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New members of staff will be invited by their Academic Librarian for a short library induction soon after they join Abertay. This list of FAQs covers most of the information provided in the induction. 


Staff can borrow up to 20 items at a time. More information on what you can borrow can be found in the Borrowing essentials  information on library fines can be found on Fines and Payments

A list of all our electronic resources can be found on our A-Z of online resources. The Subject Guides also list the most relevant resources for each subject.  

All staff are encouraged to recommend books for purchase for their modules. A new Reading List Service Agreement between Schools and Library Services has been implemented for academic year 2016-2017.

All reading lists should be sent to your Academic Librarian by the agreed deadline and texts should be clearly marked as essentialrecommended or further reading. These terms are defined as:

Essential reading: Material which is an essential part of the module and which students are expected to draw on as a core part of their learning experience and in order to complete assignments satisfactorily. Students may be encouraged to purchase if a particular text will be used for the duration of the course.

Recommended reading: Materials which supplement or enhance core reading. It is expected that students will   read at least some material from this category, to broaden and deepen understanding of the subject beyond the basic, and thus enhance performance in assessments. They should not, however, be disadvantaged by not reading all items on the recommended list; many items.

Further reading: In some disciplines – and at some levels of study – it may be appropriate to introduce students to a broader range of background material, or some students may desire the opportunity to explore the subject in greater depth quite independently of specific relevance to assignments.

The library will order ebooks and print copies and assign loan periods. We can also organise the scanning of individual chapters using our CLA Scanning Service 

More information is available on How to order books and other material for the Library.

Remember to get your orders to your Librarian as soon as possible so that the books can be ordered and on the shelves ready for when the students need to use them.

The staff Copyright pages provide information on copyright for academic staff - specifically regarding  the preparation of teaching  materials and their  personal research.

These pages also include guidance regarding Copyright and Blackboard with guides on how to make links to electronic books and journal articles from Blackboard. Your Academic Librarian will be happy to help with any queries.

When you are copying material for your research or teaching it is your responsibility to ensure that you abide by UK Copyright Law.  

Most programmes at Abertay use the Abertay Harvard style for referencing.  Exceptions to this include Psychology and Law modules. More information about the different referencing styles and our referencing guides can be found on the referencing pages.

RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool. It is designed to help researchers and students manage, store and share their references as well as generate citations and bibliographies. It can be used on and off campus. If you have previously used EndNote you can import your references from EndNote into RefWorks. Your Academic Librarian can help you set up an account and show you how to get started using it.  

The Interlibrary loan service supports research by obtaining material that is not in stock at Abertay. To use the service simply sign up for an Interlibrary loan account and you can then submit your requests online. Most requests for journal articles are delivered electronically to your email account.

There is an AV collection which includes digital cameras, laptops, DVD and audio recorders, mobile phones and other items that can be used to aid teaching and learning. A full list of equipment is available on the online booking system. The equipment can be borrowed and returned to the Support and Enquiry Zone (SEZ) level 1 of the Library. 

The Library works in partnership with academic staff to offer different ways of delivering:-

IT and  Library orientation which aims to help new students navigate Abertay systems and services. 
Higher level information and digital literacy skills required for independent learning within a subject discipline as the student progresses through their programme.

See what's available for you and your students and embed these into your modules.

InfoSkillsBrochureThumb (pdf)  

More information is available Information and digital literacy at Abertay

Abertay Research Collections (ARC) is the University’s repository of open access research outputs. The University has an Open Access Publications' Policy‌ 

The Open Accesssupport pages provide information on Abertay's Open Access Publications Policy, the HEFCE Open Access Policy, funders' policies and more.

The librarians and IT trainers run workshops in semester 1 and 2 for both undergraduates and research students. These include workshops on Microsoft Excel, creating poster presentations, database searching, RefWorks, long document formatting, etc. To find out more about the workshops go to the Library's Eventbrite page.

The University holds an ERA (Educational Recording Agency) Licence which allows recordings to be made of television, radio and internet broadcasts for educational use. More information about the Licence can be found on our Copyright pages.

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