Need to improve your library skills?

Why not come along to one of our workshops or drop-ins.  Our new timetable is now available.







We offer workshops on Harvard referencing, KnowHow to SearchSmart sessions in a variety of subject areas (showing you how to search databases to find journal articles on subjects you are studying), KnowHOW to LibrarySearch (an introduction to our new catalogue now called LibrarySearch) and RefWorks (a package to help you organise your references and create reference lists).

Interested?  Simply click on the name of a session on the timetable and fill in your details to reserve a place.  We offer sessions at different times and dates throughout semester.

Just have a quick question?  Why not come along to one of our Drop in sessions and we will be happy to help.  Details are also available in the timetable.

All workshops and Drop ins take place in lab321 in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre in the Business School unless otherwise stated.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Downtime for IEEE Xplore – Friday 7th September



IEEE have been in touch to warn us that they are undertaking scheduled maintenance on Friday 7th September from 7.30pm to 9.30pm BST (or 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET / 6:30 – 8:30 UTC).

This work will cause access issues to IEEE Xplore during this time and the company apologize for any inconvenience that this will cause.

Access the Times Higher Education online

This just a quick reminder that RGU library now has a subscription to the Times Higher Education online which all staff and students can sign up to in order to get access.


To register simply go to the website:, click the person icon, choose the register link, and then set up your account using your RGU email address (this is essential to make sure your account links up and gives you full access).

And please follow the link to see a more detailed guide.

THE Institutional Set Up



OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.20 – August 2018)


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

REF Open Access Compliance

In the Publications Team’s latest compliance check (using data extracted on 2018-08-09), RGU as a whole is currently 86% compliant.

A reminder for all research staff: please ensure that you contact the Publications Team about all new research outputs as soon as they are accepted, so that we can minimise the risk of missing the deposit deadline.


The repository currently contains 2,948 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:

  • = JEBARA, T., CUNNINGHAM, S., MACLURE, K., AWAISU, A., PALLIVALAPILA, A. and STEWART, D. 2018. Stakeholders’ views and experiences of pharmacist prescribing: a systematic review. British journal of clinical pharmacology [online], 84(9), pages 1883-1905. Available from:
  • = CORNISH, B.J.P.A. 2000. The destruction of the cyanobacterial toxin microcystin-LR by semiconductor photocatalysis. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

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 8,571 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:

  • = 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, pages 507-513. (289 downloads)


  • = 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. (115 downloads)

The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = TAYLOR, R.F. 2009. Creating connections: an investigation into the first year experience of undergraduate nursing students. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (222 downloads)
  • = SSENDI, L.B. 2013. Entrepreneurship activities in rural Tanzania: understanding women’s micro businesses. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (121 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (28.08.2018).