Primo maintenance now complete – July 2

The Primo maintenance being carried out this morning is now complete and available for searching, allowing all users to learn about and access all of the Library’s physical and online collections.


Primo – short interruptions due to maintenance – July 2, 2018

Primo, the online interface for searching our collections, will be undergoing maintenance during the morning of July 2, resulting in short periods when the service will be unavailable. This vital work is being carried out at this time to minimise inconvenience to all of our users. We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

It will still be possible to search our collections during this time by using our individual catalogues. These can be found elsewhere on our website

Extended opening hours at The Sir Duncan Rice Library during exam re-sits

We would like to announce that following discussions with AUSA The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours during the approaching exam re-sits, as a pilot, to give students greater opportunity to use our facilities to revise.

From Monday 25 June to Thursday 12 July we will be open to 10pm Mon-Fri, instead of 8pm. On Saturdays we will still be open 9-5 and closed on Sundays, as before).

The opening hours at the Taylor Library and Medical Library will be remaining the same.

There are 2 exceptions to this pattern, however. On Thursday 28th June the library will close at 5pm for the annual TAU Racing car event, and on Monday 9th July we will be closed for the public holiday, along with the rest of the university.

Good luck from the Library to all students undertaking re-sits.

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 and look for Library Information Skills classes.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!


Taught Postgraduates – courses to help with your dissertations and projects: places still available!

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: 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.

To find out more and sign up for these useful workshops please visit:

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our contact details can be found at:



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: 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: 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: 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!