Comet SWAN

 

Comet SWAN

Many thanks to Gerald Rehmann for picture of SWAN.

Comet-hunters and stargazers alike have had plenty to talk about this month. The brightest newcomer Comet SWAN has a tail of at least 18 million km long and was discovered by amateur astronomer Michael Mattiazzo from Australia. But he was not looking up at the time – Comet SWAN was spotted online, by studying images from the Solar Wind ANisotropies (SWAN) instrument aboard SOHO, ESA/NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.

Comet SWAN is expected to reach perihelion (its closest point to the Sun) on 27 May. Look for it near the constellation Perseus as it may still be visible through binoculars.

You can still read about the comet’s performance and visibility in the UK. If you missed out on Comet SWAN, there are two more coming our way: Comet LEMMON and Comet NEOWISE will be visible by the naked eye in July. To learn more about these comets, http://astro.vanbuitenen.nl/comets is a good place to start.

If you’re frequently looking for the position of a group of Solar System objects, you can create a quick access page that updates just the data you need. Bookmark it or add it to your phone’s home screen and get fresh data with one click.

We also have access to some e-books that can help you with your observations:

  • ‘Comets and their origin: the tools to decipher a comet’ by Uwe Meierhenrich (2015)
  • ‘Make Time for the Stars: Fitting Astronomy into Your Busy Life’ by Antony Cooke (2009)

Access to these resources is via Primo; remember to sign in using your University of Aberdeen username and password.

For more information visit the following pages:

https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/
https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/skills/comet-c-2020-f8-swan-visible-how-to-see-it/
https://theskylive.com/quickaccess-create

Jenna Storey,  jennifer.storey@abdn.ac.uk

Taught Postgraduates – further help with your dissertations and projects: library & writing skills

student typing

In our previous post we told you about the upcoming online courses organised by our colleagues in IT in support of PGT students formatting and writing their dissertations using Word. There are still places available – please book a place by visiting abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and selecting category ‘IT Services Training and Documentation Team’.

In this post we would like to draw your attention to the support provided by the Library and Student Learning Service.

We have prepared a series of short recordings presenting techniques, tips and resources to help you find academic scholarly books and journal articles and reliable support materials. The issues of plagiarism and correct referencing are also covered as well as instruction on reference management software RefWorks.

Our colleagues in the Student Learning Service have also prepared the following recordings:

– ‘Planning and writing a dissertation’
– ‘Writing a Literature Review’

These useful materials can be found on our wiki at:
http://finditfastlibraryworkshops.pbworks.com/ – click on the ‘Taught Postgraduates’ tab on the pink line across the top.

Please get in touch if you need help with anything! Information Consultant details can be found at: http://bit.ly/InfoConsultants

 

 

Taught Postgraduates – online courses to help with your dissertations and projects: 25 & 26 May

Specially arranged for Taught Postgraduate students, IT services will deliver the following online sessions to support anyone writing and formatting their dissertation using Microsoft Word. The sessions will be delivered via MS Teams.

Adding Style to your Dissertation

  • 11:00 – 12:00 – Monday 25 May
  • 11:00 – 12:00 – Tuesday 26 May

Content:
Stress-free steps to Navigation, Table of Contents, Auto numbering and Styles.

  • What are Styles
  • Styles Launcher
  • Using Built-in Styles
  • Modifying Styles
  • Navigation Pane
  • Auto Numbering
  • Table of Content

The power of section breaks 

  • 14:00 – 15:00 – Monday 25 May
  • 14:00 – 15:00 – Tuesday 26 May
Content: 

How to stop unwanted page orientation continuing through the rest of your document, different page numbering for contents pages and the rest of a document. How to change and control page orientation throughout your document, set and change the page numbering options on different parts of your document and much more.

  • Page Setup
  • Cover Page
  • Section Breaks
  • Page Numbering
  • Orientation to landscape
  • Captions
You can book a place through the course booking system as normal. Please go to: www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and select category ‘IT Services Training and Documentation Team’.
Details of how to join the session will be provided in advance of each training slot. If you cannot attend the timed virtual slots please do not book a place, but don’t worry we’ll make recordings available after the event.
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Details of other Refresher sessions to follow.

Did you know…? – Open Access agreements

The University has agreements with Wiley and Springer where you can publish original research and review articles open access in participating journals at no extra cost to you.

Please note that the corresponding author must be currently affiliated to the University of Aberdeen. We also have a number of agreements with other publishers which offer a discounted article processing charge where funding is available for open access.

If you would like to find out more please visit:
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/how-to-make-your-research-open-access-631.php

Or contact Joanna Adamsopenaccess@abdn.ac.uk

Did you know…? – temporary access to additional e-resources: Kortext & VitalSource Helps

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.

