Information Skills workshops for PhD researchers still open for booking

The Library is here to help all postgraduate researchers as they begin, or continue their in-depth research with a series of Information Skills Workshops designed to their needs. With so much academic literature available through the University of Aberdeen, these workshops will give you the confidence and skills to locate and manage the materials you need.

The workshops will take place in April 2018 and will help you understand the resources available to you as researchers here at the University of Aberdeen, and how to get the best out of them. For further information and to book a place, visit
www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills classes.

There are four workshops on offer, each lasting two hours:

  • Literature searching – Part 1: Getting started (16th & 17th of April)
  • Literature searching – Part 2: Using databases (18th of April)
  • Literature searching – Part 3: Managing your references using RefWorks* (19th of April)

Across the workshops we will look at:

  • Planning your search
  • Looking for books: using Primo and e-books
  • Databases of academic literature
  • Getting the best out of Google
  • Managing your references with RefWorks
  • Formatting Word documents with in-text citations and bibliographies

 *IMPORTANT NOTE: The workshop focusing on the management of references (Part 3) is not suitable for research postgraduates in the School of Law, as the software used does not support the OSCOLA referencing style required for legal theses.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops.

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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.

Save time – use Scopus to improve your research (and marks?)

Some of the benefits of creating a Scopus account (My Scopus):

  • You’ve performed your searches, why not save them for future reference? You can save up to 50 searches.
  • You’ve found interesting material for your assignment or dissertation, but need to keep up-to-date? Set up an alert – get it by email.
  • You’ve done the hard part, you’ve got your material, now let’s move on to referencing! Using RefWorks? Select it as your preferred export system.

If you think you’ll use the Scopus database regularly, you will definitely benefit from the extra features that an account offers. Get organised and create an account…

How to create your personal account?

Whether you are on or off campus, just follow the instructions in Step 2 of the “Accessing electronic information” library guide: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/dbs/qgdbs005.pdf

Then Activate personalization (top right hand corner) and complete the form.  Next time you use Scopus, log in using the Step 2 instructions and Scopus will recognise you (your name will appear in the top right hand corner).

Need more help?

Have you missed our Find it Fast! library workshops? Don’t worry, catch up on our wiki pages at http://finditfastlibraryworkshops.pbworks.com/

Prefer to use the help material provided by Scopus? Have a look at their Quick Guide (all 14 pages of it) at https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/79196/scopus-quick-reference-guide.pdf

Rather to speak to a person? Come to the Sir Duncan Rice Library and speak to our experts:

  • Susan McCourt (Room 506) and Ewan Grant (Room 306) can advise on simple and advanced search options and features.
  • Eleni Papadakou and Vivien Logan (Room 505) are always happy to help!

Keep up to date with Scopus

Scopus offers more options to improve your Scopus skills, learn more now by clicking on the image below!

How to improve Scopus

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