Need help with maths before the exams? Come to a drop-in session at The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Dr Morgiane Richard of the University’s Student Learning Service (SLS) will be holding Maths drop-in sessions in The Sir Duncan Rice Library this week, to help with any mathematics issues you may have, before the next exam period starts on December 2.

You will be able to find her on floor 5 of the library, room 506. There is no need to book, just drop in with your question(s).

Dr Richards will be available at the following times.

  • Wednesday 29 November, 12.00 – 14.00
  • Thursday 30 November, 12.00 – 14.00
  • Friday 1 December, 12.00 – 14.00

Please contact Dr Morgiane Richard if you have any further questions:


RefWorks currently unavailable – October 30

RefWorks, the reference management software, is currently down and unavailable. This interruption to the service is not restricted to the University of Aberdeen and is being experienced by many universities.

There may also be issues with using some other ProQuest resources. We are monitoring this just now.

We will make an announcement once we know anymore about these issues. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

Library and Digital Inductions for new PhD Researchers open for booking

Beginning this week, the induction session is designed for Research Postgraduates new to the University of Aberdeen and provides a general introduction to:

  • IT services in support of your research activities
  • How to stay safe and avoid some of the pitfalls of data storage
  • How the library works e.g. borrowing and requesting materials
  • Primo, the gateway to all the library resources here at UoA
  • Specialised academic databases suitable for your research
  • What library and IT staff can do to support you in your research.

This informal induction provides an opportunity to meet with the Library’s subject Information Consultants and to ask any questions you may have about access to suitable library materials.

A short tour of The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be available after the presentation/questions for those interested in finding out more about the practical side of the library service.

To book a place on this useful session please visit and look for Library Information Skills.

For more detailed information on literature searching book onto our separate programme 2-hour workshops which run at key points through the year. (The next offering is Tue/Wed/Thu for three weeks starting Tue 31 October. Part 1 in the first week, Part 2 in the second and Part 3 in the third week). These can also be booked via the coursebooking website.

After this induction we hope you will feel more confident about how the library operates and how we can support your research.

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 or visit




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 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 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.