ASM Alloy Center Database – Major Enhancements

The ASM Alloy Center Database features thousands of documents in PDF format, including a comprehensive set of material data sheets from Alloy Digest and other ASM publications; heat treating data sheets from the Heat Treater’s Guides; time-temperature curves, creep curves, fatigue curves, stress-strain curves, and more.

ASM is pleased to announce an important release of the ASM Alloy Center featuring key content updates and software enhancements.

As a subscriber to the ASM Alloy Center Database,  you can explore the new highlights below!

New and Expanded Content

  • Datasheets & Diagrams – More than 400 records were added, bringing the total to more than 10,500
  • Alloy Finder – Nearly 500 Woldman’s Engineering Alloys records were updated based upon Alloy Digest documents through July 2013.  Replaced all content from the Worldwide Guide to Equivalent Irons and Steels 4th edition with the 5th edition.
  • Coatings Data – Completely updated, providing well-referenced data from Rowan Technology Group on more than 140 types of coatings, their properties, and applications.
  • Corrosion Performance Data – Updated and expanded to include nearly 9,000 material-environment records, providing 25,000 combinations of corrosion behavior.

Upgraded and Enhanced Software

The software has been upgraded to Granta MI, the leading software for materials data management, enabling more frequent content updates, and providing expanded search and reporting functionality, unit conversion, and materials substitution tools.

Trial Access to Reaxys

The Library has a thirty day trial to Reaxys, a major resource in the fields of pharmacy, pharmacology, chemistry and materials. Reaxys is a unique web-based chemistry database consisting of deeply excerpted compounds and related factual properties, reaction and synthesis information as well as bibliographic data, navigated and displayed via an actionable interface.

The trial is available on-campus only. Please click here for further information.

Illustrated London News Online – Trial Service


The Library has set up a trial for the Illustrated London News, the world’s first pictorial weekly newspaper. Access the full facsimile run of the newspaper from 1842 – 2003, in full text and full colour.

  • Approximately 260,000 full-text pages
  • More than 7,000 issues
  • More than 1.5 million images
  • Covers 162 years (1842–2003)
  • 60,000 Print Edition Circulation in 1842, 300,000 at its peak in 1860s

Covering over 260,000 pages, you can access the Illustrated London News on-campus only until November 1st 2013. The user-friendly home page features an intuitive interface, interactive timeline and multiple search options. Your feedback on this trial is appreciated.

Ovid Medline News

Hallo everyone,

We’ve received the following news item from Ovid Medline.

Notice about U.S. Government Shutdown
Impact on Ovid MEDLINE®

Dear Ovid MEDLINE Customer:

Due to the recent lapse in U.S. Government funding, Ovid MEDLINE(R) is currently not receiving any record or data updates until further notice.

The latest update to Ovid MEDLINE(R) was October 2, 2013 and users will receive the AutoAlert scheduled for October 9, 2013. Updates included the following:

•          Ovid MEDLINE(R) Corrections
•          Ovid OLDMEDLINE(R) <1946 to 1965>
•          Ovid MEDLINE(R) <2009 to September Week 4 2013>
•          Ovid Nursing Database 1946 to September Week 4 2013

The latest update to Ovid MEDLINE(R) In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations was October 1, 2013. Additionally customers utilizing AutoAlerts and saved searches for Ovid MEDLINE(R) In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations will not receive new alerts. Once we receive new data from the National Library of Medicine, you may see larger than normal updates (additions & revised records). We will inform all Ovid MEDLINE(R) customers once regular updates have resumed.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your patrons. If you have any questions, please contact Ovid Customer Support at


Welcome New PhD Students!

Whether you are a returning student or new to the University, you are most welcome to get in touch with your subject librarian to help you start your literature review as you begin your research for your PhD.

We are running sessions on Developing Information Skills for Effective Research as part of the Research Graduate Programme which you are encouraged to attend, but as these classes are generic in nature, you are also strongly advised to make an appointment with your subject librarian for more in-depth, tailored information specifically targeted to your own research area.

We have lots of help available to ensure you make the most of your studies in the University of Ulster, so get in touch today for a more effective approach to research!