Change from Abertay to Cite Them Right Harvard Referencing Style – Important Announcement!

Important info for returning students: Changes to the Harvard referencing style

What’s happening?

From September 4th 2017 the Cite them Right version of Harvard will become the standard referencing style for all Abertay University taught modules which previously used Abertay Harvard – as endorsed by the University’s Teaching and Learning Committee. This will mean some minor changes to how you reference your sources (e.g. the use of brackets around the date of publication).

Why is this change happening?

The Abertay Harvard style was very specific to Abertay.  Lots of students are using free referencing tools such as Mendeley, Zotero, Easybib and RefMe.  Abertay Harvard was not available as a style to use with these tools.  Cite them Right Harvard is widely used across higher education and is available as a style via all these tools, making them more usable for everyone.

Where can I get a guide for the new style?

The library has produced a short guide which is available to pick up in the Library or view online  This covers most of the main reference types you are likely to use – books, journal articles, websites etc. There is also a more comprehensive Cite Them Right book. Several copies are available to borrow from the Library and shelved at call number 808.027 PEA.

The subject I’m studying doesn’t use Harvard style, does this change affect me?

No, students on Law modules should continue to use OSCOLA and those on Psychology modules should continue using APA. These will not be changing. Many of the tools mentioned above have APA and OSCOLA available as output styles. If you are not sure what referencing style to use, check your course documents or check with your module leader in advance of submitting any assessed work.

I use RefWorks, do I need to change my preferred output style?

If you use RefWorks, click on Customize and you will see the Cite Them Right Harvard output style as an option, select it and saved it to your customized settings. You will also need to go to Bibliography> Output Style Manager and add  Cite Them Right Harvard to your list of favourites.

If you need help with Referencing or RefWorks, come along to one of our drop-in sessions in the Library (Training Suite on Level 2), Tuesdays 11-12, Wednesdays 12-1, Thursdays 3-4pm.

If you have any further queries, please email us

Quick Guide to Harvard – new guide available here

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Getting the most out of Google Scholar – Including Abertay Library Subscriptions in your Results

As part of February’s Library Lovers Month we’re sharing reasons to love your Library…and today we’re looking at Google Scholar.

The Library pays lots of money for subscriptions to online journals and we want you all to be able to access them as easily as possible.

 LibrarySearch lets you  search across multiple collections and platforms from one simple search box – which is pretty nifty and saves you lots of time!  But, we know that lots of people like to go to Google Scholar to start searching so, there are a few things you can do to make sure you always get  those full-text Library subscriptions showing in your results.

On-Campus

You don’t have to do anything!  We’ve set up all of our online journals to show as being available in Google Scholar when you’re searching via the University IP range – you’ll see the View it @ Abertay button to link to our content.  You might think you’re accessing lots of freely available content, but it’s actually provided by the Library.  You’re welcome!

Off-Campus

If you’re searching at home, you need to do a little bit of tweaking  to make sure you’re seeing our full-text content. You just need to select these settings once, make sure to save and you’re good to go!

Just go to: Settings > Library Links then search for Abertay (Show Library Access Links For) and tick the box for View It @ Abertay.

You can also choose to export directly from Google Scholar into RefWorks.  Go to: Settings > Search Results > Bibliography Manager then pick RefWorks from the drop-down and click save.  Hey presto!  You’ll now get links to all of our subscribed content in your results list and see an Import into RefWorks link under all results.  This will help you to keep track of all those important articles you find – no more scribbling references on bits of paper!

If you prefer a visual guide – here it is:

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Adding a reference management tool (RefWorks)
1. Go back to https://scholar.google.co.uk/ (if you’re in the results screen above, just click the Google logo at the top left)
2. Click Settings again at the top of the screen.
3. In the Scholar Settings screen, look for the Bibliography Manager options. From the ‘Show links to import citations into’ drop-down menu under BibliographyManager you can select RefWorks:

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Following these tips will ensure that you are able to access all of the same great content and resources from home as you can when you’re in the Library.  Just another reason to love your Library!

Click here for more help and info on Google Scholar.

Feel free to contact us for more help and information – we’re always happy to help 🙂

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ProQuest Scheduled Maintenance Sunday 29th January 2017 – ProQuest Central and RefWorks

Just to let you know that ProQuest are carrying out scheduled maintenance on Sunday 29th January 03:00-12:00 (GMT) ProQuest is upgrading their servers in order to improve the performance and security of their applications.

During this time access to ProQuest products including ProQuest Central (journals database) and RefWorks will be unavailable.

RefWorks users will not be able to use applications online.  Write-n-Cite will work, but Reference Citation Manager and Google Docs Add-in will not be available.

Apologies for any inconvenience!

If you have any queries about this, please contact library@abertay.ac.uk

Scheduled Critical Maintenance Sunday 13th March 2016 – RefWorks & ProQuest Central

Calling all early risers and/or night owls – there will be disruption to some ProQuest products this weekend:

On Sunday 13th March 2016, ProQuest will be installing critical firmware updates to its systems infrastructure. The maintenance window is scheduled to begin at 03:00 GMT and will last for eight hours until 11:00 (am)

ProQuest apologise for the short notice of this maintenance window and for any inconvenience this will cause.  They also stated that “while we do all we can to avoid downtime, we feel it is warranted in this case to prevent future interruptions to our services”

During this time ProQuest Central (including Newsstand) and RefWorks will be unavailable.  PQDT Open will also be unavailable during this maintenance window.

Users attempting to access these products during the downtime will be re-directed to a web page explaining the scheduled maintenance.

Study Skills Workshops – November and December 2015

Need help with your coursework, Honours Project or Dissertation?

The Library Services Team and Student Services are offering a range of Study Skills workshops between 2nd November and 9th December.  These are open to any student in any year and will help you find and use information, develop your research and writing skills and use Microsoft Office applications. The Language Centre are also running workshops on academic reading and writing aimed at international students.

You can book a place on Eventbrite

Can’t manage to come to a workshop? Library and IT drop-in sessions take place in the  IT Training Suite on level 2 of the Library:-

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

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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.

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RefWorks users – Notice of RefWorks maintenance Wednesday 12th August 2015

The Library Services Team will be updating the Abertay Harvard style in RefWorks on Wednesday 12th August. RefWorks will still be available to use, but once the update is complete all RefWorks users will need to change their customisation settings to incorporate the changes.

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

Please contact library@abertay.ac.uk if you need any further help

Scheduled maintenance notice Sunday 9th August – RefWorks unavailable

RefWorks will be unavailable on Sunday 9th August due to maintenance.

The maintenance window is scheduled to begin on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 03:00 a.m. and will last for eight (8) hours.

During this time RefWorks will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.  The provider apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Top Ten Tips For Successful Searching!

We’ve created a handy toolkit designed to help you find and use information effectively. The toolkit contains top tips on the best resources, using Google wisely, refining internet searches and links to great online tutorials where you can hone your skills.

You can find the toolkit here 

Happy searching!