RGU Library

Workshops and Appointments

The library offers a comprehensive programme of workshops throughout the academic year to help support your studies, covering topics such as academic searching, Harvard referencing and RefWorks. We can also support you on a 1-1 or small group basis.


In line with the University's response to COVID-19, we have temporarily moved all our workshops and appointments online.

The library offers a comprehensive programme of workshops throughout the academic year to help support your studies, covering topics such as academic searching, Harvard referencing and RefWorks.

Find out what is on offer by exploring the sections below and then check our timetable and bookings calendar for the available dates and times and to sign up for the sessions. Just select the class you wish to attend and then click "Begin Registration".

NOTE: For the foreseeable future, we will be running our workshops online via Blackboard Collaborate. To find out more about Blackboard Collaborate, follow: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Participant

Questions? You can get in touch at library.support@rgu.ac.uk.

About our workshops

KnowHOW To SearchSMART

These workshops will explain how to search databases to find academic resources to support your assignments, study and research. The session will demonstrate useful searching tips and techniques to make your literature search more effective.

Each session has a subject focus so we can show you the best resources for your subject area. These are:

  • SearchSMART: Aberdeen Business School
  • SearchSMART: Applied Social Studies
  • SearchSMART: Architecture and Built Environment
  • SearchSMART: Computing Science and Digital Media
  • SearchSMART: Creative and Cultural Business
  • SearchSMART: Engineering
  • SearchSMART: Gray's School of Art
  • SearchSMART: Health Sciences
  • SearchSMART: Law
  • SearchSMART: Nursing and Midwifery
  • SearchSMART: Pharmacy and Life Sciences

We have a range of materials to support your literature searching

KnowHOW To Reference: Harvard

These sessions will cover the basics of referencing in the RGU Harvard style. Although these workshops are aimed at beginners, if you have prior experience but would like a refresher, then please feel free to sign up.

Please note: If you are required to use a different style of referencing, such as Vancouver, APA, or OSCOLA, please contact the library support team to arrange a session library.support@rgu.ac.uk

Our various referencing guides can help you make the correct decision regarding references in your assignments

KnowHOW To Use RefWorks

This KnowHOW session will introduce you to our RefWorks referencing management software, showing you how to create an account, store your references, insert citations into your text and create a reference list for your work. Please note that we will demonstrate using the Harvard style. If you are required to use Vancouver, APA or OSCOLA, please contact the library support team to discuss library.support@rgu.ac.uk

Timetable and bookings

Live workshops run during Semester 1 & 2 each year.When you find a workshop you are interested in, click on it and sign up by filling in the booking form - you will then get a confirmation email (or if the session is full you'll be added to a waiting list). Don't worry if there's not a time that suits you. We mix up the times and days so check later weeks, or you can access recordings of previous workshops further down this page.

Individual Appointments

Our team are available to meet with you on a 1-1 basis to support you with topics including literature searching, referencing, RefWorks, and any other Library related topic you need help with. Use the link below to book a 1 hour appointment. If you can't find a date or time that suits you please email us at library.support@rgu.ac.uk and we'll be in touch.

All individual appointments are currently being carried out online using Blackboard Collaborate.

If you are a student with disabilities and would like to discuss additional support that the Library can offer to you, please see our Disability Support page for further information.

Group Appointments

You and your classmates can set up sessions with one of the library team on topics including referencing, finding information (books, journals, websites), guidance about specific journal databases or using RefWorks. We're happy to discuss specific requirements with you and tailor the session to your needs.

All sessions are currently online, via Blackboard Collaborate.

Interested? Then drop us an email at library.support@rgu.ac.uk and let us know how we can help. The information we need from you is:

  • How many people would like to attend
  • What dates and times would be preferable
  • What you would like us to cover