Celebrating Neurodiversity: Resources Available in the Library

As part of the University of Aberdeen’s support for Neurodiversity Celebration Week (March 13-19), the Student Experience Team have put together a vibrant social media campaign, focusing on studying with various conditions, and exploring the meaning and implications of being neurodivergent across interconnected blog posts and social media sites, linked together by the Student Channel.

The Library would like to highlight materials from our collection that contain a wealth of resources and research on neurodiversity and its impact. Covering how the human brain can develop and interpret information and stimuli in myriad different ways; and how individuals can interact with the world in several ways, neurodiversity can be seen as an umbrella term for multiple conditions:

  • Autism
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • ADHD

You may already be aware of the challenges that these conditions can pose, and unfortunately, the misconceptions that society has regarding them. Due to this, people can try to hide or ‘mask’ these conditions. However, they can also be a source of several strengths for individuals and collectively produce new and innovative products, services and research.


There are several perspectives on how different sectors of society work with neurodiversity and neurodiverse groups. In education, the following authors seek to empower and equip students and staff:

Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to help Students with Special Needs succeed in School and Life by Thomas Armstrong: This book takes an in-depth look at all aspects of neurodiversity, examining the conditions and highlighting the unique strengths that individuals can have, particularly spotlighting notable people who have achieved lasting recognition.

The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-diversity Handbook: Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Related Conditions by S Hendrickx: Aimed at young people and adults who may not have been formally diagnosed, but wish to know more about the range of conditions, their implications and get some advice regarding coping strategies.


Approximately1-5% of the global population have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD.) (Source: Neurodiversity Week). They are likely to be highly logical, energetic and focused.

Smart but stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD by Thomas E Brown: This book starts with the difficulties people with ADHD can have focusing, and how that can effect their academic, employment and social lives. It examines and explores a range of individual stories, and explores how treatment, support and medication can help.

The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication and today’s push for performance by Peter Hinshaw: Emphasising the attitude and approaches to treating and managing ADHD in the USA, this book argues for less medical intervention in the form of pills, and more social support from families, doctors, teachers, employers and businesses. It makes a strong case that this will help reduce the costs and controversy surrounding the high diagnosis rate across the country.

Accidental Intolerance: how we stigmatize ADHD and how we can stop by Susan Hawthorne : Similarly to Hinshaw, Hawthorne probes the issues surrounding our treatment of people with ADHD, looking at whether or not they have the same opportunities as their peers; or if they are struggling in a society that is inadvertently discriminating against them with an outdated view of ADHD and how it can affect people.


10% of the population are dyslexic, meaning that they are creative, dynamic problem solvers & storytellers. (Source: Neurodiversity Week.)

Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success by Margo Verzog-Izzo: This inspiring work takes self-advocacy, mentoring and pride as it’s themes, and is aimed at educators and teachers who want their neurodiverse students to achieve their dreams and thrive. The author blends practical advice and insight with case studies of students who have been successful, and showcases how others can follow her lead.

Inclusive Education: Making Sense of Everyday Practice by Vicky Plows: A comprehensive look at the thirty-year campaign to build a strong, democratic education system that dismantles economic, cultural and physical barriers to learning, it examines a host of problems and issues that arise, including diversity.

Making Dyslexia Work for You by Vicki Goodwin: In a more user-focused approach, this book encourages the reader to put together their own ‘support package’: ideas, strategies and coping mechanisms that work for them in managing dyslexia.

More Information and Support

The University of Aberdeen is committed to providing a welcoming, secure and inclusive environment to all students, staff and visitors. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Team offer a plethora of information, training resources and links to support, student organisations and both staff and student networks across diversity and equality issues. More information and contact details for EDI are available from the University website .

Did you Know….What is Freshservice in IT

When enquiring about our Library Services or seeking IT advice, you can use our web-based enquiry management system called Freshservice.  

To access Freshservice, please click on myit.abdn.ac.uk. You will be asked to sign in, using your University of Aberdeen (UoA) username and password. When you land on the homepage, please select the first option to Report an issue and a new window will open where you can submit details of your enquiry. 

Once you have submitted your enquiry, it will be given a unique reference number (ticket number) in Freshservice, which will be emailed to your UoA email account. You will then be able to interact with staff members, ask further questions and receive support.  

