Christmas Closing and Library Essentials

The Library will close from 5pm on Wednesday 23rd December 2015 and re-open on Tuesday 5th January 2016.

For those of you planning to do work over the holidays please remember that you can still access all of our online resources from home.

Here’s a handy rundown of the where, when and why of Library Resources:


You can access Summon and all of its content off-campus.  The functionality is exactly the same but you should use this URL and ensure you click on the blue login bar at the top of the screen (and enter your Abertay network username and password) before entering your initial search terms.

Search Summon

Find the Summon User Guide here

Find the Summon Off-Campus and Mobile Devices User Guide here

A-Z Online Resources

If you want to access specific resources, journal collections, databases etc. from off-campus always ensure you use the A-Z Online Resources or the links from your Subject Guide pages.  These links have the correct authentication built into them so you will be prompted for your network username and password and will be able to access all the full-text content we subscribe to.  If you just go direct to a resource via Google and don’t select the correct login option, you won’t be able to access Abertay content.

Find a Journal

Find a Journal is a tool which allows you to quickly search all of the Library’s subscribed
print and online journals by title. Use this when you are looking for a specific journal article
in a named journal.

Find a Journal Search

Introduction to Journals and Journal Articles 

Finding Journal Articles for your Coursework

Watch this quick video on using our Find a Journal Search:

Subject Guides

Your subject guide lists the best resources for finding information for coursework, projects and dissertations, contact details for your Academic Librarian and links to other useful help and advice.

The links on these pages have the correct authentication built into them allowing you to easily access all the content we subscribe to.

These pages contain quality peer-reviewed journals and databases, as well as links to useful websites and company information – all hand picked by your Academic Librarian.

Find your Subject Guide

Library Catalogue

You can check the due dates of the books you have out and renew any you’d like to keep for longer (so long as they haven’t been requested by another borrower)

Search the Library Catalogue

Finding Books and E-books

Borrowing Essentials

Watch this quick video on how to renew your items via the Library Catalogue:

Get Help

The Library intranet pages have lots of online help available to you so you never need to be stuck!  There are YouTube videos, fact sheets, checklists, toolkits and useful links, and much more.

Get Help here!

Search help by topic

Phew.  That should be enough to keep you busy for a while.  Have a great break and we’ll see you again in January!

Library Services would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Google Scholar Alert: FullText@Abertay Links Temporarily Missing

We’ve been notified by ProQuest that our 360 Link links (FullText@Abertay) are currently missing from Google Scholar.  This will hopefully be restored by Wednesday 16th December 2015.


When searching Google Scholar on-campus, FullText@Abertay links will show automatically in your search results. You can add these in your settings so that they will also show when using Google Scholar off-campus.

Here’s the full details from ProQuest:

“We have traced the cause to a timing glitch with the quarterly release of our 360 products which went out last Friday.  Unfortunately the timing of this release interrupted the weekly process by which Google files are generated.  This caused files for several libraries to be “empty” at the time that Google retrieved them from us.

While the problem has been resolved on our end, unfortunately Google will only index the files on a weekly basis.  This means the problem will not be corrected for your users until next Tuesday night/Wednesday morning when the next Google cycle completes.”

Summon is still working without issue so you can link out to all of our content from there. But, if you use Google Scholar and are used to seeing articles provided by Abertay in your results, you’ll have to wait a few days for this to return to normal.

Want to know more about Google Scholar and how to get the most out of this resource? 

If you have any queries about this, or any other E-resource issue, please contact us

Do you like free stuff? Library Services need your feedback!

The Library are always looking for ways to improve our services and facilities.  We are looking for feedback on basic library induction and preferred methods of delivery from undergraduate students.


Thursday 10th December 2015.

  • 10am-12 Noon, Level 1 of the Student Centre
  • 2-4pm, Level 1 (foyer) of the Library


The survey will take around 5 minutes to complete – we just need to talk you through the questions and get you to tell us your preferences.  That’s it!

**Everyone who completes our survey will be rewarded with some goodies** (hint: everyone loves a bit of stationery)

We’re looking forward to talking to you and getting your feedback!



Scheduled read-only time on Taylor & Francis Online – Monday 7th December

Scheduled read-only time on Taylor & Francis Online

Taylor & Francis have let us know the following:

There will be some scheduled development work on the Taylor & Francis Online platform. During this time the site will be in read-only mode. Customers will still be able to download and read content for which they have access rights but other My Account functionality and purchasing options will be unavailable.

This will take place on Monday 7th December 2015, 07:00 – 16:00 GMT.

If you need any further assistance with this, or any other E-resource issues, please let us know 

All About Referencing! Guides and Help Reminder

Just a reminder that we have two versions of the Abertay Harvard Referencing Guide available: there’s a quick guide to Harvard Referencing which contains examples of the most commonly referenced materials.  The quick guide is available in print and also online.

We also have a comprehensive Abertay Harvard Guide 2015-16 which gives examples for many types of materials including: Blogs, tweets, audio-visual materials, source code, patents, policy documents and much more.  The full guide is available online.

If you are studying any module except Law or Psychology, you should use Abertay Harvard style.

Students studying Law modules should use OSCOLA legal referencing – see here for more help.

Students studying Psychology modules should use APA referencing – see here for more help.

If you are trying to reference something which doesn’t appear to be covered by our guides, please let us know.  You can either contact your Academic Librarian directly, or email

If you need more in-depth help with referencing and assessing your sources, please come along to a Library and IT drop-in session.  These run on Tuesdays 11-12,  Wednesdays 12-1, Thursdays 3-4 in the IT Training Suite on Level 2 of the Library.

If you can’t make it to a drop-in session, a Librarian is on-call from 9am until 5pm every week day (Monday-Friday)  Please go to SEZ and ask for the on-call Librarian.

There are also lots of self-guided referencing help available via the Learning Zone in Blackboard.  Here you can try basic, intermediate and advanced quizzes on Abertay Harvard Style.  You can also try our interactive tutorials on referencing your sources.

ScienceDirect to cease support of Internet Explorer 8 on January 1, 2016

If you use ScienceDirect and have IE8 installed on your personal computer or laptop, please read the following announcement from the provider:

ScienceDirect to cease support of Internet Explorer 8 on January 1, 2016

Why are we ceasing support of IE8?

We are following Microsoft’s directive to focus our support on newer, officially-supported IE browser versions. Microsoft announced in 2014 that, as of January 2016, it would only support the most recent IE browser version with technical support and security updates. We strongly encourage our customers to follow Microsoft’s directive as well by updating to more recent versions of IE. Additionally, users can move to the latest versions of the Chrome or Firefox browsers for an optimal ScienceDirect experience.

By removing IE8 from our support list, we will be able to provide the following future enhancements:

  • Remove current IE8 security issues
  • Enhance existing security measures across all browsers
  • Add support for new browser technologies
  • Add responsive design to aid use of ScienceDirect across devices
  • Improve accessibility to better enable access to people with diverse abilities

Note: Compatibility mode in IE9 or higher reverts the browser back to IE7 or IE8 behavior. If you experience issues accessing ScienceDirect using IE9 or higher, please disable the compatibility view mode in your IE browser.