Supporting Teaching and Research

Make sure you have a copy of the up to date Guide to the services available in the University libraries to support you in your research. 

If you are new to teaching in the University, it will also tell you more about how to order books, make your reading lists available online, arrange for book chapters to be scanned and much more.

Datastream database for financial data

Datastream is a sophisticated database for extracting international share price information as well as other company and economic data eg. exchange rates, interest rates, GNP etc.   The software to run the database has been loaded onto one designated PC in the Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee libraries.  There is a booking system in place for those who want to use the database – please ask at the main library desk on your campus.   Contact your business librarian for help in using the database.

Changes to Nexis Database

Nexis is a huge international database of news and business information.  In particular, it is a major source for thousands of regional, national and international newspapers.  The ‘News’ search interface has recently undergone some changes and these include:

  • Removing the multi-layer search fields, making it easier for you to find what you’re looking for. The option to put these back in again remains.
  • The search button now appears at the bottom of the screen creating a clear path to completion of your search.
  • The number of default source lists has been reduced to help adding and removing sources more manageable.
  • The list of specified dates options has been reduced to make adding or removing dates to your search more manageable.
  • Newswires and non-business news are now automatically  included in the search by default.


The Cochrane Library – new functionality introduced

Wiley has introduced an improved search interface for The Cochrane Library and created a range of new search features:

  • Auto-suggest features within both basic and MeSH search functions
  • Updated display of search results and filtering options
  • Ability to view search terms and results on the same page
  • Ability to insert lines and add one search to one another
  • Improved MeSH look-up feature
  • Hover-over Tool Tips giving a brief explanation of the functions

 Click here for further information, including a tour of the new search interface.

Benezit Dictironary of Artists available in Oxford Art Online

The Benezit Dictionary of Artists is now available online for the first time via Oxford Art Online. With nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day and featuring regular updates, Benezit is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources on artists in the English language. Entries are clear and concise, and Benezit contains thousands of auction records, museum holdings, and bibliographies. In addition to its outstanding scope and depth, two features in particular make Benezit unique among art reference works: its superb coverage of obscure artists and the inclusion of images of artists’ signatures, monograms, and stamps.

Since 1911, Benezit has been the preeminent authority on artists’ biographies in print. With the addition of the digital Benezit to Oxford Art Online, art researchers now have instant access to this unparalleled resource, as well as the ability to cross-search it with Grove Art Online and other essential Oxford art title.

Localaw content moving to Westlaw

Look out for some changes in Westlaw over the next few weeks.  The following looseleaf encyclopaedia, currently available via Localaw on the library’s database list will be moving to Westlaw.  This should happen by the end of September “subject to successful testing”.  That means the publications listed below will form part of the Book service in Westlaw.

  • Encyclopedia of Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Health
  • Encyclopedia of Highway Law and Practice
  • Encyclopedia of Housing Law and Practice
  • Encyclopedia of Local Government Law
  • Encyclopedia of Planning Law and Practice
  • Encyclopedia of Road Traffic Law and Practice

This should mean, according to Westlaw,  that “you’ll be able to navigate the text more easily; perform searches more quickly and efficiently; use a vastly improved index search for quick access…”and ” ….join up your research with links to up-to-date content throughout the text”.

Alumni Fund Travel Scholarship

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!