Trial access to Jisc Geospatial Data now available

The library is pleased to announce that we have trial access of the Jisc Geospatial Data resource until July 2019.

Jisc Geospatial Data gives access to maps and map data within the following collections: Environment, Geology, Historic, Marine and Ordnance Survey.

A link to the resource can be found on our A-Z resource list but here is the access information for you:

  • Go to:
  • Click Account in the top right and then Login
  • You will then be asked to search for your institution, look for Robert Gordon University and select it
  • Log in with your RGU username and password

Please note the first time you Login you will be asked to accept licenses for all the collections we have access to. Please ensure you read these as there are restrictions on what you can do with the map data.

Once logged in you will see the following on the menu bar:

  • Discover – gives information about the data sets included
  • Resources – gives user guides to the resource – please explore these to find out how to select the data you are looking at and use the tools on offer
  • Map – gives access to the map data and associated tools

Please remember the trial will continue until July 2019.

Resource spotlight: Digimap

Digimap is an online mapping and data delivery service that offers the students and staff at RGU access to a number of map data collections:

Ordnance Survey – OS maps covering the whole of Great Britain and at scales ranging from 1:1250 up to 1:750000.

Historic – historical maps of Great Britain, the originals of which were published between 1846 and 1996.

Geology – geological map data from the British Geological Survey (BGS).

Marine – raster nautical charts and Marine Themes vector data from the UK Hydrographic Office.

Environment – land cover data from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Separate datasets are available for 1990, 2000, 2007 and 2015. Also included are Dudley Stamp’s maps of the 1930’s Land Utilisation Survey of Britain.

Aerial –  high quality aerial photography of Great Britain.

Lidar – lidar data derived from the Environment Agency, showing Digital Terrain Models (DTM) of the bare earth surface and Digital Surface Models (DSM) that show the vegetation canopy.

You can use Digimap to zoom in on your area of interest, print maps in A4 to A0 size, annotate maps, download maps in PDF, PNG or JPG files and download the data for use in GIS and CAD software.

To access Digimap simply follow the link from our database lists:

A-Z list of databases

And please be aware that the first time you access Digimap you will need to register and accept the user licenses for each individual area and that the maps can only be used for academic / education purposes.

New journal search now available

We have now updated LibrarySearch to make it easier for you to find out if we have specific journal titles in stock.

When you go to the main LibrarySearch page you will see that the menu at the top now says Journal Search:



If you click this it will take you to a dedicated Journal Search page where you can search for eJournals by their title or ISSN.

This page also includes a link to where you can find the list of print journals available in the library.

To find out more about this and other ways to use LibrarySearch to search for journals you can explore the Finding Journals LibGuide.

Problems with Lexis PSL – workaround

We are sorry to report that we are still experiencing the problems with Lexis PSL that we posted about yesterday.

We continue to work on a resolution for this and in the meantime we have identified a workaround that should give you access to the resource.

On Campus

  • Go to
  • It will recognise you are on campus and give you access without the need to log in
  • Go to the menu in the top left corner and from the drop down choose Lexis PSL (remember you may need to try the link twice as the first time might give an error message)
  • Once in Lexis PSL simply browse or search for resources

Off Campus

  • Go to the RGU website and click Current Students at the top of the screen
  • When on the Current Students page click Access to Apps
  • Log in with your RGU username and password when prompted (you may need to download the citrix receiver but the screeen will guide you)
  • Once logged in look for either Internet Explorer or Firefox and open them up – this replicates being on campus
  • Then simply follow the steps listed for On Campus students above

We apologise for the time this is taking to resolve and please contact us at if we can help.

Problems with Lexis PSL

We are currently expericing problems accessing resources on Lexis PSL (which can be accessed via the main Lexis Library database).

While Lexis PSL can be accessed there is a problem with some of the links within it meaning not all resources, or information within resources, will open.

Searching rather than browsing for material will help you get to more resources e.g. practice notes although problems seeing some material within will remain.

We apologise for the incovenience this is causing, we are investigating this and will update once we have more information.