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Reading Lists 2020-2021: advice for module coordinators


The Library is currently undertaking a check of Essential books on Aspire reading lists to discover which titles are available for purchase as ebooks. Meanwhile information and advice for module co-ordinators is available from the Aspire Reading Lists home page. Your subject librarians are available for questions about resourcing modules for 2020-2021 and to provide advice and assistance with Aspire by email, phone and MS Teams.

Migration of SQL1 and SQL3 to MSSQL - potential disruptions


Dear MSSQL Administrators and Users, 

On Tuesday 2nd of June, we will be moving all the remaining databases from SQL1 and SQL3 over to their new home on MSSQL. SQL1 and SQL3 will be retired after this process is complete. We’re hoping to migrate everything by 9am, but please be aware that you may experience some downtime over the course of the day. This is classed as essential work and has to be carried out within the next few weeks, due to the warranty end-life of the physical servers that the databases are hosted on. The current active databases we will be migrating to MSSQL are as follows: 

SQL1 – DEFAULT instance



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If you have any 'essential' need for any of these databases on that day, please inform us at as soon as possible - once the migration has started, it will not be possible to halt the process mid-stream. Also, if you feel you have databases not listed above that are currently active on SQL1 or SQL3, please let us know the database name and principal owner so we can migrate them as well.

Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit Online sessions


27/5 Using Microsoft teams for Online Learning and Teaching Activities

29/5 Moving to Online Teaching

03/06 Know Who You Are

26/8 Writing Effective Multiple-Choice Questions

Times & booking

Web of Science - online resource


Web of Science is an online resource available at Aberystwyth University.

It gives access to thousands of easily searchable academic journals, publications and citations within its Master Journal List.

How the resource can help students:

  • Helps to aid research for assignments, dissertations and exams – The database offers easy access to the latest academic research, texts and bibliographic references.
  • The database covers a wide range of subjects – Its core collection of scholarly journals covers not only science subjects, but also social sciences and arts and humanities.
  • Various other worldwide databases can be accessed within the Web of Science collection – these include the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database, the BIOSIS biosciences database and the Russian Science Citation Index.

Types of accessible documents within the database include:

  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters
  • Biographical items
  • News items
  • Bibliographies

Web of Science can be accessed here: or connect from the Primo Resources A-Z tab under W.

If accessing Web of Science away from campus, please use Shibboleth:

Video tutorials and their Quick Reference Guide can be found at

Contact for further information or to arrange a demonstration.

Tell us what you think about your Library and IT services


You can let us know your comments, complaints and compliments at:

  • We welcome and actively seek feedback from our users to ensure that the services we provide are responsive to your requirements and changing needs.
  • If you are unhappy about a service provided by Information Services, or if we have not done something which we promised to do, the best way for us to make improvements is to hear from you.
  • Where you have been happy with a service we offer or with support you’ve had from one of our staff members, please let us know so that we know what we’re doing right.

IT systems at risk


IT systems may be at risk due to maintenance work during the following time period:

Monday 1st June – 19:00 to 23:00

Wednesday  3rd June – 19:00 to 23:00

Monday 8th June – 19:00 to 23:00

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Tuesday 9th June: Aspire Reading List Copy


Published lists in Aspire dated 2019-2020 will be copied to the next academic year. Please ensure you publish any unpublished changes in Aspire or they will be lost. Please follow these instructions

Information Services' Standards and Performance


We are committed to providing high quality services and resources to our students and staff. To help us achieve this, we have key performance indicators (KPIs) based on the feedback that our users give us through our annual Information Services User Survey and the relevant National Student Survey questions.  We also report annually on our Service Standards to ensure that we meet users' requirements and that we are clear on our provision.

See our library and IT KPIs and Service Standards at:

Looking for something?


If you’re looking for a book or article that we don’t have access to, we might be able to borrow it for you from another library. Submit your request using the ‘Document Supply’ button in Primo, and we’ll do the rest.

Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit Online sessions


14/5 Writing Effective Multiple-Choice Questions

19/5 Introduction to Component Marks Transfer

21/5 Academy Forum: Using Technology for Group Work

26/5 Distance Learning Forum: Gauging Student Opinion from a Distance

03/06 Know Who You Are

Times & booking

Web Services online support


We are offering a drop-in session on Teams at 10:30-11:30am every Wednesday. If you have a query or question, please join us by using this Teams joining link.

ICT Service disruption on Tuesday mornings


A reminder that Information Services carries out essential maintenance on the University’s ICT services on Tuesday mornings. Access to all services, including email and web access, must be considered "At Risk" between 7am and 10am. We apologise for any inconvenience.