International Open Access Week 2017 – 23rd to the 29th of October

Near the end of October the University of Aberdeen will be taking part in International Open Access Week. Open Access can help to raise the visibility of research, encourage new collaborations and enable global participation in research. Open access frees research from paywalls and subscription fees and helps it reach millions of people across the globe. Open access brings research to students, Industry partners, charities, public health practitioners and secondary education institutions; it helps to share knowledge and develop the researchers of tomorrow.

Between the 23rd and the 29th of October, join colleagues across the globe to celebrate your research.  Throughout Open Access Week we will aim to highlight some of the key issues, answer your questions, and bust some myths around open access.

If you have any questions about open access please email them to openaccess@abdn.ac.uk or visit www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/research/OpenAccessWeek2017.php

 

 

 

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PhD researchers – Information Skills Workshops 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.

These workshops will begin at the end of October 2017 and run over the next three weeks. 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

Feedback from those who have previously attended these sessions have been positive and they highlight how after attending they felt better equipped to find and manage the materials required 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 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.

To find out more, and to book onto the different workshops please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills classes. We look forward to seeing you at the workshops.

Book Sale cancelled

book sale cancelled

The book sale which was due to take place next week in The Sir Duncan Rice Library has had to be cancelled.

We are sorry about that but staff shortages have meant that we will be rescheduling the sale for a later date. We will make an announcement of when this will happen nearer the time, so that you are able to come and get some amazing bargains from withdrawn or duplicate stock.

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.

The sale will be held on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library for one week from Monday October 9 until Sunday October 15.

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.

Macmillan Coffee Morning in Sir Duncan Rice Library – September 29

Come along to the Sir Duncan Rice Library on Friday September 29 to be part of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Library staff will be busy baking next week to offer hungry students and visitors the chance to eat cake AND raise money for a very worthwhile cause.

The coffee morning will be on the ground floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library between 10am and 12 noon. We hope to see you there with your pennies ready.

 

 

 

 

Come for a Tour of The Sir Duncan Rice Library – No booking required

Following on from our already fully-booked Library Tours, which will take place on September 4 and 5, we will be running open tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library over the rest of that week and the following two weeks for all students, new and old. This is to make sure that as many people as possible get the chance to learn about the Library.

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Starting on Wednesday September 6 and running until Friday September 22, come and meet staff on the ground floor of the library at 10am or 2pm. There is no need to book a place and each tour group will contain a maximum of ten people.

There will be more than one tour taking place at a time, lasting approximately 30 minutes. The tours by our friendly staff will introduce you to not only the beautiful building, but also the services available from the library. We will also tell you:

  • How materials are organised in the building
  • How to begin borrowing the library books on your reading lists
  • How library staff can help you during your time at The University of Aberdeen

Please note that there will be no tours taking place at the weekends, but staff working then will still be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Library Service.

Please speak with staff in the Taylor and Medical Libraries for help in finding your way round their collections and spaces.

We look forward to showing you around, and also take this opportunity to wish you all good luck with the year ahead.​​