LGBT History month: new books

February is LGBT History Month and to celebrate, the Llgbthistoryibrary is highlighting some of the many LGBT-related books in our collection, including some new ones.

While some of these are more academic or for a specialist audience of researchers, the library also have many more general books on this topic that are queergraphicsuitable for a wider audience.

For example, Queer: A Graphic History by Barker and Scheele describes in a non-fiction graphic novel the development of contemporary thought about sex, gender and sexual orientation and its links to society, biology and psychology.

Happy Together: Thriving as a Same-Sex Couple in Your Family, Workplace and Community by Rostosky and Riggle describes how to manage the stress of same-sex relationships in a world that may or may not be fully accepting of them, creating strong and health relationships while confronting prejudice.


On the topic of bisexuality, Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain, edited by Harrad, presents an anthology of interviews, essays and poems that explore the experience of being bisexual in the UK today.

Neuroscientist Simon LeVay explores progress in the science of why some people grow up to be lesbian, gay or bisexual in Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why (2nd edition), including genetic, hormonal and cellular factors. Meanwhile, the psychology of human sexuality (including but not limited to sexual orientation) is explored in Lehmiller’s textbook The Psychology of Human Sexuality (2nd edition). One dedicated entirely to LGBT topics is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An Introduction by Clarke et al.

The experiences and identity development of young gay men in a changing world of increased (but not total) acceptance are explored by Savin-Williams through a series of interviews in Becoming Who I Am: Young Men on Being Gay.



Finally, for a humorous guide to what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual for young people, try This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson.

“Help! I need to find journal articles for my literature review!”

pexels-photo-356079.jpegDoes this sound like you? If it does, why not come along to one of our KnowHOW to SearchSMART sessions in lab 321 in the Learning Centre in the Business School.

We offer a range of classes focusing on different subject areas. We’ll show you how to search relevant online databases to find high quality journal articles.

Still in doubt?  Previous attendees found our sessions “engaging”, “informative” and “relaxed”.  They liked the opportunity to try sample searches and the “step by step approach”.

Why not come along to a class and see for yourself?  Simply check our calendar of classes for details and choose the class and time that suits you. We look forward to meeting you.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.13 – January 2018)


Happy New Year and welcome to the thirteenth monthly update on OpenAIR@RGU – RGU’s open access institutional repository. Please direct any queries to the team at


The repository currently contains 2,541 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = JOHNY, J., SMITH, T., BHAVSAR, K. and PRABHU, R. 2017. Design of optical fibre based highly sensitive acoustic sensor for underwater applications. In Proceedings of the 60th MTS/IEEE OCEANS conference (OCEANS’17): a vision for sustaining our marine futures, 19-22 June 2017, Aberdeen, UK. New York: IEEE [online], article ID 8084974. Available from:
  • = JOHNY, J., SUMMERS, J., BHAVSAR, K., JOSEPH, G.P., FUNG, W.K. and PRABHU, R. 2017. Theoretical investigation of positional influence of FBG sensors for structural health monitoring of offshore structures. In Proceedings of the 60th MTS/IEEE OCEANS conference (OCEANS’17): a vision for sustaining our marine futures, 19-22 June 2017, Aberdeen, UK. New York: IEEE [online], article ID 8084976. Available from:
  • = GIBSON SMITH, K., PAUDYAL, V., MACLURE, K., FORBES-MCKAY, K., BUCHANAN, C., WILSON, L., MACLEOD, J., SMITH, A. and STEWART, D. 2018. Relocating patients from a specialist homeless healthcare centre to general practices: a multi-perspective study. British journal of general practice [online], 68(667), pages e105-e113. Available from:

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR (research data is in a separate diagram):




This month, there have been a total of 11,223 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:


  • = DAKUP, K., FULFORD, H. and SUTHERLAND, B. 2014. Investigating the adoption of sustainable green initiatives in Scottish food and drink SMEs. In: Galbraith, B. (ed.) Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 18-19 September 2014. Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Ltd., pages 507-513. (336 downloads)
  • = TOURISH, D. and HARGIE, O. 2004. Communication audits: building world class communication systems. In OLIVER, S. (ed.) Handbook of Corporate Communication and Public Relations: Pure and Applied. London: Routledge, pages 131-144. (288 downloads)

The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = TAYLOR, R.F. 2009. Creating connections: an investigation into the first-year experience of undergraduate nursing students. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (225 downloads)
  • = ROBERTSON, D.M. 2012. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning in new graduate occupational therapists: a phenomenological study. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (155 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (29.01.2018).

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Don’t forget to check out some of our other marketing databases too.  If you have any questions please feel free to come along to a drop-in or email us.

Standard Building Contracts website (SBCC Online) now available

We are pleased to report that the problems reported with the Standard Building Contracts website (SBCC Online) last week have now been fixed and the site is completely available again.

The website can now be accessed via the A-Z database list and the username, password and guide to how to download documents can be seen on CampusMoodle by following this link.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and please get in touch at if you have any further problems.