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!



INFO: Research skills drop-in sessions for PGT students

As a follow-up to the extremely popular dissertation info skills sessions held in June we are offering drop-in sessions  this week. Come along if you have any questions on refining searches, using databases or managing references.  

  • Tuesday 17 July 11.00-12.00
  • Thursday 19 July 14.00-15.00

PC Classroom 1, Floor 2, University Library

No booking required – just drop-in!

All the presentations and worksheets used in the June workshops can be accessed on our information skills wiki at



INFO: New search interface – ProQuest databases

Do you use the ABI/Inform database, or any of the CSA databases? If yes – read on!

More than thirty of our databases will become available under a new ProQuest search interface at the end of this week. The new search screens will replace those currently used for the ABI/Inform business related database and the predominantly science and technology databases on the CSA Illumina platform.

If you’re a regular user of these resources you’ll be able to access them at from midday on Friday, although some of you may have already found your way onto the new site through full-text links in Primo and the library catalogue!

Workshops on the new ProQuest screens, with particular emphasis on the ABI/Inform business database, are being offered on Thursday 14 June, 9.30-11.00, and 11.00-12.30 in the University Library. You can reserve a place through – there are a few places still available for the second workshop.

Susan McCourt,

INFO: Working on your Masters dissertation over the summer?

A few hours invested in attending our refresher library information skills workshops for taught postgraduates may save you heaps of time in your dissertation research and writing up.

After the exams we are offering a series of practical workshops covering generic skills in literature searching, using relevant databases, and writing up using *RefWorks reference management software (*NOTE: RefWorks is not suitable for Law students).

We’re also offering hands-on sessions specifically on the new interface for the ABI/Inform business database. Of particular interest to students in the Business School. 

Workshops are being offered in the week beginning 11 June – they are free of charge and available to book online at

Three different workshops are offered with a choice of two different times for each – places are limited so please only sign up for one time slot for each workshop you wish to attend.


NOTE – LAW STUDENTS: a series of three refresher workshops on searching legal databases for your dissertation are being held on 4 June and 5 June. These are voluntary and can be booked online at Places are limited so book early if you wish to attend.

Susan McCourt,