StudySkills@Abertay – Get Started Using Abertay’s Information and Study Skills Resources

Did you know there’s one place where you can access all the online help, guides and tutorials available from Library Services and Learner Development Services?  Well, there is!

What is it?

StudySkills@Abertay pages are designed to enable all students, whether full-time, part-time, or distance learners, to get started using Abertay’s information and study skills resources.

What does it help me with?

  • Find out when Library, IT & Learner Development drop-in sessions and workshops are held
  • How to find information for coursework
  • How to reference sources used in coursework
  • Which referencing style to use
  • How to format your dissertation
  • How to structure coursework
  • How to take notes
  • How to find feedback on coursework submitted to Blackboard
  • And lots more! (for full details check the menu topics on the left of the screen)

Where is it?

StudySkills@Abertay is available via Blackboard (under the ‘Blackboard Resources’ section) – no registration necessary!  If you’re a student here, you’ve got access to this incredibly useful resource.

Go to StudySkills@Abertay right now using this link



Welcome to LibrarySearch – Our new Library system is now live

Our Library System is live!

Library Services are very excited to announce that our new Library system is now live! Both Summon and the Library Catalogue have been replaced with a system called LibrarySearch – it has all the functionality (and more) of both those systems but in a single, simple interface.

Summon is still currently working so this is more of a gradual switch over than a sudden switch off.  We’re in a transitional phase right now where Summon and the Library catalogue and all of our associated links, support pages and guidance are being replaced.  This should be a smooth process with minimal disruption to our staff and students.  But, if you do have any concerns or encounter any problems, please get in touch.

More about LibrarySearch

You can search all of our print books and journals, games and DVDs, eBooks and online journal articles, conference proceedings, databases* and much more from a single, simple interface!

*There are a few of specialist databases which we recommend searching separately.  What you are and are not searching is clearly marked on the LibrarySearch home page.

LibrarySearch is very similar to Summon with its simple keyword search and refining via facets and filters.  However, it also provides added features and functionality to make the user experience even easier.  LibrarySearch is intuitive to use, is fully mobile-optimised so can be viewed on any device, and provides enriched discovery with features such as recommendations and citation trails.

Key points to Note:

  • Simple interface – LibrarySearch is the single place to go to search for physical and online content, renew your loans, pay fines, place requests and more. (It is necessary to log-in to LibrarySearch using your network username and password before you start searching.  This provides streamlined access and enhanced functionality)
  • Increased functionalityLibrarySearch allows you to discover and view online content without leaving the interface. Tabs provide links to various services including placing requests via Interlibrary Loan (some fees apply) and viewing citations via Web of Science and Scopus.
  • Auto-renewals – If there are no requests on items you’ve borrowed, the system will automatically renew these for you as if by magic! Normal loans (28 days) and weekly loans can auto-renew twice and Overnight loans can auto-renew once.
  • Overnight loans – Short Loans have been re-vamped as Overnight Loans. These high-demand items can be booked in advance, can be auto-renewed once (providing there are no other bookings) and have a reduced fine rate of 50p per hour.
  • Increased borrowing – Postgraduate students and researchers can now borrow up to 20 items.
  • RefWorks – You will still be able to export citations directly into RefWorks via Saved Items/My Account in LibrarySearch (switching from Summon to LibrarySearch has no impact on your existing RefWorks folders)
  • No loss of access – You will still have access to all content you do currently.  Individual collections and databases should still be accessed via your Subject Guides.
  • Help and Support – there’s a handy help guide on the LibrarySearch homepage.  Click the tabs to read more about each topic.  More user guides and videos will follow soon.

You can find LibrarySearch here.  Please bookmark this link for future reference.

Let us know what you think!  If you have feedback on LibrarySearch or discover any issues, please email us on

We’re really looking forward to talking to you all and showing you LibrarySearch in action during our classes, workshops and drop-ins!

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