Archive for February, 2012

Access problems to EBSCOHost databases

Monday, February 27th, 2012

There is currently a problem with access to the EBSCOHost databases both on and off campus. After entering your username and password in the log in boxes an error message appears and access is denied.

This has been reported to the company and all parties are working to resolve this as quickly as possible.

This problem affects the following databases: Amed, Art Full Text, Art Museum Image Gallery, Avery, Business Source Premier, CAB Abstracts, Cinahl, International Pharamceutical Abstracts, Library Literature Online, LISTA, Medline, SportsDiscus.

On campus students will still be able to get access by following this workaround access route:

1) Go to
2) Click EBSCOHost Web
3) This takes you to a list of databases
4) Deselect the eBook collection
5) Place a tick next to the database you want to search
6) Click continue

And off campus users can get access by using a temporary username and password and the following the steps below. To get the username and password either contact the library or pick it up from our forum on CampusMoodle by following this link.

1) Go to this web address:
2) Enter the temporary username and password, and click login
3) This takes you to a list of databases
4) Deselect the eBook collection
5) Place a tick next to the database you want to search
6) Click continue

We apologise for this incovenience.

Taylor and Francis scheduled downtime

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Taylor & Francis Online will be undergoing maintenance on Wednesday 22nd February 2012, starting at 6pm GMT and finishing by 10pm GMT.

The platform will be unavailable for one hour from 6pm, and may be unavailable for a further three hours during the scheduled maintenance window.

Library Catalogue unavailable 08.00-08.15 Tuesday 21 February

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Please note that the Library Catalogue will be unavailable during the time above due to unrelated work IT Services are carrying out then. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Find full text articles from RGU within Google Scholar

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

We are pleased to announce that you can now find out what articles are available full text and online from RGU within Google Scholar:

Once this is set up when you look at your search results you will see a Full Text@RGU link next to any articles that are available from RGU.

Click the picture to see a bigger version showing what the full Google Scholar page looks like!
And following this Full Text@RGU link will take you through to information about how to access the article and give you a link to the article.

To find out more, including how to set this up off campus (it works automatically on campus) take a look at this guide:

Full Text @ RGU on Google Scholar – Feb 12

IEEE Xplore training session from the IEEE

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Experience IEEE Xplore® – register for this IEEE run training session at the link below
Join IEEE and your library staff to learn about advanced research tips and new features of the IEEE Xplore digital library:

• Advanced search features
• Searching by author affiliation/country
• Personalisation options like creating email and RSS alerts
• Understanding the Abstract Record
• Alternatives to Google and Google Scholar
• New IEEE and IET content coming soon
• New features and initiatives that are planned for 2012 and beyond

This session, being run by IEEE Client Services Manager, Ruth Wolfish is taking place on:

Date: 30th March 2012
Time: 10.00 – 11.00
Location: AB29/AB30, Administration Building, Schoolhill

Places are limited so if you would like to attend this even you will need to register for a place, to do so please follow this link.

If you have any queries please contact Victoria Farmer:

Library fines to help charities

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Do you have any unpaid library fines?

RGU:RAG, the charity society for RGU, is holding its annual RAG week be­tween the 14-19 February to raise funds for a variety of charities.

The Library has agreed that fines paid be­tween 13-17 Feb will be donated to Womens Aid and Venture Trust. So, if you pay fines next week you’ll also be helping RGU:RAG.

For more information about RAG week email