Intermittent problems accessing ScienceDirect/Scopus from off-campus

There is an intermittent access problem, when off-campus, to two Elsevier databases, ScienceDirect and Scopus. This problem is impacting on other Universities as well and is not something we can fix ourselves here in Aberdeen. We are in communication with Elsevier regarding this and they are looking for a permanent fix to this occasional problem.

In the meantime, if you experience access problems when off-campus, you can use the VDI system to access both ScienceDirect or Scopus as if you were on campus. Learn about the VDI here.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may be causing but are working to find a solution to it.


Potential noise disturbance in The Sir Duncan Rice Library – Tuesday July 3

There will be vital work carried out on the roof of The Sir Duncan Rice Library on Tuesday July 3, 2018, 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, until 5.00pm.

We apologise for the disturbance and any inconvenience caused.

Primo – short interruptions due to maintenance – July 2, 2018

Primo, the online interface for searching our collections, will be undergoing maintenance during the morning of July 2, resulting in short periods when the service will be unavailable. This vital work is being carried out at this time to minimise inconvenience to all of our users. We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

It will still be possible to search our collections during this time by using our individual catalogues. These can be found elsewhere on our website

Extended opening hours at The Sir Duncan Rice Library during exam re-sits

We would like to announce that following discussions with AUSA The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours during the approaching exam re-sits, as a pilot, to give students greater opportunity to use our facilities to revise.

From Monday 25 June to Thursday 12 July we will be open to 10pm Mon-Fri, instead of 8pm. On Saturdays we will still be open 9-5 and closed on Sundays, as before).

The opening hours at the Taylor Library and Medical Library will be remaining the same.

There are 2 exceptions to this pattern, however. On Thursday 28th June the library will close at 5pm for the annual TAU Racing car event, and on Monday 9th July we will be closed for the public holiday, along with the rest of the university.

Good luck from the Library to all students undertaking re-sits.

Student Learning Service courses available to help taught postgraduates with dissertations or projects

The University’s Student Learning Service are running workshops at the start of June aimed at taught postgraduates as they embark on their dissertations or projects. They are offering two different sessions, the first looking at writing a literature review and the second focusing on the construction of arguments and the structuring of the dissertation.

Visit for more information and to book yourself a place on these very useful sessions.

Dissertation or project to write this summer? IT Services are here to help with free Word 2013 courses

At the end of May 2018 colleagues from the IT Service’s Training and Documentation Team will be running some workshops in The Sir Duncan Rice Library which are designed to help taught postgraduates with many of the common formatting problems and frustrations that can arise as they write their dissertations or projects in Microsoft Word.

Come to one of the classes to ensure you start this important piece of work with the skills to make the whole process as easy as possible.

This course will enable participants to create and manipulate long documents effectively by using the functions in Word 2013. By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define and use an appropriate template
  • Understand and modify Inbuilt Styles
  • Apply multi-level numbering
  • Insert Section Breaks
  • Insert page Numbers
  • Use Captions for images/tables
  • Create Cross-References
  • Create Tables of Contents and Tables of Figures

tadTo sign up to attend one of these popular workshops please visit and look for courses on MS Office. Do this soon, as places go fast!