As soon as all actions and conversations have been concluded, staff will resolve the ticket, and you will receive an email to that effect. A subsequent email will follow with a short satisfaction survey, to offer you the opportunity to provide feedback on the process and on the outcome of your enquiry. 

Would you like help with referencing?

It’s not too early to start thinking about your referencing. Once you have researched and begun writing your dissertation or project you must remember to correctly acknowledge the sources of any information which you refer to. This allows readers to trace the original material while also ensuring that you avoid potentially committing plagiarism.  

To help you with your referencing, Library staff have prepared several online guides with useful examples. We have a generic guide on Referencing and Citing as well as other guides on specific referencing styles or subject areas:  

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Please be sure to look at the referencing guidance which has been provided by your department. You can read advice on avoiding plagiarism on the Student Learning Service’s website and you can check in MyAberdeen for materials on academic writing and avoiding plagiarism. 

We also have access to a really useful book by Colin Neville called Complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism which goes over topics from why you need to reference, where, the different referencing styles, plagiarism and how to express your own ideas in an assignment. 
Cite them right: the essential referencing guide by Richard Pears is another great resource, available to access online or in print from Floor 4 at shelfmark 808.027 PEA in The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

If you need any help with referencing your dissertation or project please feel free to contact Library staff with any questions you may have or come and speak to us in the library.

Did you Know?….How to print using MFDs

Any printing on campus is via networked multi-function devices (MFDs). You can send files for printing from a classroom PC or your personal laptop. There are printers in or near all PC classrooms and at least one printer on each floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Print from a networked (classroom) PC

To print from a network PC, you need to send your files to a holding queue, e.g. Pull-print-mono on PrintD.uoa.abdn.ac.uk.  You can retrieve your files from any MFD on campus by logging in to it using your ID card or your username & password.

  1.  For Word documents: select the File tab, then Print. For PDFs: select the printer   icon in the toolbar
  2.  Select the name of the printer, e.g. Pull-print-mono on PrintD.uoa.abdn.ac.uk
     By default, the printers will print double-sided. You can edit the default settings by clicking on ‘Printer Properties’/’More settings’
  3.  When ready, click on the large ‘Print’ icon
  4.  Log in to any MFD to print your document

Print from your laptop

To send a job from your laptop to a networked printer, your laptop must be connected to eduroam. In order to do this, please see the following guides on Toolkit:

  1. Wireless Connection-Windows 10
  2. Wireless Connection-Mac
  3. Wireless Connection-Chromebook
  4. Wireless Connection iPad
  5. Wireless Connection iPhone
  6. Wireless Connection Android

You can also access information here about connecting to eduroam from other institutions, and how to connect to the wired eduroam service.

Print using PaperCut

With PaperCut you can upload files directly to our network from your own devices, whether you are on the move or working off campus. Once you’re back on campus, you can use our MFDs to print your documents. All you need to do this are your University log in details and a device connected to the internet.

Steps for uploading files to print:
  1. Enter the following address into your browser: https://printmanage.abdn.ac.uk/
  2. On the PaperCut page, log in with your username and password
  3. Click on Web Print, and then select Submit a Job. Select either a Greyscale or Colour Printer and the number of copies, and then Upload your Document.
  4. If the upload is successful, you will see your document(s) listed in the Print Queue (you may notice that details will change from ‘Submitted’ to ‘Rendering Job‘ as it is processed.
    You will also see details of your file, including date and time, file name, pages, status
  5. When processed, the file status will change from Rendering Job to Held in Queue.
    You will see two options: Colour-Pull and Mono-Pull. For Black & White, select Mono
  6. When you are ready to send the file to print, click on the button containing the name of the required printer – this will change the file status to Printed. Retrieve the job from the MFD
  7. Log out from the top right corner of the screen

Please note that with Web Print, there is no option to print A3 sized documents.

For more information and advice, please consult the ‘Remote Printing via a Web Browser’ guide.

How much does printing cost?

  • A4 Black & White single sided 4p per sheet
  • A4 Black & White double sided 7p per sheet
  • A4 Colour single sided 10p per sheet
  • A4 Colour double sided 19p per sheet

For more information, please see ‘Print charges and paying for printing.

