OpenAIR – monthly update (no.1 – January 2017)


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


The repository currently contains 1,964 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2016. What poetry does best: the Harrisons’ poetics of being and acting in the world. In Harrison, H.M. and Harrison, N. (eds.) The time of the force majeure: after 45 years counterforce is on the horizon. Grantham: Prestel.


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 6,632 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:


  • = GULARI, M.N., FAIRBURN, S. and MALINS, J. 2013. Assessing the effectiveness of design-led innovation support for SMEs. In Crafting the future. Proceedings of the 10th European academy of design conference [EAD 10]. 17-19 April 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden. Lancaster: European Academy of Design [online]. Available from: (89 downloads)
  • = PATTERSON, L. and MARTZOUKOU, K. 2012. An examination of Canadian information professionals’ involvement in the provision of business information synthesis and analysis services. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science [online], 44(1), pages 47-64. Available from: (76 downloads)


The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = VISWANATHAN, A. 2005. Using orthogonal arrays to train artificial neural networks. Robert Gordon University, MPhil thesis. (363 downloads)
  • = SSENDI, L.B. 2013. Entrepreneurship activities in rural Tanzania: understanding women’s micro business. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (117 downloads)
  • = ADAM, I.S. 2014. An empirical investigation of the efficiency, effectiveness and economy of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s management of Nigeria’s upstream petroleum sector. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (77 downloads)


The above data was correct at the time of writing (26.01.2017).

New schedule of classes and drop-ins available

To kick off the new semester we have updated our programme of library classes and drop-ins which you can view and sign up for here:

As well as our regular classes on Finding Information, RefWorks and Harvard Referencing we have introduced a couple of new Bring Your Questions sessions where you can come along with specific questions related to either Harvard Referencing, RefWorks or finding information for your dissertation. These new sessions will take place in Project Pod Alpha on the ground floor of the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre.


Please note that Ask the Library Drop-In sessions will now take place in the main library in the Sir Ian Wood Building.

To see what we have on offer over the coming weeks and to book yourself in to a class, please check the timetable, click on the class you would like to attend and fill in the form. We look forward to seeing you there!

British Standards Online Access

There is currently an access problem to a small number of the standards within our custom collection  of 25 engineering related standards on British Stanards Online.

This problem occurs when accessing them through the library catalogue and we are investigating this issue and hope to resolve it soon.

In the mean time all standards can be accessed fully via the main database link on our A-Z list.

Downtime for Proquest resources including RefWorks.


ProQuest will be undertaking maintenance of their products, including RefWorks, on Sunday 29th January from 3:00 AM to 12:00 PM  BST to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability of their products.

During this time access to all ProQuest databases will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.

See the times for this maintenance in your region

This will affect the following library resources:

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.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

New BMJ journals available

RGU library is pleased to announce that a new subscription has given us access to additional journals within the BMJ collection alongside our main subscription to the BMJ. We now have access to the following 22 titles:

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Archives of Disease in Childhood
British Journal of Ophthalmology
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Emergency Medicine Journal
Evidence-Based Mental Health
Evidence-Based Medicine
Evidence-Based Nursing
Injury Prevention
Journal of Clinical Pathology
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Journal of Medical Ethics
Journal of Medical Genetics
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Postgraduate Medical Journal
BMJ Quality & Safety
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Tobacco Control

All the titles can be found on our main journals list which can be accessed from the library home page using the Find a Journal search box:


Simply search for the journal title and then follow the links provided to get access to the journal contents.