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The Virtual Library@University of Aberdeen


The aim of this space is to make it easier for you to find and access the wealth of electronic resources available to you as a member of the University of Aberdeen. It contains a collection of links and instructions, guides and worksheets produced by staff in Library, Special Collections and Museums. The 'virtual library' is not a separate collection - it is a term used to describe all the resources in electronic format (including e-journals and e-books) supplied by the library. Most of them are fully integrated into our library systems, including Primo and the library catalogue.


What you must do before you start is set up your own personal computer to access databases that we pay for, so that you can read journal articles and e-books in full text. You may be denied access to full text materials on some databases unless you have saved the University's proxy server address in your computer's web browser. For further information see the first section on off campus access on this wiki.


You are not required to open an account or send a request to 'join the workspace' to use this wiki,


Simply link through to relevant pages from the Contents section below, and use the links supplied on the pages to access information and e-resources. A Worksheets folder containing documents that help you use our electronic databases is also available from the Pages & Files section on this wiki, via a tab that is located at the top of every page.


LIBRARY SYSTEMS DOWNTIME: Having problems connecting to our e-resources? Consult this list for details on how to link out to our subscribed databases and e-book collections.



How to set up off campus access to electronic resources

How to use Primo to find electronic journals

How to use Primo to find electronic books

How to search e-book databases (ebrary, ScienceDirect, SpringerLink)

How to identify databases relevant to your subject

Important databases

Guides to using databases

How to... worksheets

How to manage your references

How to contact us 


Contact Us

If you can't pop in and speak to us personally you could use the:

  1. Quick Query Service (instant messaging). A chat box is available on the Library home page. We are online from 9am to 5pm weekdays during term-time.
  2. Email. We check for emails regularly and respond to your enquiry as soon as possible. Email us.
  3. Contact form. Send us a question on our enquiry form and Library staff will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.
  4. Telephone. Contact details for your 'home' library are available online on our website.
  5. IT Service Desk: email: servicedesk@abdn.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1224 273636 (also out of hours service number, includes holidays and weekends)


We welcome comments on the wiki and ideas for more topics about our e-resources. Please email us.


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