Exams got you feeling stressed? Why not check out our ShelfHelp  

ShelfHelp is a collaborative project between the Library and the Student Counselling & Wellbeing centre and is our way of helping, with books, advice, and personal stories that have been chosen by other students, health professionals, and trained librarians to help you overcome experiences, thoughts, and feelings that can be stressful or uncomfortable.  

Requests and reading history are completely confidential. 

You can use these books on their own, but ShelfHelp often works better with support from trained health professionals, such as a counsellor, therapist, or GP.  

There’s no need to struggle on your own!  

You might find it easier to talk things over with a trusted friend, relative, or colleague.  

And remember that help is always available at Robert Gordon University through the contacts below. 

Tel: 01224 262120 

Email: counselling@rgu.ac.uk 

Book appointments at the Student Help Point Desk (Level 3, Ishbel Gordon Building) 

Sources of Help  

• Counselling and Wellbeing team – To arrange an appointment, go to Ask RGU – Appointments or email counselling@rgu.ac.uk
• Samaritans – Call free on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org or email jo@samaritans.org
• Breathing Space Helpline – Call free on 0800 83 85 87 or visit https://breathingspace.scot/
• NHS 24 – Call free on 111 or visit www.nhs24.scot
• RGU’s Report and Support platform – https://reportandsupport.rgu.ac.uk/
• Rape Crisis Scotland – Call free on 08088 010302 or visit https://rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.59 – November 2021)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.


OpenAIR currently contains 4967 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 684
Gray’s School of Art – 311
Law School – 203
School of Applied Social Studies – 207
School of Computing – 665
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 526
School of Engineering – 767
School of Health Sciences – 252
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice – 380
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 798
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 335
National Subsea Centre – 39
Other departments – 47


Last month, in October, there were a total of 5695 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 29.11.2021.

Problems with EBSCO Databases

Unfortunately there are problems with the EBSCO platform today that are affecting all EBSCO customers. EBSCO support are working on this as their highest priority, and hopefully they will resolve these problems soon. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

In the meantime, if you are trying to access a specific article on an EBSCO database, you might be more successful by going to https://library.rgu.ac.uk/az.php and opening the relevant EBSCO database from there. Once you are on the correct database, you should hopefully be able to search for the article you require.

Find RGU Library subscribed articles easily online – LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad Library selection screen

Our highlighted resource this month is LibKey Nomad. This fantastic browser extension identifies RGU subscribed content on any site that includes the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) as part of the article information. This includes PubMed, Google Scholar and Wikipedia.

Why should I use LibKey Nomad?

Imagine this scenario. You find information on a website about a journal article that sounds perfect for your studies. You go to the Library website and enter the information into LibrarySearch only to find that RGU Library doesn’t subscribe to that particular journal. Not only is this frustrating, you’ve also wasted precious research time.

By installing the browser extension you’ll get a visual prompt if the item is included in our collections and also, in most cases, a direct link to the resource.

How do I get it?

LibKey Nomad works with a variety of browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Brave and Vivaldi. (Sorry, but it doesn’t work with Safari.) Simply go to https://thirdiron.com/downloadnomad/ and follow the instructions. You can also find the link in our A-Z databases list. Depending on the browser you are using you may need to activate the extension before use.

I’ve downloaded the extension. What now?

Once you’ve downloaded the extension you’ll be asked to select your organisation. Start typing in Robert Gordon University and select from the list that appears. (Just like in the image at the top of this blogpost)

LibKey Nomad will remember this information and look for subscription material owned by RGU Library.

Will this work on any device?

Yes, LibKey Nomad should work on any internet enabled device as long as you are using one of the supported browsers.

Using your own device is easiest as it will remember your LibKey Nomad settings. Remember to re-enable the extension if you clear cookies.

LibKey Nomad will also work on campus PCs or if you are accessing the RGU network via Citrix, but it doesn’t remember your settings between sessions. You’ll need to re-enable the extension each time you want to use it.

How do I know if an item is contained with the RGU subscriptions?

LibKey Nomad uses a green raindrop icon to signify if an item is contained with the RGU Library collection.  The following image uses Wikipedia as an example.

LibKey Nomad green raindrop on Wikipedia

The large green raindrop icon indicates that there’s RGU subscribed content available on the page.

A smaller version of the icon appears next to individual articles that are contained within RGU Library collections. In many cases you also get the option to go directly to the article. If you’re asked for a username and password then it’s just your regular RGU details.

Will the article definitely be full-text?

Around 90% of the articles identified by LIbKey Nomad will be available as full-text. However, RGU collections also contain indexing and abstracting services and the identified item may be in one of these services. If you find an item that you’d like to read but RGU Library doesn’t have the full text, you could request it using our Inter-Library Loan service

Does it work on every website?

No, only those which include the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) as part of the article information. You’ll still need to manually check LibrarySearch if you find information about an article on a website that doesn’t have the DOI. A DOI typically looks something like this – doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2004.00774.x. Each journal article has a unique DOI.

And finally…..

LibKey Nomad is a great research tool which complements the LibrarySearch tool available from RGU Library. If you have any questions about LibKey Nomad (or even if you just want to tell us that you’ve used it and you think it’s fab!) then get in touch.

Email: library@rgu.ac.uk; Twitter: @rgulibrary; Facebook: @RGULibraryTeam