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Archive for November, 2010

Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETDs)

Monday, November 29th, 2010

As well as British Library’s EthOS service which can deliver theses electronically to your desktop look at DART – Europe the European E-theses portal. Also search the Library’s FirstSearch database. Use the advanced search option and under Any Content select thesis/dissertation. At the list of results click on the Internet tab for links to full text ETDs

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University

Friday, November 26th, 2010

As well as the digitised Irish manuscripts in Irish Script on Screen / Meamram Páipéar Ríomhaire,  there are also Irish digitised MSS in the Early Manuscripts at Oxford University. For example, Corpus Christi College has The Corpus Irish Missal, 12th century (MS 282).  The Bodleian Library has , Verses and Tales in Irish, transcribed 1799-1819 (MS. Ir. e. 4); Poems in Irish ascribed to or about St. Columba (Colum Cille), first half of the 16th century (MS Laud, Misc. 615); and the Rawlinson manuscripts among which are the Annals of Tigernach (MS. Rawl, B. 488). These are important primary materials for students of Irish language or culture.

Irish Script on Screen (ISOS)

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Irish Script on Screen / Meamram Páipéar Ríomhaire, is a project of the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. The object is to create digital images of Irish manuscripts to give them maximum exposure. Manuscript images are available in small and large jpgs. Some of the collaborating libraries include TCD ( The Book of Lecan); The National Library of Ireland (The Book of Magauran); The National Library of Scotland (The Book of the Dean of Lismore).  This primary material will be of interest to language students and those interested in Irish culture.

World Development Reports Online

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

A new online collection of all World Development Reports since 1978 has been launched by the World Bank. The Complete World Development Report Online, which allows users to easily access and search across these World Bank annual flagship publications, is free and open to the public and may be accessed at

Eagle-i Internet Portal for Law

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Eagle-i Internet Portal for Law is a free to use dedicated portal to high quality legal information sources on the Web  from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and is developed from its successful Eagle-i (Electronic Access to Global Legal Information).   Search by keyword(s) and filter by jurisdiction or information type. An advanced search is also available.

Coverage includes: UK, European, Foreign, Comparative and International law.

Change to Datastream search interface

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Datastream provides access to current and historical global financial/economic data from 175+ countries and 60 markets.  It is available on a dedicated PC in the Coleraine LRC.  We have recently upgraded the search interface to Version 5 – note that all of the search functionality remains as before.  If you want to use Datastream please book a slot at the Coleraine LRC Information Desk.  Online help in using the service is available.

Oscola – new 4th edition available

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Law researchers will be interested to know that, after much consultation, a shiny new version of OSCOLA has been launched.  It inclues some useful clarification on entries, additional examples and a Quick Reference section at the back.  There is also expanded treatment of domestic legal sources, including Northern Ireland.  All your citation problems solved…probably.

Alumni Travel Fund

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Don’t forget that financial help is available through the Alumni Travel Fund for students needing to visit libraries outside Northern Ireland to access resources not available at Ulster or via the Document Delivery service. 

You will need to complete the relevant application form by 30 November for travel planned over the next few months. REMEMBER: You must obtain approval prior to travel!

Computing and Engineering PhD Students, Jordanstown

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Due to a number of late enrolments, an additional class has been booked for new PhD students in Jordanstown in the Faculty of Computing and Engineering. The class, Developing Information Skills for Effective Research, will be run by Mick Carragher on Friday 5 November, in room 13C37. It will begin at 9.30am.

You may book to attend this session via the Research Office’s Research Development Programme. Attendees will receive three RTC credits. For more information, you are welcome to contact Mick Carragher.

Piano Street

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Gold membership of Piano Street  (for which there is a charge) gives access to a piano forum, over 30,000 pages of classical piano sheet music, mp3 recordings, a music dictionary, autograph mss, and e-books on piano technique. There is also a free silver membership offering a more limited access.