Top-up your print budget
New students start with an initial print budget of £1. Each time you use your ID card to print or copy, the relevant cost is deducted from your print budget.

To top-up your print budget, go to https://printmanage.abdn.ac.uk/

  • On classroom PCs, access the PrintManage system by using the Desktop shortcut
  • On personal laptops/PCs, go to https://printmanage.abdn.ac.uk/ and switch user to Use another account 

You will need to log in to the system using your username (e.g. u01abc01) and password. All payments are made in exact multiples of £1 and minimum payment is £5 with maximum payment being £20.

To check your balance:

Swipe your card on the MFD and tap the Pull Print icon. At the top left of the window you will see your name, the number of documents in your printing queue and the amount of credit remaining in your account.

Note: Remember to not top-up more than you need; remaining amounts are not refunded.

For more information see: www.abdn.ac.uk/it/student/print/index.php#panel1234

The IT service desks are located on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library & Room 1:122, Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill campus. They are open Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00. (Wednesdays: 10:45-17:00; Polwarth desk closes daily 13.00-14.00)

Did you Know?…Borrowing Books-how many and for how long?

Welcome to the University of Aberdeen. We are pleased that you have chosen to study and do your research while using our resources. We also realise that you may have questions regarding how many books you can borrow, and our rules and regulations. Please read on to learn more about borrowing from the hundreds of thousands of high-quality books available in our Library Collections.

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How many books can I borrow?

The table below shows you how many books you are able to borrow from our Libraries at any one time, depending on the type of Library Account you have.

Type of Library AccountNumber of books you can borrow
Undergraduate Student20
Taught Postgraduate Student20
Research Postgraduate Student40
University Staff50
Temporary Services Staff 10
NHS Grampian Staff10
External Members10
SCONUL Access Students5

How long can I borrow the books for?

The books available in all of our Libraries can be borrowed for different lengths of time, depending on how much they are expected to be used for teaching or research. See below for an explanation of the different loan types available and how you can easily identify them on the shelves.

Heavy Demand

How can I tell if a book is Heavy Demand?

There will be blue tape on the book’s spine, as well as the shelfmark. These books are core reading materials across all courses and therefore have the shortest loan periods in our collection. Please also be aware that you can only borrow 2 books at a time from this collection.

How long is the loan?

1 day, due back 10.30am the next day – or Monday if borrowed on a Friday or over the weekend.

If borrowing before 10.30am please check the due date and time carefully – if the item is booked it will be due back at 10.30am that day. Check the screen and your receipt for the due date and time.

A few items are on 3 hour reference. You may borrow the item using the self-service kiosks in Heavy Demand but must return it within 3 hours.

Can I renew the loan?

No phone renewals are allowed. Renewals must be done in person, with the item present. This is because items must be returned by a specific time during the day and very often the item has already been reserved for another reader.

3- Day Loan

How can I tell if a book is 3- Day Loan?

There will be yellow tape on the book’s spine, as well as the shelfmark. These books have been recommended for reading on different courses.

How long is the loan ?

Return within 3 days, weekends included e.g. borrowed Wednesday, due back on Saturday. Holds may be placed to reserve these.

Can I renew the loan?

Items may be renewed as long as no-one else has placed a hold on the item.

Items will be renewed automatically for you if not requested by another reader.

If the book is recalled an email will be sent to your University account telling you when to return it.

You can renew 3-Day Loan items yourself via MyAccount in Primo, or in person at one of our libraries up to 9 times.

4-Week Loan

How can I tell if a book is 4-Week Loan?

There will be white tape on the book’s spine, as well as the shelfmark.

How long is the loan

4 weeks from date of borrowing, but they can always be recalled at any time by another user of the library, including over holidays.

If the book is recalled an email will be sent to your University account telling you when to return it.

Can I renew the loan?

Items may be renewed unless recalled or on hold by another reader. If the book is recalled an email will be sent to your University account telling you when to return it.

Items will be renewed automatically for you if not requested by another reader (Aberdeen University students and staff).

You can renew 4-Week Loan items yourself via MyAccount in Primo, or in person at one of our libraries up to 9 times.

