“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 publications@rgu.ac.uk.


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

  • http://hdl.handle.net/10059/2696 = 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: https://doi.org/10.1109/OCEANSE.2017.8084974
  • http://hdl.handle.net/10059/2697 = 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: https://doi.org/10.1109/OCEANSE.2017.8084976
  • http://hdl.handle.net/10059/2698 = 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: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp18X694577

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:


  • http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1070 = 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)
  • http://hdl.handle.net/10059/198 = 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:

  • http://hdl.handle.net/10059/373 = TAYLOR, R.F. 2009. Creating connections: an investigation into the first-year experience of undergraduate nursing students. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (225 downloads)
  • http://hdl.handle.net/10059/792 = 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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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 library@rgu.ac.uk if you have any further problems.

ProQuest Downtime this weekend

On Saturday, 27 January 2018, a ProQuest product maintenance window will launch worldwide to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability of your products.

During this 8-hour window, some ProQuest products will be unavailable:

United Kingdom (GMT): Sunday, 28 January, 3:00 a.m. through Sunday, 28 January, 11:00 a.m.

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This will affect the following library resources:

RefWorks,  EBL Ebooks, 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.