Scheduled maintenance: Ovid – 7th October

Wolters Kluwer will be performing maintenance on Ovid on Sunday, October 7th from 02:00 to 05:00 in the morning and again on Sunday October 14th from 02:00 to 05:00 in the morning. Users may experience login issues for up to one hour during these time periods.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.

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Library Skills workshops to help you Find it Fast!

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We believe that you should be spending the majority of your time reading materials and not looking for them, so we have a range of workshops to help you learn how to get your hands on the best books, articles, reports and other information in the shortest time possible.

These are our Find it Fast! workshops, and they will be running between October 16 and November 8 to help all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students navigate the library landscape, which can at times seem filled with so much choice.

They are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and are a great introduction to the resources we provide, and the ways in which you can make best use of them. They cover:

  • Using Primo, our online resource discovery tool for locating physical and electronic resources.
  • How to search for the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to.
  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly.
  • Using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • How to manage your references correctly when writing assignments to ensure that you do not fall into the trap of plagiarism.

Invest one hour of your time over lunch to learn tips and techniques that will repay you with time saved when searching for the materials you need for assignments and exams!

To find out more and to view the full list of Find it Fast! workshops on offer please go to www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and search for Library Information Skills courses.

Upgrade of UK Data Service systems

UK Data Service will be undergoing an overhaul from Thursday 23 August until Wednesday 29 August. Some parts of the current website, account area and data catalogue will be unavailable during this period. Secure Lab users will not be affected during the upgrades but it will not be possible to request new data during this period.

Planned changes will make it easier for users to re-register, new users to create an account and, it will be easier for collaborators on project teams to gain access and agree to conditions placed upon project data. The data catalogue search engine will also be upgraded, taking into account feedback from users.

Normal services are expected to resume on 30 August 2018.

Access difficulties with OnePetro: Update

Although the previously reported error message for OnePetro is still on display, the difficulty now appears to have been resolved. It is possible to download PDFs from searches.

If you experience any difficulties please email:
eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk
or
subjectteam@abdn.ac.uk

Apologies for the inconvenience – SPE* are investigating the issue.


*Society of Petroleum Engineers

Scopus and ScienceDirect currently experiencing access issues from off-campus

It is not currently possible to access Scopus or ScienceDirect from off-campus in the usual way, using Shibboleth login. It is still possible, though, to access these two online resources via our VDI. You can find information on using the VDI in the Learners’ Toolkit.

Unfortunately, personalisation features in these databases are also not working correctly, whether you are on-campus or off-campus.

This intermittent access issue is also being experienced by other Universities. Scopus and ScienceDirect are currently investigating this and hope to resolve the problem soon. We apologise for any inconvenience caused while this is being rectified.

Free Library Skills workshops to help you Find it Fast!

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At the Library we believe you should be spending the majority of your time reading materials and not looking for them, so we have a range of workshops to help you learn how to get your hands on the best books, articles, reports and other information in the shortest time possible.

These are our Find it Fast! workshops, and they will be running between February 20 and March 8 to help all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students navigate the library landscape, which can at times seem filled with so much choice.

They are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and are a great introduction to the services and resources we provide and the best ways in which you can make use of them. They cover:

  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly.
  • Using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • How to search for the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to.

Invest one hour of your time over lunch to learn tips and techniques that will repay you with time saved when searching for the materials you need for assignments and exams!

To find out more and to view the full list of Find it Fast! workshops on offer please go to www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and search for Library Information Skills courses.