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.
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 JSTOR, a collection of important scholarly journal literature. This database spans many disciplines and is particularly good for literature searching in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
In addition to the resources already available to us via JSTOR, we also have temporary free access to many thousands of additional full text journal articles and full text books across a wide range of areas. In addition, 26 journal archives in Public Health are available to everyone. Details available at https://about.jstor.org/covid19/.
Please note that this additional free content is not available within our alumni subscription.
Access to JSTOR is via Primo: remember to sign in to Primo and navigate to JSTOR via the Find Databases tab. Once on the JSTOR platform you can click on ‘Browse’ or perform an ‘Advanced Search’. You may find this worksheet useful.
For further information on the resources made available to us via JSTOR, please see the relevant entry on our page: bit.ly/COVID-19LibraryUpdates
Please email us with any questions you may have.
Access to the Scopus bibliographic database has been restored, after difficulties experienced earlier today. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
It is not currently possible to Sign In to the Scopus bibliographic database to perform any searches. This is a global situation, affecting more than the University of Aberdeen. Scopus are aware of the problem and are working to resolve it. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused by this.
Our University is open to all and we are committed to securing the highest standards of equality, diversity and inclusion. This week the Library was asked what more it could do to show how much we believe that #BlackLivesMatter.
We provide a large amount of relevant resources and our staff and students can find these via Primo. We are here to help you with this if you get in touch via email@example.com or @aberdeenunilib on Twitter. But it is right to challenge us to do more. Earlier in the week a student brought to my attention that we are missing some important titles. As a result, we have acquired two new e-books and added them to our catalogue:
Layla Saad, Me and white supremacy: combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor
Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race
Due to the present situation, we are only purchasing e-books for now and not all the titles we would like are available in this form, but I am very happy to hear from University of Aberdeen students or staff if you have other recommendations. And if our academic staff are looking at reading lists and aiming to expand what you offer, the Library will be very pleased to help as we develop our new reading list service. We are ready to help if you need support sourcing new titles.
All of us at the Library stand with the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) and our whole #ABDNfamily to celebrate our values of inclusivity and to condemn all forms of discrimination, prejudice and racism.
At the end of May we prepared a series of short recordings presenting techniques, tips and resources to help PGT students find academic scholarly books and journal articles and reliable support materials. The issues of plagiarism and correct referencing were also covered. The recordings can be access here.
If you have had a chance to listen to our ‘Library skills’ recordings and would like clarification on any of the topics covered, then come along to one of our Question & Answer sessions next week. The sessions will take place on Wednesday and Thursday morning (June 10 & 11) and are open to all PGT students regardless of whether or not you have listened to the recordings or have received previous instruction on how to use the Library resources.
The sessions will be delivered via Collaborate. To find out more and to book a place, please visit abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking – just change the category to ‘Library Information Skills’.
See you next week! In the meantime, please email us if you have any questions.
As University of Aberdeen students are now spread far and wide, some of you may be missing your University city and region. VisitAberdeenshire have created a wonderful online project called #ABDNwillwait. Through the website you can explore some of the highlights of the region, from virtual castle tours to local recipes! Something to enjoy before you can return in person, or arrive for the first time in the Granite City.
One particular highlight is The Ballad of Blue, Granite and Green, winner of the Sound of the North-east competition. It was created by Benjamin McMillan, an Aberdeen Music graduate, and Paul Anderson, an honorary research fellow of the University’s Elphinstone Institute.
To listen to the full piece, please visit https://www.visitabdn.com/abdnwillwait/music.
You can find out more about the story behind the composition in this University news article and this newspaper article.
Our picture at the top of this post is of Dunnottar Castle, former home to one of the most powerful families in Scotland and inspiration for Disney’s Brave. University of Aberdeen graduate Gordon Cameron is a technical advisor at Pixar Animation Studios, who created the film.
In a previous post, we told you about accessing e-resources off-campus. In this post, we would like to draw your attention to OnePetro, an important database of technical literature for the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), who own the OnePetro database, have an authentication (login) system based on the IP address of the user’s PC. Signing in is very straightforward when users are on-campus using University networked PCs. However, it is a 2-step process when off-campus, as users are required to come into the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) first so that their personal device will look as if it is campus-based.
Please follow the guidance on the Remote Access section of Toolkit – select the Remote VDI link in the ‘Guides’ section. Once you have logged in to the VDI, navigate to ‘Library Resources’, and from there to Primo.
Library staff have created a very useful guide on accessing and using OnePetro.
Please note that via the VDI you can also access classroom software associated with your login details and your H: drive.
Susan McCourt, Elaine Fitzgerald, Lena Papadakou
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:
Jenna Storey, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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