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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.
The workshops will take place on the 16th, 17th & 18th of April 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 www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills classes.
There will be vital work carried out on the roof of The Sir Duncan Rice Library on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th of March 2019 and we would like to apologise in advance for any noise resulting from the work.
The disturbance, if any, will be most noticeable on Floors 6 and 7. Alternatively, the Taylor Library is also open on the Old Aberdeen campus.
We apologise for the disturbance and any inconvenience caused.
There are Silent Study Rooms on Floors 3 to 6 of 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 no electronic devices are allowed, for those who need no disturbance!
Please remember that food consumption is prohibited in all Silent Study Rooms!
Click here for more information on Silent Study spaces within our libraries.
So, you’ve found a book on Primo that you need to borrow and it’s in Heavy Demand. Here are some helpful hints about borrowing Heavy Demand books to get you started!
The Heavy Demand Collection is located on the first floor next to the Information Centre desk.
Heavy Demand books can be borrowed at any time and are always due back the following day at 10.30am (or on Monday if borrowed on Friday/Saturday), other than those in the 3-Hour Reference section.
You can borrow up to 2 items at a time and are welcome to place bookings on copies up to 21 days in advance through Primo. Just remember to collect your reservation by 3.30pm, or your booking will lapse.
Don’t forget! With high demand comes high fine rates – make sure to return your Heavy Demand books on time to avoid the 75p hourly fine per item.
In the Heavy Demand area you can use the self-service kiosks to pay fines, borrow and return books all in one place! Always check your receipt when borrowing before 10.30am, as pre-booked items may be due back the same day.
Our DVD collection is also located here – these are mainly 3-day loans although a small number are Heavy Demand.
Any questions? Library staff are always happy to help!