Medical Library Tours

Meet the library staff and find how to use the Medical Library!

We will be running short tours of the Medical Library on Wednesday 13th September and Thursday 14th September.

There is no need to sign up, just come to the Issue Desk at 11.00am or 2.30pm and ask to join a tour.

We look forward to seeing you in the Medical Library soon.

Medical Library Team


Scheduled maintenance 19th March : impact on the Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library logoWiley Online Library will be undergoing scheduled downtime, for maintenance, with direct impact on Cochrane Library users on 19th March starting at 11.00 am, UK time.

The downtime is expected to last for around 3 hours  (11:00 to 14:00).

Users of the Cochrane Library site may experience performance deterioration, with intermittent access issues for opening the search results and browse functionality.
A user may have one of three possible journeys during this maintenance period:

  1. A correctly resolved page return
  2.  A maintenance message
  3. A failed to load message

The maintenance is needed for various Wiley Online Library aspects of a Access & Licence Management project.

Past exam papers for medical students

examsSometimes we get asked in the Medical Library whether we hold past exam papers so that students can get an idea of the kind of questions that will come up in forthcoming examinations and practice answering them.

We do not have physical past exam papers in the Medical Library, and the availability of past papers depends on the course co-ordinators for the various different courses that make up your degree. However, selected past papers are available for you to download via the DigiTool Exam papers database.

How can I find the available papers?

Factsheet: Exam Papers – how do I find past exam papers?

Access to past exam papers is restricted to staff and students of the University of Aberdeen, so you will need to log into the DigiTool Exam Papers database using your university username and password.

Under the ‘College of Life Sciences and Medicine’ heading there is a list of more specific subjects, such as Anatomy, Biomedical Science, Forensic Medicine, Sports Science and so on. Choosing a category reveals the available papers for each available topic.

To download a paper just click on the MS Word icon for the exam script you desire. Remember to click on End Session at the top right of the screen to log out of DigiTool.

Exam papers are also available via Primo. Type your course code (e.g. DB3804) into the search box for ‘Books+’ and click on Search. The results page will list each available exam paper, stating the year and semester to which it applied. To view the paper, click on the title, and enter your University computer username and password. The paper will be downloaded for you.

Medical Library Team

The RefWorks Community for tips, guides and video tutorials

Welcome to RefWorksGo to the RefWorks Community website for the latest news, updates and tips for RefWorks users and also resource guides and excellent video tutorials to help you get the best from your RefWorks account.

The site has been designed to not only offer additional resources but to connect directly with users through the blog, events and webinars. There is no need to sign up or register, the content on the site is open to everyone – that means all new users, dedicated users, as well as those who just want to learn more about RefWorks. Follow these links for:

This video introduction to using RefWorks is one of the video tutorials available on the site.

If you would like more help with RefWorks, or with searching online databases, writing a bibliography or using our library, come to our Enquiry Desk. We hold drop-in sessions during term-time from Monday – Friday, between 9am – 4.30pm so don’t hesitate to ask our friendly library staff.

Medical Library Team

New Write-n-Cite 4 version available

refworks-small-logoRefworks have announced the release of a new version of ProQuest for Word (PQFW), previously Write-n-Cite 4 (WNC).

This latest version of PQFW for both Windows (v. 4.4.1272) and Mac (v. 4.4.1225) resolves the following feature and formatting issues:

  •  Deleted references no longer download to your local database
  •  When Auto Sync option is selected, it remains selected unless de-selected by user
  • Documents with citations inserted using One Line Cite View (RefWorks users only) will automatically be converted for use with PQFW 4 and above
  • Folder names with Asian characters now sync correctly
  • Paragraph spacing will no longer be changed when using a style that contains stylized text such as italic, bold, etc.
  • Extra spaces appearing in text citations after formatting papers
  • MLA title casing issue
  • MLA bibliography sorting issue
  • MLA footnote citation issue
  • Appending of alphabetic characters in the cases of ambiguous in text citations
  • Erroneous HTML coding showing in text citations: for example (Gelormino  Ricker 1994)
  • Footnote citation editing issue
  • Issue with citing 3 in text citations on one line
  • In-text citation inserting and changing it into a footnote in certain styles will no longer change the footnote to appear in superscript
  • Changing output formats from one style to another no longer incorrectly formats the in text citations as superscript
  • Preferred version settings display properly when using internet Explorer

Go to the Refworks Community for news of product updates, helpful how-to videos, and more …

The Medical Library Team

Come and visit our Enquiry Desk!

Enquiry DeskWould you like some help with finding information, writing a bibliography or using our library?

Whether you are stuck, and don’t know where to start your search for your next assignment, would like advice on referencing your essay, or maybe need help with setting up a RefWorks account, we have time for you at the Medical Library Enquiry Desk here on the Foresterhill campus. Navigating online journals and databases can be easy…if you know how! We’re here to help.

We hold drop-in sessions during term-time from Monday – Friday, between 9am – 4.30pm so don’t hesitate to ask our friendly library staff.

The Medical Library Team

Free relaxing massage today!

The Sport and Exercise Team has teamed up with the Aberdeen University Students Association and the Healthy Body Healthy Mind award from The NUS Scotland and Scottish Universities Sport organisation to offer a free on site massage in the Medical Library to help you relax and succeed in your exams.
Sign up for a session today from 3:15-6:30 in Project Room 2, Floor 1, Medical Library in the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus.

Medical Library Team