Revised Teaching and Research Support Guide

A revised version of the Library Guide, ‘Supporting Teaching and Research‘, has recently been produced.   This guide aims to introduce new academic staff and postgraduate research students to the full range of library services and resources available to them.   A printed copy of the guide is available from the Issue Desk in each of the campus LRCs.

New search interface for FAME database

The Library has now switched over to a brand new search interface for the FAME database.  Updated daily, this database provides access to very detailed company accounts and financial ratios for millions of UK and Irish companies over a 10-year period, where available. Data can be extracted and presented in a range of formats including spreadsheets, graphs and pie-charts.

New search interface for all Proquest/CSA databases

On Wednesday of this week, the Library will be switching over to the all-new Proquest search interface which will consolidate a large number of our existing databases, including CSA resources, onto one single platform.  This new platform is designed to be user-friendly and intuitive.  Key databases which will be migrating include:

  • ABI Global
  • ANTE: Abstracts in New Technologies and Engineering
  • Aqualine
  • ARTbibliographies Modern
  • ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
  • BHI: British Humanities Index
  • Design and Applied Arts Index
  • ERIC
  • IBSS: International Bibliography of Social Sciences
  • Linguistic and Language Behaviour Abstracts
  • Physical Education Index
  • Proquest Health and Medical Complete
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Water Resources Abstracts

Subject librarians will be providing training to students on this new platform from the start of the academic year.  A short video on the platform is available by clicking here.

Early Dutch Books Online

 map from, Kort begrip der waereld-historie voor de jeugd, by J.F. Martinet

Early Dutch Books Online  gives full-text access to more than 2 million pages in 10,000 books from the Dutch speaking region from the period 1781-1800. The emphasis lies on “Dutch material”, in other words, printed in the Netherlands or treating of the Netherlands. The dutch language cannot be employed as a strict selection criterion. Before 1800 books weren’t always printed in Dutch. Universities used Latin and the Court spoke French. That is why the project includes both Dutch and French materials.

RefWorks Comes Out Top in New Refereed Article

A newly-published article comparing four different reference management software packages puts RefWorks at the top for ease of importing references from different websites/databases, and generating accurate citations from them. Although all four software packages have their own strengths and weaknesses, RefWorks was highlighted for the direct export features in a number of databases, such as ScienceDirect, EBSCO and Ovid, and citation accuracy.

There is also a brief discussion which may be of interest to researchers concerning the differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 reference management in the light of our changeover to RefWorks 2.0.

Read the open-access article Reference Management Software: a Comparative Analysis of Four Products by Ron Gilmour and Laura Cobus-Kuo in full in the latest issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

If you want to find out more about RefWorks, please sign up for one of our forthcoming classes by clicking here.

Roma

The European Library’s online exhibition The Roma Journey  “provides a unique opportunity to uncover Romani culture in the Balkans and beyond. With the help of ground-breaking texts, photographs, paintings and recordings of traditional songs, this exhibition unravels the Roma’s rich oral heritage. Visitors can take a tour of texts in the Roma language as well as Serbian, English and French and share the experiences of this nomadic culture. Discover the first ever written dictionary in Roma- Serbian-German compiled in a concentration camp in WWII.”

Jordanstown LRC has a special collection on Irish Travellers. The Collection also has information on Travellers in Britain, Scotland, Europe and the United States of America and may be consulted by arrangement with the Social Sciences Librarian.

Literature Online update

  This release of LION sees the inclusion of nearly 400 volumes, well over a thousand individual works, from the Penguin Classics series.  Also added are reference books including Oxford University Press’s Companion to Irish Literature and Concise Companion to English Literature,  4 full-text journals and 76 biographies.