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Harvard Cite Them Right now available

The university now subscribes to Cite Them Right, a wesbite which provides clear and concise information on referencing a wide variety of materials. It replaces the previous UHI Harvarrd standard, but also includes details on other styles such as APA and MHRA. Our referencing libguide provides further information, including an introductory video for those who are new to referencing and details of a tutorial that is available to all staff and students.

Harvard - Cite Them Right is coming soon

The university is adopting a new referencing style in Summer 2023 which will replace the dated UHI Harvard system. Harvard Cite Them Right will provide a more modern and accessible support site, making it clearer to students how to reference a wide variety of sources in their assignments. There will also be referencing tutorials and improved integrations with other tools such as Microsoft Word and Refworks.

Further details about the transition are available in our Cite The Right libguide

Creative Writing Competition

Perth College library is seeking submissions to a creative writing competition which is open to all UHI students and staff. The competition is being run by the Association of Colleges in tandem with the Copyright Licensing Agency.  Submissions should be no longer than 500 words.

The attached resources provide some further details and guidance.

Please send any queries or submissions to Maria at Perth College library:

The deadlines for entries is 1st May 2023. Five entries will be selected by the judging panel at Perth to be entered in the final.

Essential Maintenance - Friday 31st March at 8pm

What is the issue?

Library Search will be unavailable on Friday 31st March from 8pm until around midnight due to essential maintenance.

What is affected?

The Library Search facility and some links in Talis Aspire resource lists will be unavailable during this period.

Who is affected?

All users of Library Search and Talis Aspire

Action being taken

This is essential maintenance work, which is being carried out by the system vendor, OCLC.

Please note that during the maintenance period, eResource collections can still be accessed directly on the A-Z Collection page in Libguides.

Postal loans - December 2022

Due to the ongoing industrial action by Royal Mail, items requested from other partner libraries or by postal loan may take longer to arrive than usual. The latest updates can be found on the Royal Mail service update page. If you require any materials prior to the Christmas closure period, please request them as soon as possible.

Holds on locally held items can be collected up until the libraries close for Christmas.

Meescan UHI self-issue app

Meescan UHI is the easiest way to checkout items in your UHI library. No need to carry your library card around or stand in line at the circulation desk. Simply scan your books with your phone or tablet. Search ‘Meescan UHI’ in your smartphone app store or find the links in Libguides:

students reading books

New Library Search launched summer 2022

The library service launched a new Library Search facility during Summer 2022. This video introduces the main features of the new service.

It replaces the old library catalogue ( and the system known as Multisearch. If you have stored bookmarks or linked to records in either of the old systems, you may need to update links. There is further information in the New Library System guide.

Update - May 2022

Access to Print Books


Our libraries are largely returned to normal but some services may still vary according to local circumstances and restrictions.  Please check the Book borrowing and study space availability guide for the latest information at your academic partner.  The guide will also provide you with information regarding Click and Collect and Postal Loans services.


Books located at other libraries within the University of the Highlands and Islands


If you would like to arrange a loan from another library, please speak to your local library if you wish to make a request.


Books you have out on loan


The latest details are available in the Book borrowing and study space availability guide. If you wish to return your books by post, please check the guide for details on how to do so.

There is no need to worry about daily overdue charges - these are no longer in place.  However, if your book becomes very overdue, your local college library may invoice you for the replacement cost.  If you have difficulty returning your books on time, please contact the library to discuss the matter.

Some of our libraries have book return boxes at the entrance to the building, some allow books to be returned to the library itself and some require you to post them back (often with Freepost label). Full details can be found on the Book borrowing and study space availability page.


Help from a Librarian


Need a quick question answered, or detailed help in finding resources for a research project? The librarians are here to help:

  • We are delighted to announce that we now have a Library Live Chat service. It is currently available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. You will get through to a duty librarian who will either answer your query straight away or pass it on to the correct person to deal with it.
  • Contact your Librarian by email - see the Your Local Library page for contact details.
  • Arrange a video appointment with your local librarian using video conferencing technology - contact your librarian by email to arrange this - see the Your Local Library page for contact details
  • The LibGuides homepage has further guides on electronic resources, ebooks, referencing and much more. You can also open a ticket on the Servicedesk and your query or problem will be directed to the relevant member of the team.


Access to electronic resources


  • We continue to purchase electronic versions of Core and Recommended reading wherever possible. Our module reading list software includes a huge number of items that are available electronically. Within your list, look for the 'view online' button. 
  •  Multisearch: on searching, remember to tick checkbox options like 'full text' or 'online' to view materials that are available electronically. This will remove print materials from search results.
  • Our A-Z Online Collections list continues to offer a huge range of online resources and collections.

 The LibGuides homepage has further guides on electronic resources, ebooks, referencing and much more.