Did you know…? – Off-campus access to OnePetro

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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

Access difficulties with OnePetro: Update

Although the previously reported error message for OnePetro is still on display, the difficulty now appears to have been resolved. It is possible to download PDFs from searches.

If you experience any difficulties please email:

Apologies for the inconvenience – SPE* are investigating the issue.

*Society of Petroleum Engineers

INFO: New look OnePetro

The OnePetro database now has a new look. This important resource, which provides full-text technical documents, conference papers and journal articles related to oil and gas exploration and production, now has a cleaner look and increased functionality.

  • The database continues to be available from www.onepetro.org
  •  There is now an option to create a personal account called My OnePetro. This is a similar feature to that available in databases such as Scopus and Web of Science. It allows you to save searches and set alerts
  • Mobile Friendly Viewing – with their new platform design, OnePetro has a more intuitive approach for varying mobile device screen sizes
  • Google™ Translate is also available – you can select one of 80 languages from the drop-down Google™ Translate menu found in the bottom right hand corner of OnePetro and instantly have a machine generated translation of the webpage
  • OnePetro is authenticated using IP address. If you are on-campus then you are automatically recognised. If you are off-campus you must set the proxy on a browser. If you forget to do this you will get into the OnePetro site but will be prompted to pay to view individual conference papers and journal articles. (Don’t pay – set the proxy!). Information on proxy setting is available for University of Aberdeen students and staff at www.abdn.ac.uk/proxy and www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/dbs/qgdbs005.pdf

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

INFO: OnePetro/RefWorks changes

Do you use the OnePetro database for SPE and other oil related papers? If the answer to that is YES, and you also use RefWorks to store your references, then make sure you know how to get references from OnePetro into RefWorks. The exporting method changed very recently and updated details are available in our refworks/database guide at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/rfw/importing.pdf

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