Staff in the Library can help you to improve your information retrieval skills. We offer practical workshops and a toolkit of resources to help you find information quickly and effectively to meet that all important deadline.
Many of you will have information skills talks and workshops as part of your courses. In addition to these we offer free practical workshops designed to help you find information for your assignments, dissertations and theses more quickly and effectively. Learn how to use important electronic databases such as ebrary, Scopus and Web of Knowledge, search Primo and the Library Catalogue, use RefWorks to create a bibliography, and even Google better. Our workshops help you to develop appropriate information skills for your level of study.
are designed for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students. They generally last an hour and are held at lunch times in a PC classroom on floor 2 in The Sir Duncan Rice Library. You have a choice of different dates and times for each workshop.
To view our range of Find it Fast! workshops, read course descriptions, and make a booking please go to the course booking web page and search for Information Skills courses. Book early to avoid disappointment!
are designed for research postgraduate students and last between 1½ and 3 hours. They cover all the essential information retrieval and management skills required at research level, and look in depth at major databases such as Scopus and Web of Knowledge.
To view our range of workshops, read course descriptions, and make a booking please go to the course booking web pages and search for Information Skills courses. Book early to avoid disappointment!
We respectfully ask you to observe the following rules when booking courses via the course booking web pages:
Contact the Information Consultant for your subject.
It is essential you record what you have read and referred to in your written work, both within the text (citing) and at the end of your written work (bibliography). It is vital that you acknowledge what resources – print and electronic (including the Web) - you have referred to in your assignment, dissertation or thesis. If you don’t, you can be accused of plagiarism - the unacknowledged use of other people’s words and ideas. This is cheating.
Check your course handbook or ask your supervisor about the preferred citation style for your School.
REMEMBER - you can lose marks for poor referencing.
Library Guide: UG GEN007 Referencing and Citing (PDF).
For more information see the section on Avoiding Plagiarism.
RefWorks is web-based reference management software which makes storing references and generating bibliographies easy.
Login to RefWorks.
We give advice and training on using this important software.
|RefWorks Guides and Help|
Please note that ReWorks does not support the OSCOLA referencing style used by the School of Law.
Library Guide: QG RFW002 Quick Guide to RefWorks 2.0 (PDF).
Instructions for Importing Records from Information Databases into RefWorks (PDF).
Book a place on a RefWorks workshop.
Be under no illusion, plagiarism - copying another person's words or ideas without proper acknowledgment - is cheating.
It is regarded by the University as a serious academic offence that can result in disciplinary action.
Here are some practical tips on avoiding plagiarism:
Student Learning Service for advice on how to avoid plagiarism.
Information Skills Toolkit - Ethical Use of Information.
Library for advice on referencing and citing styles.
Having trouble meeting deadlines for assignments?
Taking too long to find information?
No idea how to write a bibliography?
Don't know where or how to start using the library?
If the answer is YES! to any of these questions you might want to investigate our tookit of resources ...
InfoPaths@Aberdeen is a collection of resources designed to help you overcome problems finding good quality information quickly and using the information ethically, to meet that all important deadline. It contains guidance notes and support materials including PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, information guides, podcasts, video-style demonstrations (VodCasts) and much more.
Interested? Go to InfoPaths@Aberdeen to find out more.
The Virtual Library @ Aberdeen is a collection of links and instructions, guides and worksheets produced by staff in the Library to help you locate and search our online resources. The 'virtual library' is not a separate collection - it is a term used to describe all the resources in electronic format (including e-journals and e-books) supplied by the library. Most of them are fully integrated into our library systems, including the library catalogue.
We hope that having all these materials accessible from one interface will help you to find and use the wealth of electronic resources available to you as a member of the University of Aberdeen.