Engineering Village Has a New Interface


Engineering Village has launched an updated user interface. It provides a modern interface experience while keeping all the current navigation and high quality functionality that users rely upon for managing engineering research. This interface refresh project has being completed with user input via focus groups and interviews which are driving the enhancements. Engineering Village is the host for Compendex and Inspec, and much more. It is the essential engineering research database, providing a searchable index of the most comprehensive engineering literature and patent information available. 

isurv launch new Infrastructure Channel


isurv Infrastructure channel  launched recently. It is the only market resource to offer leading edge information on all the major life cycle stages of an infrastructure project. Tapping into the knowledge of senior industry experts including major clients, consultants and contractors, isurv Infrastructure brings together what you need in order to understand the issues and constraints any project can face. It features just under 30 sections of original content at its ‘soft launch’, as well as relevant expert content from other isurv channels – Construction, Planning and Sustainability. isurv provides online access  to information from the RICS on a wide range of built environment issues. isurv has it’s own username and password, accessible when you login to the University Portal.

UK Data Service – A Wealth of Information


If you are interested in Big Data or Data Analysis, this is a great place to start! The UK Data Service is the UK’s largest collection of UK and international social, economic and population data. Funded by ESRC, the UK Data Service has datasets covering a number of areas:

  • Census data
  • International macrodata
  • Longitudinal studies
  • UK surveys
  • Qualitative/mixed methods

The international datasets include some high-quality information, including:

  • The World Bank Indicators
  • OECD Statistics
  • IMF Statistics
  • United Nations data
  • International Energy Agency datasets
  • Human Rights Atlas

The information comes with lots of help and guides, including video tutorials, and the information is being updated all the time. Keep up-to-date by following them on Twitter.

The service requires registration, and some of the datasets require additional agreements to Special Conditions before access becomes available. For further help, please contact your Subject Librarian.

New Login Procedures for Accessing OpenAthens Protected Resources

From 8pm on Monday 23rd January 2017 users can authenticate to OpenAthens protected Library e-resources (databases, e-journals, e-books, etc) via a new Ulster login page using their institutional email address and network password. In preparation for this, automatic Athens authentication upon login to the University Portal will be discontinued from 11am on Monday 23rd January 2017. Access to Library e-resources will be available throughout this change.

From 11am on Monday 23rd January, when accessing an OpenAthens resource for the first time, you may be faced with a generic OpenAthens login screen (see below). If so, you must search using the ‘Find your organisation‘ box on the right in order to navigate to the correct Ulster login page. A search for Ulster will present a list that includes an Ulster Universitylink.

Generic OpenAthens login: Find Your Organisation here


Between 11am and 8pm on Monday, this will link take you to the usual Library OpenAthens login page, where you can login with your user ID and network password (the same password as the Portal, IT workstations).

From 8pm on Monday 23rd January 2017 onwards, clicking the link will take you to the new Ulster sign-in page that will accept your institutional email address and network password to login (see below). Logging in successfully here will take you to the desired e-resource. Once logged in, you will remain authenticated throughout your browser session and shouldn’t be challenged to login again if you visit other OpenAthens resources.

New Ulster sign-in page: login with your Ulster email & network password (same password as Portal, workstations)


In many cases, links from the Library Databases page will pre-identify you as an Ulster user and will pass you directly to the Ulster branded sign-in page and on to the desired resource after successful login. A successful login from the Ulster sign-in page will keep you authenticated during your browser session, preventing further login challenges from other OpenAthens resources.

The Library has taken steps to ensure that database personalisations, saved searches etc, will be retained when logging in via this new route. This is also true of Refworks data. However, your personalised data may not appear immediately. Following the login change, there will be a 24hr at risk period during which all suppliers are expected to update their data to maintain user personalisation, with each individual supplier applying these updates at different times. Additional advice for Refworks users is available.

If you’re having any problems accessing e-resources as these changes are implemented, please contact us via Library Help.

Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Happy Christmas!


We wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year and we look forward to seeing you in January when we will have extended opening hours for the exams.

Here are the opening hours for library and IT facilities this vacation:

Belfast & Coleraine Jordanstown Magee
Library Close 21.00 on 22 Dec 2016
Re-open 08.45 on 3 Jan 2017
Close 21.00 on 22 Dec 2016
Re-open 07.30 on 3 Jan 2017
Close 21.00 on 22 Dec 2016
Re-open 08.45 on 3 Jan 2017
IT Facilities Closed 21.00  22 Dec 2016
Re-open 08.45 on 3 Jan 2017
Closed 21.00 22 Dec 2016
Re-open 08.45 on 3 Jan 2017
Closed 21.00 22 Dec 2016
Re-open 08.45 on 3 Jan 2017
IT Open
Access Area
Within Library 27 Dec to 2 Jan inclusive 10.00 – 22.00 Room 2B11 27 Dec to 2 Jan inclusive 10.00 – 22.00 Room MF116 27 Dec to 2 Jan
inclusive 10.00 – 22.00

Holiday IT Support arrangements

Normal IT Support arrangements will be in place during the holiday period, for more information please refer to Out of Hours IT Support.

New Database: Birkhäuser Building Types Online

Birkhäuser Building Types Online
birkhauseris an innovative and comprehensive online resource for teaching and practice of architectural design. It is based on Birkhauser’s high international standing in professional architecture books, on the knowledge of the authors and editors who are leading experts in their fields, as well as on the technical quality of the illustrations.

Birkhäuser Building Types Online includes:

  • A large international collection of contemporary buildings: housing, schools, libraries, office buildings, museums, sacred buildings, industrial complexes and other building types
  • Comprises currently approx. 5000 drawings and 2000 photos
  • Content from 12 previously published Birkhäuser publications (2002-2016), comprising more than 850 international case studies from mostly the past 30 years and more than 120 thematic articles on specific aspects of building design
  • annual updates to include additional 1-3 new Birkhäuser publications with additional building types and new projects
  • first update in 2017 to comprise sports buildings, hospitals and more housing types

Design Directory Ireland

desdirA new database provides information on designers in Ireland. “Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., today officially launched Design Directory Ireland … the first centralised database of designers in Ireland across multiple disciplines. This new web portal is a comprehensive and searchable register of over 1,000 designers, design companies, architectural practices and makers in this country, and creates links for the Irish design community to businesses, other designers and to the public.”

isurv – Recent Password Change


isurv – the online information centre from RICS, contains full text information on current practices, regulatory matters, compliance and RICS guidance in the following areas: Building surveying, Commercial property, Construction, Disputes, Environment and much more.

Please note that if you are a regular user of this service, the password changed recently. You can find the new details by logging into the University Portal and accessing isurv via the Library Tab.