Long Loan

How can I tell if a book is Long Loan?

There will be no coloured tape on the book’s spine, only the shelfmark.

How long is the loan ?

Until the end of the Summer term, but they can always be recalled at any time by another user of the library, including over holidays. If the book is recalled an email will be sent to your University account telling you when to return it.

Can I renew the loan?

Recalled items cannot be renewed. Before the annual return of books in May items can be renewed via MyAccount in Primo or in person at one of our libraries.

24 Hour Restricted Loan 

How can I tell if a book is 24 Hour Restricted Loan ?

There will be a 24 Hour Loan label on the first page of the book. There will be no coloured tape on the book’s spine, only the shelfmark.

How long is the loan?

Return within 24 hours from the time of issue, weekends included, e.g. issued 16.45 on Tuesday, due back by 16.45 on Wednesday.

Can I renew the loan?

Restricted loans may be renewed as long as no-one else has placed a hold on the item. You can renew 24 Hour Loan items on loan to yourself via Primo up to 9 times.

Self Issue Machines and PINs

Set up your PIN now to access the self-check machines in our libraries! 

Did you know that there is an automated system for issuing and returning books in both the Sir Duncan Rice and the Taylor (Law) libraries? Once you have set up your PIN you will be able to use your student ID card and issue books to your library account without requiring the assistance of a staff member! 

How to set up your PIN: 

You can either follow the instructions and the link sent to you by email shortly after you’ve registered, or you can visit any of our libraries (Sir Duncan Rice, Taylor (Law), Medical) and ask a member of staff to do that for you at one of the Information Points or Help Desks – don’t worry, it only takes a few seconds! 

Library Fines

Following a steady reduction in the amount of fines in recent years, and in light of the current cost-of-living crisis, we have permanently stopped charging fines for overdue books. We have done this to ensure wider access to our resources and to ease financial stress on students and staff.

As fines were in place to encourage people to bring items back on time, we need everyone to play their part to make this work – support your University community by checking your University e-mail account regularly and returning items by their due dates.
If items are not returned on time, we will not ask you to pay a fine, but as other students need access to our items, your library account will be frozen and you will not be able to borrow any more items until the overdue item has been returned.

If the item has not been returned after two weeks, we will need to ensure we have a way to provide it to others, so we will begin the process of invoicing you for the replacement cost plus a handling charge.

We also conduct an Annual Return of Books every May across the library service, so please ensure that you keep an eye on your library account.

If you have any questions about borrowing books, or about using our libraries, our staff are always happy to help. Please email us via library@abdn.ac.uk.

Where to go for help in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

A comfortable study and learning environment for all
The Library is here to support your study and research by providing a range of study spaces to suit your individual needs. Members of staff can be contacted at any point, in person or via email/telephone, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries about the Library’s facilities and services.

Finding the information you want – using the resources
Find books and journals in print and electronic format, museum objects, theses, images, exam papers and more just by using Primo, the Library’s discovery tool. If you would like help using the different functions within Primo, speak to a member of staff in the Subject and Enquiry Team, at the Information Centre on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. Subject and Enquiry team staff can also be found on Floors 5 and 6 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library. Please contact us at library@abdn.ac.uk.

If you have a subject-specific question, need help constructing a search strategy or using one of our specialist databases, speak to the Information Consultant for your discipline. A detailed list can be found here.

Borrowing enquiries, fines, using the Heavy Demand section, collecting reserved items
Speak to staff at the Information Centre on Floor 1 if you need help placing requests on books or collecting reserved items. Staff on Floor 1 can also advise on Inter-Library Loans and access to your borrower record. The Heavy Demand section is on the west wall of the building, next to the Information Centre. It contains books that are heavily used, a DVD collection, study spaces, self-service kiosks for borrowing and returning. It also contains MFDs for copying, printing, and scanning. Staff on Floor 1 can provide advice on how the Heavy Demand section works.

Speak to any member of staff on floors 1, 5 and 6 if you need help using the MFDs. Also, there are detailed guides on the notice boards behind the MFDs to help you understand the functions of scanning, printing and photocopying. These guides are available from the University’s Toolkit, found here. Remember to top up your printing budget! For information on paying for printing, click here.

