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.
Earlier this week 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 VitalSource Helps, a scheme that provides online access to selected textbooks for users who are currently unable to borrow print materials.
VitalSource is an approved third-party e-book provider and the range of publishers taking part in the scheme includes the American Psychological Association, Elsevier, Springer Nature, Taylor and Francis and others.
Students can create a bookshelf within VitalSource and select up to 7 textbooks from the range of participating publishers. When creating a personal account with VitalSource, make sure to use your University of Aberdeen email address but not your University of Aberdeen password.
Please also note that some of the textbooks accessible via this scheme may also be available through existing Library subscriptions or via alternative temporary access providers. Check Primo and other temporary resource providers before selecting and saving your 7 titles to your VitalSource Bookshelf.
For further information on accessing and using VitalSource Helps, please see the relevant entry on our updates page: bit.ly/COVID-19LibraryUpdates
Primo gives you access to the university’s subscribed databases and e-book collections. In addition to these resources, many publishers have made portions of their collections temporarily available to support online teaching, learning and research during the COVID-19 outbreak. This additional content is not all available through Primo.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the relevant page yet, here’s a link to it:
Scroll to section ‘Temporary Access to Additional e-Resources’ and discover more books and research material covering several subject areas! Please note that these collections must be searched individually.
Lexis Library’s News and International Materials collections have been moved to a new platform. Unfortunately at the moment we are unable to access this content. If you require a specific document held in either of these collections, please email the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include details of the item(s) you require and your contact details.
The Library is in contact with Lexis Library and we hope to regain access to this content soon. Please note that all other collections within Lexis Library are unaffected.
We are delighted to introduce a new service to help you find your way around the library and improve your library skills. Our new ‘Did you know…? A collection of helpful library hints’ blog series will be launched next week (14th of January). We will aim to deliver to you useful tips on:
- Navigating your way around the library
- Searching for information
- Placing holds on items
- Our opening times
- Accessing resources off-campus
and much more!
We hope you will find this service useful.
As of Monday 11 June there will be work taking place in Silent Study Room 124
(Floor 1) of The Sir Duncan Rice Library as we re-purpose the space, to make it better fit your needs. There will be some disruption as this work takes place, and for that we apologise in advance. We will do all we can to keep any inconvenience to a minimum, but the summer months are the only time when such work can take place. The exact timing of this work is still to be confirmed but we will put out further information via our social media once we have firm dates.
In the meantime, if you need a silent space to study why not use the silent study rooms in the south west corner of Floors 3, 4 and 5? These rooms were recently equipped with power and USB sockets allowing you to work from your laptop in a silent environment.
For more information on our Silent Study spaces, click here.
The latest issue of our ezine is packed full of interesting features.
Read more about iAberdeen – the University app for smartphones where you can go to search Primo and access your library account to view and renew loans. There is news of a new initiative that gives students an opportunity to suggest books for purchase. Read the feature on the Gale Reference Library which now gives access to 600 online publications across 18 subject areas, including Art, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Religion, Science and Technology. Then there are accounts from researchers about their work based on LSC&M resources.
Headlines – the ezine from Library, Special Collections and Museums – it’s worth a read!
The Sir Duncan Rice Library atrium is the background image for the homepage on Bing today!