Library study spaces must be booked in advance. See the Seat Booking page for more information.
Click and Collect, Postal Loan and Digitisation services are available to access print stock. Library shelves may also be browsed if a study seat has been booked.
For all other services, please see COVID-19: Library service information.
We know that finding academic literature and conducting research is an important part of completing most of your assignments. On this page you will find a variety of relevant sources which we hope will help with your studies. Remember to also check out our referencing guides.
Are you new to RGU? Have a look at our 'Welcome to the Library' pages for on campus students and online learning students!
Don't forget, you can always join one of our workshops or contact us if you get stuck or just need some help, we're happy to advise!
Browse the collections
Why not check out our extensive collection of books and e-books related to your area of study?
Remember that you can always search for specific books or topics using our LibrarySearch Tool.
Your Library Workshops
We offer free, informal workshops on various Library topics throughout the academic year and we would encourage you to come along if you'd like to improve your skills in:
- referencing correctly
- using the new LibrarySearch tool
- efficiently using effective search strategies to find relevant material for your assignments
- using RefWorks
If you have a specific question, or want a 1-1 discussion with us, you can also pop over to one of our drop-ins! They usually run in the mornings and afternoons, when we're not delivering workshops. Check out the KnowHOW Timetable for more details on dates and times. No need to book an appointment, just show up!
Here are the upcoming Library KnowHOW workshops relevant to Communication and Media. We hope to see you there!
Google Scholar can be a useful additional source when looking for journal articles. While our collection includes access to around 53 million journal articles (and growing!), unfortunately we will not have access to all materials you find on Google Scholar, so remember to check whether we subscribe to the resources listed in the results.
All our databases
Did you know that we currently subscribe to over 200 databases covering all subject areas taught in RGU? And you can access them for free! Have a look through our extensive list and discover something new!
A-Z LIST OF DATABASES
Database List For Mapping
Business Source Complete
- articles on all aspects of business and management
- journals covering business & management, librarianship, marketing, property, industry, engineering and training. Current titles 1994 - (abstracts 1989 -), with Backfiles 1898 - 1993
SAGE Journals Online
- journals in business, humanities, social sciences and science
Wiley Online Library
- full text journals and eBooks covering life, health and physical sciences and social sciences.
- full-text journals in the sciences and social sciences (current years, plus archive)
Taylor & Francis Online
- full text journals in business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine; also free archives in geography, planning, urban and environment.
- information from more than 660 of the world's top newspapers, plus additional newswires and news sites
- Legal journals, specialised case reports and legal e-books, Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia of Scots law, UK newspapers (including the Aberdeen Press and Journal)
- Access to Lexis PSL - practical advice on UK law for practitioners (separate service)
Times Digital Archive
- full-text facsimile of more than 200 years (1785 - 2008) of The Times newspaper
British Periodicals : Collections I and II
- an archive journal collection covering a range of subjects including social science, science, art, architecture, and more, from the 1680s – 1930s
Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals, Series 1
- events, lives, values and themes that shaped the 19th century world - from art to business, from children to politics
British Cartoon Archive
- social, political and economic cartoons including the Carl Giles collection
- many of the images included have cleared for non-commercial education use.
Radio at BUFVC
- archive of Independent Local Radio programmes, 1983-1990
- click on Sign In, select Robert Gordon University from the dropdown list and enter your username and password
British Library Sounds
- spoken word recordings on a wide range of subjects. If requested, choose Robert Gordon University and login with your RGU username and password
Web of Science
- details of journal articles, conference papers and chapters covering all subject areas
- can also be used to see how many times an article has been cited in later articles to trace the development of a topic
- abstract only database - full-text can be checked for using the "Full Text @ RGU" link.
Henry Stewart Talks: Business and Management
- regularly updated animated audio visual presentations with narration in marketing and management
SAGE Communication & Media Studies and Language & Linguistics
Journals in communication, journalism, language, linguistics and media
- This database covers a large range of journal articles, conference papers etc. across all subject areas
- Abstract only database - full-text can be checked for by using the "Full Text @ RGU" link
- You may be asked if you want to create an account. Searching can be done as a guest. Creating an account will let you create alerts etc.