Libraries closed Monday 9th July 2018

Due to the local holiday in Aberdeen the university libraries will be closed on Monday 9 July.

To find out about our opening times over the vacation period visit:
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/using-libraries/opening-hours-83.php#panel1139

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Building improvements to cause some disturbance in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

We are currently repurposing some areas within The Sir Duncan Rice Library, and while this work is carried out there will be some minimal disturbance to users of the building. Some of the work is expected to run until the end of August. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

In the meantime, if you need a silent space to study why not use the silent study rooms in the southwest corner of Floors 3, 4 and 5? These rooms were recently equipped with power and USB sockets allowing you to work from your laptop in a silent environment.

Please also note that the Taylor Library is open 09:00 – 17:00 over the summer period. Taylor Library’s silent study areas are located in block ‘D’ on levels 1 and 2.

 

Room 124 – improvements coming

As of Monday 11 June there will be work taking place in Silent Study Room 124
(Floor 1) of The Sir Duncan Rice Library as we re-purpose the space, to make it better fit your needs. There will be some disruption as this work takes place, and for that we apologise in advance. We will do all we can to keep any inconvenience to a minimum, but the summer months are the only time when such work can take place. The exact timing of this work is still to be confirmed but we will put out further information via our social media once we have firm dates.

In the meantime, if you need a silent space to study why not use the silent study rooms in the south west corner of Floors 3, 4 and 5? These rooms were recently equipped with power and USB sockets allowing you to work from your laptop in a silent environment.

For more information on our Silent Study spaces, click here.

 

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 short 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 the middle of June 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.

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

*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 Library Information Skills classes.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

 

Taught Postgraduates – courses in May and June to help with your dissertations and projects

 

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.

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Come to these classes to ensure you start your piece of work with the skills to make the process as easy as possible!

Need help with maths before the exams? Come to a drop-in session at The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Dr Morgiane Richard of the University’s Student Learning Service (SLS) will be holding Maths drop-in sessions in The Sir Duncan Rice Library this week, to help with any mathematics issues you may have, before the next exam period starts on April 28.

You will be able to find her on Floor 5 of the library, room 506. There is no need to book, just drop in with your questions.

Dr Richard will be available at the following times:

  • Wednesday 25 April, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Thursday 26 April, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Friday 27 April, 12:00 – 14:00

Please contact Dr Morgiane Richard if you have any further questions: m.richard@abdn.ac.uk

Exam Revision: 24 hour opening at The Sir Duncan Rice Library

In the lead up to and during 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 a few days until this happens and 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 22, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday May 18, 2018.

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 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