Information Skills workshops for PhD researchers: places still available

The Library is here to help all postgraduate researchers as they begin, or continue their in-depth research, with a short series of Information Skills workshops designed to their needs.

The workshops will take place on the 11th, 12th and 13th of June and will help you understand the resources available to you as researchers here at the University of Aberdeen, and how to get the best out of them.

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There are three workshops on offer, each lasting three hours:

  • Literature searching – Part 1: Getting started
  • Literature searching – Part 2: Using databases
  • Literature searching – Part 3: Managing your references using RefWorks*

Across the three workshops we will look at:

  • Planning your search
  • Looking for books: using Primo and e-books
  • Databases of academic literature
  • Getting the best out of Google
  • Managing your references with RefWorks
  • Formatting Word documents with in-text citations and bibliographies

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The workshop focusing on the management of references
(Part 3) is not suitable for research postgraduates in the School of Law, as the software used does not support the OSCOLA referencing style required for legal theses.

To find out more, and to book onto the different workshops please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills classes.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

MAINTENANCE: Wiley Online Library

A scheduled maintenance for Wiley Online Library will take place on Saturday 7 March from 10.00am for up to 3 hours.

Wiley’s Customer Support Team apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law & Business
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

ScienceDirect books are mobile friendly!

sciencedirect_longDo you know that you can download one, selected, or all chapters from a book on ScienceDirect on to your computer or your mobile device? To find out how to do this follow the instructions on Elsevier’s Online Books Connect blog. 

The ScienceDirect site is mobile friendly too, so you can view full text online, or view/download chapters directly from the site via the browser on your mobile device. You can also download any HTML article or book chapter in Mobi (Kindle) or ePub format. This must be done on a computer and the files transferred to any eReader device that supports these file types. Instructions for ScienceDirect ePub and Mobi downloads are available online.

Access ScienceDirect via our electronic resources portal, Primo. Open the Find Databases link at the top of any Primo page and simply type ScienceDirect in the Name box. Use the link provided to navigate to the database.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law and Business
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

ADVISORY: Downloading E-book PDF files from Dawsonera

A problem has been reported when trying to download a PDF file from Dawson. An error message ‘The content failed to load’ may occur.

Reports say that “It is usually traced to a browser / PDF Reader problem. If you are using a browser such as FireFox or Chrome that contains its own integrated PDF reader, the book PDF will appear to download successfully, but if you then try to open it from its tab on the lower LH corner of the browser window (e.g. for Chrome), the file will open with a ‘Failed to load PDF document’.”

A workaround suggested by Jonathan Eaton, Senior Content & Systems Manager (IT) at the Library London Business School is: “Press CTRL + J keys or use the download toolbar button options to “open in folder” (typically for Windows this is C:\Users\\Downloads ) and double-click the PDF which should then open in Adobe Reader.” Alternatively, set your browser options to open PDFs with Adobe Reader, rather than the browser default.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Schools of Law and Business
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Low cost books offer on SpringerLink MyCopy service

springerlink e-bookBook lovers – you may interested in a great deal we have with SpringerLink. Staff and students can order their own personal printed copy of an e-book for £24.99, including postage and handling. With nearly 14000 Springer titles to choose from you are spoilt for choice!

The SpringerLink MyCopy service offers ‘Print on Demand’ (POD) copies of a selection of e-books:

  • published from 2005 onwards, with less than 832 pages.
  • with an option to order directly from an e-book record.
  • for individual study only.

Each POD book is branded as a MyCopy book and has a cover in colour, and content in black and white. Illustrations that are in colour in the e-book version are monochrome in the corresponding MyCopy book.

Interested? Linking to SpringerLink can’t be simpler.

  • Go to the Library home page and search for springerlink in the Search Our Collections box.
  • Use the link provided in Primo to access the collection.

Springer is one of only a few publishers that permit you to legally download a whole book to your computer or mobile device to keep indefinitely for your own personal educational or research use. Please do not share or send the electronic (or paper) copy with anyone else.

If you cannot read materials in full text when working off campus, look for the Sign up / Log in link on the on SpringerLink website, then select the Institution /Athens Login option. Next, find your institution and Login via Shibboleth using your University computer username and password.

To limit your search to full text books only when browsing the collections make sure you ‘deselect’ the Include Preview-only content. To read a book online, or download a copy to your own computer, click on the title to open the record and select the relevant option to Download Book or download/save/print a PDF file of an individual chapter. You will also see an option to buy a POD copy on a book record.

As you can see our SpringerLink package offers a great deal. We really hope you enjoy this service.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Dawsonera planned downtime tonight, Thursday 26 June 2014

Dawsonera  have  just notified us of a planned downtime tonight (Thursday 26 June 2014) from 21.00 to 21.30.

The dawsonera service will be unavailable for a short period this evening in order to resolve and restore ePubs to the platform. They apologise for the short notice.

Further updates will follow as we have them. To keep updated with all the latest dawsonera news, follow them on Twitter @dawsonera.

Thank you for your patience.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Dawsonera service restored

Dawsonera has announced that the majority of the service functionality has been restored and all PDFs are now available. However, ePUBs are currently unavailable for download and online reading. We have been assured that it is their ‘immediate priority now to … provide full functionality as soon as possible’.

Dawsonera thank you for your patience as they work towards resuming this service.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Dawsonera is currently unavailable

A message received today from Dawson Books:

“Due to an unforeseen technical issue, Dawsonera has been unavailable since 13:40 on Wednesday 18th June and our engineers have been working throughout the night to restore the service. Unfortunately the issue has not yet been resolved.

At this stage we are unable to provide a time scale for when the service will resume, but we assure you that we are working hard to resolve the issue as efficiently as possible. We will provide regular updates as soon as they become available and sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused to both you and your users.”

We have full access to over 500 ebooks through this provider, and thousands of other titles available for preview.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Palgrave Connect: ‘Send to Kindle’ option now available

The publisher Palgrave Macmillan has introduced a ‘Send to Kindle’ function for all titles available as PDFs on the Palgrave Connect website.

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This new feature allows you to send documents, on trial or subscribed access, directly to either your @kindle.com or @free.kindle.com email address, without having to save the file to your computer first. When you select the ‘Convert to Kindle’ check box, the PDF document will automatically be converted to Kindle format during the delivery process.

Send to Kindle option

To begin using the service, you need to add palgravekindle@macmillan.com as a trusted email address – visit Amazon’s Personal Documents Service page for further information.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

NEW: Access to additional 27,000 e-books

Good news!

We now have access to over 27,000 additional e-books as part of a Scotland-wide University deal (AUPC SHEDL /ScopNet). The deal involves five publishers: Elsevier, OUP, Palgrave, Sage and Wiley and will run, depending on the publisher, for 2-3 years. The offering from each of the suppliers varies e.g. subject coverage and  publication years available, but will support research and learning across the University.

Records for all of these new items will be added to the library catalogue and Primo as soon as possible but in the meantime they can be accessed through searches within each publisher’s website:

For further information speak with relevant library staff or feel free to contact me directly.

Susan McCourt, s.mccourt@abdn.ac.uk