Nursing Times available online

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The library is happy to announce that we now have access to the Nursing Times journal through their website.

To access the site and the material within simply contact the library (email or phone 01224 263450) and ask for the username and password for the Nursing Times.

Then simply follow the link from the journals list or the library catalogue to the website:, click sign in at the top right of the screen and enter the details when prompted.

You will then be logged in and ready to search and use the site.

AJ Buildings Library and the AJ website now available

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The library is pleased to announce that we now have access to the AJ Buildings Library and the Architect’s Journals website. The AJ website gives access to articles and items from the journal and the AJ Buildings Library database showcases more than 1,900 exemplar projects, most from the last 20 years but including major projects back to 1900.

To access both of these you will need to contact the library for a username and password. Simply email ( or phone (01224 263450) and ask for the username and password for the AJ or the AJ Buildings Library.

Once you have the username and password you can access the resources from the database list for the AJ Buildings Library and the journals list/library catalogue for the AJ. Alternatively you can use these links:

To find out more about these take a look at the attached guides.

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.

Open Access Week

As Open Access Week comes to an end, it is time for some reflection on the 10 minute talks and conversations with staff around campus at information stands.

Those staff who have submitted publications or theses to our Institutional Repository have seen real benefits from easier access to their research and growth in readership and citations.  Usage statistics are easy to view, straight from your article on the repository.

All have felt that the submission process is very easy, involving providing the library with details of the publication and the Library taking it from there to investigate copyright issues.

Gold or Green – there was quite a bit of discussion on this.  Gold is where you pay for an article to be made available on open access.  Some funding bodies do make open access a requirement for grant award and provide funding for the gold route.  A distinction needs to be made between quality gold route publishers and vanity publishing.

Many publications are not covered by this type of funding, however this does not mean you cannot make your research available on open access and compliant with the new HEFCE policy on open access

The Green open access route is the one where, with journal publishers permission, a version of an article  can be placed in the RGU Institutional Repository or a subject repository.  For assistance with this you just need to get in touch with the Library

In response to requests for more information we have put up a new page on open access.

The importance of open access is aptly summarised by Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal

“Creating a really vibrant research profile for RGU, particularly in our chosen priority areas, is of great importance to us. It is therefore vital that our scholarly outputs achieve maximum visibility, readership and impact globally. Open Access will be key to achieving this goal”

and Rita Marcella, Dean, ABS

“It is one of the key ways in which we can ensure that other researchers and practitioners are able to find, read fully, engage with and respond to or cite our work. Given the whole argument that what we do in researching is to seek to make a contribution to knowledge, then it is imperative that academia lead the way in supporting initiatives that enable the widest possible free access to that knowledge.”


PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress

We are pleased to announce that staff and students have access to the PILOTS database.  It provides details and summaries of literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health and policy issues surrounding traumatic events.

Access is available from the A-Z list of databases.  Just click on the link to PILOTS and login with your RGU details.