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A

  Order Code
ABI/INFORM Complete - quick guide QG BUS001
Abbreviations
Common Legal Abbreviations QG LAW006
Medical Library - jargon buster UG MED002
Access
Accessing electronic information QG DBS005
Accessing NHS Knowledge Network content on an AU computer QG MED010
Accessible Library facilities and services QG GEN002
ATLA (American Theological Library Association) - quick guide QG DIV002
Anthropology - how to find anthropological resources QG SOC001
AnthropologyPlus - quick guide QG SOC010
Art and Architecture Complete QG ARTS003
Article processing charges deals QG OA002
AudioPODs
Avoiding plagiarism QG GEN027

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B

  Order Code
Binding - see Print Shop and UniPrint: binding, design and printing services at the University  
Books - how do I find a book using Primo? QG DBS001
Business - quick guide to accountancy and management resources QG BUS002

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C

  Order Code
Campus maps: Old Aberdeen and Foresterhill  
Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations and the AU Library catalogue QG LAW005
Catalogue
Catalogue - how do I use the catalogue? QG CAT003
Primo - quick guide QG PRI001
Prefixes to shelfmarks: a general guide GI12
Celtic and Anglo-Saxon - quick guide to Celtic and Anglo-Saxon resources QG CELT001
CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health) - quick guide QG MED011
Citing References
Referencing for education students - A guide to UG EDU010
OSCOLA (Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities) - quick guide QG LAW024
Referencing for business students - A guide to QG BUS003
Classmarks 
Floor 3 classmarks QG GEN028
Floor 4 classmarks QG GEN029
Floor 5 classmarks QG GEN030
Floor 6 classmarks QG GEN031
Floor 7 classmarks QG GEN032
Cochrane Library QG MED007
Common Legal Abbreviations UG LAW006
Copyright
Copyright and course materials on MyAberdeen - your responsibilities QG GEN024
Introduction to copyright - quick guide QG GEN008
Counselling - how to find counselling resources QG EDU011
Current Law Statutes, see Law: tracing legislation - quick guide to Current Law Statutes

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D

  Order Code
DigiTool - digital asset management system QG DBS006

Disabled Students - see Accessible library facilities and services and
Emergency evacuation procedures for disabled people (The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

QG GEN002
QG GEN014

Distance learners on education courses, Library facilities and services for ... QG EDU003
Divinity - quick guide to divinity & religious studies sesources QG DIV001
Donation and deposit of records QG HCOL006

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E

  Order Code
Ebrary QG DBS004
Ebrary - how to download e-books QG DBS009
Ebrary on your mobile device QG DBS008
Economics, Finance and Property -quick guide to resources QG EC001
Education (see all information guides for Education)
Emergency evacuation procedures for disabled people (The Sir Duncan Rice Library) QG GEN014
EUR-Lex QG LAW027
European Documentation Centre QG LAW002
Exam Papers - how do I find past exam papers? QG DBS007

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F

  Order Code
Family History resources in Special Collections QG HCOL005
Film and Visual Culture - quick guide to film and visual culture resources QG FILM001
Floor Plans  
Taylor Library: Levels 1 + 2 GI18
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act QG GEN011

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G

Getting started with Write-N-Cite v.4 for Windows QG RFW005

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H

  Order Code
Heavy Demand Section in Taylor Library QG LAW004
Hebraica and Judaica including the Biesenthal Collection QG HCOL008
HeinOnline - quick guide QG LAW010
History - quick guide to history resources QG HIS001
History of Art - quick guide to history of art resources QG ARTS001
How do I find a book using Primo? QG DBS001
How do I find a journal using Primo? QG DBS002
How the library can help you QG GEN013

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I

  Order Code
IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) - quick guide QG SOC007
Inter-library Loan and document delivery services QG GEN004
International Relations see Politics and International Relations - how to find politics and IR resources
Introduction to copyright - quick guide QG GEN008

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J

  Order Code
Journals - how do I find a journal using Primo? QG DBS002

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                                                                                                                Order Code
Keeping your thesis legal UG GEN033


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L

  Order Code
Laptop security QG GEN023
Law (see all information guides for Law)
Law for non-law students using the Taylor Library & EDC QG LAW009
Lexis®Library - key features QG LAW016
Lexis®Library - searching for case law QG LAW017
Lexis®Library - searching for international legal journal articles QG LAW018
Lexis®Library - searching for UK journal articles QG LAW019
Lexis®Library - searching for newspaper articles QG LAW020
Library
Accessible library facilities and services QG GEN002
How the library can help you QG GEN013
Library floor plans - see Floor plans  
Library & information resources for distance learners on education courses (PDF) QG EDU003
Library project rooms - see Project rooms  
Library provision in medicine - see Medicine  
Library on your smart phone QG MOB001
The Sir Duncan Rice Library - quick guide QG GEN016
Literature - quick guide to English literature resources QG LIT001
Literature Online (LION) - quick guide QG LIT002

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M

  Order Code
Manuscripts & archives QG HCOL003
Medical Library - databases & journals QG MED003
Medical Library guide to finding information QG MED012
Medical Library - jargon buster UG MED002
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Medline & other Ovid databases QG MED008
Modern Languages - quick guide to modern languages resources QG MOD001
Music
Music -how to find music resources QG EDU006
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)
- Abstracts of Music Literature - quick guide
QG EDU007

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O

  Order Code
Official Publications Collection QG LAW003
Oil and Gas Energy Law (OGEL) - quick guide QG LAW026
Oil and Gas Industry resources in Special Collections QG HCOL011
OnePetro - quick guide QG ENG001
Opening hours  
OSCOLA (Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities) - quick guide QG LAW024

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P

  Order Code
Paying article processing charges QG OA001
Philosophy - quick guide to philosophy resources QG PHIL001
Photographic resources in Special Collections QG HCOL010
Plagiarism - avoiding QG GEN027
Politics and International Relations - how to find politics and IR resources QG SOC005
Prefixes to shelfmarks: a general guide GI12
Primo - quick guide QG PRI001
Print Shop and UniPrint: binding, design and printing services at the University QG GEN025

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R

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Referencing
Referencing and citing - an introduction QG CIT001
Referencing and citing - Harvard QG CIT002
Referencing and citing - Vancouver/Uniform QG CIT003
Referencing for business students - quick guide QG BUS003
Referencing for education students - A guide to UG EDU010

Referencing for Law Students see Citation of Legal Authorities and OSCOLA (Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities) - quick guide

 
RefWorks
Converting a Microsoft Word File (.doc) for import into RefWorks Online only
RefWorks - attaching files to a reference Online only
RefWorks 2.0 - quick guide QG RFW002
RefWorks 2.0 - using folders to organise your references QG RFW004
Getting started with RefWorks Write-N-Cite v.4 for Windows QG RFW005
Write-N-Cite v.4 advanced features QG RFW006
RefWorks - Instructions for importing records from information databases into RefWorks Online only
Using the Output Style Editor Online only
Remote Access to your H: drive off campus using WinSCP  
Remote VPN: remote access for personal devices  
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)
- Abstracts of Music Literature - quick guide
QG EDU007

Rooms in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Break Out Room QG GEN019
Co-Labs QG GEN018
Flexible Learning Area QG GEN022
Group Study Rooms QG GEN017
Silent Study Rooms (SE corner) QG GEN021
Silent Study Rooms (SW corner) QG GEN020

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S

  Order Code
Search planning chart No code
Social Science
Social Theory - quick guide QG SOC012
Sociological Abstracts - quick guide QG SOC009
Sociology - how to find sociology resources QG SOC006
Special Collections  
Special Collections of printed materials QG HCOL004
Sound recordings in Special Collections QG HCOL009
Spending your Library Collection Development Budget allocation - how the library's acquisitions section works UG GEN010
Submission of research theses QG GEN009

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T

  Order Code
Teaching Resource Collection - how to find educational resources UG EDU005
Term-time opening hours GI11
The Sir Duncan Rice Library - quick guide QG GEN016
The Sir Duncan Rice Library - Rooms see Rooms in The Sir Duncan Rice Library  
The Sir Duncan Rice Library - student quick guide QG GEN015
   
Theses - submission of theses QG GEN009
Tracing Legislation - quick guide to Current Law Statutes QG LAW008

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W

  Order Code
Welcome to the Library Service QG GEN001
Welcome to Special Collections QG HCOL001
Welcome to the Taylor Library and EDC QG LAW001
Westlaw UK - case law QG LAW021
Westlaw UK - legislation QG LAW022
Westlaw UK - quick guide QG LAW014
Westlaw UK - UK and international journals QG LAW023
Westlaw UK - how to use the Linkbuilder tool QG LAW025
Where is it shelved? A general guide GI13
World War One resources in Special Collections QG HCOL012
Write-N-Cite v.4 advanced features QG RFW006
Write-N-Cite v.4 for Windows - Getting started with QG RFW005

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Guides by Subject

 

Arts & Humanities (The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

Art and Architecture Complete Jun-16 QG ARTS003
ATLA (American Theological Library Association) – quick guide Jul-16 QG DIV002
Celtic and Anglo-Saxon - quick guide to Celtic
and Anglo-Saxon resources
Jul-16 QG CELT001
Divinity - quick guide to divinity & religious studies resources Jul-16 QG DIV001
Ebrary Jun-16 QG DBS004
Film and Visual Culture - quick guide to film and visual culture resources Jun-16 QG FILM001
History - quick guide to history resources Jul-16 QG HIS001
History of Art - quick guide to history of art resources Jul-16 QG ARTS001
Literature - quick guide to English literature resources Jul-16 QG LIT001
Literature Online (LION) – quick guide Jul-16 QG LIT002
Modern Languages - quick guide to modern languages resources Jul-16 QG MOD001
Philosophy - quick guide to philosophy resources Jul-16 QG PHIL001
Welcome to the Library Service May-16 QG GEN001

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Business (The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

ABI/INFORM Complete - quick guide Apr-16 QG BUS001
Business - quick guide to accountancy and management resources Apr-16 QG BUS002
Ebrary Jun-16 QG DBS004
Economics, Finance and Property - quick guide to resources Apr-16 QG EC001
Referencing for business students - quick guide Apr-16 QG BUS003
Welcome to the Library Service May-16 QG GEN001

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Education (The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

Counselling - how to find to councelling resources Jul-16 QG EDU011
Ebrary Jun-16 QG DBS004
Education - how to find education resources Jul-16 QG EDU001
Education resources - how to find scholarly information Jul-16 QG EDU004
Library and information resources for
distance learners on education courses
Jul-16 QG EDU003
Music - how to find music resources Jul-16 QG EDU006
Referencing for Education students - A guide to Jul-16 UG EDU010
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)
- Abstracts of Music Literature – quick guide
Jul-15 QG EDU007
Teaching Resource Collection - how to find education resources Jul-16 UG EDU005
Welcome to the Library Service May-16 QG GEN001

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Special Collections

Introductory

Welcome to the Special Collections Centre Jul-15 QG HCOL001
Manuscripts and archives Dec-14 QG HCOL003
Special Collections of printed materials Jul-15 QG HCOL004
Donation and deposit of records Jun-15 QG HCOL006
Local Collection of printed material Nov-16 QG HCOL055
University history bibliography Nov-16 QG HCOL057

Media

Photographic resources

May-15

QG HCOL010
Sound recordings Jun-15 QG HCOL009
Map and plan resources in Special Collections Dec-14 QG HCOL054
Newspaper resources in Special Collections Nov-16 QG HCOL056

Subject

Agriculture and farming resources Dec-14 QG HCOL013
Architectural resources Dec-14 QG HCOL014
Art and artists resources Dec-14 QG HCOL015
Business records Dec-14 QG HCOL016
Ecclesiastical resources Dec-14 QG HCOL017
Family and estate papers Dec-14 QG HCOL018
Family history resources Dec-14 QG HCOL005
Fishing resources Dec-14 QG HCOL019
Government and political resources Dec-14 QG HCOL020
Hebraica and Judaica resources Dec-14 QG HCOL008
Jacobite resources Dec-14 QG HCOL021
Labour history resources Dec-14 QG HCOL022
Legal history resources Dec-14 QG HCOL023
Literary resources Dec-14 QG HCOL024
Medical resources Dec-14 QG HCOL007
Military resources Dec-14 QG HCOL025
Natural history resources Dec-14 QG HCOL026
Oil and gas industry resources Jun-15 QG HCOL011
Organisations’ records Dec-14 QG HCOL027
Paper manufacturing, printing and publishing resources Dec-14 QG HCOL028
Performing arts resources Dec-14 QG HCOL029
Personal papers Dec-14 QG HCOL030
School and teacher training resources Dec-14 QG HCOL031
Scientific resources Dec-14 QG HCOL032
Sermon resources Dec-14 QG HCOL033
Slave trade resources Dec-14 QG HCOL034
Transport resources Dec-14 QG HCOL035
Travel diaries and journals Dec-14 QG HCOL036
University staff resources Dec-14 QG HCOL037
University student and alumni society resources Dec-14 QG HCOL038
University student lecture notes Dec-14 QG HCOL039
University student resources Dec-14 QG HCOL040
Women’s history resources Dec-14 QG HCOL041
World War One resources Jun-15 QG HCOL012
World War Two resources Dec-14 QG HCOL042

Geographical

Aberdeen City Dec-14 QG HCOL043
Aberdeenshire Dec-14 QG HCOL044
Banffshire, Morayshire and Nairnshire Dec-14 QG HCOL045
Highlands and Islands Dec-14 QG HCOL046
Kincardineshire Dec-14 QG HCOL047
Old Aberdeen Dec-14 QG HCOL048
Africa Dec-14 QG HCOL049
Americas Dec-14 QG HCOL050
Asia Dec-14 QG HCOL051
Circumpolar regions Dec-14 QG HCOL052
Oceania Dec-14 QG HCOL053

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Law & Official Publications (Taylor Library)

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations and the AU Library catalogue Jun-16 QG LAW005
Common Legal Abbreviations Jun-16 UG LAW006
Ebrary Jun-16 QG DBS004
EUR-Lex Jul-16 QG LAW027
European Documentation Centre Apr-16 QG LAW002
Heavy Demand Section in Taylor Library May-16 QG LAW004
HeinOnline - quick guide May-16 QG LAW010
Law for non-law students using the Taylor Library & EDC Apr-16 QG LAW009
Lexis®Library - key features May-16 QG LAW016
Lexis®Library - searching for case law May-16 QG LAW017
Lexis®Library - searching for international legal journal articles May-16 QG LAW018
Lexis®Library - searching for newspaper articles May-16 QG LAW020
Lexis®Library - searching for UK journal articles May-16 QG LAW019
Official Publications Collection May-16 QG LAW003
Oil and Gas Energy Law (OGEL) - quick guide Apr-16 QG LAW026
OSCOLA (Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities) - A Quick Guide Apr-16 QG LAW024
Tracing Legislation - quick guide to Current Law Statutes May-16 QG LAW008
Welcome to the Taylor Library and EDC Jul-16 QG LAW001
Westlaw UK - case law May-16 QG LAW021
Westlaw UK - legislation Jun-16 QG LAW022
Westlaw UK - quick guide May-16 QG LAW014
Westlaw UK - UK and international journals May-16 QG LAW023
Westlaw UK - how to use the Linkbuilder tool Apr-16 QG LAW025

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Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (Medical Library)

Accessing NHS Knowledge Network Content on an AU computer May-16 QG MED010
CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health) - quick guide May-16 QG MED011
Cochrane Library May-16 UG MED007
Ebrary Jun-16 QG DBS004
Library provision in medicine May-16 QG MED001
Medical Library - databases and journals May-16 QG MED003
Medical Library guide to finding information May-16 QG MED012
Medical Library - jargon buster May-16 UG MED002
Medical resources in Special Collections Dec-14 QG HCOL007
Medline and other Ovid databases May-16 QG MED008

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Physical Sciences (The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

Ebrary Jun-16 QG DBS004
OnePetro - quick guide May-16 QG ENG001
Welcome to the Library Service May-16 QG GEN001

Social Science (The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

Anthropology - how to find anthropological resources Jul-16 QG SOC001
AnthropologyPlus - quick guide Jul-16 QG SOC010
Ebrary Jun-16 QG DBS004
IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) - quick guide Jul-16 QG SOC007
Politics and International Relations - how to find politics and IR resources Jul-16 QG SOC005
Social Theory – quick guide Jul-16 QG SOC012
Sociology - how to find sociology resources Jul-16 QG SOC006
Sociological Abstracts - quick guide Jul-16 QG SOC009
Welcome to the Library Service May-16 QG GEN001

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