Trial of Scopus now available

The Library is pleased to announce that we are running a trial of the Scopus database until the 31st March 2018.

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and it covers scientific journals, books and conference proceedings in science, technology, social sciences, medicine, and arts and humanities.

You can access the database by going to the library A-Z list of databases, following the Scopus (Trial Access) link, and logging in with your username and password if prompted.

On campus you can also go directly to

Once at the database you can search for documents, authors or affiliations and this website gives you some videos about using the site.

Please note Scopus does not have Full Text documents but you can follow the Full Text @ RGU option to see if RGU has access to the journal. If we do you’ll get a link to the electronic journal or be told about the print holdings.


Critical appraisal of health literature


Need to assess the quality of a journal article on a nursing, midwifery, health sciences, pharmacy, nutrition, social sciences or life sciences topic?

Places are still available for our session on Critical Appraisal next Tuesday 6th March from 12-1pm in lab ABS321 in the learning centre in the Business School.

We will look at the concept of critical appraisal, how to get started and examine some of the checklists, tools and resources available to help you.

Interested?  Just sign up to reserve your place.

Want to get started right away?  Check out our guide to critical appraisal.

RefWorks? Awesomesauce!


Awesomesauce! (extremely good, excellent) was just one reaction to one of our How to use RefWorks workshops.

Students from a range of courses have learned how to:

  • add citations for books and journal articles from databases direct to RefWorks
  • create citations for websites on RefWorks
  • generate in-text citations and a full reference list!

Think of all the time they saved!  No wonder they found our sessions “excellent” and “helpful” – and wished they had come along sooner.

Interested and new to RefWorks? Why not sign up for one of our workshops.

Used it before and need a brief refresher? Why not come along to a drop-in session or check out our RefWorks guide.

Problems with Specify-IT database – Update

Yesterday we reported that there were some problems when looking to use Specify-IT in Internet Explorer. We have now heard back from the company who say that the website “has certain features that will not work fully, when being used in conjunction with Internet Explorer 10 or 11.”.

To allow the website to run correctly in IE 10 or 11 please follow these steps.

1) Log into the database and get to the main Specify-IT page.

2) Open the Tools drop down menu.

3) From the drop down menu please click on the option called Compatibility View settings.

4) Add the website address (1 and 2). Once you have added the website address you will notice that it adds the website URL to the larger box underneath the websites you’ve added to compatibility view (3). Please now click on the close button (4).







5) You should now notice that the webpage will refresh briefly and update inside the web browser. It may also throw you back to the login page. Please now close down the web browser and reopen it and log back in again. You will now be able to use the Specify-it website correctly.

We hope this resolves the problems for you and please get in touch at if you have any further problems or questions.