Information Skills workshops for PhD researchers : places still available

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 on the 5th, 6th and 7th of February 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!

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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