IT-related queries
Our IT service desk is the first point of contact for issues relating to connectivity, printing, username & password problems, remote access and more. The service desk is located on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. You can also email servicedesk@abdn.ac.uk or call 01224 -273636 (this number also connects you to the Out-of-Hours service). Calls can also be logged through MyIT, a self-service facility for reporting problems.

Printing and binding your dissertation
The University’s binding service is on 23 St. Machar Drive. Services include colour and black & white printing, soft and hard binding, lamination, large format poster printing and more.
Tel: 01224 – 272578
Email: printshop@abdn.ac.uk

Materials from our Information skills workshops http://finditfastlibraryworkshops.pbworks.com/w/page/86602816/Home

See our RefWorks Library guides at www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/library-guides-101.php#R
(Navigate to our Library guides section on the Library website and select ‘A-Z’, then click on ‘R’ and scroll down to ‘RefWorks’)

For Research Postgraduates and staff, further instruction on how to use RefWorks’ advanced features is provided in our Literature Searching Essential Skills workshop series. These run 3 times a year. To search for and book these sessions, please see the course booking website. Alternatively, speak to one of the Information Consultants.

Further help & support

Library guides on how to use Primo

Information skills workshops

Library guides online


Inter-Library Loan service

Email your Library enquiries to:

Telephone your Library enquiries to:
01224 – 273330

InfoLinks Library blog

Library on Twitter

Remember that we are here to help!

Welcome to the Library

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It has been exciting to see our new and returning students in the Library after the winter break. Library staff are here to help you make the most of our resources and services, whether you are based on, or off, campus. Please get in touch with any queries you may have.

For general or subject-related enquiries, contact us on library@abdn.ac.uk, or please do enquire in person: Library staff will be available at set times at the Information Centre on Floor 1, or on Floors 5 & 6 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.

If you wish to contact the Information Consultant for your discipline, please check our website for their contact details.

Library Resources

When searching for books on your Reading List, or other resources, please use the Library’s discovery tool, Primo. Primo provides information about our printed resources, and is also the recommended access route to our extensive e-resources, digital collections and databases.

Our comprehensive Library guides offer detailed answers to any questions you may have about our resources. If you haven’t used Primo before, you may find the following guides helpful:

Primo Quick Guide
Primo: How to do a simple search successfully  
Primo: How to do an advanced search successfully
Accessing e-resources 

Please do contact Library staff if you are having trouble accessing or finding your resources. We are happy to help.

IT Issues

If you have any problems with your device or accessing information, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Visiting the Library

Please note that there is now a webpage on our site where you can see the current occupancy of the Sir Duncan Rice library and the Taylor library. Before you visit any of our Library sites please view our Library Opening hours.

Please follow us on our social media channels to keep up with news from the Library. Once again, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all our students and wish you all a happy new year.

12 Gifts from Open Research at AU

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On the FIRST day of Christmas Open Research gave to me a Research Publications Policy

This policy will come into effect in May 2023 and has the concept of rights retention at its heart. In accordance with Aberdeen’s Intellectual Property Policy, researchers will retain the copyright over their research publications

On the SECOND Day of Christmas Open Research gave to me Two twitter platforms and a Research Publications Policy

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We now have an Open Research twitter account @OpenResearchUoA, with over 300 followers. AUP have also recently launched a twitter account, @AbdnUniPress tapping into an active online University Press community.

On the THIRD day of Christmas Open Research gave to me Three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a Research Publications Policy.

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Open Research are planning a new series of training sessions starting in the New Year, in Open access, Open Data and Metrics

On the FOURTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me Four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

Red logo with a tick with the word licensed

To make your research open, always try to publish CCBY for publications and CC0 for data. The MIT license can be useful if you’re happy to make your code openly available and GNU licenses can be used if you need to retain more control over open code. We are planning training sessions on this in the New Year too.

