Taught Postgraduates

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This page contains useful links to Library resources and services for taught postgraduates (TPGs) at the University of Aberdeen.

Where to Go for Help and Advice

Information Consultants

Many PGTs receive information skills training from our Information Consultants as a formal part of their course. The time and effort you invest in attending these courses will reap benefits in helping you to find good quality information for your assignments and dissertation. You can also sign up for our free lunch-time workshops to get in some extra practice!

Remember – we want you to benefit fully from our courses – always arrive on time for the start of teaching – switch off your mobile phone for the duration of the course – and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions!

When it comes to research for that important dissertation you can make an appointment with the Information Consultant for your subject for advice on relevant resources, including electronic databases. Contact details for all our Information Consultants are available here.

Information Skills Workshops

Professional library staff deliver free courses specifically designed for PGTs. Courses are held throughout the academic year and last no longer than 1 hour. Our courses make it easier for you to find information for your assignments and dissertation, saving you time and frustration. They include:

  • designing searches
  • how to use the library catalogue
  • selecting and searching useful information sources
  • making the most of major electronic databases such as Scopus, Web of Knowledge, ebrary e-books etc.
  • how to Google better
  • why you should evaluate information found on the Web
  • avoiding plagiarism
  • managing references and creating bibliographies using RefWorks reference management software

Book a free library workshop here!

Library Induction Tours

If you are new to the University (or you may want to refresh your memory on where to find stuff) why don’t you go on a library tour? We hold tours at the beginning of the academic session – look out for flyers or check out our Tweets (posts) on Twitter to find out when they take place.

Library Staff

If you would like to know more about library services and facilities why don’t you have a chat with staff in one of our libraries? You are always welcome to pop in and see us.

You are one of our students so you can use all 4 libraries – The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Taylor Library, Medical Library and the Reid Library. You don’t have to travel miles to a different library location to collect a book you need – ask to transfer a book from one library to another located on a different campus by using Primo, our resource discovery tool. Please ask library staff for help!

Information Guides

We produce loads of guides to help you use Library services and resources more effectively. They could save you heaps of time when it comes to writing assignments. Every guide is available electronically in PDF format, and you can find printed copies of the popular publications in Library branches. Take a look at the titles here.


We may not have the same appeal as Chris Moyles but we’ve been podcasting for years! Listen to our recordings for Applicant Days and University Open Days, or an introduction to the Medical Library, or listen to recordings included in our ezine, HeadLines.

We call our podcasts AudioPODS – choose listen to ordinary audio files – or extraordinary audio files with added extras such as chapter headings, photographs, floor plans and links to web pages. Our AudioPODs can be played on computers, mp3 players and iPods, iTouch and new generation mobile ‘phones.

We’ve got loads to choose from …. listen to what we have here!


Library VodCasts are demonstrations on how to access electronic resources and find materials for your assignments using search tools such as the library catalogue and electronic databases. They are video-style recordings (screencasts), so you see a step-by-step guide on your computer monitor, accompanied by a spoken commentary. They are really useful if you are working away from campus and are a bit stuck on how to use one of our important resources.

Our VodCasts can be played on Windows and Mac operating systems. Take a look here.

Library on Twitter

We use Twitter to post updates (Tweets) on new services and resources, problems relating to access to our services or databases and any other important news items. Read our Tweets here!

Ask a Librarian Instant Messaging Service

Our new instant messaging (IM) service is available from a chat box located on the Library Home Page. If you have a basic question relating to library services or resources why don’t you give it a go? We will try our best to answer your query just as soon as possible. If we can’t answer your query we will give you contact details of a member of library staff who can!

The Ask A Librarian Service is available term-time only but we are always looking for ways to extend and improve our services. You have a number of alternative ways to contact us when the IM service is closed. Email details are posted below the chat box.

IT Service Desk

Contact the IT Service Desk for help with problems accessing databases from off-campus or support for any other IT related problems.


HeadLines e-magazine

HeadLines is a newsletter aimed at keeping you informed of news and developments in Library & Historic Collections. Regular features include updates on new purchase deals for information resources and new services on offer.

Previous issues can be read here.

Library, Special Collections & Museums on Facebook

For all the latest updates from the University of Aberdeen’s Library, Special Collections and Museums you can follow us on Facebook. You can find our page here.

Library, Special Collections & Museums on Flickr

A photostream of the Sir Duncan Rice Library under construction is available on Flickr here.

Library, Special Collections & Museums on YouTube

Short video style presentations on the new library build and collections in LSC&M are now available on YouTube here.

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