Come for a Tour of The Sir Duncan Rice Library – No booking required

Following on from our already fully-booked Library Tours, which will take place on September 4 and 5, we will be running open tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library over the rest of that week and the following two weeks for all students, new and old. This is to make sure that as many people as possible get the chance to learn about the Library.

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Starting on Wednesday September 6 and running until Friday September 22, come and meet staff on the ground floor of the library at 10am or 2pm. There is no need to book a place and each tour group will contain a maximum of ten people.

There will be more than one tour taking place at a time, lasting approximately 30 minutes. The tours by our friendly staff will introduce you to not only the beautiful building, but also the services available from the library. We will also tell you:

  • How materials are organised in the building
  • How to begin borrowing the library books on your reading lists
  • How library staff can help you during your time at The University of Aberdeen

Please note that there will be no tours taking place at the weekends, but staff working then will still be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Library Service.

Please speak with staff in the Taylor and Medical Libraries for help in finding your way round their collections and spaces.

We look forward to showing you around, and also take this opportunity to wish you all good luck with the year ahead.​​

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Browse the Sir Duncan Rice Library new books webpages

New books are always being added to the collections here in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and to keep up to date with the titles which are arriving we encourage you to take a look at our New Acquisitions webpages.

These pages are updated at the end of each month, and include title information and links to their entries in Primo, the portal to details of all our Library materials.

Selected highlights, amongst many others from the past month include:

Bookmark this page on the Library website or sign up to this blog on the right of this page to receive announcements every month of the new material we are continually adding to what is already over 15 miles of shelving in this library alone.

And, of course, the Taylor Library and the Medical Library also maintain similar pages detailing the new book stock which they receive each month, so that whatever subject you are studying, teaching, or researching you are always aware of the new material available to you through the University of Aberdeen Libraries.

 

UPDATE: Stock move – Floor 5

All the trolleys are gone! We’ve completed the stock move on Floor 5 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library in advance of the start of the teaching term as planned.

The History & Philosophy of Science sequence (books with the prefix Sc in the shelf mark) now appear directly after the Reference sequence (books with the prefix Ref in the shelf mark). Labelling on the ends of the shelves has been updated but if you have any difficulties finding relevant books please speak with Eleni or Vivien on Floor 5.

Eleni Papadakou (e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk) & Vivien Logan (v.logan@abdn.ac.uk)

INFO: Library – stock move (Floor 5)

As there are fewer students than normal in The Sir Duncan Rice Library at this time of the year we’re undertaking some book moves on Floor 5. Work will start on Thursday 7 January and will be finished well in advance of the start of term (Monday 18 January).

During the move a portion of the stock will be stored on trolleys on the floor. If you have any difficulties finding relevant books, or want to know more about what we’re doing (and why!), just speak with Eleni or Vivien on Floor 5.

Eleni Papadakou (e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk) & Vivien Logan (v.logan@abdn.ac.uk)

Primo – how to find academic databases for your subject

In this post in our short series looking at Primo, our resource discovery tool here at the UoA, we are focusing on how you can select the academic databases which are most appropriate for the subjects you may currently be revising before the exams begin in December.

Academic databases contain high-quality scholarly level resources not freely available on the internet and, to ensure you are reading all the best materials available to you, you will need to make use of these collections, but as there are approximately 200 different academic databases to choose from it can be tough to know which ones to use. Well, read on to find out how you can easily narrow that number down to just those databases most suitable for you.

It is possible to carry out very basic searches across some of these 200 databases directly from in Primo, but definitely not all of them and we do not recommend doing so. Instead, we strongly encourage you to link out to particular databases and perform searches directly on their sites as the searches you can do there will be much more powerful.

1 – To begin go to Primo at http://primo.abdn.ac.uk 

 

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2 – Once at Primo we would always recommend logging in so that you can link out to electronic materials, including academic databases, and use all of the features available in Primo.

 

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3 – You will need to enter your UoA username and password.

 

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4 – Once logged in you will see your own name at the top of the screen. Now select Find Databases from the top of the screen.

 

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5 – A new window will open. In this example we will look for those databases most appropriate for those studying or researching Education.

  • Click drop-down arrow next to Category and select Social Sciences
  • Click drop-down arrow next to Sub-category and select Education
  • Click Find Databases
  • A list of 49 possible databases is generated in this example.
  • To find out more about each databases click Show Info

Once you become familiar with which databases you should use you can easily navigate to them alphabetically or search for them by name in this Find Databases window.

