We believe that 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 October 16 and November 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 resources we provide, and the ways in which you can make best 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 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 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!
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.
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 between the dates: 30th of October –15th of November 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.