Services and Facilities

ICRGU Students and RGU Library

Information on the range of resources and services that ICRGU students can access at RGU Library

Students studying at the International College at RGU (ICRGU) can access a range of services and facilities at RGU Library. If you are looking to borrow print books, use the study space or access a PC then there is no difference between you and any other RGU student. You can also attend workshops on Referencing, use the Referencing templates, and request support and assistance from the Library team. Check out the Borrowing guide for more information. The main difference between ICRGU students and other RGU students is in access to online resources. Full details and some alternative suggestions are given in the relevant sections on this page.

Online Resources

Due to licensing terms the majority of online resources made available by RGU Library are not accessible for ICRGU students. The licensing terms mean that we are permitted to give access to RGU staff and fully-matriculated RGU students only. This includes resources such as:

  • E-books
  • online journal articles
  • databases

Alternatives to RGU online resources

RGU Library understands that the restriction on access to online resources may cause difficulties for ICRGU students. In this guide we provide information on alternative sources of online information:

  • RGU Library Walk-in User service (coming soon)
  • Open access sources of information
  • Online resources available from local public libraries and the National Library of Scotland

Unfortunately these alternative sources of information will not provide you with access to every online item in RGU Library collections, but they should give you a good range of academic quality information sources.

RGU Library Walk-in User Service (coming soon)

Update! We are still in the process of finalising the walk-in user service and will make an announcement on this page when it is available for booking.

A small amount of RGU Library's online resources will soon be available on a dedicated PC on Level 5 of the Library. The resources on this PC have licence terms which allow anyone to access the information even if they are not a fully-matriculated RGU student or member of staff. The licence terms stipulate that the resources must be used within the Library so we are unable to make these resources available over the internet.

The service will be available to anyone who is not a fully-matriculated RGU student or member of staff. This includes ICRGU students, external borrowers, and anyone else who wishes to use the service. A booking website will be created and we will recommend making a booking to avoid disappointment or long waiting times.

The dedicated PC will be locked to the specific online resources available and the Library website only. It cannot be used for general web browsing or checking email. You will also be unable to access your student H: drive or Office 365 and the PC is not attached to a printer. We recommend that you bring a USB drive to save material and take it away with you.

We hope to make this new service available very soon.

Open Access E-resources

A large amount of academic publishing is now freely available online via open access e-resources. The content is generally available without restriction other than that it must be cited when using it in your work, although we do advise that you check the terms and conditions of the site you are using. There are many different resources available and a general search on the internet using Google or any other search engine will find them. The following is a short list which you may find helpful to get you started.

Resource Information
CORE Core contains the world's largest collection of open access research papers with more than 207 million papers from around the world.
DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals. Holds over 7million articles in over 18,000 journals with more than 130 countries represented and 80 languages.
DOAB Directory of Open Access Books. Contains almost 60,000 freely available scholarly, peer reviewed open access books.
Google Scholar Google Scholar searches across many scholarly disciplines and sources. Some of the search results are freely available to anyone. Look for [DOC], [PDF] or [HTML] on the list of results and select it. You can also look for 'All Versions' as there may be a free full-text version there. Some articles on Google Scholar are only available with usernames and passwords.

In addition, many publisher databases include filters that limit search results to show only open access results. If there is a specific database that you wish to use then we recommend checking their website to see if any open access facility is available. Use Google, or any other search engine, to search for the database name along with the term "open access".

Here are a few examples of RGU subscribed databases that have open access search options. Advice is provided on how to obtain open access material, but please note that these processes may be changed by the database provider at any time.

Resource Information
SpringerLink Full-text journals in the sciences and social sciences. Use the search box to produce a list of results. Go to the list of filters and ensure that 'Include Preview-Only Content" is de-selected.
Wiley Online Library Full-text journals and e-books covering life, health, physical and social sciences. Use the search box to produce a list of results. Go to the list of filters and find the 'Access Status' section. Ensure the results are filtered to show only 'Open Access' content.

Public Libraries and National Library of Scotland

A range of online resources are freely available at local public libraries and the National Library of Scotland. In all cases you will need to register with the Library before you can use online resources. You must abide by any terms and conditions imposed by these Libraries in order to use their services.

National Library of Scotland

Anyone resident in Scotland can register to join the National Library of Scotland. When registering you must declare that you are a student in Higher Education.

Register with the National Library of Scotland

Online resources include:

Resource Information
American Chemical Society Journals More than 40 research journals on chemicals and related sciences
Black Newspaper Collection Material from nine USA newspapers chronicling African American culture, history, civil rights and everyday life.
Brill Journals Collection Hundreds of journals covering the arts and humanities, health and life sciences, engineering and technology, science and the social sciences.
British Standards Online Over 90,000 British, adopted European and international standards.
Cambridge Books Online Over 2000 ebooks from Cambridge University Press.
Ebook Collections A full-text ebook collection providing access to around 3500 titles.
JSTOR A digital library or more than 6500 ebooks and 2600 scholarly journals covering many topics including humanities, social sciences and sciences.
SAGE Journals Access to over 1000 journal titles across a range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine.
SAGE Research Methods Resources to support students, academics and teachers and guide researchers through every step of the research process.
Science Direct Ebooks A peer-reviewed scientific and technical database with titles covering life, health and physical sciences.
SpringerLink Journal and ebook collection Thousands of journal titles and ebooks covering humanities, science, business, medicine, law, social science and engineering.
University Press Scholarship Online Thousands of ebooks from Oxford University Press and many other university presses offering titles in the humanities, social science and business.
Web of Science Online portal providing acess to the abstract and indexing databases of Web of Science Core Collection and Journal Citation Reports

Aberdeen City Libraries

Register with Aberdeen City Libraries

Online resources include:

Resource Information
British Newspaper Archive Millions of historical news content, including the Aberdeen Press & Journal and Evening Express. Accessible only from within Aberdeen City Libraries. Provides access to the latest & archive UK and international business, finance, economic and political news. Accessible only from within Aberdeen City Libraries.
Go Citizen for the UK Test A study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK or UK Citizenship tests.
Governance, Politics and Law Information about governments and parliaments in the UK and across the world, laws, elections, voting and political parties.
Issues Online Articles, infographics, videos and ebooks on social topics such as human rights, domestic violence, drugs and alcohol.
Kompass Easy Business Contains information on over 6.5 million companies across 73 countries worldwide.
Oxford Art Online Articles on a wide range of art subjects including history, styles and biographies
Oxford Research Encyclopedias A large collection of regularly updated peer-reviewed essays on a wide range of topics relating to the arts, science and social sciences.
Press Reader More than 7,000 publications from over 120 countries. Browse digital editions of newspapers and magazines in over 60 languages.
Road to IELTS Includes study materials, videos, test questions and mock papers for those preparing for IELTS.
SCRAN Over 500,000 images videos and sounds from museums, galleries and archives covering topics such as local history, architecture, fashion and more.
Statistical Information Online Provides official local, Scottish, UK, EU and UN statistics as well as census information and NHS statistics.


Referencing at RGU

RGU has a range of guides available to help students reference information sources. Full information can be found on the Referencing and RefWorks pages. This includes guides to referencing and templates for RGU Harvard, RGU Vancouver and APA styles. ICRGU students can make full use of the templates and the support services on offer. This includes scheduled workshops, one-to-one appointments and an email enquiry service. Full details are available on the Workshops and Appointments pages.


Due to licensing terms and conditions we are unable to provide RefWorks access to ICRGU students. Once your ICRGU pre-masters course is complete and you are a matriculated RGU student you will have full access to RefWorks.

RefWorks is a bibliographic tool which helps students store and organise references. With RefWorks you can also create reference lists or bibliographies in formats such as RGU Harvard and RGU Vancouver, as well as formatting essays or dissertations to include in-text citations and reference lists. RefWorks is particularly useful for Masters students who may have a large amount of information sources in their research.

Contact us

If you have any questions then please get in touch. We can help with questions about any aspect of using RGU Library services.

You can also pop in and see us on campus. You'll find our Welcome Desk at the Library entrance on Level 5 of the Sir Ian Wood Building.