Did You Know…? – Managing exam stress

In this post we would like to make you aware of the services which are there to support you. The Student Channel also provides useful tips and advice on studying from home and to help you reduce exam stress.

More information:

Wishing all our students very best of luck with their exams. Please remember to contact Library staff if there is anything we can help with.

Did you know…? – Silent Study Rooms

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Did you know that there are 7 Silent Study Rooms in The Sir Duncan Rice Library? 

silent_study-ep  There are Silent Study Rooms on Floors 3 to 6 in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, all located on the south side of the building. If you are looking to work somewhere quiet using your personal electronic device, you can go to any of the Silent Study Rooms on floors 3, 4 and 5. The Silent Study Rooms, overlooking Bedford Road, also include the recently installed power sockets with USB charging points. Please note that the Silent Study Room on floor 6 is a strictly silent working environment where electronic devices cannot be used.  This is for those who wish to study with no disturbance.  

Please remember that food is not allowed in all Silent Study Rooms! 

Click here for more information on Silent Study spaces within our libraries.  

 

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Primo videos

Need help with using Primo? Watch our videos and discover how to use Primo, the Library’s discovery tool, to find specific books or books on a topic. Our videos also cover journal searches and the processes of planning and executing a search.  More videos to follow soon!  

Our videos can be accessed at www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/information-skills-179.php#panel547.

Please email eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk or e.grant@abdn.ac.uk if you have any questions!  

 

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk

Printing & binding dissertations: information for Taught Postgraduate students

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We know that printing your dissertation and getting it bound can be stressful. Here are some tips to help you.

Printing:

Before you send your document to print, make sure you’ve checked your course handbook, as that’s where you will usually find all the instructions you will need to follow, such as font size, spacing, etc.

When you send your document to print, make sure you choose the correct Printer.

  • For printing in Black & White please select option BW-pull-pcl on class-print.uoa.abdn.ac.uk as the Printer.
  • For printing in Colour please select option COLOUR-pull-pcl on class-print.uoa.abdn.ac.uk as the Printer. If you only wish to print certain pages in colour, please make sure you specify the range in the Settings. Please remember to retrieve the job from a Colour printer.

Colour Printers in the libraries

The colour printers in The Sir Duncan Rice Library are on Floors 1, 2, 6 and 7. There are also colour printers in the Taylor (Law) and Medical libraries – The Medical Library has a colour printing facility in both A4 & A3 size.

It can take quite a long time for the printer to receive a large document. To reduce your waiting time, you can send your document in sections, e.g. pages 1-50 and then pages 51-100.

More detailed information on printing is available on the Toolkit

Binding:

Once you have finished printing your dissertation, you can have it bound at the University’s Print Shop.

There are currently two options when it comes to soft binding:

  • Comb & Ring style: plastic rings with acetate paper covers.
  • Metal style: metal spine thermal glued with acetate paper covers.

For pricing and service times, please check here.

The Print Shop operates on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

If you choose to have your dissertation both printed and bound at the Print shop, then please make sure you:

  • Use the default MSWord margins either for single or double sided (set up mirror imaging layout) printing of your dissertation.
  • Send your PDF by email preferably 3-4 days before your deadline.

Tip: During hand-in/deadline days, it’s best if you have your dissertation already printed and just visit the Print Shop well in advance to have it bound as the completion time for Comb & Ring and Metal style may be longer than the usual 30 minutes.

Remember – Library and IT staff are always happy to help!

 

Elaine Fitzgerald e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk –                                                                Eleni Papadakou e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

How do I return books?

Did you know the quickest and easiest way to return library books is at the Returns Room through the self-return machines? You will find the Returns Room on the Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.  

 

It’s as simple as placing the books through the slot one by one. As soon as they have passed through they are removed from your borrowing record. 

You will also find an external slot on the right-hand side of the entrance to the Library. This means that you can return your library books anytime – 24/7! 

Don’t forget to take your receipt as proof of your returned items.  

Forgotten your student card? Don’t worry! You don’t need your student card to return books.  

Heavy Demand books can be returned in the Heavy Demand Area on Floor 1 (using the self-issue/returns machine) or at the Returns Room.  

You will find a video tutorial on how to use the self-return machine on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcoZduPANjc&feature=youtu.be  

 

Olivia McIntosh, olivia.mcintosh@abdn.ac.uk

Did you know that there are 7 Silent Study Rooms in The Sir Duncan Rice Library?

There are Silent Study Rooms on Floors 3 to 6 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library, all located on the south side of the building. If you are looking to work somewhere quiet using your personal electronic device, you can go to any of the Silent Study Rooms on floors 3, 4 and 5.

The Silent Study Rooms, overlooking Bedford Road, also include the recently installed power sockets with USB charging points! Please note that the Silent Study Room on floor 6 is a strictly silent working environment where no electronic devices are allowed, for those who need no disturbance. 

Click here for more information on Silent Study spaces within our libraries. 

Please remember that food consumption is prohibited in all Silent Study Rooms. 

Library users can take cold food and cold/hot drinks (as long as they are in a covered container) past the gates in all library buildings.

