Library PC classrooms – improvements coming…

Due to an IT and AV refurbishment, PC classrooms 1, 2 and 3 (Rooms 226, 227 and 230) on Floor 2 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be unavailable for use from Monday 23 July – mid-August. We apologise for the inconvenience, but the summer months are the only time when such work can take place. There are other PCs available around the Library, but to find a PC elsewhere on campus check out IT Services’ free PC app at Please also note that the Taylor Library is open from 09:00 to 17:00 over the summer period. Taylor Library’s PC classroom is located on Level 2 of Block C.

For Business School students:

PCs with Bloomberg and DataStream software will be relocated during this period so that the software can continue to be accessed by students. For those using this software, please note the following:

Friday 20 July:

  • Until 13:30: all PCs are available for use in PC Classroom 3
  • At 13:30: 10 PCs will be relocated to Floor 3 – please note that there will be some disruption and noise during this relocation
  • 13 PCs will still be available in PC Classroom 3
  • Once the 10 PCs have been relocated and connected, they will be available on Floor 3
  • 13 PCs will remain available in PC Classroom 3
  • 1 Bloomberg PC is available in the Edward Wright building – EW S81/83

Saturday 21 July:

  • 13 PCs will still be available in PC Classroom 3 – 7 Bloomberg and 6 DataStream
  • 10 PCs will be available on Floor 3 – 8 Bloomberg and 2 DataStream
  • 1 Bloomberg PC is available in the Edward Wright building – EW S81/83

From Monday 23 July to mid-August:

  • 10 PCs will be available on Floor 3 – 8 Bloomberg and 2 DataStream
  • 1 Bloomberg PC is available in the Edward Wright building – EW S81/83
  • Those requiring access to Bloomberg and Datastream software will have priority access to the PCs relocated to Floor 3. If you have any queries on accessing them please speak with staff on Floors 1 or 4 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

From mid-August onwards:

PC Classroom 3 will be re-instated and the 10 PCs with Bloomberg and DataStream will be returned to this room. The additional Bloomberg PC will remain in Edward Wright EW S81/83.


Janet MacKay,

Technical difficulties – Elsevier sites – 8 June

Apologies – due to technical issues it is not possible to access Elsevier resources including the Scopus and ScienceDirect databases.

Message from Elsevier – “We are currently experiencing a service outage due to unforeseen technical issues and are working to resolve them as soon as possible. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.”

If you need to access a broad multi-disciplinary database during the outage period I would recommend using Web of Science.

Susan McCourt,

Essential Work at The Sir Duncan Rice Library – w/c Monday 4 May

Advance notification: There may be some noise from the roof of The Sir Duncan Rice Library as Estates undertake some essential servicing of the Air Handling Units in the week beginning Monday 4 May.

We would like to make that the building is as comfortable as possible during this period of heavy use and apologise for any inconvenience the work may cause

Posted on behalf of Terry Forbes
The Sir Duncan Rice Library
University of Aberdeen

JoVE: mobile access now available

Copyright 2015 JoVE

Copyright 2015 JoVE

Do you want to see how to conduct a particular Biological procedure rather than just read about it? If the answer to that is Yes then perhaps accessing our subscription to the Biology module within JoVE (Journal of Visualised Experiments) would be of interest to you.

And to make it even more convenient to use two new mobile apps and a newly optimised version of the JoVE website have just been released enabling seamless access to content from any mobile device. You can now view JoVE videos (from the Biology module) on your iPhone, Android, tablet or other mobile device.

To download JoVE Mobile, search for ‘JoVE’ in the Apple App Store or in Google Play.

If you are not using a mobile device you can link to JoVE from Primo as normal.

Important note: JoVE covers many topic areas however, for cost reasons, we subscribe only to articles within the Biology module (look for the articles coded B).

Susan McCourt,

MAINTENANCE: 08.30-09.00, Tue 23 December – TSDRL network

Essential IT/network maintenance will take place within The Sir Duncan Rice Library on Tuesday 23 December between 08:30 to 09:30.

All wireless network, wired network and telephone services will be unavailable from 08:30 to 09:00 and at risk from 09:00 to 09:30. All computer systems (staff/student desktop PCs), telephones, self service machines and other network related services will be affected for this short time.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Susan McCourt,

Busy library? Extra study (and café!) spaces

Additional quiet study space is available in The Sir Duncan Rice Library from today (Monday 1 December) through to Friday 19 December. The Floor 2 Seminar Room (Room 224) which is normally used for lectures, seminars and demonstrations is now set up to provide 16 quiet study spaces during the structured revision week and much of the exam period*. Please note:

  • Wi-fi is available but there are no power sockets for laptops or other devices
  • The normal library regulations apply – no eating or drinking in the room (bottled water is the exception).

Room 224 can be used as a quiet study area throughout the pilot 24-hour opening period*. Library staff in the Floor 2 office will be able to help if there are any issues or difficulties during office hours Monday – Friday. Library staff or Security staff at the Floor 1 Information Centre or the ground floor Welcome Desk can assist in the evening and at weekends.

Extra café seating is also available so that you can take a break from your studies on the upper floors. Additional tables and chairs are now located behind the ground floor Gallery.

* The room is booked for other purposes on Thursday 11 December and will be unavailable as study space from 08.00 on 11 December through to 09.00 on Friday 12 December.

Susan McCourt,

What’s New in Web of Science?

Have you used the Web of Science (WoS) database recently? If not, you’ll be unaware that the WoS platform has been going through a process of upgrades and enhancements with the most recent taking place in the last week or so. For a quick introduction to new features and options see the WoS tutorial at

New feature:

Find out if you are an author of a Highly Cited or even a Hot Paper! The University of Aberdeen had over 300 Highly Cited papers and 11 Hot Papers at the time of writing this blog item – are you the author of one of these? You can find out by:

  • Navigating to
  • Using the orange Click here to access Web of Science button
  • Note – If you are off-campus and prompted for your login route select the Shibboleth/Institution option
  • From the All Databases drop-down option select Web of Science Core Collection
  • Carry out your search (make sure you use the drop down box to select a different search field if you want to carry out an Author or Organisation search)
  • Use the ESI Top Papers section on the left hand sidebar to refine your search further
  • The icons below may be assigned to papers in the result lists. When in WoS click on each icon for a definition to find out when a paper is Hot rather than Highly Cited…

icon - wos esi top papers


For more information on using Web of Science please speak with library staff or contact the Information Consultant for your subject area –


Susan McCourt (