Students’ infohub on Foresterhill Campus


UPDATE 29/04/15 – Unfortunately this service is no longer available. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Too busy to go down to Old Aberdeen? The Students’ infohub comes to the Foresterhill Campus every week. Drop in to find out about student finance, your studies, services and support, and ask any other questions you have about student life at Aberdeen University. Drop into

  • Polwarth Building Social Space (Room 2:029)
  • Every Tuesday 10am – 1:30pm

To find out about all the services infohub offers, visit


Food and Drink in the Medical Library

sandwichThe Medical Library is taking part in the food and drink pilot that gives you more freedom to snack as you study in our library.

The pilot will operate from Monday 19th January to Friday 22nd May, 2015.

During this period, you can:

 Eat cold food at the study tables or in soft-seating areas
✓ Drink hot and cold drinks in covered containers anywhere including at the PCs

Please respect your fellow library users and help us maintain a clean and tidy environment by:

 Cleaning up when you have finished
Using the appropriate bins situated on each floor
Reporting any problems to staff on duty in person or by phone to the Medical Library: 01224 437870

To maintain a pleasant study environment please remember these restrictions:

X  No hot food anywhere
X  No smelly or noisy cold food
X  No food on Floor 3 (the silent study area) or at the PCs or any other equipment

We would love to hear from you, so please give us your feed back!

The Medical Library Team

Competition for PhD authors

thesisAre you writing a PhD? Hopefully it’s about a subject you are passionate about and one that you feel is pushing the boundaries of knowledge and research. But why is it important? If you can condense your answer into 140 characters then you could be in with a chance of winning yourself a shiny new 15-inch Macbook pro, an iPad or a £200 Amazon voucher in a Twitter-based competition organised by Ethos and supported by Research Councils UK and Vitae. The idea behind the competition is to raise awareness of the importance of doctoral research and to increase visibility of the PhD thesis as a valuable source of research information.

To enter, all you have to do is tweet why your research is important using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis. Tweets must be received by the 9th of February 2015 at 10.00. The authors of the top 8 tweets will then be invited to briefly expand on their answer in a 600-word article, and the judges will then select the prize-winners by the 20th of March. Doesn’t that sound easy?

The competition is open to all PhD authors past and present, so even if you already completed your degree, you’re still eligible.

You can find more information here:

And you can see entries already submitted here:

Good luck; make the University proud!

Medical Library Team

Merry Christmas!

Happy Christmas from us all at the Medical Library We would like to wish all the Medical Library’s patrons and readers a very happy and relaxing festive period and new year.

The library closes at 12.00 on Wednesday, 24th December and re-opens after the Christmas break at 9.00 on Monday, 5th January. Our festive opening hours can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you all back here to make the most of 2015!

Medical Library Team

BMJ Christmas issue 2014

Every year the British Medical Journal publishes a special Christmas issue with spoof and humorous articles, although the mainstream media sometimes fall for the joke.

The Christmas Issue for 2014 includes:

More light hearted articles from the Christmas edition are available on the BMJ web site (available through Primo). The print copy of the Christmas issue is expected to arrive on 19th December.

The Medical Library Team

Register for free access to the BNF


The online home of the British NationalDSC05704-B Formulary (BNF) has recently moved – you must now re-register at MedicinesComplete to continue using BNF content.

Published jointly by the British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the BNF provides detailed guidance on the actions and usage of drugs prescribed in the UK; designed for rapid reference, it provides authoritative, impartial, and where available, evidence-based advice on prescribing, dispensing, and administering medicines. All information is validated by a network of clinical experts and reflects current best practice as well as legal and professional guidelines relating to the uses of medicines. The resource includes:

  • Guidance on the drug management of common conditions
  • Details of medicines with special reference to their uses, cautions, contra-indications, side-effects, doses, and relative costs
  • Guidance on prescribing, monitoring, dispensing, and administering medicines

It’s an incredibly useful resource and students are eligible for free access – simply register at, choosing the NHS or Non-Commercial option, then select the top two options (BNF and BNF for Children) and tick both boxes at the bottom of the page.

The Medical Library Team

The NHS Grampian Archives

Nurse holding a child with rickets at the Sick Childrens Hospital, AberdeenThe NHS Grampian Archives comprise the records of hospitals and other health related institutions in the Grampian area from 1739, when the Infirmary at Aberdeen was founded, to the late 20th century.

Most of the records from the 18th and 19th centuries are of hospitals: general and specialist hospitals, cottage hospitals and asylums. These records contain information on the administration of the hospitals and about the people who were patients, staff and contributors to hospital funds. In addition there are records from the three local poorhouses which in 1948 became hospitals in the newly formed NHS.

Material from the 20th century includes both hospital collections and the records of a range of local health organisations such as the National Insurance Committees set up under the 1911 National Health Insurance Act. Also contained in the archives are records of local authority health departments which, prior to 1974, had responsibility for a range of healthcare services including prevention of epidemics, mother and child welfare, and school medical services.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, WoolmanhillThe archive is housed in the Special Collections Centre, part of the Sir Duncan Rice Library in Old Aberdeen.  If you have any enquiries or wish to consult the records please contact the archivist Miss Fiona R Watson (email, telephone 01224 274912).

The photographs show a nurse holding a child with rickets at the Sick Childrens Hospital, Aberdeen and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary when it was at Woolmanhill. Both are part of the George Washington Wilson Archive.

The Medical Library Team