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


INFO: Easy access to Springer Protocols for Life Scientists


We now have ready access to the Springer Protocols material covering 1980 – 2012 through a purchase made by Jisc on behalf of the UK higher eduction sector. Until recently you would find the Protocols from within the SpringerLink site but individual records have now been switched on in Primo and the catalogue making them much more discoverable.

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Springer’s description of the Protocols:

“Used primarily in the life sciences, protocols provide individual sets of instructions to allow scientists to recreate experiments in their own laboratories. These documents provide written procedural methods in the design and implementation of experiments that describe the safety, bias, procedures, equipment, statistical methods, reporting, and troubleshooting standards to be used in order to successfully conduct the experiment.

SpringerProtocols combines the world’s largest collection of protocols with advanced search functionality. Each protocol is templated into four sections—Introduction, Materials, Methods, Notes—so that information will always be exactly where you expect to find…

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