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 from the 20th to the 22nd of May. 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 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, a 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 www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills. Be sure to read the important information about each course before booking.
Did you know you may be eligible to borrow material from other UK University libraries? Our University is a member of the SCONUL Access reciprocal scheme. SCONUL Access grants borrowing privileges to various types of library users working or studying at participating higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland.
SCONUL Access provides borrowing privileges for most:
postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
part-time, distance learning and placement students
SCONUL Access also provides for a reference only service for most full-time undergraduate students and staff of a few higher education libraries not participating in the reciprocal borrowing arrangements.
Borrowing entitlements – e.g. number of loans, loan period and types of material may vary among institutions.
Please note that access to IT facilities and electronic resources are not normally included in the scheme. You may however be able to access the wireless network on your personal device while visiting other university libraries if they use the same Eduroam wireless network as ourselves. See the university’s guide to Eduroam to learn more.
Click here to find out a bit more about the scheme and how to apply!
We believe that 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 January 22 and February 6 to help all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students navigate the library landscape, which can at times seem filled with so much choice.
The workshops are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and are a great introduction to the resources we provide, and the ways in which you can make best 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 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 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.
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.
There are still places available on the following workshops:
IT Services – May 28 & 29 Working with Long Documents (Word 2013)
This workshop will look at: defining and using an appropriate template, modifying inbuilt styles, inserting section breaks and page numbers, applying multi-level numbering, using captions for images, creating cross-references and creating tables of contents and tables of figures. To sign up to attend one of these workshops please visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for courses on MS Office.
Student Learning Service – June 4 & 5 Writing a Literature Review
Student Learning Service – June 6 & 8 Writing your Dissertation/Project: Spelling, Paragraph Structure and Constructing an Argument
This interactive workshop will stress the importance of writing with a reader in mind. To engage the reader, writing should be logical, coherent and clearly argued. Through practical exercises, we will examine the significance of accurate spelling, paragraph structure and construction of an argument.
Once the exams are over, many taught postgraduate students will be turning their attention to their dissertations and projects. IT Services, the Library and the Student Learning Service are here to help with a series of sessions:
From the 21st to the 23rd of May, the Library will hold a series of workshops that cover the research process from choosing where and how to search for high quality information to ensuring that your referencing is as good as it can be. The three workshops are: Part 1 – Starting your dissertation research, Part 2 – Going further with your dissertation research and Part 3 – Managing your dissertation research. To find out more and to book a place please visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills.
On the 28th and 29th of May, colleagues from the IT Services’ Training and Documentation Team will be running workshops to help with many of the common formatting issues that can arise when working with long documents. The workshops will look at: (Word 2013) defining and using an appropriate template, modifying inbuilt styles, inserting section breaks and page numbers, applying multi-level numbering, using captions for images, creating cross-references and creating tables of contents and tables of figures. To sign up to attend one of these workshops please visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for courses on MS Office.
The university’s Student Learning Service will be running workshops at the start of June aimed at taught postgraduates as they embark on their dissertations or projects. There will be 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. Same as with the IT and Library courses, visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking for more information and to book a place.
Come to these classes to ensure you start your piece of work with the skills to make the process as easy as possible!
Across our three libraries our silent study rooms are popular places to study, and they prove even more popular as the exams approach. See below for help in locating these silent study spaces at this important time, and remember that you can speak with library staff if you are being disturbed by others while you study.
The Sir Duncan Rice Library
There are a range of study spaces across this library, including silent ones. Many of our silent study spaces have recently had power sockets and USB charging points installed, meaning that you can now study in silence and still use your laptops and other electronic devices. We still ask that you do not eat in any of the silent rooms as that can be a great distraction to others. For full details of our silent study spaces see below:
Floor 1 – south west corner (overlooking Bedford Road). Room 124. No power sockets. Forty two study spaces.
Floor 3, 4 and 5 – south east corner (overlooking Meston Building). Rooms 312, 412 and 512. Power sockets on each study desk. Twenty study spaces per room.
Floor 3, 4 and 5 – south west corner (overlooking Bedford Road). Rooms 324, 424 and 524. Power sockets and USB charging points assigned to each study desk. Twenty study spaces per room.
Floor 6 – south west corner (overlooking Bedford Road). Room 624. No power sockets. Twenty study spaces. This space is designated a “no devices” location throughout the year to support those who wish to study in this way.
The whole top floor of the Medical Library is designated as silent study space. You are permitted to use laptops and other electronic devices in that area.
You will find the silent study areas within the Taylor Library in the D Block sections. There are silent areas on both floors of D Block, with different rules around laptop use in different areas. Each desk is clearly marked, to let you know whether or not you can use latops or other electronic devices.
During the Easter break we will be installing power and USB sockets into three Silent Study Rooms in the Sir Duncan Rice Library which currently have no such sockets. There will, therefore, be no access to the West Silent Study Rooms on floors 3, 4 and 5 between now and Friday April 13.
In the meantime, please feel free to use the other Silent Study Rooms still available on floors 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The rooms on floors 1 and 6 do not permit the use of any electrical devices within them.
Once the work is finished we’ll have 60 additional desks across 3 further silent study rooms to better support access to online materials. Especially useful for the upcoming exams.
Apologies for the noise and for any inconvenience caused while this useful work is carried out.