 

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6 – Having clicked Show Info you can see:

  • Details of subjects covered in the database
  • Search rules for the particular database
  • Other information about that database

Of the 49 databases in this particular list some will be heavily focused upon Education and others will focus less on the subject while still containing useful material. Using the Show Info option will really help you select the most appropriate databases. You will need to search multiple databases to find suitable resources.

 

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7 – To access a particular database click the name of the database with the right mouse button and select Open link in a new tab. Using the right mouse button means the database will open correctly. You may be asked to log in again to access the e-book collection.

 

For more details on accessing electronic resources, particularly when off campus, see our library guide.

Further information on using Primo can be found in our online library guide.

To see our full range of library guides click here.

Also, don’t forget that library staff are here to help you locate any materials you may be having trouble locating.

Good luck with your exams

Primo – How to access e-books at the University of Aberdeen

At the UoA we have access to over 500,000 e-books so that you can read high-quality books wherever you can access the internet and in this post will look at how best to find these resources with Primo, our resource discovery tool, as you prepare for the upcoming exams.

We subscribe to approximately 25 different e-book collections, each with their own websites and different allowances for downloading. You can search for these e-books either from within Primo itself or directly on the websites of each of the different collections.First we will look at searching in Primo.

Searching for e-books in Primo

1 – To begin your search go to Primo at http://primo.abdn.ac.uk

 

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2 – Once at Primo we would always recommend logging in so that you can link out to electronic materials and use all of the features available in Primo.

 

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3 – You will need to enter your UoA username and password.

 

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4 – Once logged in you will see your own name at the top of the screen. Select the Books+ tab to focus your search for e-books.

 

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5 – In this example we will look for any e-books available on Scottish history.

  • Enter your keywords using Primo search rules. Details of the rules are available from the help screens in Primo.
  • When searching Primo your are only searching across details of Titles, Authors and short descriptions of the books, therefore keep searches quite broad and general
  • You are NOT searching the full text of the e-books
  • Select Libraries from the drop-down list on the right to narrow your search to only library materials.
  • Click Search to generate a list of appropriate results
  • This is a simple search we are doing here. To carry out a more detailed search you should select the Advanced Search option at the far right of the screen

 

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6 – To narrow your results to only e-books click Full Text Online at the top of the results list.

 

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7 – To further narrow your results to only books, not journals etc. select Books from the options on the left of the screen.

 

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8 – To access any e-book you are interested in click on the title of the book with the right mouse button and select Open link in a new tab. By doing this you can access the e-book and also keep your list of Primo search results. You may be asked again for your UoA username and password to access the e-book.

 

Searching for e-books on e-book collection websites

By linking out to specific e-book collections you can run more powerful searches, and often you can search across the full text of the books in the collections. To select and link out to these collections follow the steps below.

 

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1 – Having opened Primo and logged in select Find Databases from the top of the screen

 

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2 – A new window will open.

  • Click drop-down arrow next to Category and select General Interest
  • Click drop-down arrow next to Sub-category and select Ebook collections
  • Click Find Databases
  • A list of 25 possible e-book collections will be created
  • To find out more about a particular collection select Show Info

 

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3 – Having clicked Show Info you can see:

  • Details of subjects covered in that e-book collection
  • Search rules for that particular collection
  • Other information about that collection

 

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4 – To access a particular e-book collection click its name with the right mouse button and select Open link in a new tab. Using the right mouse button means the database will open correctly. You may be asked to log in again.

Three library guides on using ebrary, one of our largest e-book collections with over 120,000 books, can be found here.

For more details on accessing electronic resources, particularly when off campus, see our library guide.

Further information on using Primo can be found in our online library guide.

To see our full range of library guides click here.

Also, don’t forget that library staff are here to help you locate any materials you may be having trouble locating.

Good luck with your exams.

All Library Systems now fully functional

We are happy to announce that all Library Systems are now back up and functioning correctly after the great work carried out by the University’s IT Service over the last day, since the major power outage across the Old Aberdeen campus yesterday.

You will now be able to search across our many different collections and resources as normal, and also use our self-issue and return machines with no problems.

We thank you again for your patience and understanding while this important work was carried out and also apologise again for any inconvenience caused by this interruption to our services.

Have a great weekend!

Ewan Grant