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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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)

Do you need help finding books in The Sir Duncan Rice Library?

The Sir Duncan Rice Library has an enormous collection of books, with over 400,000 items on the shelves. Have you, though, checked Primo, the portal to all our resources, and not been sure where to go next to find the particular book you want on the shelves? Well, read on to learn how to locate the titles you want to read on our miles of shelving.

The Shelf Mark (sometimes called the Call Number) is the information you need from Primo to locate titles on the shelves and for any book this will be a number between 0 and 999, followed by 3 letters which are usually the first three letters of the author’s surname. The letters are included so that books on the same subject can then be arranged alphabetically.

Take this book for example: Introduction to logic by Irving M. Copi. It has the shelf mark, or call number, of 160 Cop, where 160 is the number for the subject of Logic and Cop is the first three letters of the author’s surname. Quite a simple system really.

The book sequence starts with 000 (computer science, knowledge and systems) on floor 7 and the numbers increase as you descend down the floors, with the last book shelved at 999 (history of miscellaneous countries) on floor 3. Here is a general indication of the shelf marks for each of our subject floors:

  • Floor 3 – Shelf Marks between 900 and 999
  • Floor 4 – Shelf Marks between 700 and 899
  • Floor 5 – Shelf Marks between 400 and 699
  • Floor 6 – Shelf Marks between 300 and 399
  • Floor 7 – Shelf Marks between 000 and 299

In addition to the main borrowable collections each floor contains Reference collections and Folio Collections. Reference books are located at the start of each floor’s sequence and Folios, or oversized books, are shelved separately at the end of the sequence on each floor. Between the Reference and Folio Collections are the main books available for borrowing. Some floors also contain other materials available for borrowing. See below for further details of each floors’ items and the sequence in which they are arranged:

Floor 3                                                                                                                               Reference Items: Ref 900 – Ref 999                                                                                       Main Collection: 900 – 999                                                                                                         Folios: f900 – f999

Floor 4                                                                                                                                     Reference Items: Ref 700 – Ref 899                                                                                   CD-ROMs
Main collection: 700 – 779
Collections of Scores
Miniatures Scores
Full Scores
Vocal Scores
Music Scores                                                                                                                     Main Collection: 780 – 899
Folios: f700 – f899

Floor 5                                                                                                                                   Reference items: Ref 400 – Ref 699
Sc Collection*: Shelf Marks Sc 001 – Sc 999
Main Collection: Shelf marks 400-699
Folios – Sc Collection: f Sc 001- f Sc 999
Folios – Main Collection: f400 – f699

* The Sc Collection is the History and Philosophy of Science Collection

Floor 6                                                                                                                                 Reference Items: Ref 300 – Ref 399                                                                                       Main Collection: 300 – 399                                                                                                     Folios: f300 – f399                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Teaching Resource Collection (TRC) is also on Floor 6 and is shelved in a separate room in the south-east corner of the floor.

Floor 7                                                                                                                                 Reference items: Ref 001 – Ref 299
Main collection: 001-299)
Folios: f001 – f299

To help you get your bearings on our subject floors keep in mind that the sequence on each floor starts with the first set of shelves (or bays) on the far left as you exit the lifts. This is the side of the library nearest to the sea. This first bay will contain the Reference items for that particular floor, and the main borrowable collection will follow directly after. The bays will continue in sequence, row by row towards the opposite side of the floor. This is repeated for each set of bays as they cross the floor, to the side furthest from the sea. See the image below for the general idea of the direction in which books are shelved in The Sir Duncan Rice Library. Each floor is slightly different but the same principle applies on each of the floors.

General floor layout in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

General floor layout in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

The shelf marks for each bay are indicated with a notice on the end of each of them i.e 650.01 Cow – 658.049 Tro. All shelf marks between these numbers will be found in that bay. The sequence starts on the top-left-hand shelf and the numbers will read from left to right across each shelf and down onto the next. They then move to the next set of shelves and continue in this way until you reach the end of that bay.