You will find that there are many areas within the libraries where you can eat and drink, but please respect your fellow library users and help us maintain a clean and tidy environment by:

  Cleaning up after yourselves

  Using the appropriate bins provided (general waste/mixed recyclables)

recycle bins

 

To maintain a pleasant study environment please observe the following restrictions:

   No hot food is allowed anywhere in the libraries

   No smelly or noisy cold food

 No food in silent study areas, project rooms, as well as rooms or areas with equipment (PC Classrooms, PC Clusters, Co-Labs, Flexible Learning Area, Microform Room, Multimedia Room, Music Resources Room, and Viewing Room)

no hot food

 

Your assistance in keeping our libraries in great condition for all users is much appreciated! Report any problems to staff on duty in person or by email  –
The Sir Duncan Rice Library: library@abdn.ac.uk; Medical Library: medill@abdn.ac.uk;  Taylor Library: lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Eleni Papadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

PC availability app

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Did you know you that there is a web app with live updates that you can check in order to locate a free PC on campus?

You can also get to this webpage through the Classroom PCs folder within the Toolkit or, via this path:

  • Go to the
    For Students webpage (Students’ Infohub: www.abdn.ac.uk/infohub/)
  • Choose the
    Find a free PC link under the Quick Links list on the right-hand side

EleniPapadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

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Printing single-sided

Did you know that you can determine whether your document will be printed double or single-sided? Printers are set to print double-sided but this can be changed before you send your document to print. No changes can be made once it has been sent to the printer. Read our post and find out how!  

Word documents

When you are ready to print:

  1. Open your document and click on the FILE tab at the top left hand side of the screen
  2. Choose Print. This will bring up the printing menu
  3. Make sure to choose  BW-pull-pcl on class–print.uoa.abdn.ac.uk, or COLOUR-pull-pcl on class -print.uoa.abdn.ac.uk
  4. In Settings, click the drop down arrow in Print on Both Sides to get the option: Print One Sided. Choose the desired option and then send off your work to print by clicking on the large ‘Print’ icon

You also have options for defining the size, orientation and margins of your document, as well as the number of pages per sheet.

Printing menu

PDF documents 

If you are working on a network computer, BW or COLOUR-pull will be the default printer destination.

If you are viewing a book in an e-book collection and wish to print a chapter from it, click on View PDF to open the file and once the document has downloaded, click on the printer icon at the top right of the screen. Depending on the browser, you will see an options window like the one below: 

Set your printing preferences by clicking the down arrow in the More settings menu.

  • Please note that we have different copyright permissions with different publishers regarding printing and downloading
  • For information on how to set up your laptop to the wireless printing network, click here

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk 

How is the building arranged?

New in the library? Read on for a whistle-stop tour of all floors in The Sir Duncan Rice Library!

Lower Ground Floor
Special Collections Centre: home to the University’s historic collections of books, manuscripts and archives. Facilities and services in Special Collections include the Glucksman Conservation Centre, a listening room, a microfilm room and lockers.

Ground Floor
Here you will find the Welcome Desk, the Returns Room, the Hardback Café, a short-stay PC area and the self-registration and public information PCs. Don’t forget to visit the Gallery and check out the Canaletto exhibition between January 21 and February 22.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library is home to about 400,000 books and hundreds of journal titles in paper format. Students & staff at the University of Aberdeen also have access to over 200,000 e-books, 20,000 e-journals and 200 databases.

Subjects and collections are distributed as follows in The Sir Duncan Rice Library:
(Numbers in brackets indicate the location of items on shelves)

Floor 1

Information Centre, IT service desk, Heavy Demand, maps, DVDs and current newspapers collections

Floor 2

Print journals collection

Floor 3

History (900)
Geography (910)
Biography and Genealogy (920)
Archaeology (930)

Floor 4

Art (700)
Architecture (720)
Music (780)
Film (790)
Literature (800)

Floor 5

Language (400)
Linguistics (410)
Languages (420-490)
Science (500)
Mathematics (510)
Physics (530)
Chemistry (540)
Earth Sciences & Geology (550)
Life Sciences & Biology (570)
Botany (580)
Zoology (590)
Technology (600)
Engineering (620)
Management (650)

History and Philosophy of Science (Sc prefix)

Floor 6

Social Sciences, Sociology and Anthropology (300)
Politics & International Relations (320)
Economics (330)
Education (370)

Floor 7

Computer Science (000)
Philosophy (100)
Psychology (150)
Religion (200)

On every floor beside the MFDs, there are notice boards with detailed shelfmark information 

Other useful information regarding study spaces and help & services available:

  • PC classrooms: Floor 2 (but more PCs throughout the library)
  • Silent study rooms and co-labs: Floors 3-6
  • Group study rooms: Floor 1 & 7
  • Group study pods: Floor 1
  • Assistive technology booths: Floors 1 & 4
  • Reader carrel: Floor 3
  • Information Points (for help with subject-related inquiries): Floors 3-6
  • Self-issue machines and MFDs (printers): Floors 1-7 (no self-issue machine on Floor 2)
  • Teaching Resources Collection: Floor 6
  • Music Resources room: Floor 1
  • Toilets and water fountains can be found on all floors
  • First Aid room: Floor 1

 

Useful guide to the library:
www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/documents/uploads/introductiontothelibrary.pdf

Library induction (video):
www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/services/library/

 

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk

Improvements coming – power being installed in more Silent Study Rooms during Easter break

During the Easter break we will be installing power and USB sockets into three Silent Study Rooms in the Sir Duncan Rice Library which currently have no such sockets. There will, therefore, be no access to the West Silent Study Rooms on floors 3, 4 and 5 between now and Friday April 13.

In the meantime, please feel free to use the other Silent Study Rooms still available on floors 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The rooms on floors 1 and 6 do not permit the use of any electrical devices within them.

Once the work is finished we’ll have 60 additional desks across 3 further silent study rooms to better support access to online materials. Especially useful for the upcoming exams.

Apologies for the noise and for any inconvenience caused while this useful work is carried out.