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.

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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.

 

Free Information 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 free 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! Information Skills Workshops, and they will be running between January 19 and February 4 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 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 the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly.
  • 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.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The ‘RefWorks – 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.

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 Information Skills courses.

Primo at risk between 9am and 11am on Wednesday 13 January

Tomorrow library staff will be carrying out vital maintenance to Primo, the Library’s resource discovery tool, as essential updates are installed.

This will take place between 9am and 11am on Wednesday January 13.

It is expected that Primo will still be functioning as normal but it should be considered at risk of being unavailable during this time. This maintenance work will be likely to also impact upon the availability of the Library Catalogue and DigiTool.

We apologise for any disturbance this short interruption may cause, but this maintenance is essential and it is hoped that by carrying it out before the start of the second semester as few people as possible will be inconvenienced.

Ewan Grant

MAINTENANCE: Primo at risk on morning of December 1st

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Tomorrow library staff will be carrying out vital maintenance to Primo, the Library’s resource discovery tool, as essential updates are installed. This maintenance work may also impact upon the Library Catalogue and DigiTool.

This update will take place between 8 and 9am on Tuesday December 1. It is expected that Primo and the other services may actually be functioning as normal during this time but they should be considered at risk of being unavailable.

We apologise for any inconvenience this short interruption may cause, but this maintenance is essential.

And, as this is the week during which exams start, we would also like to wish all our students good luck.

 

Ewan Grant

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 find a particular book you want to read

This is the first in a short series of blog posts looking at common questions which users of our libraries may have about using Primo, our resource discovery tool, when looking for materials for their study or research. Primo is the portal to our paper and electronic resources and can lead you to millions of different materials available here at the University of Aberdeen.

In this post we will show how Primo can help you locate a particular book you wish to read, something you may have been asked to read for a class or maybe a book you have learnt about from your own reading.

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.

 

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5 – In this example we are looking for the following book: Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2012) Research Methods for Business Students. 6th edn. Harlow: Pearson.

  • Select the Books+ tab to focus the search on books.
  • Enter some details of the book and the family name of the first named author.
  • Then select Search.

 

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6 – Primo returns a list of 3 results and the title we are looking for is at the top of the list. Primo tells us on the right of the screen that there are 5 versions of this book. For more details click on View 5 versions.

 

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7 – All 5 versions are now listed, each a different edition published in different years. We are looking for the 2012 edition and it is at the top of the list. Be sure to read the edition that you have been asked to consult as older editions may contain out-of-date information. To find out if it is possible to currently borrow the book select Availability.

 

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8 – We can now see that there are:

  • Two copies of this book, both currently On Shelf and available to be borrowed from the Heavy Demand collection on floor 1 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.
  • You are also provided with the Call Number to help you locate it on the shelf.
  • You can book Heavy Demand books up to three weeks in advance so you can get the book when you want it. To do that select Heavy Demand Booking.

 

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9 – Having already logged into Primo makes it easier to book library materials. Select the date you wish to reserve the book for and select Request.

 

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10 – You will get a message indicating that the booking was succesful.

  • You will be able to collect and borrow the book from the Heavy Demand area on floor 1 of the SDRL after 10.30am on the day you have reserved it for.
  • It will be on the shelf at the Call Number given in Primo.
  • The booking only lasts until 3.30pm on the day of the booking
  • The collection of Heavy Demand books operates slightly differently in the Taylor Library, with requested books available for collection from staff at the issue desk in the library.
  • The Medical Library leaves reserved Heavy Demand books on the shelves for collection.
  • Click here for further details on reserving and booking library materials.

 

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.