New Students Startup Guide
We know that being a new student can be daunting, particularly when studying at a distance. To help with this, we have put together some handy information about the Library, hoping it will help you to get off to a good start with using the Library and our services.
We tried to keep the information as concise as possible, but have added additional links if you want to know more! And in case you do want more information, need a bit of help, or if you just get stuck, please let us know and we will be more than happy to help!
Books and Journals
As an RGU student, you will benefit from a vast collection of materials curated and maintained by the Library in collaboration with your lecturers. So, the Library is the starting point in your academic research, whether you have to write an essay, report, dissertation, or just want to further your reading.
Our collection covers all the subjects taught at RGU, so you're sure to find materials relevant to your course.
Not just paper copies!
We are always looking at ways of increasing the accessibility to our materials, so a lot of our resources are available online through our subscriptions. So you don't have to worry about getting a paper book, you can access our e-books and e-journals in just a few clicks from the comfort of your home.
In fact, whenever we acquire a new resource, we aim to prioritise purchasing the electronic version over paper.
Searching the Library Collections
So you want to find a book or a journal? The first place to go is LibrarySearch!
Remember to sign in to your Library Account, as it will allow a more complete list of results.
Using the friendly interface, you can look specifically for electronic resources, and it's easy to access them straight away by following the links and signing in with your RGU username and password.
LibrarySearch is not only about finding stuff, you can also log in to your library account to see what items you have on loan, place a hold on something you really need but is already borrowed, renew items and more!
You will hear us speak about searching databases, or your lecturers will refer you to databases to conduct your information gathering for assignments. Databases are just online tools which allow you to search and access academic journals on a variety of topics. They are provided by different suppliers, which the Library subscribes to.
|Business Source Complete||Business, Management, Accounting, Finance, Communication, Tourism & Hospitality and more|
|CINAHL with Full Text||Nursing, Midwifery, Nutrition, Biomedical Studies, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work etc.|
|IEEE Xplore||Computing and Engineering|
|Westlaw||Law, Construction Law, Employment Law, Forensic Science, Journalism and more|
|Web of Science||All courses|
Books by Post
As an online learner, you can easily request physical books to be sent to you by recorded delivery! In fact, you may borrow up to 15 books at a time, and thanks to automatic renewals, you may keep the books as long as you need them, as long as they aren't being recalled by other library members.
The time in which the books will reach you depends on where you are, and whether the book is on our shelves ready to go, or we need to recall it from someone else. If everything is good to go, they should get to you within 2-3 working days.
There is a short form where you have to make a couple of decisions. The most important field to check is the Pickup Location. Make sure that you set this to 'Home Address', otherwise, the field will default to University location, which means that we will expect you to come over and pick it up from the Library.
If you want the book to be sent to an alternative address, enter it in the Comment section.
Article & Chapter Requests
Are you interested in a book chapter or a particular article which is only available on paper? You don't need to wait for the book to be posted to you, we can scan it and send it via email!
SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) Access is a great scheme which enables library users to access and borrow resources from other Libraries which are also part of the scheme.
As RGU Libray is a member of the scheme, it means you can freely access books and journal articles from over 170 UK and Ireland libraries!
All you need to do is to apply for SCONUL access. It will take less than 5 minutes!
There may be times when you really need to consult a book which we don't have in our collections. Luckily, you may still be able to get it through an inter-library loan!
An ILL simply means that we will try to find and borrow books from other libraries' collections and send them over to you! You will receive your requested books by post. You will be responsible for any return postage cost.
To find out about how to request an inter-library loan, please see our inter-library loans page.
Referencing at RGU
Referencing is a critical aspect of writing any assignment and you will be asked to correctly reference all the sources and materials used in your work.
At RGU we use two main referencing styles, RGU Harvard and RGU Vancouver. The referencing style is depending on what your course requires, but Harvard is the most used.
We know referencing can be scary at first, especially if you haven't done it before, but not to worry! We are here to help with every aspect of referencing and have developed detailed guides for both styles.
How The Library Can Help You
|QUERY TYPE||CONTACT INFORMATION|
|Referencing, RefWorks, LibrarySearch, Databasesfirstname.lastname@example.org or 01224 263450|
|All Library email@example.com or 01224 263450|
You can also send us messages and queries on Facebook and we will answer as soon as possible during our office hours
If you have any library related questions we are happy to help!
If you are in the Aberdeen area, come and see us if you want to develop your searching and finding information skills, referencing, or just get to grips with accessing e-resources. There is no need to book an appointment, just show up during the available drop-in times.
Where? You will find us in the Learning Centre (Aberdeen Business School, Level 3), usually in the IT Lab (321).