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!

Library workshops available to help taught postgraduates research their dissertations or projects

Once the exams are over, many taught postgraduate students will be turning their attention to their dissertations or projects and the Library is here to help you with a series of workshops that cover the research process, from choosing where and how to search for high quality sources to ensuring that your referencing is as good as it can be.

There are three workshops on offer and they will be taking place near the end of May, from the 21st to the 23rd. We call them Information Skills Refreshers as they aim to remind you of the best ways to use our resources and services as you embark on such a large piece of work. The three workshops are:

Part 1 – Starting your dissertation research. Covers planning, using Primo (our catalogue) to find print and electronic books and how to get the best out of search engines such as Google

Part 2 – Going further with your dissertation research. Covers how to identify, access and use the most suitable academic databases to find research level material in your subject. Also introduces RefWorks, software to help you manage your references and write your dissertation or project.

Part 3 – Managing your dissertation research. Carries on from Part 2, going into more detail on referencing and using RefWorks, as well as touching on how best to avoid possible accusations of plagiarism.

PLEASE NOTE: RefWorks is of limited use to those using Footnote referencing styles, such as OSCOLA.  Subject specialists from the library will be on hand to give support and advice.

To find out more about the workshops and to book a place please visit and look for Library Information Skills. Be sure to read the important information about each course before booking


Unattended belongings in our Libraries before and during exams

With the next exam period approaching, all of our libraries are becoming busier as revision begins in earnest. To ensure all our students have fair access to a study space during this busy time we would like to bring to your attention the Library policy concerning unattended belongings.

The reason for the policy is to ensure that study spaces are not blocked by readers leaving their belongings unattended at a desk for an extended period of time, in effect reserving a desk. This inconveniences others, particularly at a time when demand for study space is high, and we kindly ask that you do not do this. If you see desks being reserved in this way please feel free to speak with library staff.

If you do leave belongings at a study space please note that items left unattended for more than 30 minutes may be removed for safe keeping by library staff, in accordance with Library Regulation 5.5. A notice will be left on the desk to indicate this has happened to your belongings.

In the Sir Duncan Rice Library, if this happens to your belongings before 5pm please refer to Library Floor staff to retrieve your belongings. For Floor 7 please go to the Floor 6 Office. After 5pm belongings can be collected from the Information Centre on Floor 1. At Taylor and Medical Libraries please speak with staff at the issue desks.

Notices will be displayed on desks to indicate this policy. We kindly ask all readers to please think of their fellow students and be considerate to the needs of others also revising hard for important exams. Good luck to everyone with their exams.

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 April 28.

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 questions.

Dr Richard will be available at the following times:

  • Wednesday 25 April, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Thursday 26 April, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Friday 27 April, 12:00 – 14:00

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

You may need to clear cookies to access our online resources

Following vital work installing a new SFX server to ensure all at the University can access online library resources there may be a need for you to clear cookies from your browser. Cookies in your browser may be attempting to direct you towards the old server, resulting in you not managing to access our many online materials. Clearing cookies will resolve this issue.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this necessary switch to a new server.

Interruption to Web of Science this weekend due to maintenance

Web of Science, one of our largest and broadest bibliographic databases will be unavailable for a time this weekend due to vital maintenance which they are carrying out. The service will be unavailable at the following time:

Saturday 21 April 1.00pm BST to Sunday 22 April 1.00am

As part of this maintenance there will be an upgrade to Web of Science, including some new features. They have provided some information on these changes, which can be viewed online.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.