On the FIFTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS ! four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

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In October this year we held five days of events to celebrate International Open Access Week. These included speaker events, a roundtable, the launch of AUP and drop-in information sessions. The week was a success, and we would love to do something similar in 2023. View the slides and recordings from OA week here:


On the SIXTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me, Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

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The six awesome Open Research and AUP team members

On the SEVENTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me, Seven Teams to work with Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

During our events week we worked with seven super AU teams to offer researchers a one-stop information shop

On the EIGHTH day of Christmas, Open Research gave to me, Octopus primary research record (eight legs!), Seven Teams to work with Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, Four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

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Octopus is a way to publish and register a version of your research, allowing others to build on your work and encourage peer review. Octopus plan to roll out more information in 2023

On the NINTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me Nine ways to make your research open, Octopus primary research record, Seven Teams to work with Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, Four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

  1. Publish OA, 2. Use a pre-print server 3. Share your data in a repository 4. Make your data FAIR 5. Publish your methods 6. Publish your code 7. Engage with open-peer review 8. Join an OR community or working group 9. Pre-register your research on OSF.

On the TENTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me 10 months till the next OA Week Nine ways to make your research open, Octopus primary research record, Seven Teams to work with Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

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Watch this space… we hope to be back with more engagement events in 2023

On the ELEVENTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me Eleven amazing speakers, 10 months till the next OA Week Nine ways to make your research open, Octopus primary research record, Seven Teams to work with Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

Thankyou to Cameron Neylon, Stephen Curry, Josh Sendall, Chris Jackson, Clare Bond, Paula Vega, Paula Masuzzo, Mark Hahnel, Ian Watt, Jess Butler and  Hazel Hay for contributing to UoA Open Access Week.

On the TWELFTH day of Christmas Open Research gave to me Twelve metric indexes Eleven amazing speakers,10 months till the next OA Week Nine ways to make your research open, Octopus primary research record, Seven Teams to work with Six OR staff, FIVE DAYS OF EVENTS, four copyright tips, three new training topics, two twitter platforms and a research publications policy

We have created lots of information on our website explaining how metric indexes can be used. Bibliometric measures | Library | The University of Aberdeen (abdn.ac.uk) They must always be used in the correct context as article and author metrics can be misleading if used out of context.

by Lesley Macrae

Maths drop-in sessions for exam preparation in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Dr Morgiane Richard of the University’s Student Learning Service (SLS) will be holding Maths drop-in sessions in The Sir Duncan Rice Library next week, to provide the support you may need while you are preparing for your exams.

You will be able to find her on Floor 5 of the library, room 506. There is no need to book, just drop in with your questions. Please note that the whole of Floor 5 is designated as a silent area until the end of the exam period so we ask that you observe the rules while making your way to the room.

Dr Richard will be available at the following times:

  • Tuesday 29 November: 12.00-14.00
  • Wednesday 30 November: 12.00-14.00
  • Thursday 1 December: 12.00-14.00
  • Friday 2 December: 12.00-14.00

Please contact Dr Morgiane Richard if you have any further questions: m.richard@abdn.ac.uk

24 Hour Opening in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

In the lead up to the fast-approaching exam period, The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are only a few days until this goes into effect, and we want to let you know just now so that you can properly plan your revision.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open at 11.00 on Sunday 20 November and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday 16 December, 2022.

Over this period, it is important that you are aware of the following:

  • Swipe access only after 22.00 – please ensure you have your ID card as access after 22.00 will not be permitted without it.
  • The PCs require a nightly shutdown (lasting about ten minutes) and reboot for essential maintenance. You will be given an option to delay this for two hours.
  • Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 02.00 and 06.00, which may result in some disruption.
  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
  • Take care if leaving the Library in the early hours – travel with friends if possible.

Please respect the building and your fellow library users:

  1. Hot and cold drinks in covered containers can be consumed in the library.
  2. Hot food is only allowed in the café area on the ground floor.
  3. Only cold food can be consumed on the upper floors – please no noisy food or food with a strong smell.
  4. Tidy up after yourself – use the bins and sanitary wipes which are available on each of the floors.
  5. Keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.

Please report any problems to security staff on duty – in person (Information Centre,
Floor 1, TSDRL) or by phone (01224 273330).

Please remember to check the opening hours for our other two Library sites, as Taylor and Medical will not be open 24/7 during these dates.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, contact us at library@abdn.ac.uk.

A reminder that Floor 5 in the Sir Duncan Rice Library will operate as a “silent” floor between Monday 21 November and Friday 16 December. For more information please see our previous blog post.