Did you know…? – Continued access to additional e-resources

Previously we told you about the wealth of additional e-resources made available to us temporarily by publishers, in support of online teaching, learning and research during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Since our original post you may have noticed that some of those resources have been removed, as access was granted on a temporary basis. However, we would like to draw your attention to a number of these additional e-resources that remain available to our users.

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Make sure to visit our page and explore the many extra e-books and journal articles available to us via Biochemical Society, Elsevier, JSTOR, Kortext and others until the end of the summer and beyond.

 

Please email us with any questions you may have as we are always happy to help!
library@abdn.ac.uk

 

Introduction to Open Research – online session on 14 July

Introduction to Open Research
Tuesday 14th July 12:00 – 12:30

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The Scholarly Communications Team in the Library are available to provide advice, guidance and support to help you make your research open.

Our next Teams information session ‘Introduction to Open Research’ on the 14th of July at 12:00 will give an overview of our services and give some tips on what you can do to improve open access to your research. Aimed at Postgraduate Research Students and academic staff, the session is available on the course booking-system now. To book a place, please visit: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking (select category ‘Library and Information Skills’).

For more information, please contact Joanna Adams: openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

Reading for Pleasure

 

For many, picking up and reading a book may seem daunting. You may not have done much reading other than academic work for years, or maybe it’s just something you’ve never really got into the habit of. With a little more time on our hands, reading can be a great way to spend some of this time. It’s also a great way to escape some of the challenges around us and lose yourself in a different world.

If you haven’t read anything for fun in a while, it may seem difficult to know where to start. Start somewhere easy; choose a book that you know will make you smile, your favourite book as a child, something that you know will keep you reading! GoodReads is a great place to see reader reviews to find books that you might enjoy.

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And of course, you don’t have to pick up a physical book. If e-books and audiobooks work better for you then why not check out what Aberdeen City Libraries have to offer? See what’s available in their collection here.

Read on for some e-book recommendations…

The Secret War: Discovering new outlooks on World War II

75 years ago, the world was looking forward to a vastly different future than many people living then could have imagined 6 years previously. When World War II ended, much like today, everyone wondered what would come next and how and when ‘normality’ would resume. As we have discovered more about this seminal conflict, new and exciting stories have been told.

Aberdeen City Libraries have put together an excellent online collection of Wartime Stories to commemorate this anniversary. Several of the items include uplifting tales of wartime espionage, courage under fire, and dealing with impossible situations. 

Some highlights below: 

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The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who infiltrated Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather 

The captivating, almost unbelievable true story of Witold Pilecki, an operative with the Polish Resistance, and his two years smuggling information on the Holocaust to Western contacts from inside Auschwitz, alongside saving thousands of fellow prisoners.

The 21 Escapes of Lt Alistair Cram by David Guss 

Another true-life tale, in which you’d be readily forgiven for thinking this man’s middle name was ‘Houdini’. Captured in 1941, Lt Cram was held in 10 different POW camps and prisons and made 21 escape attempts. Courageous and defiant to the end, his partnership with David Stirling led to his last, successful escape and the Military Cross.

Many more wonderful items are available online from Aberdeen City Libraries. Please note that Aberdeen University students and staff can join Aberdeen City Libraries and use their online services immediately. For more information, please see our blog post. Once normal operation resumes, you will also be able to borrow books from the ‘Old Aberdeen Library’ on the Ground Floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. 

For further study of the conflict, Primo offers you a gateway into a plethora of information sources. Do get in touch with us if you need help searching Primo or see our Library guides for guidance. 

Harry Potter chapter readings

We may not be able to be back on campus yet but we can go back to Hogwarts. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is being released chapter at a time with a different celebrity reading each chapter; with Daniel Radcliffe himself reading the first chapter. These are available on Spotify and via the Wizarding World website. 

Green lifestyle 

As well as reading purely for pleasure, you may be looking for inspiration on what you can do to improve the world you live in. One aspect of that could be reducing your personal carbon footprint. Here are a couple of easy-to-read e-books from Aberdeen University Library, which might help you find ways to live in a more sustainable manner:

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How bad are bananas: the carbon footprint of everything by Mike Berners-Lee 

Cooler smarter practical steps for low-carbon living: expert advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists by Seth Shulman et al.

To access the above two items, remember to sign in to Primo; then in the ‘View Online’ section in Primo click on the name of the provider (VLeBooks, SpringerLink) to link to the full-text of an e-book. 

