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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Come and learn about the Library on a tour

New student? Current student who has just realised that it would be useful to find out more about library and information services? Come along to a tour and discover what is available to you from The Sir Duncan Rice Library and beyond….

WHEN: Monday 15 – Friday 19 January, 10.00 and 14.00

WHERE: Welcome Desk on ground floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library

WHAT: Short tour of the library lasting around 30 minutes, introducing you to the building, services and facilities, to help you make the most of the resources available to you from the library.

No booking necessary – just come along on the day and time that suits you best.

Late night study in the library? – Stay safe

P1020129-EDIT-1forWebIt is really important – especially now, when the new exam period is fast approaching and you spend more time in the library – to carefully plan your visit. This post provides useful tips for you to stay safe while studying here or leaving home late at night or very early in the morning.

In the library

Our libraries are safe places to study at day and night, yet you have to be vigilant because opportunistic thieves can strike anywhere and anytime.

  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended. Always keep your valuables with you or secure them out of sight.
  • If you have to leave your study space, ask a friend to watch over your belongings.
  • Back up work from your laptop on to a memory stick or H: drive. In case your laptop disappears, you will still have your files saved.
  • Make sure your valuables are properly insured.
  • If you have any problem, ask the help of the library staff or the security person
    on site.

Leaving the library in the night or early morning

By car:

  • Park your car near good lighting, close to the library.
  • Have your car key ready as you approach your car.
  • When driving, if possible keep your doors locked.
  • Student parking is available via annual permits or daily vouchers.

By taxi:

  • Book a taxi in advance.
  • Make sure you check the name you gave the cab firm with the driver.
  • Travel with your friends if you can, and always sit in the back.

By night buses:

  • Plan your journey in advance. Check the timetable for night buses on the websites of First Bus Aberdeen or Stagecoach bus services.
  • On public transport, sit near groups of people or the driver.
  • Travelling on a double decker bus, always stay downstairs.

By bike:

  • If you ride a bicycle lock it with a D-lock. You can buy bike locks – nearest to the University – at Halfords, in Kittybrewster Retail Park, Aberdeen.
  • Across the University campuses, there are almost 500 parking spaces for bikes. Storage ranges from open air Sheffield stands to cover sheds.
  • You can also secure a Cycle Locker for your bike at both campuses.

By walking home:

  • Take care if leaving the library in the night. Walk home with friends or fellow students.
  • Avoid getting or looking lost.
  • Stick to well-lit and well used areas. Do not take short cuts through dark or remote parks or alleyways.
  • Be alert to your surroundings. Do not chat on your mobile phone or keep your headphones in while you are walking home alone.

Other useful contacts

Police Scotland – Aberdeen
Police emergency contact number: 999
Police non-emergency contact number: 101
Scottish Fire and Rescue Services – Aberdeen
NHS 24 hour service contact number: 111
CluedUp – University of Aberdeen web pages on security
Aberdeen City Council webpages on safety
Safer Aberdeen App
Security Office (Old Aberdeen Campus) – campus map
Security Office (Old Aberdeen Campus) – web pages

Library Services
library@abdn.ac.uk

Exam revision in the Sir Duncan Rice Library – Silent Study Rooms

Exam time is almost upon us and we are aware that everyone has their own preferred methods to study. We aim to provide somewhere for everyone, whatever their choice, so once again we are changing the use of our Silent Study rooms in the Sir Duncan Rice Library during revision week and for the whole of the exam period.

Beginning on November 20 and running until December 15, electronic devices may be used in all of our Silent Study rooms on Floors 1, 3, 4 and 5. This temporary change is due to more people using the library at this time, and this adjustment is the best way to accommodate as many people as possible during this important point in the academic year.

However, silence still reigns in room 624 on Floor 6 where there will continue to be strictly silent study with no laptops, tablets or any other electronic devices allowed.

Good luck in your exams!

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.​​

PhD Literature Searching workshops open for booking

As you begin, or continue, your PhD it is important that you feel confident that you are locating and managing all the literature and information you require to achieve your research aims. For researchers like yourself the University’s Library Service is here to support you.

We are running a short series of Information Skills Workshops in July 2016 which will help you understand the library 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 they need 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 sessions focusing on the management of references 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.

In the meantime, do not forget that Library staff are always here to help with any information needs that you may have. Visit our website for further information on our services.

Summer Opening Hours for the Library

As summertime is upon us and exams are now over, the Library is now operating on its summer schedule. Opening hours for The Sir Duncan Rice Library are as follows:

The Sir Duncan Rice Library – Summer Vacation  

Monday 08:30 – 20:00
Tuesday 08:30 – 20:00
Wednesday 08:30 – 20:00
Thursday 08:30 – 20:00
Friday 08:30 – 20:00
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00
Sunday Closed

The Taylor Library is open from 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday and closed at weekends.

For those of you who still require longer hours to study, the Medical Library up at the Foresterhill campus is only a short walk from Old Aberdeen and is open until 10pm every night except Fridays and is also open on Sundays:

Medical Library – Term and Vacations  

Monday 09:00 – 22:00
Tuesday 09:00 – 22:00
Wednesday 09:00 – 22:00
Thursday 09:00 – 22:00
Friday 09:00 – 20:00
Saturday 09:00 – 22:00
Sunday 13:00 – 22:00

Please note that all Library sites will be closed on Monday 11th of July for Summer Holiday Monday.

Normal term hours for all sites will resume at the start of the 2016/17 academic year. Term begins on Monday 5th September 2016.

Happy holidays from all at the Library!