Proquest downtime this weekend (includes RefWorks)


ProQuest will be undertaking maintenance of some of their products, including RefWorks, this weekend. 

Access to the following resources will not be available for up to 8 hours:

RefWorks, Art and Architecture Archive, British Periodicals, Country Life Archive‎, Design and Applied Arts Index, ERIC, International Newsstand, Periodicals Archives Online, PILOTS, Vogue Archive and Womens Wear Daily Archive, eBooks supplied by Proquest

See what time this maintenance window will occur in your region

We apologise for any inconvenience.

eBook access problems and workaround

We are currently experiencing problems with access to some eBooks on the UPSO (University Press Scholarship Online) platform when following the links from LibrarySearch e.g.

We are investigating the problem and will update once we know more.

While the problem is being looked into these books are all accessible on the UPSO platform and can be accessed by following these steps:

Go to the library’s database list

Locate the link for University Press Scholarship Online and follow it, logging in if prompted to do so

Search for the title of the book

Locate the book in the results and follow the link to access it

We apologise for the inconvenience this is causing and please contact the library ( if you have any queries.

Semester 2 reading lists and digitisations

As we head towards Semester 2 this is just a quick reminder for academic staff to send information about:

New reading lists

Updates to reading lists

Any journal articles or book chapters that need to be digitised

To and we will create/update the lists, place orders, digitise items for you etc. as quickly as possible.

Full details about the information we need, what can be digitised etc. can be found in our Reading List guide for staff.


OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.24 – December 2018)

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


The repository currently contains 3,100 links between Schools and outputs (some records are linked to multiple Schools and therefore included in this figure more than once). Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = POHL, F. and KONG THOO LIN, P. 2018. The potential use of plant natural products and plant extracts with antioxidant properties for the prevention/treatment of neurodegenerative diseases: in vitro, in vivo and clinical trials. Molecules [online], 23(12), article ID 3283. Available from:
  • Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR (research data is in a separate diagram):201812_OpenAIR_Content201812_OpenAIR_Data


    This month, there have been a total of 13,858 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: B. GALBRAITH, ed. Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on innovation and entrepreneurship (ECIE), 18-19 September 2014, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Ltd [online], pages 507-513. Available from: (248 downloads)

The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = MACKIE, G.E. 2014. The influencing effect of socialization agents on male children’s sportswear choice decisions: a study of 8-11 year old male reactions to mother versus peers. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (254 downloads)
  • = LAING, A.F. 2008. Bookselling culture and consumer behaviour: marketing strategies and responses in traditional and online environments. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis (211 downloads)
  • = ROBERTSON, D.M. 2012. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning in new graduate occupational therapists: a phenomenological study. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (203 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (20.12.2018).