Monday 8 July: The Sir Duncan Rice Library currently closed

The Sir Duncan Rice Library is currently closed, due to an issue with the fire alarm.
We will provide an update as soon as possible.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a study space, the Taylor and Medical Libraries are open as normal today. Campus maps can be found here. Just scroll down to ‘Taylor Library and European Documentation Centre’ or ‘Medical Library’.

The 9U bus service runs between the Old Aberdeen and Foresterhill campuses on a half-hourly basis for most of the day. Timetables can be found here.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.

 

 

 

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Times Higher Education – now available online to all staff and students

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All staff and students at the University of Aberdeen now have online access to the Times Higher Education (THE) content. Regarded by many as the UK’s leading publication in the field, our institutional subscription will allow you to read weekly digital editions and THE supplements. You can also search across and access other THE content as part of our licence.

The subscription provides full-text access to THE Digital Editions from May 2015 up to the latest weekly edition.

To access THE content, register for a personal account on the Times Higher Education homepage. You will need to use your University of Aberdeen email address to link your account to the institutional subscription.

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If you already have a personal account for THE

  • Navigate to https://www.timeshighereducation.com
  • Click on the person (user account) icon (in red) towards the top right of the screen and select Login
  • Enter your personal THE username and password
    • Ensure that the password you use for your existing personal THE account is different from your University password
    • There is a “Change your password” option under My account if this is required
  • Check your details in My account – the email address must be your University address. Adjust if necessary and click on Save
  • The user account icon will change colour from red to green.

If you are registering as a first time user

  • Navigate to https://www.timeshighereducation.com
  • Click on the person (user account) icon (in red) towards the top right of the screen and select Register
  • Select which type of user you are – Student, Higher Education Professional or Other position
  • Complete the form using your University of Aberdeen email address and create a password for your THE account
    • DO NOT USE YOUR UNIVERSITY PASSWORD FOR THIS SITE. You must create a different password unrelated to your University password. Never use your University Password for anything other than University hosted services
  • Click on Join Us to complete the registration.

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  • You will then be asked how you would like to be contacted for updates and news; select an option and update or click on continue browsing
  • You are now logged into the service and the user account icon will change colour from red to green.

Accessing Times Higher Education on your phone/tablet

There is a Times Higher Education app; however, no new content has been added since 6 June 2019 and THE recommend that users access content via the mobile edition of the website instead. Confusingly, until THE remove it the app may still be available in App stores.

Accessing weekly issues (Digital Editions)

To access  individual weekly issues of Times Higher Education:

  • Click on the PROFESSIONAL tab, then select Digital Editions
  • Select the issue you want to view

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Searching across online content

It is possible to carry out simple searches across THE’s online content using the search facility (magnifying glass icon to the right of the user account icon). The refine option for large numbers of results is limited.

Existing personal subscriptions

Personal subscriptions paid for by individuals or the University can be cancelled as staff and students now have online access through the University’s institutional service.

If you have any queries, please contact: library@abdn.ac.uk

 

Libraries open Monday 8th July 2019

We are pleased to inform you that all University libraries will be open as normal on the July Public Holiday this coming Monday 8th July 2019.

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Please note that we are currently in vacation opening hours. For more information see:
https://aberdeenunilib.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/summer-vacation-opening-hours-at-our-libraries/

 

VLeBooks: changes to platform

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Askews & Holts Library Services have designed a new online reader for their enhanced VLeBooks platform; this will be launched this summer. There are many great new features available with the new reader including highlighting, advanced note options, improved accessibility and, the reader will be mobile-responsive.

Important note:
The migration will take place in August and even though our access is not affected by this change, users are required to export any notes stored on the current reader, otherwise these notes will be lost. Users on the current platform are asked to export their notes by Friday 12th July. Bookshelves will also be reset and users are kindly asked to record details of any titles they may wish to add onto their new bookshelf.

Information Skills workshops for PhD researchers: places still available

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 11th, 12th and 13th of June 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.

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There are three workshops on offer, each lasting three 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.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

Did you know…? – scanning books

To scan books, pictures and other irregular-shaped originals, use the flatbed section under the lid of the printer. To scan multiple pages from a book, you need to group them into a single email attachment. Here’s how:

1)  Hold your ID card against the log in sticker on the MFD
2)  Lift the lid and align your book with the far-left end of the flatbed, face down
3)  Tap the Scan/Fax icon
4)  Tap Email Me to send the attachment to yourself or Direct Input to type in someone
else’s email address
5)  At the bottom of the screen, tap the 1-Sided icon (Simplex/Duplex) and choose
     2-Sided, then  Close. Then tap the Auto icon (Scan Size) and select Metric Sizes:
     choose B4 or A4 depending on the orientation and size of your book

scanning books6)   Press the blue Start button to scan the 1st original 
7)   Remove the book, turn the page and place it back on the flatbed to scan the next
       page
8)   Press the blue Start button – continue as above with any subsequent pages  
9)   Tap Finish and press the blue Start button to complete the process 
10) Remember to Log Out 

You should receive an email with your scan attached in PDF format.

Please be aware that there is a size limit when scanning to email. We recommend splitting any larger scan jobs into sections of about 20 pages at a time or the email may not be sent.

Also be aware that copyright restrictions apply. It is acceptable to scan one chapter or 5% of a book, whichever is the greater. For more information, see our Library guide: Introduction to copyright available at: www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/qggen008.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Know…? – Top-up of print budget

When you run out of credit, MFDs will display a “credit too low” message and your documents will not print.  

To top-up your balance online, visit: https://printmanage.abdn.ac.uk/ 

  • On classroom PCs, access the PrintManage system by using the Desktop shortcut 
  • On personal laptops/PCs, go to https://printmanage.abdn.ac.uk/ and switch user to Use another account 

You will need to log in to the system using your username (e.g. u01abc01) and password. All payments are made in exact multiples of £1 and minimum payment is £5 with maximum payment being £20. 

Cash payments can be made in person in the following locations: 

  • Medical Library (Foresterhill): Issue Desk
  • The Sir Duncan Rice Library: Hardback Café
  • Students’ Union Building (formerly known as “The Hub”): The Bear Essentials shop  

To check your balance:

Swipe your card on the MFD and tap the Pull Print icon. At the top left of the window you will see your name, the number of documents in your printing queue and the amount of credit remaining in your account. 

print budget Note: Remember to not top-up more than you need; remaining amounts are not refunded.  

Staff & Research Postgraduates:

Your department may pay for your printing costs. Please check whether your department requires a limit to be set on your printing.

For more information see: www.abdn.ac.uk/it/student/print/index.php#panel1234 

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk