Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November

The Sir Ian Wood Building and the University Library will be closed for the full weekend of Saturday 16th November – Sunday 17th November to allow essential maintenance work to be carried out.

Library Services will operate from the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre in the Aberdeen Business School Building on both days from 10.00am – 8.00pm.

Library staff will be available to answer your enquiries and all online resources such as e-books, e-journals and databases will be available as usual but we will be unable to offer access to print material over the weekend. However, if you need an item and it is available on the shelves in the library, we will arrange to collect it for you on Monday morning and have it ready for you to pick up later that day.

Full access to IT labs, teaching rooms and catering in ABS will be available and the IT Helpdesk will be open from 11.00am – 3.00pm.

If you have any questions please email or telephone 01224 263450.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.34 – October 2019)

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

Service Update

We migrated our legacy data into Worktribe earlier this year, but we are still working to fix lots of inaccuracies and errors that have appeared in our records during the migration. If you spot any problems when using Worktribe or OpenAIR, please let us know and we’ll fix them as quickly as possible.

Later this year, we will begin running training sessions for researchers on how to use the Outputs module in Worktribe. This training will cover searching for existing outputs as well as adding new ones. Please note: you will need to have attended a “Getting Started with Worktribe” basic training session first, in order to be given access to the system.


The repository currently contains 3,623 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:

  • = ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS, J., BROADBENT, I.D. and STRACHAN, P.A. [2019]. Analysing the performance of United Kingdom (UK) offshore wind farms using public data: improving the evidence base for policy development. Utilities Policy [online], (accepted).

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR:

The above data were correct at the time of writing (30.10.2019).

Westlaw – problems with eBook access – update

At the start of the semester we reported that there were problems with the eBooks on the Westlaw platform. These problems have continued over the last few weeks and meant that we were able to access over 200 eBooks on Westlaw that were not part of our subscription i.e. that we should not have had access to.

We have now had notification from Thomson Reuters that a fix has been applied to the platform and we can report that the problem has been partially resolved with access to a large number of eBooks that are not part of our subscription having been removed.

However a few problems do remain. We have lost access to the following titles we should be able to access:

Archbold Criminal Pleading Evidence and Practice

IDS Employment Law Cases

Sentencing Referencer

And still have access to a few titles that we should not be able to access:

Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance

Costs & Funding following the Civil Justice Reforms: Questions & Answers

Illegality and Public Policy

Inheritance Act Claims

Muir Watt & Moss: Agricultural Holdings

Renton & Brown’s Statutory Offences

We have reported this and will update further once we have heard back from the company.