LIBRARY WORKSHOPS: Free lunchtime workshops to help you find materials

Now that teaching has begun again it may be time to turn your attention to finding the books and other materials that you need to study. Well, to help you find the materials you need, the Library service are running a series of free information skills workshops this term.

We call these our Find it Fast! Sessions and they begin next week, taking place between 27 January and 12 February 2015.

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

  • Using Primo, our online resource discovery tool for locating physical and electronic resources
  • How to access the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to
  • 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 when writing assignments to ensure that you do not fall into the trap of plagiarism.
  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly

These workshops are perfect for undergraduates and taught postgraduates across all Colleges. 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.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The ‘Managing References and Creating Bibliographies’ workshops are offered in two parts so you must complete part 1 before attending part 2.
  • Unfortunately, these referencing workshops are not suitable for Law students as the software taught does not support the legal referencing style, OSCOLA.
  • And, because we offer repeats of most of the workshops please be sure to only sign up for one of each of them.

 

To find out more and to view the full list of information skills workshops on offer please go to www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking

Places are limited, and fill up quickly , so sign up now before it’s too late.

 

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

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ADVISORY: Downloading E-book PDF files from Dawsonera

A problem has been reported when trying to download a PDF file from Dawson. An error message ‘The content failed to load’ may occur.

Reports say that “It is usually traced to a browser / PDF Reader problem. If you are using a browser such as FireFox or Chrome that contains its own integrated PDF reader, the book PDF will appear to download successfully, but if you then try to open it from its tab on the lower LH corner of the browser window (e.g. for Chrome), the file will open with a ‘Failed to load PDF document’.”

A workaround suggested by Jonathan Eaton, Senior Content & Systems Manager (IT) at the Library London Business School is: “Press CTRL + J keys or use the download toolbar button options to “open in folder” (typically for Windows this is C:\Users\\Downloads ) and double-click the PDF which should then open in Adobe Reader.” Alternatively, set your browser options to open PDFs with Adobe Reader, rather than the browser default.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Schools of Law and Business
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Low cost books offer on SpringerLink MyCopy service

springerlink e-bookBook lovers – you may interested in a great deal we have with SpringerLink. Staff and students can order their own personal printed copy of an e-book for £24.99, including postage and handling. With nearly 14000 Springer titles to choose from you are spoilt for choice!

The SpringerLink MyCopy service offers ‘Print on Demand’ (POD) copies of a selection of e-books:

  • published from 2005 onwards, with less than 832 pages.
  • with an option to order directly from an e-book record.
  • for individual study only.

Each POD book is branded as a MyCopy book and has a cover in colour, and content in black and white. Illustrations that are in colour in the e-book version are monochrome in the corresponding MyCopy book.

Interested? Linking to SpringerLink can’t be simpler.

  • Go to the Library home page and search for springerlink in the Search Our Collections box.
  • Use the link provided in Primo to access the collection.

Springer is one of only a few publishers that permit you to legally download a whole book to your computer or mobile device to keep indefinitely for your own personal educational or research use. Please do not share or send the electronic (or paper) copy with anyone else.

If you cannot read materials in full text when working off campus, look for the Sign up / Log in link on the on SpringerLink website, then select the Institution /Athens Login option. Next, find your institution and Login via Shibboleth using your University computer username and password.

To limit your search to full text books only when browsing the collections make sure you ‘deselect’ the Include Preview-only content. To read a book online, or download a copy to your own computer, click on the title to open the record and select the relevant option to Download Book or download/save/print a PDF file of an individual chapter. You will also see an option to buy a POD copy on a book record.

As you can see our SpringerLink package offers a great deal. We really hope you enjoy this service.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Continued disruption on Dawsonera

Dawsonera continue to experience problems rectifying performance issues. You may experience intermittent problems on the platform for the remainder of the week.  Unfortunately, they are unable to give us a timescale for resolution but are working hard to restore normal service levels as soon as possible.

Dawsonera apologise for any disruption caused.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

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Ebrary e-book collection has undergone a facelift

Our largest e-book collection, ebrary, has recently had a redesign, resulting in a new clean look and some changes to how you download and read the many titles available, either on pcs, laptops, tablets or smartphones.

Fundamentally, though, it is still the same ever-expanding collection of e-books as before, in which searches can be carried out across every word of every page of the over 110,000 titles it currently contains. It is just that it is now nicer to use, whether you are consulting the e-books online, or downloading them to read offline later.

To find out more about ebrary, and the changes which have recently been introduced, please read our new library guide to this wide-ranging collection, then go and have a look for yourself to find academic-level materials to support your study and research.

Ebrary guides:
Ebrary: how to download e-books
Ebrary on your mobile device

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

Temporary interruption on dawsonera e-book platform

We are currently experiencing a temporary interruption on our dawsonera e-book platform. It is something that dawsonera are aware of and they have informed us that they have had to disable the download function while they work to fix it.

It is still possible, though, to read titles from dawsonera online.

When this has been resolved we will send out further information to let you know. In the meantime please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may be causing.

 

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk