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Welcome to InfoSkills@Aberdeen, brought to you by Library, Special Collections and Museums at the University of Aberdeen

 

Having trouble meeting deadlines for assignments?

Taking too long to find information?

No idea how to write a bibliography?

Don't know how to use the library?

 

If the answer is YES! to any of these questions you might want to read on...

 

InfoSkills@Aberdeen is a toolkit of resources designed to help you overcome problems finding good quality information quickly and using the information ethically, to meet that all important deadline. It contains guidance notes and support materials including PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, information guides, podcasts, Camtasia recordings and much more. Interested? 

 

Contents

 



SECTION A: Improve your information & library skills

The ability to search for, assess, and manage information efficiently are important transferrable skills that you can use as you enter the workplace as a new graduate, no matter what profession you choose. The following sections summarise the processes of information searching, management and compliance.

 

To follow a particular route click on the button provided. If you are new to the University, or feel you'd like to refresh your information skills, start at Route 1 and work through them all in sequence.

 

InfoSkills

Contents

How to plan your search

  • Managing your time
  • Analysing your topic
  • Selecting keywords
  • Combining keywords

route 2How to search for information

  • Deciding where to search
  • Selecting search tools
  • Applying search rules

How to evaluate information

  • Evaluating the results
  • Refining your search

Ethical use of information

  • Observing copyright law
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Referencing and citing
  • Compiling bibliographies 

 

 

 

SECTION B: Additional support materials and information skills courses

Look up an information skills workshop in the list of courses below and link through to a PowerPoint presentation, accompanying worksheets, guides and help in a variety of formats.

 

Support Materials for Undergraduates and Taught Postgraduates

 

Library Workshop 

Links to Resources 

Suitable for 

Find it Fast!_Part 1_and_2:_Essential Skills 

Presentation Part 1

Presentation Part 2

Worksheet Parts 1 and 2

Planning Your Search

Worksheet

VodCast

Search Rules

Summary

UGs

PGTs

Find it Fast! Part 3: Using Primo for Assignments & Dissertations

Presentation

Worksheet 

Quick Guide to Primo

VodCasts

Navigating through the catalogue

Looking for a book

Looking for a journal article

Finding information on a topic

UGs

PGTs

Find it Fast! Part 4: Using E-books for Assignments & Dissertations

Presentation 

Worksheet

CUP_E-books Worksheet

Quick Guide to Ebrary

VodCasts

4 recordings on using ebrary

UGs

PGTs

 

Find it Fast! Part 5: Using the Scopus database for Assignments and Dissertations 

Presentation 

Worksheet

UGs

PGTs 

 
Find it Fast! Part 6: Using the Web of Knowledge databases for Assignments and Dissertations 

Presentation

Worksheet 

 

UGs

PGTs

 
Find it Fast! Using Scopus and Web of Knowledge for Assignments & Dissertations (combined course)

Presentation

Scopus Worksheet

WoK Worksheet 

UGs

PGTs 

Find it Fast! Part 7: Pick n' Mix Small Specialised Databases for Assignments and Dissertations  

Presentation

Worksheets

Primo

CSA

EBSCO

IEEE Xplore

JSTOR

Medline

ProQuest

UGs

PGTs

Find it Fast! Part 8: How to Google Better 

Presentation

Worksheet

Guide: Tools for Searching the Web

UGs

PGTs

Managing references and creating bibliographies: RefWorks Part 1 

Presentation

Worksheet 

Importing instructions

UGs

PGTs

 
Managing references and creating bibliographies: RefWorks Part 2 

Presentation

Worksheet

Troubleshooting guidance 

Using Footnotes

UGs

PGTs

 

Dissertation Refresher Workshops  

June 2013 - Refresher Part 1: Starting Your Dissertation Research 

1a. Overview of workshop and introduction to RefWorks 

Camtasia Recording

Presentation (whole workshop)

Worksheet

 PGTs
1b.  Planning your search

Camtasia Recording

Planning Grid

 PGTs

1c.  Where to look - searching Primo and e-book collections to find books

Camtasia Recording

Worksheet

PGTs 

1d.  How to Google better; technical issues and summary

Camtasia Recording

Worksheet

PGTs 

June 2013 - Refresher Part 2: Going Further Wth Your Dissertation Research  

2a. How to identify databases to support your literature review

Camtasia Recording

Presentation (whole workshop)

Worksheet

PGTs 
2b. Search features in the Scopus database

Camtasia Recording

Worksheet

Scopus Quick Reference Guide

WoK Quick Reference Guide

PGTs 
2c. Pick 'n Mix: looking at other databases

Camtasia Recording

Worksheet

ABI/INFORM Complete Quick Guide

EBSCO Databases Worksheet

IEEE Xplore Worksheet

JSTOR Worksheet

Medline Worksheet

ProQuest Databases Worksheet

PGTs 
2d. Going further - using RefWorks

Camtasia Recording

Worksheet

PGTs 
2e. Going further - Summary

Camtasia Recording

PGTs 

June 2013 - Refresher Part 3:  Managing Your Dissertation Research 

3a. Referencing styles

Camtasia Recording

Presentation (whole workshop)

Worksheet 

RefWorks Checklist

PGTs 
3b. RefWorks general housekeeping tips; selecting favourite referencing styles Camtasia Recording PGTs 
3c. Adding references to your document; creating in-text citations and a bibliography using RefWorks  Camtasia Recording PGTs 
June 2013 - Refresher Part 4: Formatting Your Dissertation Using Word 
4. Formatting your dissertation using Word Summary - document containing links to learning materials

UGs

PGTs

 

 

Support Materials for Students in the School of Law

 

Library Workshop  Links to Resources  Suitable for 
Library Induction for LLM students  Presentation 

PGTs
RPGs 

LS 5087 Critical Thinking and Scholarship: Library Research Skills for LLM students Presentation  PGTs
RPGs 
LS 5087 Critical Thinking and Scholarship: Library Research Skills Workshop 1 for LLM students

Presentation

Worksheet

PGTs
RPGs 
LS 5087 Critical Thinking and Scholarship: Library Research Skills Workshop 2 for LLM students Presentation
Worksheet 
PGTs
RPGs 
PEAT 1 (Diploma of Legal Practice): Legal Research Refresher Workshop Presentation PGT
Subject Searching on Westlaw

Presentation

Search planning guide

Worksheet

UGs

PGTs

Subject Searching on LexisLibrary

Presentation

Search Planning Guide

Worksheet

UGs

PGTs

Subject Searching on HeinOnline

Presentation

Search Planning Guide

UGs

PGTs

 

 

 

Support Materials for Research Postgraduates

 

Library Workshop

Links to Resources

Suitable for

Literature Searching Part 1: Essential Skills 

Presentation

Workshop 1 (worksheets)

Planning your search

Applying search rules

Camtasia recording (intro & planning)

 

Camtasia recording (setting up a RefWorks account & introduction to databases)

 

Worksheet - Searching Primo

Worksheet - Searching e-book collections 

Quick Guide to Ebrary 

Importing records from databases

Camtasia recording (Primo & E-books)

 

Workshop 2 (worksheets)

Worksheet - Searching Scopus

Camtasia recording (Scopus)

 

Workshop 3 (worksheets)

Worksheet - Web searching

WWW search tools

Camtasia recording (tools and techniques for web searching)

 

Summary

Camtasia recording (Summary)

RPGs

Staff 

Literature Searching: Essential Skills

(1 day workshop)

18 February 2013

Camtasia Recordings

Using Primo to find background reading material (books)

Using Primo to find journal articles 

Searching electronic books databases for background reading

Introduction to using RefWorks reference management software 

Successful searching using databases (Scopus & WoK)

Using Primo to find more databases (Pick N' Mix)

Successful searching using the Web

RefWorks additional features and Reflection

Technical issues and summary

RPGs

Staff 

Literature Searching Part 2: Web of Knowledge and Scopus databases 

Presentation

Planning your search

Worksheet - WoK

Worksheet supplement - WoK

Quick Guide to WoK

Camtasia recording (WoK basics)

Camtasia recording (WoK advanced)

 

Worksheet - Scopus

Worksheet supplement - Scopus 

Instructions: Shibboleth login to Scopus

Quick Guide to Scopus

Camtasia recording (Scopus basics)

Camtasia recording (Scopus advanced)

RPGs

Staff 

 
Literature Searching Part 3: Pick N' Mix Database Delights

Presentation

Worksheets 

EBSCO

IEEE Xplore

JSTOR

Medline

ProQuest

Camtasia recording

RPGs

Staff 

Managing references and creating bibliographies: RefWorks Part 1

Presentation

Worksheet

Import methods

Camtasia recording

RPGs

Staff

Managing references and creating bibliographies: RefWorks Part 2

Presentation

Worksheet

Worksheet supplement

Troubleshooting your bibliography

Camtasia recording

RPGs

Staff

 

Support Materials for Other Programmes 

 

Library Workshop  Link to Resources  Suitable for 
Chinese Scholarship Programme (Part 1)    
Essential Skills: Overview of workshop & introduction to RefWorks Camtasia recording PGTs
Essential Skills: Planning a search Camtasia recording PGTs
Essential Skills: Using Primo to find materials for reading Camtasia recording PGTs
Essential Sills: Using e-book collections to find information Camtasia recording PGTs
Essential Skills: Summary of workshop (Part 1) Camtasia recording PGTs
Chinese Scholarship Programme (Part 2)    
Introduction & databases (Scopus)  Camtasia recording  PGTs 
Other databases  Camtasia recording  PGTs
Responsibilities - copyright, avoiding plagiarism, IT issues (off campus access)  Camtasia recording  PGTs 
How to use Google (and other search engines) better Camtasia recording  PGTs 
RefWorks reference management software to store references and make bibliographies Camtasia recording PGTs
Overview of what we have covered in essential skills workshops  Camtasia recording PGTs

 

 

SECTION C: Need Help? We're here for you

Information consultants for your subject

How to....  guides online

Ask a Librarian instant messaging service

IT Service Desk

 

Quick Fix! Camtasia recordings

Short recordings of PowerPoint presentations with commentary offering quick solutions to common problems.

 

Troubleshooting RefWorks and RefWorks Write-N-Cite 

Commonly asked questions on formatting and other glitches in RefWorks and RefWorks Write-N-Cite are answered on this page... 

Troubleshooting RefWorks

See our troubleshooting checklist


 

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