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MedicinesComplete platform upgrade planned

April 15, 2015 at 11:14 am, by Sarah Smyth

Medicines complete

On Monday 20th April 2015, the MedicinesComplete platform will be updated.

Users will continue to be able to login via the MedicinesComplete homepage ( in the normal way.

If you encounter any problems accessing BNF, BNF for Children or Stockley’s Drug Interactions (or any of the Library’s resources), contact the Life and Health Sciences Subject team at

Best Wishes

The Library Subject Team



Access to Library and IT Facilities During Easter Closure 2015

April 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm, by Sarah Smyth

In order to ensure the Health and Safety of users and to assist in the event of an emergency evacuation, the following arrangements will be in place during the forthcoming Easter closure:


Closed from 6.00 pm 3 April 2015

Reopen at 8.45 am 13 April 2015


Closed from 8.00 pm 3 April 2015

Reopen at 8.00 am 13 April 2015

Centrally Managed IT Facility Room 2B11: 3 April to 12 April 2015 10.00 am – 10.00 pm*


Closed from 8.00 pm 3 April 2015

Reopen at 8.45 am 13 April 2015

IT Open Access area (within Library): 4 April to 6 April 2015 10.00 am – 10.00 pm*

IT Access area (G096, ground floor, Science Block): 7 April to 9 April 2015: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm* 

IT Open Access area (within Library): 10 April to 12 April 2015: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm*


Closed from 8.00 pm 3 April 2015

Reopen at 8.45 am 13 April 2015

Centrally Managed IT Facility Room MF116: 4 April to 12 April 2015: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm* 

*users must bring an ID card and sign in with Security during these times


Happy Easter to all our users.

The Library Subject Team


Can’t read? Can’t do world-class research

March 26, 2015 at 10:40 am, by Sarah Smyth

Read on get on campaign

Read On. Get On. is a national campaign to get all our children reading well by the age of 11.

With a quarter of children leaving primary school without effective reading skills, an online petition has been launched asking political leaders to put this issue at the heart of education. Research shows that the need for intervention in poorer areas is acute – two in five children in poorer areas cannot read confidently when leaving primary education[1].

Read more about Read On. Get On. here

Read Save the Children’s full report here

[1] Save the Children, (2014) Read On. Get On. How reading can help children escape poverty. London: Save the Children.

GAIN clinical guideline on enteral feeding released

March 23, 2015 at 4:56 pm, by Sarah Smyth

GAIN logo

New guidance on enteral feeding of infants, children and young people has been released by the Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network.

Warmest congratulations are extended to Rosina Doherty-Allan, Campus Library Manager (Magee), who undertook the literature review in her former role as Trust Librarian in Western HSC Trust.

Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network. 2015. Guidelines for caring for an infant, child, or young person who requires enteral feeding. Belfast: GAIN.

Read the full guidelines here.

The Library Subject team



Budget information

March 18, 2015 at 11:03 am, by Jayne Dunlop

Wednesday March 18th is budget day –  for more information check LSE’s academic research links

Find out who gave the longest speech in 1853, and then check out our links to news, analysis and budget submissions covering 2015   Ulster University library subscribes to House of Common papers, Nexis, Times Digital Archive, The Economist, and holds recent copies of The Times, Guardian and the Financial Times.  Check the library catalogue for newspapers, and library databases for collections.  NB Box of Broadcasts is not available at Ulster but is under consideration for purchase.  If you have any queries about finding any of the information mentioned in this blog post, leave a comment or email

Online Payment Now Available

February 27, 2015 at 9:23 am, by Michael Carragher


Library fines can now be paid securely and conveniently online, on-campus and off-campus, using a credit/debit card or by using PayPal.

If fines are owed on your Library account, you will see a Pay Now button in the Charges section of My (Library) Account in the Library Catalogue. My Account can also be accessed from the Portal.

For more information, a Library e-Payments Guide and Terms & Conditions of use are available.
More information about borrowing and fines can be found on the Library Borrowing page.

From Antrim to Zanzibar: Heritage Research at Ulster University

February 24, 2015 at 4:52 pm, by Sarah Smyth

Colin breen

On Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 7pm Dr Colin Breen will be giving the 2015 Convocation Lecture ‘From Antrim to Zanzibar: Heritage Research at Ulster University’.

The University has a strong profile in heritage and archaeological research. This lecture will highlight the relevance of this work using a number of case studies including past climate change, early nation-building in Ireland and Scotland and the process of colonialism across Africa. The key issues of identity and sustainability underpin much of this research.

Dr Breen led a major archaeological excavation at Dunluce Castle, encouraging members of the local community to participate. In 2012 he published ‘Dunluce Castle: Archaeology and History’.

Join us for the lecture at 7pm on 25th February in E206 at the Coleraine campus and for light refreshments afterwards.

Although the lecture is open for anyone to attend, please let us know if you intend to come by contacting:

Convocation Executive Committee, Office of the University Secretary, Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine BT52 1SA

Tel: +44 (28) 7012 4114



Pearson e-books – change to terms and conditions

February 23, 2015 at 12:54 pm, by Sarah Smyth

Pearson dawsonera

A key publisher, Pearson, has changed the terms and conditions of its e-book provision.

Users will no longer be able to download any Pearson titles supplied by Dawsonera to their devices. Pearson’s ‘Read Online’ capabilities are unaffected.

This change presently applies to e-books sourced from Dawsonera – our other suppliers will still allow downloads from Pearson e-books.

The Library Subject Team

Embase® Database Notice

February 19, 2015 at 12:58 pm, by Joan Atkinson

We’ve received the following message about Embase:

Dear Ovid Customer:

Elsevier has recently notified us that Embase® Customers will see a considerably large amount of records in their daily update on or around February 20, 2015. This is due to Elsevier’s correction of approximately 30,000 records that are older than 5 years.

Please note, this is not a database reload. Depending on the search strategy specified in your AutoAlerts, you may find a higher than expected number of records in your results due to these corrections. Additionally, you can view them by entering 201591.up into your search to retrieve them.

If you should have any questions during this time, please contact Ovid Customer Support at


Shakespeare and His Times Exhibition

February 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm, by e121436


A new exhibition of Shakespeare related material is on display in Reading Room 1 in the Library at Coleraine. Featuring items from the Henry Davis Collection and other Special Collections,  the exhibition looks at continental and English influences on the bard, the philosophical and political contexts of his own times and the ‘afterlife’ of his work in later editions. Notable items include Boccaccio’s Fall of Princes (1494), More’s Utopia (1518), Montaigne’s Essayes (1603), a Fourth Folio (1685), and a Kelmscott  Press edition of Shakespeare’s poems (1893).