SDRL clouds

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 Kortext, an approved third party e-book provider, through whom we have temporary free access to a small selection of online textbooks. The e-books available are listed on our page:
bit.ly/COVID-19LibraryUpdates
(Scroll to section ‘Temporary access to Additional E-Resources’ – Kortext)

Some of the items we have temporary access to via Kortext:

Bryman, Alan. Social Research Methods. 5th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/242728

Clifford, Nicholas. Key Methods in Geography. 3rd edn. London: Sage, 2016. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/169805

O’Keefe, Daniel. Persuasion: Theory and Research. 3rd edn. London: Sage, 2016. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/253185

Please note that the first time you log into Kortext, it is necessary to create a Kortext account. Click here for further instructions on how to access and use Kortext.

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We would also like to remind you of VitalSource Helps, another scheme that provides temporary online access to selected textbooks for users who are currently unable to borrow print materials.

Publishers taking part in the scheme include the American Psychological Association, Elsevier, Springer Nature, Taylor and Francis and others.

Students can create a bookshelf within VitalSource and select up to 7 textbooks from the range of participating publishers.

Please note that some of the textbooks accessible via VitalSource Helps may also be available through existing Library subscriptions or via alternative temporary access providers. Check Primo and other temporary resource providers before selecting and saving your 7 titles to your VitalSource Bookshelf.

For further information on accessing and using VitalSource Helps, 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

 

RefWorks downtime

RefWorks

Ex Libris are moving the RefWorks data centre to a new server. The process began in December and will be completed in May.

Therefore, a further downtime will take place on Sunday 10 May 2020, which will affect both Legacy RefWorks and the new version of RefWorks, as well as Write-N-Cite and RefWorks Citation Manager.

This will be starting at 03:00 (am) on Sunday 10 May 2020 and will last for about 12 hours.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

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

Even though our libraries are physically closed, remember that access to e-resources is unaffected! Our list of additional e-resources made available temporarily by publishers in support of online teaching, learning and research during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found at bit.ly/COVID-19LibraryUpdates.

In today’s post we would like to highlight ProQuest One Academic. This resource combines four core multidisciplinary resources on one platform: Academic Complete (Ebook Central), Academic Video Online, ProQuest Central, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.

screenshot of ProQuest

To access these resources, visit our updates page – section: ‘Temporary Access to Additional Resources’. Access to ProQuest is via institutional login. Please get in touch if you have any queries, as we would be happy to help!
library@abdn.ac.uk

For Information Consultant details please see: bit.ly/InfoConsultants

Free virtual library from Aberdeen City Libraries

Old Aberdeen Library

Late last year a new public library service was launched at The Sir Duncan Rice Library as part of a partnership project between Digital & Information Services and Aberdeen City Council.

We look forward to welcoming students and staff to the Old Aberdeen Library when we re-open, but in the meantime Aberdeen City Libraries have a free virtual library full of thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics and digital resources that University of Aberdeen staff and students can access remotely from their home computer or mobile device.

Membership of Aberdeen City Libraries is available to people who work, live or study in Aberdeen City or Shire. If you are not already a member, you can join online now and start using the online services immediately. Sign up for free here.

Did you know…? – open access to e-resources

There are many resources where scholarly content is made freely available online without restriction. Known as Open Access, these include full-text books, chapters, articles and many other outputs. We have listed a selection that you may find useful on our webpages.

Open Access lib page screenshot

To find out more, please visit our page at:
www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/open-access-e-resources-739.php

If you have any questions, please contact:
Joanna Adams
j.adams@abdn.ac.uk

Did you know…? – routes for off-campus access to e-resources

computer

To access the databases and e-book collections that the University of Aberdeen subscribes to you must prove that you are a member of the university. Most resources require a Shibboleth/institutional login, while for others authentication is via IP address (the provider is looking at the physical location of the computer you are using).

Off-campus access information for databases requiring an institutional login (most databases)

To access these resources, use the Find Databases option in Primo. Remember to sign in to Primo before you do any searching. When working off-campus, you may be asked to sign in to a resource via your institution, in which case you must select ‘UK Access Management Federation’. Then select ‘University of Aberdeen’ and lastly, enter your computer username and password.

Off-campus access information for databases requiring an IP address authentication (e.g. OnePetro, Kluwer Arbitration)

To access these resources off-campus, you must use the university’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). This makes your device look as if it is a campus-based device. Via the VDI you can also access classroom software associated with your login details and your H: drive.

For Instructions on how to use the VDI see our Remote Access section on Toolkit – www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/

Useful information

  • To check the authentication route for a database, type its name into the Find Databases search box in Primo, then click on ‘Available Online’. This will take you to the database’s information page
  • A very small selection of academic databases require a special username and password. A list of usernames and passwords for those resources can be found on this password-protected page
  • Please see our Library guide QG DBS005: Accessing Electronic Information

Questions?

For subject-related enquiries, please get in touch with the Information Consultant for your subject. Details can be found at https://bit.ly/InfoConsultants  

For IT-related queries contact the IT Service Desk:
servicedesk@abdn.ac.uk
https://uoa.freshservice.com/support/home