Did you Know…? – help with 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, as 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 others focused on specific referencing systems or subject areas: 

Please be sure, though, to also refer to any specific referencing guidance which you may have been provided by your department. You can also see advice on avoiding plagiarism on the Student Learning Service’s website.  

If you are looking for a tool to help you organise your references and also produce your bibliography, then why not create a free account with RefWorks, an online reference management tool that the University of Aberdeen subscribes to. For more information and instructions on how to create an account please check our quick library guide to RefWorks

If you need any help with referencing your dissertation or project please do contact Library staff

Need help with Referencing? The Library is here to help

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, as 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 others focused on specific referencing systems or subject areas:

Please be sure, though, to also refer to any specific referencing guidance which you may have been provided by your department. You can also see advice on avoiding plagiarism on the Student Learning Service’s website.

If you are looking for a tool to help you organise your references and also produce your bibliography, then why not create a free account with RefWorks, an online reference management tool that the University of Aberdeen subscribes to. For more information and instructions on how to create an account please check our quick library guide to RefWorks.

If you need any help with referencing your dissertation or project please do contact Library staff.

Eleni Papadakou & Ewan Grant

Free Information Skills Workshops to help you Find it Fast!

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At the Library we believe you should be spending the majority of your time reading materials and not looking for them, so we have a range of free workshops to help you learn how to get your hands on the best books, articles, reports and other information in the shortest time possible.

These are our Find it Fast! Information Skills Workshops, and they will be running between January 19 and February 4 to help all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students navigate the library landscape, which can at times seem filled with so much choice.

They are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and are a great introduction to the services and resources we provide and the best ways in which you can make use of them. They cover:

  • Using Primo, our online resource discovery tool for locating physical and electronic resources.
  • How to search for the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to.
  • Using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly.
  • How to manage your references correctly when writing assignments to ensure that you do not fall into the trap of plagiarism.

Invest one hour of your time over lunch to learn tips and techniques that will repay you with time saved when searching for the materials you need for assignments and exams.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The ‘RefWorks – Managing References and Creating Bibliographies’ workshops are offered in two parts so you must complete part 1 before attending part 2.
  • Unfortunately, these referencing workshops are not suitable for Law students as the software taught does not support the legal referencing style, OSCOLA.

To find out more and to view the full list of Find it Fast! workshops on offer please go to www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and search for Information Skills courses.

Free workshops available to help you with your referencing – sign up now!

Are you confused by referencing? Befuddled by bibliographies? Well, don’t worry because you certainly aren’t the only one. The good news is that by signing up for our Referencing Workshops library staff can show you how to make the whole process of referencing so much easier.

refworks logoHere at the University of Aberdeen all students are entitled to a free account with RefWorks, an online reference management programme. It helps you store all your references and also create beautiful bibliographies for your assignments and dissertations.

fif logoTo find out more about this really useful software come along to free workshops taking place in The Sir Duncan Rice Library over the next two weeks. These two-part workshops, for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, will introduce you to the software and the ways in which it integrates with Microsoft Word to help you produce your perfectly referenced coursework.

RefWorks is suitable for both Microsoft and Mac computers.

More information on RefWorks is available in some of our online Library Guides.

An important point, however, is that RefWorks will not be suitable for students studying within the School of Law, as the unique OSCOLA referencing style used within the legal field is not supported by RefWorks. RefWorks is also not compatible with many of the legal academic databases used by students and researchers in Law.

To find out more information and book a place on the Find it Fast! Using RefWorks Workshops taking place between October 20th and 29th visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking, and search for Reference Management.

We look forward to seeing you there to help you get on top of your referencing.

Ewan Grant

LIBRARY WORKSHOPS: Free lunchtime workshops to help you find materials

Now that teaching has begun again it may be time to turn your attention to finding the books and other materials that you need to study. Well, to help you find the materials you need, the Library service are running a series of free information skills workshops this term.

We call these our Find it Fast! Sessions and they begin next week, taking place between 27 January and 12 February 2015.

The Find it Fast! sessions are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and are a great introduction to the services we provide and the best ways in which you can make use of them. We cover:

  • Using Primo, our online resource discovery tool for locating physical and electronic resources
  • How to access the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to
  • Using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • How to manage your references when writing assignments to ensure that you do not fall into the trap of plagiarism.
  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly

These workshops are perfect for undergraduates and taught postgraduates across all Colleges. Invest one hour of your time over lunch to learn tips and techniques that will repay you with time saved when searching for the materials you need for assignments and exams.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The ‘Managing References and Creating Bibliographies’ workshops are offered in two parts so you must complete part 1 before attending part 2.
  • Unfortunately, these referencing workshops are not suitable for Law students as the software taught does not support the legal referencing style, OSCOLA.
  • And, because we offer repeats of most of the workshops please be sure to only sign up for one of each of them.

 

To find out more and to view the full list of information skills workshops on offer please go to www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking

Places are limited, and fill up quickly , so sign up now before it’s too late.

 

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

RefWorks problems on campus now resolved

The minimal disruption to RefWorks which we announced last Friday has now been resolved. Following investigation and testing of the reference management software over the last week it has become clear that what some users of RefWorks had been experiencing was only a temporary situation, effecting only a handful of PCs across campus. There was no loss of service to those using their own PCs and laptops.