Hopefully the information above will make things clearer for you as you look for books in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, and remember that if you are ever having difficulty locating any books on our shelves our staff are here to help you. Happy searching but also don’t forget that being lost in the shelves can often lead to you discovering a wonderful book you didn’t even know you wanted to read: serendipity can be a wonderful thing.

Further details on where books are shelved can be found in this Library Guide:

 

Vivien Logan (v.logan@abdn.ac.uk) and Eleni Papadakou (e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk)

Attention Research Postgraduates – Literature Searching Workshops now open for booking

As you undertake 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 will be running a short series of Information Skills Workshops beginning at the end of January 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. The three workshops on offer are:

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

There are also Induction Sessions available for those new to the University of Aberdeen who wish to learn about how the library service operates here. These sessions will include a talk and a tour, with the opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about what the library can do to help you with your research.

To find out more and to book Workshops or an Induction Session visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Information Skills classes.

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.

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.

Searching just got easier – new and improved Primo now live

Primo, the gateway to The University of Aberdeen’s printed and digital materials, including the holidings in our archives and the objects in our museum collections, has been re-launched today with a new look and feel designed to make the experience of finding the materials you need that little bit easier.

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Starting with a complete redesign of the Primo homepage, Library staff have worked hard to simplify the interface.

primo tabs

There is a similar tabbed structure as before, with each tab allowing you to search across a different range of material types, and we have renamed the tabs to more accurately reflect just what it is that each of them will allow you to search across.

And the infographic now included explains just what range of materials each tab will be searching across.

primo infographic

The homepage also encourages you to login whenever you are searching in Primo, so as to improve your experience of linking out to electronic resources and also to allow you to manage those items which you do already have out on loan.

But it is not only the appearance of Primo which has been improved, we have also redesigned what is going on under the bonnet, with more searching options now available from the Advanced Search screen.

In addition to the Title, Author and Subject searches previously available, you can now also search by a Creation Date, or across a broad Date Range, as well as by Shelfmark or the ISBN or ISSN, if you know it. For those who don’t know, ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number, the identifying code for each particular book published anywhere in the world. Look at the back of any book and you will find it. ISSN is the equivalent number, but for Serials (journals).

The icons included in the infographic also feature in the results list, to help you more easily identify the types of materials included in your results.

primo results

The many filtering and refining features available from the results lists will be familiar to those who have used Primo before but we have cleaned up how they look, again making it easier to get to the most suitable materials for yourself.

One new feature of the results list worth mentioning is that, previously, when you were searching for journal articles your results would automatically include articles not available in full-text, often causing disappointment and frustration at not being able to access something that caught your attention.

primo expand

Well, when searching now for journal articles the initial results only contain those items which we do have in full-text, and there is now the option to expand your results to include those items which we as a Library do not have full-text access to, should you so want to.

One important aspect to remember, though, is that to access many of our electronic resources you need to do so directly from within many of the databases we subscribe to. That unfortunate limitation of Primo still exists, so there is still a clear link at the top of the screen to help link you out to particular databases.

primo top

From this top banner you can also link to an A-Z list of electronic journals and to the Help screens for Primo.

This has only been a quick introduction to some of the useful changes Library staff have made to Primo over the course of the summer, so we encourage you to go and try it out for yourselves, and also to contact us if you have any thoughts or comments on the redesign. More information on help and guidance available for getting the best out of Primo will be following soon as the new academic year fast approaches.

Contact us on:

Email: library@abdn.ac.uk

twitter: @aberdeenunilib

facebook: www.facebook.com/biblio.teque

 

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

New look Primo to be launched soon

Here at the University of Aberdeen Library staff have been busy over the summer redesigning Primo, our online gateway to our collection of print and digital resources, and the fruits of this hard work will be available for everyone to see, and use, very soon. Below is sneak preview of the new cleaner homepage for Primo.

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We have worked to make it simpler in appearance and easier to use while ensuring that it is still very much able to help all our users find the information they need for study or research, in whatever format it may come.

Watch this space for further announcements soon…

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk