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.

Advisory: Phishing attack aimed at Library users

A phishing attack has been identified this morning specifically aimed at library users. This email asks you to log in to a website and “reactivate” your library account. You should ignore this email and delete it immediately. As always – you should never divulge your login details to anyone.

Elaine Shallcross

STUDENT SURVEY: Please follow that link…

Library, Special Collections and Museums would very much appreciate your views on the services and facilities that we provide at the University.    

Requiring 5-10 minutes of your time our survey is short, targets key areas and also provides space for you to comment on matters that are important to you, and for us. We will use your feedback to identify and, where possible, address common issues that are raised. You will also help in the development of services and define our priorities for the future.

You have received an email (and some reminders!) containing your own direct link to the survey. Please follow the link and help us in developing our services and facilities to support your studies…

Thank you for your time in helping with this.

Susan McCourt, s.mccourt@abdn.ac.uk, x3287

3-Day-Loans: Further Service Improvement

Previously you told us you’d like e-mail reminders for when your 3-day-loans were due, so we introduced this in August 2013. In order to help you manage your loans and time we now want to take this a step further, by automatically renewing your 3-day-loans for you, where possible.

Please note that another reader may request any item you have on loan at any time, so it will not always be possible to renew for you. You will have to check the e-mail reminder we send as it will tell you whether or not you have to bring an item back (and be aware that you will be fined if the item is not returned on time.)

We hope this will mean fewer fines for forgetting to renew 3-day-loans, and that you find this to be a useful enhancement to our service.

Information Centre,
Floor 1,
The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Help the Library get the e-books you need

When searching Primo, you may find some items described in the Details tab as “Not currently owned. Available on demand from Dawsonera”, and they are only available for Preview.  If the book is of particular interest to you open the Preview option because when the preview of a title reaches a trigger point, the book will be bought automatically for the Library. You will then have access to the complete contents of the book. Find out more about how it works at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/collections/dda/.

Posted on behalf of Sheona Farquhar, Technical Services Manager

Extended opening hours for The Sir Duncan Rice Library this weekend!

In response to demand, The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open at 9am on Sunday 26th May.

Other opening hours have been reviewed and we are pleased to announce that we will be open to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays from 24th May until the end of the exam period, and Sundays – Thursdays until Thursday 6th June.

For more information on opening hours see http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/get-started/opening-hours/#university

Enquiries: library@abdn.ac.uk

REMINDER: Library services – service outage planned for 13 & 14 December

Due to the Data Refurbishment Project there will be planned IT system downtime on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 December. Many library services will be unavailable at that time through the normal routes e.g. self-issue machines, Primo, the library catalogue, past exam papers. However, all libraries will be open and it will still be possible to access and use the majority of library services – just in in a different way! Specific details can be found on our website.

As mentioned in the original information on the outage, if you are planning to return library material before leaving for the Christmas vacation we’d recommend doing this today (Wednesday 12 December), if possible.

Library and IT staff are working to ensure as little disruption as possible. If you have any queries please email libnotice@abdn.ac.uk or contact 01224 273330.

Normal service is scheduled to resume on Saturday 15 December with a one hour period of downtime planned for 18.00-19.00 on Monday 17 December.

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

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: disruption to LSC&M electronic services

Due to the scheduled IT service outages as part of the Data Centre refurbishment project, the majority of electronic services will not be available in any library buildings on 13-14 December, although all sites will be open as usual. Access to some online resources will also be affected on these days. Please be aware that this includes all self-issue machines, Primo, the library catalogue, and other digital items such as exam papers. It will still be possible to borrow books, find library material using COPAC, and link directly to e-journals and other e-resources using the Subject A-Z lists or Virtual Aberdeen.

Specific details of library services affected can be found on our website. If you urgently need to request materials for loan before the end of term, please do so by Monday 10 December. If you are planning to return library material before you leave for Christmas vacation we recommend you do so by Wednesday 12 December.

We’re working to minimise disruption, so if you have specific queries about how the outages will affect your library work, and what we can do to help, please email libnotice@abdn.ac.uk or contact 01224 273330 in advance.

Normal service is planned to resume on Saturday 15 December.

Posted on behalf of Library, Special Collections and Museums
Contact libnotice@abdn.ac.uk