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.

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)

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.

 

Come for a Library Tour between January 15 and 22

New student? Current student who has just realised that it would be useful to find out more about library and information services? Get your new programme off to the best start, or kick-start your ongoing studies, by discovering what is available to you from The Sir Duncan Rice Library and beyond….

WHO: New (or not so new!) students of any level (undergraduate, postgraduate). New members of staff are also welcome

WHEN: Friday 15 January and Monday 18 January – Friday 22 January, 10:00 or 14:00. There will be no tours at the weekend.

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

WHAT: 30-40 minute tour of the building and services/facilities. Discover where your subject books are held, how to borrow them and where to get help. Stay on for an optional 15-20 minute demonstration on how to use Primo to search for and find items on your reading list. The tour will be subject-tailored to those who attend

No booking necessary – just come along on the day and time slot that suits you best. Invest a little time now to find out what is available to support your research and study activities – you will be glad that you did!

For more detailed help with research resources for assignments and dissertations you can book onto our lunchtime Find it Fast! workshops (undergraduate and taught postgraduate students) which start on 19 January.

Workshops for research postgraduate students are provided in the Researcher Development programme and can also be booked online. Log in to www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking for further details, or speak with library staff.

Free Information 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 free 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! Information Skills Workshops, and they will be running between January 19 and February 4 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 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 the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly.
  • 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.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The ‘RefWorks – Managing References and Creating Bibliographies’ workshops are offered in two parts so you must complete part 1 before attending part 2.
  • Unfortunately, these referencing workshops are not suitable for Law students as the software taught does not support the legal referencing style, OSCOLA.

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 Information Skills courses.

Library Opening Hours around the Winter Holidays

20151201_153247croppedThe winter holidays are nearly upon us, bringing with them the opportunity for a much-needed break from study and research. And before the festivities arrive we would like to let you know about the various opening hours which operate across our different libraries, both before and after the holidays.

Our three different libraries will be moving into holiday opening hours from the end of Friday the 18th of December and all three sites have slightly different hours. Read below to see the hours and to see just when the libraries will be reopening in the New Year.

One thing all three sites have in common are the following dates during which they will NOT be open:

All Libraries Closed from

5pm on Wednesday 23rd December until Tuesday 5th of January 2016

Below are the opening hours for the different sites before and after the winter holidays.

 

Sir Duncan Rice Library

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Fri 18th Dec Close at 22.00
Sat 19th Dec 09.00 – 13.00
Sun 20th Dec Closed
Mon 21st Dec 08.30 – 17.00
Tue 22nd Dec 08.30 – 17.00
Wed 23rd Dec 08.30 – 17.00
Thu 24th Dec – Mon 4th Jan Closed
Tue 5th – Fri 8th Jan 08.30 – 17.00
Sat 9th Jan 09.00 – 13.00
Sun 10th Jan Closed
Mon 11th Jan Term hours resume: 08.00 – 00.00

 

Medical Library

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Fri 18th Dec 09.00 – 20.00
Sat 19th Dec 09.00 – 13.00
Sun 20th Dec Closed
Mon 21st Dec 09.00 – 17.00
Tue 22nd Dec 09.00 – 17.00
Wed 23rd Dec 09.00 – 17.00
Thu 24th Dec – Mon 4th Jan Closed
Tue 5th – Fri 8th Jan 09.00 – 17.00
Sat 9th Jan 09.00 – 13.00
Sun 10th Jan Closed
Mon 11th Jan Term hours: 09.00 – 22.00

 

Taylor Library

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Fri 18th December 09.00 – 20.00
Sat 19th December Closed
Sun 20th December Closed
Mon 21st December 09.00 – 17.00
Tue 22nd December 09.00 – 17.00
Wed 23rd December 09.00 – 17.00
Thu 24th Dec – Mon 4th Jan Closed
Tue 5th – Fri 8th Jan 09.00 – 17.00
Sat 9th Jan Closed
Sun 10th Jan Closed
Mon 11th Jan Term hours: 09.00 – 22.00

 

Even though all the libraries will be closed during the winter holidays don’t forget you are still able to access a huge number of resources electronically. See links below for further information.

  • You can search for online materials using Primo, our library catalogue
  • Check out or range of library guides for help
  • For help accessing electronic resources while off campus check out this guide
  • Consult our collection of support materials, including slides and worksheets from Information Skills Workshops

The staff here at the Library Service would like to wish all students and staff at the University of Aberdeen a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a restful break over the holidays. We look forward to seeing you all back again in 2016.