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.
Unfortunately there will be no Find it Fast! Workshops running in the second half-session. However, we will be offering Refresher workshops just after the May exams for taught postgraduate students about to embark on dissertation research. In the meantime you can access the materials for self-study on our Find it Fast! Wiki.
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!
Materials from these Find it Fast! workshops are available online in our Find it Fast! Wiki.
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.
Visit the Student Learning Service site for advice on how to avoid plagiarism.
Library Guides on Referencing
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 or Sign Up for RefWorks.
RefWorks introduced a new interface in Autumn 2016 and refer to this version as “new RefWorks”. However, at the University of Aberdeen we will continue to use and support the previous version – “legacy RefWorks” - until summer 2017. At that point we will upgrade to, and provide support for, the new RefWorks’ interface.
RefWorks and Mac computers
The Microsoft Word plug-in for RefWorks, called Write-N-Cite, does NOT currently work with Word 2016 on Macs. RefWorks are currently working on this compatibility issue.
It is still possible for such users to make use of the One Line/Cite View method of inserting citations into Word 2016 documents on Macs.
Please note that ReWorks does not support the OSCOLA referencing style used by the School of Law.
We give advice and training on using this important software.
|RefWorks Guides and Help|
|Using RefWorks after leaving University of Aberdeen|
All registered members of the University of Aberdeen are eligible to use RefWorks.
Go to Refworks login
Authorisation to use the RefWorks software is by login name and password. The facility can be accessed from on and off-campus and initial registration is also possible from any location.
Write-N-Cite helps you create a document in Word with RefWorks open at the same time - citations can be chosen and included in the text as you write. It can then create a bibliography at the end of your document, in a referencing style of your choice, at the click of a button.
Write-N-Cite is already installed on the desktop of all classroom networked PCs, but you must install this utility onto your personal computer.
Yes you can! RefWorks very generously allows former members of this University continued access to their RefWorks account.
Very little really. Just a couple of things before you leave the University of Aberdeen:
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:
Visit the Student Learning Service site for further advice on how to avoid plagiarism.
Library Guides on Referencing
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 the toolkit of resources related to our Find it Fast! Information Skills Workshops which are designed for undergraduates and taught postgraduates...
Our Find it Fast! Wiki 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 support materials including slides from workshop presentations, worksheets and various library guides.
Visit our Find it Fast! Wiki to learn more.