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Digitisation Project in the National Library of Scotland

November 18, 2015 at 9:45 am, by Jayne Dunlop

The National Library of Scotland development strategy outlines plans to make millions of items in its collection available online.  One third of the collection is to be digitised over the next ten years.  “The Library already has a strong online presence and has digitised a number of its iconic items including the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, the Order for the massacre of Glencoe, the first books printed in Scotland in the 16th century, the first atlas of Scotland and First World War official photographs.”

While the Library will remain an important physical destination this project will open up it’s collections, online,to researchers worldwide.

Book Loan Survey

November 16, 2015 at 9:45 am, by Jayne Dunlop

Click here to complete the survey

Library survey

Library survey

Migration to New Worlds: database trial

November 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm, by e121436

The Library currently has a trial to the database, Migration to New Worlds, which provides access to 350 years of primary source material relating to migration. The database includes colonial office records, diaries, travel journals, ship logs and plans.

To access the database, go to Url:

Access is available on-campus only until 4th December.

If you have any feedback or questions about this resource, contact the Library Arts Team, email:

Nanotechnology eBooks – New Acquisition

November 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm, by Michael Carragher


A major collection of eBooks in the subject area of Nanotechnology has just been acquired. The collection of 150 titles is available in the database Knovel Library. The collection can be accessed from anywhere at any time via the University Portal. Details of all the books will be added into the Library catalogue in the near future.

If you have any questions about this resource, please contact your subject librarians.

Access to the BNF (British National Formulary)

November 3, 2015 at 1:54 pm, by Sarah Smyth

Life & Health Sciences users at Ulster can access the electronic version of the BNF from the Library’s listing of Databases on the Library & ICT tab on the Portal. However, prior to being able to search the content, you must register for an individual username and password with the BNF. Please find the registration steps below:

Registering for access to British National Formulary and BNF for Children

To register go to

  • Select/check BNF and BNFC in the list of resources
  • Click both boxes at the bottom of the page:
    • ’I am requesting a single-user subscription for these publications and agree to the MedicinesComplete Terms and Conditions’
    • ’I am a UK-based individual undertaking work (or training) for or on behalf of the NHS or an NHS organisation’
  • Click the Proceed to Checkout button
  • Under Register now complete your details. Please register using your Ulster email address. After completing the form, click Proceed
  • Confirm your details on the next page, ensuring it shows your correct email and the subscriptions BNF and BNFC at zero value by clicking Proceed
  • You will be sent an email from asking you to verify your email address. Click the link in this email to verify and create your account. If you fail to do this, you will not be able to access BNF or BNFC
  • If you do not receive an email within a few minutes of registering, check your junk mail/spam filter. If there is still no sign email

After registration, please access BNF and BNFC via the Library Databases list on the Library & ICT tab of Portal.

We also have access to the British Pharmacopoeia and Stockley’s Drug Interactions.

Please do get in touch with your Life and Health Sciences librarian if you have any queries.

Best wishes,

The Library Subject Team

ICE Virtual Library – New Interface

October 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm, by Michael Carragher


The ICE Virtual Library has moved to a new platform, which is faster and more user-friendly.

We don’t subscribe to everything in the ICE Virtual Library, but we do have access to most of their journals and a growing number of their eBooks. All of the content that we subscribe to can be accessed from anywhere via OpenAthens authentication. The easiest way to gain access is via the University Portal > Library tab > Library Databases A-Z > click on I for ICE Proceedings collection.

Vietnam War: Online Resources

October 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm, by Jayne Dunlop

New links have been added to the History subject guide in the American studies section, particularly relating to Vietnam. Visit the subject guide for more information.

Access restored to OTDBase

September 28, 2015 at 11:48 am, by Sarah Smyth

We are pleased to announce that OTDBase is now fully operational. Users may log in as usual via the Databases link on the Library & ICT tab in Portal.

If you experience difficulty using OTDBase or any of the Library’s resources, please contact your Subject Librarian.

The Library Subject Team.

OTDBase currently unavailable

September 24, 2015 at 11:39 am, by Sarah Smyth

OTDBase is unavailable to users due to external technical problems.

Other databases for occupational therapy are:




Always log in to Portal to ensure access to subscribed material. If you need help with any of the Library’s resources, contact your Subject Librarian.

The Library Subject Team.

Epigenomics Journal – trial

September 15, 2015 at 4:18 pm, by Sarah Smyth


A trial of the e-journal Epigenomics has begun at Ulster.

Access is via the A-Z Electronic Journals list to on-campus users, and the trial runs until December 2015.

If you have any comments to make regarding the trial – or any of the Library’s resources – please contact your Subject Librarian.


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