Library and IT Drop-in Sessions Start Tuesday 22nd September 2015

Got your first assessment for the new term? Not sure which online resources and databases are best for your coursework? Need help referencing your sources? Looking for advice on how to use Word, Excel or Powerpoint? The Digital Skills Officer and Academic Librarians offer help and advice at our weekly drop-in sessions. The Tuesday drop-in now includes SPSS support.

Tuesdays 11-12 Help with SPSS, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, finding information for your coursework, referencing and RefWorks

Wednesdays 12-1 Help with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, finding information for your coursework, referencing and RefWorks

Thursdays 3-4 Help with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, finding information for your coursework, referencing and RefWorks

Venue: IT Training Suite on level 2 of the Library

No need to book in advance, just pop along with your queries and we’ll be happy to help you out.



Tour de Tay Cycle Challenge Saturday 26th September & Flashy Freebies!

Our friends in Alumni have asked us to help spread the word about the inaugural ‘Tour de Tay’ cycle challenge which is happening on Saturday 26th September.

For full details please take a look here

Main points are:

  • The cycle challenge is on Saturday 26th September and there are 25 mile and 50 mile routes.
  • We are still looking for participants to sign up – all staff and students are welcome
  • We are also looking for volunteers on the day to help marshal the challenge
  • The cycle challenge is to raise money for two different scholarships – Elite Sports and Travel Abroad scholarships.
  • There are goody bags and medals for all participants!

Join in. Raise money. Have fun!

Please take a look and get involved in any way you can.

Also, for any Abertay staff and students taking part in the Tour de Tay (or, who are keen cyclists) who would like a bit of extra reflective sparkle for the darker days, we’ve got some snazzy bicycle clips/arm bands for you!  Just let us know via Twitter if you’d like a pair.  (Limited supplies only – provided by the lovely people at Oxford University Press)


Gulliver the Open Access Turtle taking safety seriously


Reflective clips can be worn on the arms or legs

RefWorks Essential Maintenance 9th September 2015 – Users Required to Update Settings

Library Services have had to carry out some emergency maintenance to RefWorks – sorry, we couldn’t give you any advance notice.

This has now resolved some issues with the service.  However, this means that all RefWorks users will need to change their customisation settings in order to incorporate the improvements we’ve made.

Please watch our YouTube video to see how quick and easy it is to customise your RefWorks account:

Please contact if you need any further help.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

New Student Quick Help Sessions: Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th September

A big HELLO to all our new students from Library Services!

You’re now fully enrolled and have access to all of your Library and IT facilities – that’s a lot of stuff to find your way around.  So, we’re running some quick start sessions on all the essentials to help you on your way.

In the next few days you’ll need to find out how to:

  • Check your personal information online
  • Use the printers
  • Access online learning materials for your course
  • Borrow books from the Library
  • Get more help if you need it

Our online guide for new students Getting Started @ Abertay shows you how to do all of this and more!

You can also come along to the Library and attend quick start sessions to get more help and see demonstrations of some key tools and equipment.  Meet at the SEZ desk, Level 1 at the following times:

  Thursday 3rd September Friday 4th September
Getting started with IT@Abertay

Need to find out how to access your University email, locate your timetable or find your coursework grades? This session will help you navigate Abertay’s intranet and systems.



Getting started with the Library@Abertay

A quick tour of all the library’s facilities plus an overview of the library website and information about where to get help with finding resources for your subject.





Introduction to Blackboard

Blackboard is the University’s virtual learning environment. Find out how to use all the collaborative tools in Blackboard, access all your module and assessment information and submit coursework.



Using your university print account and self-service facilities

Find out how to use our self-service machines for borrowing and returning library items and how to add credit to your print account and use our printing, copying and scanning facilities.

12:30 10:00


Library Tour

A quick tour of all the library facilities including all our different print collection, study zones bookable group study rooms, time out area, printing facilities and places to get help and advice



Introduction to the Support Enquiry Zone

The Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ) provides a single point of initial contact for students who require information, help and advice about any aspect of University life. Find out about the many types of requests and enquiries we can help you with and the different ways of contacting us.

14:30 14:00