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

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

MAINTENANCE: Emerald Insight on Friday 30 January 2015

Maintenance on Emerald’s research platform, Emerald Insight, is scheduled to take place on Friday 30 January 2015 between 23:00 GMT and 03:00 GMT. Emerald Insight will be unavailable for up to 1 hour during this maintenance window. If you access the website during this time you will receive a ‘connection timeout’, or similar message, within your browser. Please note that this may also affect some functionality on

Emerald apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Elaine Shallcross

Westlaw International access problem resolved

We are pleased to report that the access problem into the Westlaw International database, via the Services menu in Westlaw UK, has been resolved.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant (Schools of Law and Business)

MAINTENANCE: Web of Science

Please be advised that Web of Science will undergo scheduled maintenance on Saturday December 13 2014 to release new search functionality. Access may be intermittent during this time. Thomson Reuters apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Library Services

What’s New in Web of Science?

Have you used the Web of Science (WoS) database recently? If not, you’ll be unaware that the WoS platform has been going through a process of upgrades and enhancements with the most recent taking place in the last week or so. For a quick introduction to new features and options see the WoS tutorial at

New feature:

Find out if you are an author of a Highly Cited or even a Hot Paper! The University of Aberdeen had over 300 Highly Cited papers and 11 Hot Papers at the time of writing this blog item – are you the author of one of these? You can find out by:

  • Navigating to
  • Using the orange Click here to access Web of Science button
  • Note – If you are off-campus and prompted for your login route select the Shibboleth/Institution option
  • From the All Databases drop-down option select Web of Science Core Collection
  • Carry out your search (make sure you use the drop down box to select a different search field if you want to carry out an Author or Organisation search)
  • Use the ESI Top Papers section on the left hand sidebar to refine your search further
  • The icons below may be assigned to papers in the result lists. When in WoS click on each icon for a definition to find out when a paper is Hot rather than Highly Cited…

icon - wos esi top papers


For more information on using Web of Science please speak with library staff or contact the Information Consultant for your subject area –


Susan McCourt (

What’s New in Journal Citation Reports (JCR)?

Looking for a journal impact factor? The latest release (28 October 2014) of Journal Citation Reports (JCR) updates and completes 2013 data previously released in summer 2014. It also includes several new features that provide enhanced reporting and visualisation tools.

For detailed information on the new features and expanded metrics see

JCR has now been integrated with the Web of Science (WoS) database platform. To access the service:

  • Navigate to
  • Click on the orange Click here to access Web of Science button
  • Note – If you are off-campus and prompted for your login route select the Shibboleth/Institution option. If you are on-campus select either of the given options
  • Once into WoS select Journal Citation Reports from the top navigation bar and search…

If you would like any more information on using JCR please contact your subject Information Consultant –


Susan McCourt,

EXAMS: Use our collection of past exam papers for your own future success

To help you prepare for the fast approaching exams we would like to remind you about the online collection of past exam papers managed by the Library. exam2

There are well over 3000 past exam papers available in Word or PDF format in our searchable database, covering undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses from across the University’s three Colleges. You can either search for specific courses or browse your way towards those past papers you need. You will need to login with your University username and password to access the exam papers.

We do not have every past exam paper available on DigiTool so, if you can’t find an exam paper for a particular course, you will need to check with the relevant School to see if they can provide you with a copy.

The exam papers are stored on DigiTool, the University’s digital asset management system where you can also access many other resources such as photographs from our George Washington Wilson Collection, or even digital versions of illuminated manuscripts.

Also, don’t forget that library staff are here to help you locate any other resources you may need while preparing for your exams. If you have any questions please just ask a member of Library staff.

Good luck with your exams from all staff at the Library.

Ewan Grant
Information Adviser


Library Guides online:
How to find past exam papers

The Student Learning Service offers workshops on revision strategies and exam techniques.

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

Over 30,000 Early Modern works now available online

These are exciting times for researchers! Our library service can now offer access to Early European Books: a new collection of digitised documents from the dawn of the printed book, putting extraordinary resources from the Renaissance at your fingertips. The collection comprises over 30,000 works, including 18,000 books and 4.9 million pages dating from 1450-1700 on topics including alchemy, art, botany, early medicine, philosophy, poetry, science, and theology.

Its publishers, Proquest, describe their database as “the most comprehensive digitized collection of rare books and incunabula available anywhere online. Over 30,000 works are currently included, with new titles added regularly. No other online source offers early modernists such a wide survey of the print output of Europe from 1450-1700, removing the need for lengthy research trips and saving valuable travel time and budget.”

They describe how this new interface “offers users a research experience as close as possible to actually being with the book. Researchers can see every page and feature rendered on screen in fine, crisp images. Meticulous indexing and specialist search fields ensure relevant results are returned each time.”

The project is being developed in partnership with a host of major European libraries including the National Libraries of Florence, France, and the Netherlands, the Royal Library in Denmark and the Wellcome Library, London, with more libraries expected to join the program.

See the Proquest website for more information: