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Your lecturers will expect you to read and use other people's ideas to inform your learning. The library provides all students with access to subscription databases which are sources of good quality, credible information such as scholarly articles. These databases are not usually freely available to the public. Using the databases, rather than Google, can also help you avoid wasting time sorting through the advertisements and low quality information that lurks on the web. 

Find out more about key resources for your subject from our subject guides. Alternatively, you can search for books, articles and more in one simple search using our LibrarySearch tool.

During your time at Abertay, workshops with the Academic Librarian or IT Trainer should be included in your timetable. Try to attend these sessions as they will help you find, manage, use, reference and present ideas and information in your coursework.

If you haven't been to a workshop, don't worry - there are lots of ways to get help and assistance if you need it.



Specialist help

Getting started@Abertay  A quick online guide to the most important IT and Library services you will need for your studies.

Blackboard StudySkills@Abertay Online study skills information including reading, academic writing, referencing and plagiarism.

Guides, factsheets and videos Need to know how to find a journal or watch a video of how to renew your books? There are lots of factsheets and  videos available. 




Workshops The librarians and IT trainers run regular sign-up workshops which are open to all students. 

Drop-in sessions The IT Trainers and Academic Librarians offer help and advice on finding resources, referencing, RefWorks, Microsoft Office applications, Blackboard and Pebble+ at our weekly drop-in sessions in the IT Training Suite on level 2 of the library 

Tuesdays 11-12
Wednesdays 12-1
Thursdays 3-4

Appointments If you can't come to a workshop or drop-in session, you can ask for help at the Support Enquiry Zone on level 1 of the Library or  email your Academic Librarian or the IT Trainer to ask a question or make an appointment. 


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