Please email us with any questions you may have. Until then, happy reading! 

Laura Bain, Lucy Drysdale and Elaine Fitzgerald

Returning Books and Planning for the Restart of Library Services

Library books can now be returned by using the external book drop slot at The Sir Duncan Rice Library, following the move to Phase 2 of the Scottish route map. Please use this facility for any of your University Library books, irrespective of which of our Library sites you borrowed the book from.

You will need a current student, or staff, ID card to use the book drop slot. If you have any difficulties in using this facility, please contact Library staff on libnotice@abdn.ac.uk.

Also, the Library is now in the process of planning how we can begin to restart some services for our students and the wider academic community. Details on this planning are available on our website.

What is Scholarly Communications? – online session in July

What is Scholarly Communications?
Tuesday 7th July 12:00 – 12:30

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Brought to you live from the home office! A short introduction to the Scholarly Communications Team in the Library. This session will give an overview of our services and provide information on how we can help you navigate the process of making your research open access.

Aimed at academic staff and postgraduate researchers (and any library staff that may be interested) the course will be delivered via Teams and is available on the course-booking system. To book a place, please visit: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking (select category ‘Library and Information Skills’).

For more information, please contact Joanna Adams: openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

Did you know…? – temporary access to additional e-resources: JSTOR

We would like to remind our users that even though our libraries are physically closed, access to e-resources is unaffected and Library staff are here to help you make the most of our service.

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Previously we told you about our list of additional e-resources made available temporarily by publishers, in support of online teaching, learning and research during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In today’s post we would like to highlight JSTOR, a collection of important scholarly journal literature. This database spans many disciplines and is particularly good for literature searching in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

In addition to the resources already available to us via JSTOR, we also have temporary free access to many thousands of additional full text journal articles and full text books across a wide range of areas. In addition, 26 journal archives in Public Health are available to everyone. Details available at https://about.jstor.org/covid19/.

Please note that this additional free content is not available within our alumni subscription.

Access to JSTOR is via Primo: remember to sign in to Primo and navigate to JSTOR via the Find Databases tab. Once on the JSTOR platform you can click on ‘Browse’ or perform an ‘Advanced Search’. You may find this worksheet useful.

For further information on the resources made available to us via JSTOR, please see the relevant entry on our page: bit.ly/COVID-19LibraryUpdates

Please email us with any questions you may have.
library@abdn.ac.uk

 

#BlackLivesMatter: Library resources

Our University is open to all and we are committed to securing the highest standards of equality, diversity and inclusion. This week the Library was asked what more it could do to show how much we believe that #BlackLivesMatter.

We provide a large amount of relevant resources and our staff and students can find these via Primo. We are here to help you with this if you get in touch via library@abdn.ac.uk or @aberdeenunilib on Twitter. But it is right to challenge us to do more. Earlier in the week a student brought to my attention that we are missing some important titles. As a result, we have acquired two new e-books and added them to our catalogue:

Layla Saad, Me and white supremacy: combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor

Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race

 
DSC_9161Due to the present situation, we are only purchasing e-books for now and not all the titles we would like are available in this form, but I am very happy to hear from University of Aberdeen students or staff if you have other recommendations. And if our academic staff are looking at reading lists and aiming to expand what you offer, the Library will be very pleased to help as we develop our new reading list service. We are ready to help if you need support sourcing new titles.

All of us at the Library stand with the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) and our whole #ABDNfamily to celebrate our values of inclusivity and to condemn all forms of discrimination, prejudice and racism.

#BlackLivesMatter

Simon Bains
University Librarian

 

Taught Postgraduates – live Q&A library sessions

IMG-d3d662ba89dca7da05a8c65126e586db-VAt the end of May we prepared a series of short recordings presenting techniques, tips and resources to help PGT students find academic scholarly books and journal articles and reliable support materials. The issues of plagiarism and correct referencing were also covered. The recordings can be access here.

If you have had a chance to listen to our ‘Library skills’ recordings and would like clarification on any of the topics covered, then come along to one of our Question & Answer sessions next week. The sessions will take place on Wednesday and Thursday morning (June 10 & 11) and are open to all PGT students regardless of whether or not you have listened to the recordings or have received previous instruction on how to use the Library resources.

The sessions will be delivered via Collaborate. To find out more and to book a place, please visit abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking – just change the category to ‘Library Information Skills’.

See you next week! In the meantime, please email us if you have any questions.

s.mccourt@abdn.ac.uk
eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk