PC Clusters

Computers are available on all floors of the Sir Duncan Rice Library. The table below provides an overview of what is available.

Floor + Location

Number of PCs

Location

For Use By

Ground

Short-Stay PC Area

7

South wall of the Gallery

Members of the University

Public Access PC

South wall of the Gallery

Members of the public

Floor 1

Classroom PCs

38

Spread across the floor

Members of the University

Classroom PCs

Multimedia Room

Members of the University

Walk-In User PCs

Near Information Centre

Walk-In User Registrants

OPAC catalogues

Near Information Centre

Anyone

iMACs

Multimedia Room

Members of the University

iMACs

Music Resource Room

Members of the University

Floor 2

Classroom PCs

16

Lift / Lobby Area

Members of the University

Classroom PCs

12

226 - PC Classroom 1

Members of the University

Classroom PCs

20

227 - PC Classroom 2

Members of the University

Classroom PCs

23 (dual monitors)

230 - PC Classroom 3

Members of the University

Walk-In User PCs

2

Lift / Lobby area near Information Point

Walk-In User Registrants

OPAC catalogues

2

Lift / Lobby area near Information Point

Anyone

Floor 3

Classroom PCs

6

Near Information Point

Members of the University

Classroom PCs

4

West windows near Co-Labs

Members of the University

Co-Labs

4

Co-Labs

Members of the University

OPAC catalogues

2

East windows, near Information Point

Anyone

Floor 4

Classroom PCs

6

Near Information Point

Members of the University

Classroom PCs

4

West windows near Co-Labs

Members of the University

Co-Labs

4

Co-Labs

Members of the University

OPAC catalogues

2

East windows, near Information Point

Anyone

Floor 5

Classroom PCs

6

Near Information Point

Members of the University

Classroom PCs

4

West windows near Co-Labs

Members of the University

Co-Labs

4

Co-Labs

Members of the University

OPAC catalogues

2

East windows, near Information Point

Anyone

Floor 6

Classroom PCs

6

Near Information Point 

Members of the University

Classroom PCs

4

West windows near Co-Labs

Members of the University

Co-Labs

4

Co-Labs

Members of the University

Classroom PCs

2

Teaching Resources Collection

Members of the University

OPAC catalogues

2

East windows, near Information Point

Anyone

Floor 7

Classroom PCs

8

Lift/Lobby Area

Members of the University

OPAC catalogues

Lift/Lobby Area

Anyone

PC Classrooms

PC Classrooms 1, 2 and 3 are located on Floor 2 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Information and research skills training sessions by library staff are held here. The classrooms may also be used for teaching purposes and applications on other courses.

When not being used for teaching purposes, the computers in the classrooms are open access and may be used for individual working. You will need a campus username and password to log into these PCs.

PC Classroom 3 (Room 230 - Floor 2)

In this classroom, in addition to the standard classroom portfolio, you will also be able to access the following installed software: Thomson Reuters Eikon (Front 20 PCs) Sage 50 Accounts 2012 (All PCs) Datastream (Back 2 Rows)

Short Stay PCs

Seven PCs on the south wall of the Gallery on the Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library comprise the Short-Stay PC Area.

These PCs are intended for brief visits – for example, to enable members of the University to check email quickly, access some key information on the Internet or other similar brief activities. A University username and password is needed to access these PCs.

Assistive Technology Booths

The Assistive Technology Booths (ATBs) are accessible, single occupancy rooms available for use by students with disabilities, specific learning difficulties or medical condition. They provide a selection of assistive software and hardware that couldn’t practically be provided on the regular Classroom Computers.

There are four available in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, two on Floor 1 and two on Floor 4. See the IT Service webpages for full details on the booths

Public Access PC

Public Access PC

Non-members of the University can access email accounts from gmail, Hotmail and others, or quickly access information on the Internet (for example, to check train times, local information etc) by using the Public Access PC. This is the first PC on the south wall of the Gallery close to the Cafe. Use of this PC is free of charge.

Walk-In Users Service
What is the Walk-In Users Service? How to use this service What is available? Aberdeen City Library Resources Terms and Conditions

 

 

What is the Walk-In Users Service?

The Walk-In Users Service allows members of the public to access electronic resources where licensing conditions permit. Access to electronic resources by Walk-In Users is available via dedicated computer terminals in the Sir Duncan Rice Library. There is no access from off campus.

Users are expected to do the searching themselves. The service is only available when library staff are on duty. Printing is not possible so bring your own memory stick to download material within copyright regulations.

Any questions about this service should be directed to:

email: library@abdn.ac.uk or Tel.: 01224 273330

What you can do What you cannot do Who can use the service
The resources may be used for educational purposes only Use for commercial or business purposes is strictly forbidden Anyone who is not currently a registered student or employee of the University
Information may be saved to a memory stick Printing is not possible This can be a member of the public, a teacher or senior pupil from a local school.
Within copyright law it is permissible to download 1 article from a journal issue or 1 chapter from a book Multiple downloading is illegal and is carefully monitored by the database provider An honorary or ex-member of University staff who has no University network access
Pass on the information to other users
Access other areas of the university network

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How to use this service

Registering for the service Using the service
Please visit the Sir Duncan Rice Library to register to use the Service. You will need to renew your registration to use the service each year. The registration process will take about 10 minutes.
As part of the registration process you will be asked to read and sign the Terms & Conditions and complete the Registration Form. Each time you visit the Sir Duncan Rice Library to use the service you should bring your registration form as this will save time identifying you as a registered user of the service.
Membership will be renewable on an annual basis. The registration process will take only about 10 minutes. To ensure the licence terms and conditions are met, the Library requires that Walk-in Users read and agree to the Terms & Conditions of the service.
You may also need an Access Pass to enable you to enter and leave the Sir Duncan Rice Library. This will be created for you and will also be renewable. Users may only access the resources available on the dedicated Walk-in User PCs on Floor 1 and Floor 2 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.

You must bring with you form(s) of identity with photographic proof and address. The following are acceptable forms of identification:

  • University of Aberdeen Library external borrowers card
  • Photo driving licence, travel pass, work pass
  • Passport
  • Sconul Access Card & Home Institution card (HE/FE)
  • Recent utility bill (last 3 months)
  • School ID for senior pupils who can't produce proof of address
In order to use the service you must first go to the Information Centre where staff will sign you in and then provide you with a Smartcard which is needed to operate the Walk-In Users PCs.
The Library reserves the right to refuse any applications. You can access a range of databases and read articles on screen. You can also download onto your own memory stick (flash drive) a copy of an e-journal article, chapter of a book, or database search results for personal use as long as the amount of material you are saving complies with the Licence for the resource that you are using.
Printing out of materials is not possible.
Library staff are only able to provide minimal support at quiet times. No support will be available during busy times. The resources have extensive online help pages which users can make full use of.

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What is available?

Walk-in users have access to many of the University of Aberdeen Library’s extensive range of full-text and bibliographic databases. Access to these databases is subject to strict licensing permissions and copyright law and not all are available to non-members of the University. However, significant databases and electronic journals are available to Walk-In Users and these are organised under the headings below.

Some of the databases link to another database for the full-text. This is done by clicking on the SFX or Link button. It may be that the database that has that content will not give you permission to access the item. 

Help screens are available on all databases and many of the resources themselves have tutorials on getting the most out of them. We recommend you use these together with the brief tips provided below. Library staff are unable to give assistance except at very quiet times.

Cross Disciplinary 

Cambridge University Press

Journals from Cambridge University Press

Sage

Full-text of journal articles from Sage.

JSTOR

A great source of older collections of academic journals. In a few cases the archive goes back to the 18th Century.

ScienceDirect

Full-text journal articles and books from the Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers. Many older materials are avaialble from here.

Taylor & Francis Online

Journals from Taylor & Francis.

Scopus 

A bibliographic listing of journal articles. Some full-text articles are available. 

Oxford University Press

Full-text journal articles from the Oxford University Press.

SpringerLink

Full-text journal articles and some books from the publisher Springer.

Project Muse 

Full text journal articles in the humanities and social sciences.

Access is to the Basic College Collection of journals

Wiley Interscience 

Full-text of journal articles from the publishers Wiley and Blackwell.

 

Business, Law and Social Sciences

ABI/Inform Complete

Covers Business, Finance and Economics. Full-text articles from journals, trade literature, PHD theses, working papers and selected newspapers.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 

House of Commons papers and bills from 1685 to 2009

HeinOnline

A legal database focused mainly on the USA but with some UK content.

Social Sciences Citation Index - part of Web of Science

A bibliographic listing of articles and book reviews from thousands of journals. Some full-text articles are available.

 

Humanities

ATLASerials

Contains journals covering Religion and Theology.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

HC papers and bills from 1685 to 2009.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index - part of Web of Science

A bibliographic listing of articles and book reviews from thousands of journals. Some full-text articles are available.

Literature Online - (LION) 

350,000 literary works (plays, poems etc from earliest times) as well as 330 literary journals in full-text.

Also contains hundreds of biographies of famous literary figures.

British newspapers, 1600-1900 

This covers the Burney collection of 17th and 18th century pamphlets and newspapers. It also has the 19th century British Library collection of around 50 regional newspapers from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Included is the Aberdeen Press & Journal 1800-1900.

19th century newspapers 

Newspapers from Britain and Ireland including the Aberdeen Journal, now known as Press and Journal.

Early English Books Online 
(EEBO) 

Over 100,000 books published in English between 1475-1700. Apart from 25,000 titles which can be viewed in modern typeface and searched by keyword, all other full-text items are scanned originals which can only be searched by title or subject.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 

Biographical details of nearly 60,000 British people who died before 2007. Regularly updated.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online 
(ECCO) 

Nearly 180,000 books published in English and some European languages between 1700-1800.

Oxford English Dictionary 

THE English language dictionary.

 

Sciences 

Conference Proceedings Citation Index - part of Web of Science

Lists conference papers in the Sciences, from 1990 onwards.

Nature

A number of journals from the Nature Publishing Group

Science Citation Index - part of Web of Science

A bibliographic listing of articles and book reviews from thousands of scientific journals. Some full-text journal articles are available.

 

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Online Resources available from Aberdeen City Libraries 

Another source of publicly accessible online library resources is Aberdeen City Libraries. You will need to be a member of their libraries to access the materials. They subscribe to a number of premium databases, the majority of which are not accessible in the University of Aberdeen Library. 

The databases cover a wide variety of subject areas including art, business, digital images, general reference, family history, languages, learning to drive, music, newspapers old and new, and much more. 

If you are a member of Aberdeen City Libraries many of the databases can be used 24/7 from anywhere you can access the internet by simply entering your library card number - just follow the link below for more information and a list of all the databases. 

Aberdeen City Libraries Online Resources 

Aberdeen City Libraries also provide access to a selection of other online resources which can only be accessed from computers within many of their libraries across the city. The link above will also take you to information about these materials. 

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Terms and conditions

1. Definitions

"Walk-In User Service" means the set of electronic resources made lawfully available for use on designated PCs specified for access by Walk-In Users. Where the term "Service" is used in these Terms and Conditions, it means the "Walk-In User Service"

"Walk-In User" means any person who is not a currently registered student, staff member or employee of the University and who has been granted access to the University network under the registration procedures which govern the Walk-In User Service. Where the term "User" or "Users" is used in these Terms and Conditions, it means a "Walk-In User".

2. Conditions of Use of the Walk-In User Service

2.1 Users may only access the Service from specific PCs designated for that purpose in Library, Special Collections and Museums sites.

2.2 Users must not damage hardware, or attempt to interfere with software or other applications running on the Walk-In User PC, in any way. Users are permitted to insert a USB memory stick into the USB port on the Walk-In User PC but are under a binding obligation to ensure that it is completely free from viruses or any other entity which could damage hardware and software, or otherwise compromise the operation of the hardware and software, or the network in any way. Printing facilities are not provided.

2.3 Users must not divulge usernames or passwords to any other person while using the Service; nor should they allow any other person to use the Walk-In User PC when it is booked in their name; nor should they use the Service to perform searches on behalf of any other person.

2.4 Users may access only the resources made available on Walk-In User Service PCs and must not attempt to access any other networked resource, the online library catalogue, the Internet or any other service or application from designated Walk-In User PCs

2.5 Users must only access resources on the Walk-In User Service for personal, non-commercial and educational use; any use of resources for commercial purposes or activities is strictly forbidden.

2.6 Users wishing to book the Service after a first visit should produce their Registration Form as proof of registration for the Service.

2.7 While Library, Special Collections and Museums will take reasonable steps to ensure availability of the Service, Library, Special Collections and Museums accepts no liability whatsoever if the Service is unavailable for any reason.

3. Personal Data

3.1 Users agree to the processing of their personal data under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of administering the Walk-In User Service. Specifically, Users agree that personal data:

may be processed by Library, Special Collections and Museums for the purposes of ensuring lawful use of the Service

may be used for management purposes, for example, to monitor the Service with a view to improving or enhancing the Service

may be used by Library, Special Collections and Museums in ways appropriate to maximising use of the service (e.g. to advertise service developments; to cancel reservations on the Service in the event that it may be unavailable for technical reasons etc)

4. Compliance With Relevant Laws, Licences, Regulations and Codes

4.1 Users of the Service agree to be bound by all provisions contained in relevant laws; the licences governing use of particular electronic resources; all relevant University Regulations or Conditions of Use; and all Codes affecting use of the Service, the University computer network and the JANET network. These include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following: the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988; the Computer Misuse Act 1990; the Data Protection Act 1998; the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations, SI 2003, No 2426; the Human Rights Act 1998; the Telecommunications (Lawful Business Practice) (Interception of Communications) Regulations, SI 2000, No 2699; individual licences for each of the resources available on the Walk-In User Service; the Library Regulations of the University of Aberdeen; the Conditions for Using IT Facilities of the University of Aberdeen; the JANET (Joint Academic Network) Acceptable Use Policy: the CHEST Code of Conduct. Where appropriate, it is the responsibility of each individual User to familiarise themselves with the requirements of statutory enactments.

5. Monitoring, Enforcement and Breaches of Terms and Conditions of Use

5.1 Users of the Walk-In Service agree that in accordance with its normal policies, the University reserves the right to monitor communications and networked activity on designated Walk-In User PCs, to the extent permitted by United Kingdom law. This is to ensure compliance with the University's own legal obligations. The relevant legal framework permits the interception and recording of network traffic and transactions, without consent, for a variety of reasons - such as to ensure regulatory compliance; for the detection of criminal activity or unauthorised use. Where there is evidence of criminal activity, misconduct of any kind, unauthorised use, or unlawful use of licensed electronic resources, the University reserves the right to investigate any such incident by all lawful means available to it. In the case of suspected criminal activity, the University may disclose personal and other information to the Police or to other appropriate enforcement agencies, to the extent permitted by law. The University reserves the right to inform the relevant authorities of any suspected criminal activity.

5.2 Any User must log out of the Service immediately when requested to do so by a member of staff authorised to supervise it; or by any member of staff acting in place of the Supervisor; or by any senior member of Library, Special Collections and Museums staff.

5.3 Library, Special Collections and Museums reserves the right to suspend, terminate or otherwise bring to an end access to the Service granted to a registered User of the Service as a result of a breach of any of these Terms and Conditions, if necessary without notice.

5.4 Library, Special Collections and Museums reserves the right to suspend, terminate or otherwise bring to an end access to the Service granted to a registered User of the Service as a result of a breach of any other failure by a registered User to observe rules and regulations relating to acceptable conduct in library sites as enumerated in the Library Regulations.

5.5 In the event of any breach of these Terms and Conditions by a User, where the User is at fault or responsible, the User agrees to indemnify the University of Aberdeen for any and all costs incurred by the University in having to deal with any breach of these Terms and Conditions. This liability includes all claims, demands, losses, causes of action, damage, lawsuits, judgments, including lawyers' fees and costs, arising out of or relating to the activities of the User; or includes any such costs incurred in avoiding claims, demands, losses, causes of action, damage, lawsuits, judgments, including lawyers' fees and costs.

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Wired network access

Over 140 study desks in The Sir Duncan Rice Library have wired access to the University network. These desks can be recognised by the blue eduroam sticker found alongside the network ports which are located next to the power sockets at the top of the study desks. A short network cable is installed at each network port - please do not remove this.

How to connect to the network using wired access:

You may have your computer set up for wireless access to the network (via eduroam), but their wired equivalents will not work automatically. You will need to do one of the following:

Either:

Run the automatic configuration tool available at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/wireless/xpc/ and selecting wired eduroam when asked to select a network (recommended method).  
Note this tool can be run from any of the wireless networks, including wireless-help.

or

If you are unable to run the tool follow instructions for manual configuration available at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/wireless/xpc/page4_download.html.