Did You Know…? – Information for Education Distance Learners

We may be unable to post books out to our Education Distance Learners at the moment, but we are still here to help. As always, the Distance Learner team are available Monday-Friday from 9am-12pm, responding to your queries. Please get in touch with distancelib@abdn.ac.uk if you need help with anything, as we would be happy to help!  

Since the library building closed, we have been working hard to gain access to more e-books which are available via our online catalogue Primo.  

We also have temporary access to some additional electronic resources; you can find a full list of what we have access to hereVitalSource and EBSCO eBooks are two that you may find particularly useful as they have access to some useful education resources and e-books. First time users of VitalSource: click on ‘Create a VitalSource account’. After setting up an account, VitalSource lets you borrow up to maximum 7 textbooks, you can read more information about VitalSource in one of our blog posts here

See our guide to referencing for education students for assistance on how to reference your work.  

Don’t forget to check the library website for up to date information on the library service.  

We hope you are all well and don’t forget to email us if you need any help with anything! 

Free virtual library from Aberdeen City Libraries

Old Aberdeen Library

Late last year a new public library service was launched at The Sir Duncan Rice Library as part of a partnership project between Digital & Information Services and Aberdeen City Council.

We look forward to welcoming students and staff to the Old Aberdeen Library when we re-open, but in the meantime Aberdeen City Libraries have a free virtual library full of thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics and digital resources that University of Aberdeen staff and students can access remotely from their home computer or mobile device.

Membership of Aberdeen City Libraries is available to people who work, live or study in Aberdeen City or Shire. If you are not already a member, you can join online now and start using the online services immediately. Sign up for free here.

Did you know…? – open access to e-resources

There are many resources where scholarly content is made freely available online without restriction. Known as Open Access, these include full-text books, chapters, articles and many other outputs. We have listed a selection that you may find useful on our webpages.

Open Access lib page screenshot

To find out more, please visit our page at:
www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/open-access-e-resources-739.php

If you have any questions, please contact:
Joanna Adams
j.adams@abdn.ac.uk

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. With so much academic literature available through the University of Aberdeen, these workshops will give you the confidence and skills to locate and manage the materials you need.

The workshops will take place on the 5th, 6th and 7th of February 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.

There are three workshops on offer, each lasting two 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!

Update on services and facilities at The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Wed 26 August 2015

Arrangements are now in place to bring in a power unit for The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) and, following testing, we expect the building to reopen on 31 August 2015.

In the meantime the Library Team has put in place the following arrangements:

Fetching Service for Items from the Collections

Please note:

  • There is now a daily fetching service retrieving items from TSDRL collections on Floors 1 to 7
  • Search for the item(s) you want and place an online request at http://primo.abdn.ac.uk:1701/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do  – select Taylor Library as the Pickup Location
  • If you request an item before 12 noon it will be available for collection from Taylor Library from 3pm the same day
  • You will also be notified by e-mail when the item is available for collection

If you need help please contact Linda McIntyre: Tel. 01224 273824;
Email. l.mcintyre@abdn.ac.uk.

Enquiries

Enquiries are being dealt with as normal. Please email the Library at library@abdn.ac.uk or contact the Information Consultant for your subject area – details are available at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/contacts/ic/ or Tel. 01224 27 3330.

Room Bookings for TSDRL Rooms

All bookings for the week of 24 August have been rescheduled to alternative locations. If you have a room booked you should already have been advised of this. As a contingency alternative locations for bookings in the week of 31 August are being sourced. If you have a booking during next week you will be contacted about it. If you need more information contact Emma Fowlie: Tel. 01224 273385; Email. e.fowlie@abdn.ac.uk.

Information Point at TSDRL

Library staff will be available at an Information Point on the Ground Floor of the The Sir Duncan Rice Library 09.00 – 17.00 each weekday until the Library re-opens to help direct readers to alternative locations for services. Please note – there will be no access to the building for users or visitors (see Fetching Service above for details of how to obtain books for loan).

Return of Items on Loan

You can return items to the Taylor Library (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/taylor/ ) or the Medical Library (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/med/ ) at Foresterhill. If you have any queries regarding returns or problems getting items back to us, please contact Linda McIntyre: Tel. 01224 273824; Email. l.mcintyre@abdn.ac.uk.

Inter Library Loans

Inter Library Loans are being administered from the Taylor Library while TSDRL is closed.  You can collect and return items at the Issue Desk there.  Queries can be directed to: Alyson Petrie: Tel.  01224 272601; Email. alyson.petrie@abdn.ac.uk.

Library Membership Queries

Library Memberships can still be issued or renewed at either Taylor Library or Medical Library. For any queries relating to these or ID card issues contact: Marion Blacklaw: Tel. 01224 273767; Email. m.blacklaw@abdn.ac.uk.

Fines

All fines for TSDRL loanable items incurred during the closure period will be waived.

Special Collections Centre and The Gallery

The Special Collections Centre and Ground Floor Gallery remain closed until further notice.

Nearby Classroom PC Facilities

For students needing access to Classroom PCs the nearest buildings with PC provisions are the Fraser Noble and Meston buildings. A full listings of computer classrooms available across campus is available at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/it/student/class/where-pc.php .

Alternative Study Places

Many study places are available in either the Taylor Library or Medical Library. More details on study places across campus are available at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/it/student/class/where-pc.php .

Printing, Binding and Reprographic Services

Thesis, dissertation and other binding and reprographic services will continue to run unaffected from the UniPrint office at 23 St Machar Drive (building no.3 on the map at    http://www.abdn.ac.uk/about/documents/OA-Campus-Map-2014.pdf ). Work previously submitted to the Print Shop in SDRL can be collected from the UniPrint office which is open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Students should please print off your work from an MFD in Taylor Library or computing classroom before going to the UniPrint office.

Contact the UniPrint Reception: Tel. 01224 272825; Email uniprint@abdn.ac.uk

Business School Student Access to Datastream

The Datastream software has been installed temporarily on 3 PCs in the MacRobert Building (building 17 on the map at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/about/documents/OA-Campus-Map-2014.pdf), room 106 (first floor). Look out for ‘Datastream Enabled’ posters on the PCs.

Further News and Help

The News page on the Library, Special Collections and Museums website at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/ will be updated as required with announcements on services and facilities.

Please email the Library mailbox if you have any specific queries: library@abdn.ac.uk

Library Service
Tel. 01224 27 3330