Come for a Tour of The Sir Duncan Rice Library – No booking required

Following on from our already fully-booked Library Tours, which will take place on September 4 and 5, we will be running open tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library over the rest of that week and the following two weeks for all students, new and old. This is to make sure that as many people as possible get the chance to learn about the Library.

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Starting on Wednesday September 6 and running until Friday September 22, come and meet staff on the ground floor of the library at 10am or 2pm. There is no need to book a place and each tour group will contain a maximum of ten people.

There will be more than one tour taking place at a time, lasting approximately 30 minutes. The tours by our friendly staff will introduce you to not only the beautiful building, but also the services available from the library. We will also tell you:

  • How materials are organised in the building
  • How to begin borrowing the library books on your reading lists
  • How library staff can help you during your time at The University of Aberdeen

Please note that there will be no tours taking place at the weekends, but staff working then will still be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Library Service.

Please speak with staff in the Taylor and Medical Libraries for help in finding your way round their collections and spaces.

We look forward to showing you around, and also take this opportunity to wish you all good luck with the year ahead.​​

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Information Skills Workshops for PhD researchers now 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.

These workshops will take place in November 2016 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. Read on for further information on the workshops. To book workshops visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills classes.

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

  • Literature searching – Part 1: Getting started
  • Literature searching – Part 2: Using databases
  • Literature searching – Part 3: Managing your references using RefWorks*

Across the three 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

Feedback from those who have previously attended these sessions have been positive and they highlight how after attending they felt better equipped to find and manage the materials required for research. One quote from a previous attendee nicely sums up what we are aiming for with these sessions:

“I will definitely be searching smarter than before”

Our aim is that after you attend you will also leave feeling this way.

*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.

To find out more, and to book onto the different workshops please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Information Skills classes. We look forward to seeing you at the workshops.

Changes to Silent Study rooms during exams

It’s that time again when The Sir Duncan Rice Library is really busy. We know that everyone has their own favourite way to study, and for many of you this means using a laptop or tablet.

During this busy exam period, starting from revision week Monday 25th April electronic devices may be used in all except one of the Strictly Silent areas. If you prefer a “no electronic device” area then head for Room 624 on Floor 6 (south west corner of the building).

Some of you may remember our pilot run of using the silent study rooms for extra study space with electronic devices in December last year. It was very successful with a high amount of students using the rooms. We would like to offer this again for the busy exam period.

Please speak with library staff on the floors if there are any difficulties. Good luck with your exams…

Alison & Vivien (Subject & Enquiry team)

Extended hours in The Sir Duncan Rice Library – 24/7 opening before and during Exams

(c) Copyright Tom Magliery and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LIcense

(c) Copyright Tom Magliery and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LIcense

In the lead up to the fast approaching exam period The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are just under two weeks until this happens but we want to let you know just now so that you can properly plan your revision.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open at 11.00 on Sunday April 24, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday May 20, 2016.

Over this period it is important that you are aware of the following:

  • Swipe access only after 22.00 – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.
  • The PCs require a nightly shutdown (lasting about ten minutes) and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 04.00, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
  • Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 02.00 and 06.00, which may result in some disruption.
  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
  • Take care if leaving the Library in the early hours – travel with friends if possible. Please read our other post on student safety and security.

Please respect the building and your fellow library users:

  1. Hot and cold drinks in covered containers can be consumed in designated areas of the Library (everywhere except the silent study areas, study rooms, project rooms and areas with equipment).
  2. Cold food can be consumed in the same locations – but not if it is has a strong smell or is noisy! (remember – no hot food allowed).
  3. Tidy up after yourself – use the bins which are available on each of the floors.
  4. Keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.

Please report any problems to security staff on duty – in person (Information Centre,
Floor 1, TSDRL) or by phone (01224 273330).

Also check out the opening hours for our other two Library sites, as Taylor and Medical will not be open 24/7 during these dates.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, contact us at library@abdn.ac.uk.

Posted on behalf of Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager

MAINTENANCE: Web of Science – Sunday April 10

The Web of Science database may be intermittently unavailable this coming Sunday, April 10 due to systems maintenance. The maintenance window is 13:00 to 16:00 BST.

There may be occasional outages to Web of Science throughout this time and it is expected that there will be two instances of downtime, each 15 minutes in length.

They apologise to users for any disruption and inconvenience that may be due as a result of the required maintenance work.

Please contact Web of Science Service for UK Education Support by emailing webofscience@jisc.ac.uk should you have any queries or require assistance.

 

Finding the perfect spot for revision in The Sir Duncan Rice Library as exams approach

With exams for the majority of students here at the University of Aberdeen due to begin at the end of this month we thought it would be timely to remind you of the range of different types of study spaces available to you in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, as everyone likes to study in different ways and this library certainly offers spaces to accommodate all types of revision.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library has been designed with the needs of 21st century learners in mind, with lots of different sorts of space for the activities that visitors told us they needed most. Essentially the design of the building locates more social areas close to the atrium, so as a useful rule of thumb, the further you are from the hole in the middle, the more we encourage quiet.

So where’s best for you?

Silent study

Our building is not a traditional, completely silent library. It’s built for collaborations and conversations to reflect more modern education needs, but also provides for traditionalists who like to hear themselves think in peace in old-school classic study style. We have silent study rooms on floors 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

There are two types of silent study space: one with spaces to plug in laptops and one without, so if your ideal space for revision is for no internet distractions or clicking of keyboards use these rooms. If you are in a silent study room with no plug sockets please do not use a laptop of tablet. See our web page on silent study rooms for more information.

Co-Labs

Spaces for collaborative study

Spaces for collaborative study

Need collaboration for inspiration? Then our co-labs could be the place for you. These are specifically designed for group and project work, such as presentations, with spaces for 4-7 people; useful for group revision and idea-sharing. These are especially recommended if you are a more multimedia learner, as they offer built-in information technology facilities to allow you to use a range of digital devices. Co-labs include a PC, a plasma screen for viewing DVDs or online content, and multiple ports for headphones so you can listen and learn with others. These spaces are partitioned, so offer a little privacy, but please do be mindful of noise levels to respect other visitors.

Group study rooms

For those of you who like to plan ahead and study with company, there are two bookable Group Study Rooms on Floor 7. These rooms have space for up to 8 people, and have a PC and plasma screen. To book a Group Study Room for 1-2 hours, speak with staff at the Information Centre on Floor 1. Find full details in our Group Study Room Library Guide.

All sorts of seats

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Comfortable soft seating is available on Floors 1 to 5. These areas are ideal for individual reading, personal laptop use, reading newspapers on Floor 1, and for short and quiet conversation.

Round Study Tables are near the lift/lobby area on Floors 3 to 6, and are intended for quiet conversation or collaborative work in pairs or small groups.

for quiet, individual study

for quiet, individual study

The study desks by the windows around each side of the building and on the open floor areas on Floors 1 to 7 are intended for quiet, individual study, perfect if you want to enjoy your own little study-bubble, with or without your headphones, and look out at the Silver City in stunning eagle-view panorama.

From all staff at the Library Service, we wish you the best of success with your studies and exams!

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.