RefWorks? Awesomesauce!


Awesomesauce! (extremely good, excellent) was just one reaction to one of our How to use RefWorks workshops.

Students from a range of courses have learned how to:

  • add citations for books and journal articles from databases direct to RefWorks
  • create citations for websites on RefWorks
  • generate in-text citations and a full reference list!

Think of all the time they saved!  No wonder they found our sessions “excellent” and “helpful” – and wished they had come along sooner.

Interested and new to RefWorks? Why not sign up for one of our workshops.

Used it before and need a brief refresher? Why not come along to a drop-in session or check out our RefWorks guide.

Problems with Specify-IT database – Update

Yesterday we reported that there were some problems when looking to use Specify-IT in Internet Explorer. We have now heard back from the company who say that the website “has certain features that will not work fully, when being used in conjunction with Internet Explorer 10 or 11.”.

To allow the website to run correctly in IE 10 or 11 please follow these steps.

1) Log into the database and get to the main Specify-IT page.

2) Open the Tools drop down menu.

3) From the drop down menu please click on the option called Compatibility View settings.

4) Add the website address (1 and 2). Once you have added the website address you will notice that it adds the website URL to the larger box underneath the websites you’ve added to compatibility view (3). Please now click on the close button (4).







5) You should now notice that the webpage will refresh briefly and update inside the web browser. It may also throw you back to the login page. Please now close down the web browser and reopen it and log back in again. You will now be able to use the Specify-it website correctly.

We hope this resolves the problems for you and please get in touch at if you have any further problems or questions.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.14 – February 2018)


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

REF Open Access Compliance

The REF (“Research Excellence Framework”) is a national assessment of university research capabilities, which has a direct impact on the amount of funding we receive. The next REF exercise will be happening in 2021, looking at research produced between 2014 and 2020. As all of our research staff should know, REF2021 has explicit requirements for certain types of research output to be made open access within three months of being accepted for publication – further details of these requirements can be found on our researcher guides.

In the publications team’s latest compliance check (using data extracted on 2018-02-06), RGU as a whole is currently 82% compliant. It is very important that researchers ensure all their outputs are compliantly deposited in OpenAIR by contacting the publications team as soon as possible after acceptance for publication.


The repository currently contains 2,625 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

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 12,881 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:


The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = PRICE, J.F.R. 2016. The discourse of cultural leadership. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (334 downloads)
  • = TAYLOR, R.F. 2009. Creating connections: an investigation into the first-year experience of undergraduate nursing students. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (193 downloads)
  • = IRVING, I. 2013. Curating as practice and profession: an exploration and definition of a contemporary independent curator. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (187 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (27.02.2018).

Searching for news?


Looking for newspaper articles from the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia or Australasia?  Look no further than our International Newsstream database available from our A-Z list of databases.

International Newsstream contains articles from over 660 top newspapers including The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman, The Herald, The Bangkok Post, El Norte and the Asian Wall Street Journal.  It also includes content from and the Financial Times.

Need any help? Our new guide provides further details and search tips.

Problems with Specify-IT database

We are currently expericing problems with the Specify-IT database.

If you access the database using Internet Explorer no results appear after doing a search. However if you use Firefox the search will work and you will get a set of results.

We apologise for the incovenience, we have reported it to the company and will update once we know more.