.30

Join Dr William Zachs as he discusses the mystery of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s library in this evening lecture.

The recent recovery of a substantial part of the private library of the creator of Sherlock Holmes presents an opportunity to understand Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his world in new and unexpected ways. The collection includes special annotated copies of his own books – not least the very first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet (1887). Among the volumes are source books for the detective stories which have endlessly captured the imagination of the world. No less central to this collection are over one hundred presentation copies from such authors as H. G. Wells, J. M. Barrie and others which reveal Conan Doyle’s extensive literary, political, medical and social networks. The annotated copies of the writings or other Scottish authors – Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson in particular – further uncover dimensions of Conan Doyle’s literary influences and networks. 

Guest Speaker: Dr William Zachs, University of Edinburgh

Venue: The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Craig Suite, Floor 7

Booking available via Eventbrite

Duels, rebellions and slave children: Aberdonians in the Ceded Island

24 October 2019, 18.00 – 19.00

Join Dr Désha Osborne as she discusses Aberdonians in the Ceded Islands in this evening lecture.  

Guest Speaker: Dr Désha Osborne, Hunter College, City University of New York

Venue: Special Collections Seminar Room, Lower Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Booking available via Eventbrite

From sea creatures to Arctic flora: Scottish and Arctic narrative from the North of the world

7 February 2020, 18.00 – 19.00

Join Dr Monica German as she discusses Scottish and Arctic narrative in this evening lecture.

Guest Speaker: Dr Monica German, University of Westminster

Venue: Special Collections Seminar Room, Lower Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Booking available via Eventbrite

Friends of Aberdeen University Library AGM, followed at 6.30pm by a talk:

Catholic sequestrations in early modern Scotland

16 April 2020, 18.00 – 19.30

Join Dr Eilish Gregory as she discusses Catholic sequestrations in early modern Scotland and the impact of the historic Act of Union in 1707.

The talk will begin at 6.30pm, before this the Friends of Aberdeen University Library Annual General Meeting will take place at 6pm, all are welcome to attend.

Guest Speaker: Dr Eilish Gregory

Venue: Special Collections Seminar Room, Lower Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Booking available via Eventbrite

Contact: e.grant@abdn.ac.uk