Library Classes and Drop-Ins this week

For the rest of this week there is a programme of library classes running that covers topics such as Harvard Referencing, RefWorks and Library Research Skills. Each class will last for one hour and take place in 337 in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre. To see what is running and sign up simply follow this link:

In addition Ask The Library Drop-In Sessions will also be running in 337 at the following times:

  • Monday 29th February 09.00-10.00 and 13.00-17.00
  • Tuesday 1st March 09.00-13.00 and 15.00-17.00
  • Wednesday 2nd March 10.00-11.00 and 16.00-17.00
  • Thursday 3rd March 09.00-12.00 and 15.00-17.00
  • Friday 4th March 09.00-11.00 and 14.00-17.00

So you can call in to 337 at any of these times to get your questions about finding information or referencing answered. To see what drop-ins are available each week please follow this link: Drop-In timetable.

Ongoing Known Issues with RefWorks


There are currently a number of known ongoing issues with using RefWorks so when using RefWorks to organise your references and create reference lists and bibliographies please make sure to check out the known issues page on the RefWorks guide:

Take a look at the page by following this link.

The issues on this page are being investigated by various parties such as RefWorks themselves and EBSCOHost and we will update when we know more.

In addition please note that RefWorks is a tool to help you with your referencing and you will always need to check that any citations and your reference list or bibliography comply with RGU Harvard or Vancouver guidelines before submitting assignments, dissertations etc.

New version of the RGU Vancouver referencing guide


Do you use the RGU Vancouver referencing style?

We are currently testing a new version of the RGU Vancouver referencing guide.  It includes all the current content plus additional examples and a new Frequently Asked Questions section.

We would very much welcome your comments on the new guide to  You can access it here.

Please remember that the new guide is still in draft form and continue to use the existing version  for our definitive advice.

Resource spotlight: Crime, Media, Culture

This is part of a series of spotlights on resources available from the RGU library service.


Crime, Media, Culture describes itself as a peer reviewed, cross-disciplinary international journal for research that links criminological and cultural inquiry and investigates the relationship between crime, criminal justice, media and culture. The journal “explores a range of media forms (including traditional media, new and alternative media, and surveillance technologies) and has a special focus on cultural criminology and its concerns with image, representation, meaning and style”.

Some recent articles are:

Fighting crime, battling injustice: The world of real-life superheroes
Written by Elaine Fishwick and Heusen Ma. Published in 2015 in volume 11, issue 3, pp. 335-356.

The anatomy of written scam communications: An empirical analysis
Written by Elisabeth Carter. Published in 2015 in volume 11, issue 2, pp. 89-103.

Entering the Maze: Space, time and exclusion in an abandoned Northern Ireland prison
Written by Theo Kindynis and Bradley L. Garret.  Published in 2015 in volume 11, issue 1, pp. 5-20.

RGU library service provides access to this journal online from 2005 to the present day from Sage Premier.To take a look at the online journal you can always get access to it from the library’s journal list, simply follow the link, search for the journal, click the “S” icon, read the access information and then click the “Go” button to get access.

Alternatively you can follow this link, click “Go”, log in with your RGU username and password when prompted and see what the Crime, Media, Culture journal has to offer.

Researcher workshops – are you REF Ready?

From the 1st April 2016 everyone who wishes their articles/papers to be eligible for the next REF exercise will need to follow HEFCE’s Open Access requirements.

In order to help you understand and get ready to meet these requirements the library is running a number of workshops this semester that will summarise the main requirements, run through what you will need to do and give chance for questions.

The days and times of the workshops are listed below and if you would like to attend simply follow the link and fill in the booking form.

Date and time Session
Friday 26th February, 12.00-13.00 REF Ready: Meeting the Open Access Requirements
Wednesday 16th March, 16.00-17.00 REF Ready: Meeting the Open Access Requirements
Monday 28th March, 14.00-15.00 REF Ready: Meeting the Open Access Requirements
Tuesday 19th April, 10.00-11.00 REF Ready: Meeting the Open Access Requirements

All sessions will take place in 337 in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre and we look forward to seeing you there.