Library & IT Drop-ins during the Summer – Every Wednesday @ 12 in Room 3006

Just a quick post to remind everyone that help is still available during the summer whilst the Library building is closed for refurbishment.

If you need help with any of the following:

  • Referencing & RefWorks
  • Finding & evaluating information
  • LibrarySearch
  • Searching Library resources including: Business Source Premier, CINAHL, Lexis Library & Westlaw, ScienceDirect, Scopus and Web of Science
  • Word, Excel and PowerPoint queries including: formatting long documents, working with data in Excel, tables of figures and tables of contents, poster presentations
  • Reading Lists @ Abertay
  • Copyright
  • Managing your digital footprint
  • Open Access
  • And lots, lots more…

The Library Services Team are alert and ready to answer your queries!

Our Drop-in sessions are open to staff and students and are running throughout the summer every Wednesday between 12-1 pm, in Room 3006 of the Old College (previously advertised as 3010 but now held in the Library Services office which is 3006, right next to 3010)

If you can’t make it to a drop-in session you can email library@abertay.ac.uk or visit SEZ at their temporary summer location in the Student Centre (next to Aroma) and they will give us a call.

Borrowing books

You can still borrow books during the Library building refurbishment too.  Just check LibrarySearch for availability of the item(s) you wish to borrow then take a note of: author, title, edition, collection and class number.  Then, give the details to SEZ either in person or via email and you can pick up your items from their temporary desk in the Student Centre.  You’ll need to allow time for the items to be collected and bear in mind that sometimes access to the Library building may be restricted.  Items requested in the morning will be available for collection in the afternoon of the same day after 2pm. Items requested in the afternoon will be available for collection the following day from 10am.  And also remember that if the item you wish to borrow is currently out on loan, you’ll need to place a request and wait for it to become available.

What Do You Need Help With? Video Tutorials Just For You!

Hello and Happy Thursday 🙂

Library Services are currently reviewing our online help and tutorials and would like some input on the kinds of things that would be really useful to you.  So, we’d like to know what kinds of quick videos you’d like to see up on our YouTube channel?

Our most popular videos are the ones on MS Office such as creating a poster presentation template, adding captions to create automatic table of figures and table of tables, etc.  what other MS office or digital skills help videos would you like to see?

We’ll be creating a series of quick tip videos on the new LibrarySearch interface too so if there is anything in particular you’d like to see on that, just let us know.

Would you like to see video guides on specific databases or resources? Using Reading Lists at Abertay? RefWorks and referencing? Ethical use of information? Finding and evaluating information?  Finding and using certain kinds of information: market research, case law, images?  Choosing keywords and building up search terms??  Anything at all, please let us know!

You can reply below, email us, or pop into our office for a chat (Room 3006 in the Old College)

Library & IT Drop-in CANCELLED Thursday 2nd February 3-4pm and Getting Help

Our Library and IT drop-in session on Thursday 2nd February (3-4 pm in the IT Training Suite) has had to be cancelled in order for staff to attend a meeting.

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Our drop-ins resume as normal the following week.  They run three times a week during term time: 11-12 on Tuesdays, 12-1 on Wednesdays and 3-4 on Thursdays on level 2 of the Library in the IT Training Suite.  Feel free to pop along and see us if you’ve got any questions about referencing, RefWorks, finding information for coursework, using LibrarySearch or specialist Library databases and resources, formatting documents (table of contents etc.) and loads more! There’s also help with Pebblepad on a Wednesday.

Please remember that a Librarian is always on-call Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm so even if you can’t make it to a drop-in session, there will be someone on hand to help with referencing and resource queries.  Just ask at SEZ and they’ll contact the on-call Librarian for you.

As we’re not around to help on Thursday afternoon, here’s a few useful places that you might find the answer to your queries:

Get Help pages – including Online Sources, Toolkits and Tutorials

Abertay Library on YouTube – instructional videos on using LibrarySerach, RefWorks, MS Office products and much more!

Finding Resources @ Abertay Library – access our key resources here

StudySkills@Abertay under your Blackboard Resources area – it’s jam packed with great tutorials, guides, and online help from Library Services and Learner Development Services

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If you have any queries, please contact us

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:

Summon

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.