Library classes this week

For the rest of this week the following programme of library classes will be running. If you would like to attend a session follow the links to go to the booking form and sign up. Each class will last for one hour and take place in 337 in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre. To see the full programme of classes over the next semester follow this link.

Resource spotlight: Digital images from SCRAN


Scran is a database that gives access to over 390,000 items from museums, galleries, archives and the media. The majority of these are images but Scran also includes movies and audio files as well.

Items can be found on art and design, culture, social sciences, sciences, tourism, and much more. For example you can find images of: tigers, Sean Connery, a Turner, a Dali, standing stones, a pint of beer, an integrated circuit, wind-up radio, a barn owl, golf courses, Edinburgh architecture and so on.

To take a look at what Scran offers simply go to our digital images web page, locate Scran in the list, follow the link and log in with your RGU username and password when prompted.

Resource spotlight: PetroWiki


PetroWiki is a fantastic free resource from the Society of Petroleum Engineers and you can take a look at it here:

It was created from the seven volume Petroleum Engineering Handbook (PEH) and all the chapters within these seven volumes can be found in their entirety on the site with PEH before the chapter name.

For example this chapter from volume 2, PEH:Well Control Procedures and Principles or this from volume 6, PEH:Geothermal Engineering.

The PEH pages can not be changed and form the core of the PetroWiki resource.

But you will find more than just the PEH content on the site. The SPE invite their members to add pages to the Wiki to expand on topics or give more up to date information and this means that you can find a wealth of material on lots of petroleum engineering related topics.

For example Fluid Flow in Hydraulically Fractured Wells or this on the Prudhoe Bay Field.

So to use this resource simply go to the Wiki,, search for a topic you are interested in and explore the results.

Remember the pages with PEH at the start are directly from the Petroleum Engineering Handbook and all others have been created and added to the site by SPE members.

Researcher workshops reminder

Throughout Semester 2 the library is running a programme of sessions aimed at researchers covering topics like Open Access, Where to Publish, Identity and Impact and much more – some sessions have already taken place and you see the rest of the timetable below.

All the sessions are taking place in 337 in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre and you can find out more about them, and sign up to attend, by:

1) Exploring and following the links in this table:

Date and time Session
Thursday 5th March, 15.00-16.00 Keeping current
Tuesday 10th March, 12.00-13.00 Drop-in and get your queries answered
Wednesday 18th March, 09.00-10.00 Open Access – REF, research funders and more
Tuesday 24th March, 10.00-11.00 Literature searching
Wednesday 1st April, 11.00-12.00 Identity and impact
Thursday 9th April, 12.00-13.00 Where to publish
Tuesday 14th April, 13.00-14.00 Drop-in and get your queries answered
Thursday 16th April, 13.00-14.00 Open Access – REF, research funders and more
Wednesday 22nd April, 14.00-15.00 Researchers and social media
Tuesday 28th April 15.00-16.00 Introduction to research data management planning
Thursday 30th April, 15.00-16.00 Systematic reviews
Wednesday 6th May 14.00-15.00 Introduction to research data management planning

2) Looking through the Library classes timetable for the researcher workshop sessions:


Free access to Palgrave Macmillan journals in March


Palgrave Macmillan’s “Access All Areas” promotion allows free access to full text articles from their journals during March.

The journals span a range of subjects including health, business, marketing, finance, information systems, social studies and politics.

To access the journals, simply visit their website and choose your area of interest.