Filming in the Sir Duncan Rice Library – Monday 10th December

On Monday 10th December 2018 there will be a film crew present in the Sir Duncan Rice Library, filming on the Ground Floor and on floors 4 & 6.

We expect the filming to commence at 08:30 and last approximately 30 minutes.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.




Scheduled maintenance: Ovid – 7th October

Wolters Kluwer will be performing maintenance on Ovid on Sunday, October 7th from 02:00 to 05:00 in the morning and again on Sunday October 14th from 02:00 to 05:00 in the morning. Users may experience login issues for up to one hour during these time periods.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.

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.

These are our Find it Fast! workshops, and they will be running between October 16 and November 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 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 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 manage your references correctly when writing assignments to ensure that you do not fall into the trap of plagiarism.

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 and search for Library Information Skills courses.

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 short 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 between the dates: 30th of October – 15th of November 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.

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.

To find out more, and to book onto the different workshops please visit and look for Library Information Skills classes.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

New Primo videos on the Library website

We are delighted to introduce our new series of short videos, demonstrating how to use Primo – our library catalogue – to find resources in paper and electronic format.


The videos can be accessed at:

Stay tuned, more videos coming soon!

Upgrade of UK Data Service systems

UK Data Service will be undergoing an overhaul from Thursday 23 August until Wednesday 29 August. Some parts of the current website, account area and data catalogue will be unavailable during this period. Secure Lab users will not be affected during the upgrades but it will not be possible to request new data during this period.

Planned changes will make it easier for users to re-register, new users to create an account and, it will be easier for collaborators on project teams to gain access and agree to conditions placed upon project data. The data catalogue search engine will also be upgraded, taking into account feedback from users.

Normal services are expected to resume on 30 August 2018.

IT Service Desk in the Sir Duncan Rice Library from Monday 3 September

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IT Services is relocating the IT Service Desk Walk-in Service to the Sir Duncan Rice Library from Monday 3 September 2018. This means that the current walk-in location in the Edward Wright Building will be permanently closed to visitors after Friday 31 August.

In the Sir Duncan Rice Library, the IT Service Desk will be placed alongside the Library Information Desk, and it will provide the users help in person with IT related queries. The Desk is open from Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm.

IT Services will continue to handle email and phone inquiries as usual, and the Foresterhill Service Desk remains open in room 1:122 of the Polwarth Building. You can also log an IT query any time through MyIT portal.

If you need more information, please contact IT Services.

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