Problems accessing IEEE Xplore and a workaround




We are currently experiencing problems accessing IEEE Xplore. When following the link from our database lists users are being refused access and are seeing the error message: Connection refused by, please try again later.

We apologise for the inconvenience this is causing. We have reported this to the company and are working to identify and problem and put a solution in place.

While this problem is being investigated it is still possible to get access through a different route.

If you are on campus simply go to It will recognise you are on campus and give you access to the database.

If you are off campus please follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • Click Institutional Sign In
  • Click the Shibboleth Symbol
  • Browse or search for Robert Gordon University and then click the link
  • This will take you to an RGU log in screen, log in with your RGU username and password.

You should then be given access to the database.


24/7 Library Opening





24 hour opening has now begun and the library will be open continuously until 8.00pm on Friday 19th January.

Security staff will be on duty from 10.30pm until 08.00am and the self-service kiosks and returns machine will be available as usual. If you have any questions during these times, please email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Costa will be open from 6.00am until midnight during this period. Outside these hours a Flavia tea and coffee machine will be available at a cost of 50p near reception in the Sir Ian Wood Building.

The usual rules about eating and drinking in the library still apply so we would ask that you don’t bring coffee, tea or snacks into the study areas. Bottled water only please! Free reusable RGU Library water bottles are available from reception.

Please stay safe and make travel plans accordingly. First Aberdeen will be running an overnight bus service from Monday 8th January. Buses will depart from outside the Health & Social Care building at 01.15, 02.15, 03.15 and 04.15. (Please note that this is a free service which will be reviewed following the first week of provision and will continue only if viable. The service will not  run at weekends).

We hope you find these extra opening hours useful and look forward to hearing your feedback.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.12 – December 2017)


Welcome to the twelfth monthly update on OpenAIR@RGU – RGU’s open access institutional repository. Please direct any queries to the team at


The publications team will be away over the Christmas period (Friday 22nd December through Tuesday 2nd January) and will not be checking e-mails during that time. We appreciate your patience and will look to respond to any enquiries as quickly as possible in the New Year.


The repository currently contains 2,477 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = HASSAN, O.A.G. and ROMILLY, P. [2017]. The relations between corporate economic performance, environmental disclosure and greenhouse gas emissions: new insights. Business strategy and the environment [online], (accepted).
  • = OMOTAYO, T.S. and KULATUNGA, U. 2017. Re-thinking post-contract cost controlling techniques in the Nigerian construction industry. In Sandanayake, Y.G., Karunasena, G.I. and Ramachandra, T. Proceedings of the 5th world construction symposium 2016: greening environment, eco-innovations and entrepreneurship, 29-31 July 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Colombo: University of Moratuwa [online], pages 380-388. Available from:

Additionally, we have recently added the following new project collections:

  • = Women in early twentieth-century Scotland. [Research programme] – A collection of outputs relating to media-based research into the lives of women in Scotland from 1900 to 1918.

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 8,960 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:


  • = 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. (283 downloads)
  • = KOKOLI, A.M. 2002. “The cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe”: towards a feminist remodelling of (meta)history. In-between: Essays and Studies in Literary Criticism, 11(1), pages 55-70. (199 downloads)

The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = IRVING, I. 2013. Curating as practice and profession: an exploration and definition of a contemporary independent curator. Robert Gordon University, MPhil thesis. (114 downloads)
  • = TAYLOR, R.F. 2009. Creating connections: an investigation into the first-year experience of undergraduate nursing students. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (112 downloads)
  • = DAPAR, M.P. 2012. An investigation of the structures and processes of pharmacist prescribing in Great Britain: a mixed methods approach. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (112 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (20.12.2017).

Seasonal (feli)citations

treeThis semester almost 300 students attended our Harvard Referencing classes. They found them “informative”, “clear” and “easy to understand”.

Struggling with referencing?  Why not make it your New Year resolution to come along to one of our drop-ins or sign up for a referencing class after the exams.  Details of our drop-ins and classes are available on our calendar.



Library Opening Times – Saturday 16th December

The Sir Ian Wood Building will be closed to all staff and students on the morning of Saturday 16th December in order to complete essential  electrical testing.

The Library will therefore be open from 12 Noon until 8pm on Saturday.

If you have a question for us before then please email and we will reply as soon as possible.

The IT Helpdesk which is normally based in the SIWB library will be available as follows:

11:00am to 12 Noon –  telephone and email queries (01224 262777 or

  • 12 Noon to 2:00pm – available in SIWB Library