While only temporary, we do appreciate that it was inconvenient for some of you across campus, and for that we offer our sincere apologies for any disruption caused to your studies or research.

We will continue to keep an eye on this situation and let you know immediately if there are any further issues with this useful and popular piece of software.  We see no reason why there should be any further problems, but if there are please don’t hesitate to contact library staff to let them know.

Feel free to email me on e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

 

Ewan Grant

REFWORKS: Possible disruption for RefWorks users on campus

Calling all RefWorks users on campus. There may be some temporary disruption for some students working with RefWorks and Write-N-Cite on some of the University’s own classroom PCs.

Our wonderful colleagues in IT Services are currently carrying out the annual summer upgrade of software on all classroom PCs and during this process it has come to our attention that there may be some issues surrounding the use of RefWorks, Write-N-Cite and Word 2013 on some of them. Word 2013 has been installed this summer to upgrade from Word 2010 and this newer version of Microsoft Word has been causing problems for a handful of students, when using it alongside Write-N-Cite.

We are currently investigating this issue in conjunction with IT Services and RefWorks and hope to have a solution to this soon.

Thankfully, there have been no reports of people having difficulties when working on their own personal machines, therefore we recommend that if you want to use RefWorks to write your dissertation, and have access to a laptop of your own on which you haven’t yet installed Write-N-Cite, that you do so now. You will then be able to continue working on your dissertation without the ocassional problems which we are experiencing on the University’s PCs

To learn how to install Write-N-Cite read step 4 of this library guide. Further information on how to use Write-N-Cite is available here. Also, be sure to read the installation guide, available from the Write-N-Cite installation page on the RefWorks website, to ensure that you have all other necessary software installed on your laptop.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience this may be causing some of you, particularly at a time when many dissertations are being written. We are doing all we can to resolve this and will keep you updated with any developments in relation to this in the near future.

If anyone has any questions on this please do email me at e.grant@abdn.ac.uk.

Ewan Grant

LIBRARY WORKSHOPS: Places still available on our free library workshops

There are still places available on our free library Find it Fast! workshops which run in February and March. The workshops will help you get the most out of the library’s resources and enable you to carry out effective research required to support assignments, essays or dissertations.

For those unable to attend the sessions in person we provide online access to the workshop materials on our Information Skills Wiki. From here you can access recordings, presentations and worksheets from our older workshops, and we’ll load more recent ones over the coming weeks.

The one hour workshops, held over lunchtime, provide instruction on how to:

  • Use Primo, our online gateway to the library’s resources
  • Access collections of thousands of academic ebooks
  • Find and use scholarly journals and other quality resources through our many online databases
  • Unlock the full potential of Google and other search engines
  • Keep track of your references and create perfect bibliographies for your assignments by using reference management software (RefWorks)

We think these workshops are perfect for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students across all Colleges! Invest an hour of your time over lunch to pick up tips and techniques that will save you time later when carrying out research for assessed work.

Please note:

  • Because we offer repeats of most of the workshops please be sure to only sign up for one of each
  • The ‘Managing References and Creating Bibliographies’ workshops are offered in two parts and you must complete part 1 before attending part 2. Unfortunately, these referencing workshops are not suitable for Law students as the software taught does not support the legal referencing style, OSCOLA
  • Refresher workshops will be on offer for taught postgraduate students in June. But these are extremely popular – don’t leave things too late and end up on a waiting list in June when you can learn now and apply your new-found skills to your research and studies in the coming months.

To find out more go to http://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and login to view the full list of information skills workshops on offer.

Ewan Grant, Information Adviser, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

LIBRARY WORKSHOPS: Come to one of our lunchtime workshops to learn how to help yourself find materials for your studies

Are you struggling to find the materials listed on your course reading? Having difficulty finding that book or journal article that will help turn your average assignment into a great one? Wondering where to even begin when navigating the thousands of resources available through the university’s library service?

 

Well, the library will be running a series of workshops in February and March to help you. So, stop struggling and smarten your searching by coming along to one of our Find it Fast Library Information Skills Workshops. Our selection of one hour workshops, held at lunchtimes, can teach you how to:

 

  • Use Primo, your online gateway to the library’s resources.
  • Access our collections of thousands of ebooks.
  • Keep track of your references and create perfect bibliographies for your assignments by using reference management software.
  • Find scholarly journals and other quality resources through our many online databases.
  • Unlock the full potential of Google and other search engines.

 

These workshops are perfect for undergraduates and taught postgraduates across all Colleges. Invest one hour of your time over lunch to learn tips and techniques that will repay you with time saved when searching for the materials you need for assignments and exams.

 

Please note that the ‘Managing References and Creating Bibliographies’ workshops are offered in two parts so you must complete part 1 before attending part 2. Unfortunately, these referencing workshops are not suitable for Law students as the software taught does not support the legal referencing style, OSCOLA. And, because we offer repeats of most of the workshops please be sure to only sign up for one of each of them.

 

To find out more and to view the full list of information skills workshops on offer please go to:

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking.

 

Places are limited, and fill up  quickly , so sign up now before it’s too late.