Problems resolved

Previously reported difficulties (IHS databases, RefWorks export issues) have now been resolved.

Susan McCourt, s.mccourt@abdn.ac.uk

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Exporting to RefWorks – difficulties

Many users are experiencing difficulties today (Tuesday 2 February) exporting records into RefWorks from a range of databases. This is occurring at universities across the UK and the problem is under investigation by RefWorks. If at all possible we would suggest saving your search strategy or results by other means e.g. save to list, so that you can export to RefWorks later, once the difficulty has been resolved.

Susan McCourt, s.mccourt@abdn.ac.uk

REMINDER:: Service Alert – Sunday 17 January – RefWorks and ProQuest databases

Access to RefWorks and ProQuest research databases including ABI/INFORM, EconLit, GeoRef, IBSS and LION will not be available 03:00 – 11:00 on Sunday 17 January due to upgrade work on the ProQuest platform. Users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.

Apologies in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Susan McCourt, s.mccourt@abdn.ac.uk

Service Alert: ProQuest databases – Sunday 17 January

ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability. Work is scheduled to begin at 03:00 GMT on Sunday 17 January and will last for up to 8 hours.

During this time, access to ProQuest research databases including ABI/INFORM, EconLit, GeoRef, IBSS and LION will not be available, and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance. Please note that RefWorks, the reference management tool, will also be unavailable during the upgrade window.

Apologies in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Susan McCourt, s.mccourt@abdn.ac.uk

Save time – use Scopus to improve your research (and marks?)

Some of the benefits of creating a Scopus account (My Scopus):

  • You’ve performed your searches, why not save them for future reference? You can save up to 50 searches.
  • You’ve found interesting material for your assignment or dissertation, but need to keep up-to-date? Set up an alert – get it by email.
  • You’ve done the hard part, you’ve got your material, now let’s move on to referencing! Using RefWorks? Select it as your preferred export system.

If you think you’ll use the Scopus database regularly, you will definitely benefit from the extra features that an account offers. Get organised and create an account…

How to create your personal account?

Whether you are on or off campus, just follow the instructions in Step 2 of the “Accessing electronic information” library guide: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/dbs/qgdbs005.pdf

Then Activate personalization (top right hand corner) and complete the form.  Next time you use Scopus, log in using the Step 2 instructions and Scopus will recognise you (your name will appear in the top right hand corner).

Need more help?

Have you missed our Find it Fast! library workshops? Don’t worry, catch up on our wiki pages at http://finditfastlibraryworkshops.pbworks.com/

Prefer to use the help material provided by Scopus? Have a look at their Quick Guide (all 14 pages of it) at https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/79196/scopus-quick-reference-guide.pdf

Rather to speak to a person? Come to the Sir Duncan Rice Library and speak to our experts:

  • Susan McCourt (Room 506) and Ewan Grant (Room 306) can advise on simple and advanced search options and features.
  • Eleni Papadakou and Vivien Logan (Room 505) are always happy to help!

Keep up to date with Scopus

Scopus offers more options to improve your Scopus skills, learn more now by clicking on the image below!

How to improve Scopus

Eleni Papadakou and Vivien Logan