Trial access to Gale databases now available

The library is pleased to be able to offer trial access to several Gale databases until the end of March.

You can access the following databases:

Gale PowerSearch

Gale Literary Sources

Gale Archives Unbound

From the A-Z list of databases:

Finally please remember that these will only be accessible until the 31st March 2019.

“Will be an amazing help for upcoming research”!

…  just one of the comments made by attendees at our library SearchSMART workshops this semester.

Do you need to improve your search skills to find journal articles for your coursework?

Why not come along to one of our KnowHow to SearchSMART sessions.  There are different sessions for different subject areas. Simply have a look at our calendar of workshops and sign up at a time that suits you.

Need help in a hurry?  Why not come along to a drop in – no booking required! Details of dates and times are also listed on the calendar.

Workshops and drop ins are held in lab ABS321 at the rear of the Learning Centre in the Business School.

We look forward to seeing you there!

LGBT History month: Thanks for your support

As LGBT History month draws to a close, we wanted to thank you for stopping by our display of LGBT books and DVDs and for your positive comments.

Just because the display is coming down doesn’t mean you can’t still access some of our latest additions to stock.

Why not borrow one of our DVDs?

Milk tells the story of American activist Harvey Milk, while Before Stonewall examines the gay community before the Stonewall riot in New York.

Pride brings to life the experiences of a group of London-based LGBT activists who provided support to miners during the strike in the 1980s.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.26 – February 2019)

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

Service Updates

The Publications Team have now begun the preparation for migrating our internal records and repository records to the Worktribe research information system. We will not be adding any new research outputs to our internal records or to the repository until Monday 11th March. This should not cause any problems in terms of our compliance with the REF Open Access requirements, as long as all researchers send us the accepted versions of their journal articles and conference papers as soon as possible after they have been accepted for publication.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this transition period and we will continue to keep you updated of our progress. If you have any questions, please contact the Publications Team.


The repository currently contains 3,176 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:

  • = SREERAMAREDDYGARI, M., KEMPAHANUMAKKAGARI, S., MAHESH, P., THIPPESWAMY, R., DEVARAMANI, S., MARDI, R.R., CARLOS, F. and GOVINDAPPA, B. 2019. A novel mixed matrix membrane of phenolphthalein hydrazide and polysulfone for the detection of copper ions in environmental water samples. Environmental progress and sustainable energy [online], Early View. Available from:

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 13,852 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:

The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = CLEVERLEY, P.H. 2017. Re-examining and re-conceptualising enterprise search and discovery capability: towards a model for the factors and generative mechanisms for search task outcomes. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.. (235 downloads)
  • = CONNON, N.G. 2007. Factors impacting on technology acceptance for the micro/SME electronics retailer. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (187 downloads)
  • = ROBERTSON, D.M. 2012. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning in new graduate occupational therapists: a phenomenological study. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (182 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (26.02.2019).

LGBT History Month: Good as You

If you haven’t visited our display of books and DVDs for LGBT History Month there is still time. We look forward to seeing you in the welcome area of the library.

Why not have a look at one of our latest editions to stock? Good As You by Paul Flynn covers 30 years of gay life in Britain and includes “candid interviews from major protagonists, such as Kylie, Russell T Davies, Will Young, Holly Johnson and Lord Chris Smith, as well as the relative unknowns crucial to the gay community”.