New Library Help Available


The new Library Help service is now available. Use our fully searchable knowledgebase to answer any questions you may have. If you do not find an answer, you can use Library Help to send us a question or request for help. We guarantee that we will respond to you as soon as possible.

The Library Help knowledgebase can be searched by keyword or you can just type your question into the search box. If an exact match for your search cannot be found, you’ll see the closest matching previously asked questions.

The knowledgebase is divided into topics covering every aspect of using the Library, from Library borrowing to accessing our e-resources. If you can’t find an answer, just ask us using the simple form provided. Every question is guaranteed a response.

Business Microdata in UK Data Service

communityThe UK Data Service (formerly ESDS) is a unified point of access to quality social and business research data including the UK Census and national surveys such as the Family Expenditure Survey, Labour Force Survey and the Northern Ireland Life & Times Survey.

It also now provides data from UK Government business surveys, available to UK academic researchers – registration is free. You will find business microdata if you select ‘Get Data‘, then ‘Business Microdata‘. This includes productivity data from the Annual Respondents’ Database, plus the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, the UK Innovation Survey and more. For commercial reasons, some of the microdata may be restricted to research students and staff only. The UK Data Service also provides a huge amount of international socio-economic data from the World Bank, ILO, IMF and other organisations, free for all to download.

British Pharmacopoeia now available off-campus

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We are pleased to announce that British Pharmacopoeia Online is now available off-campus. Users will be able to avail of this excellent resource without the need for a trip to one of our campus Libraries.

For access, click on the Library & ICT tab in Portal and look for the Databases link under Key Services.

From the Life & Health Sciences Subject Team

UNESCO Publications Now Freely Available in New Open Access Repository


UNESCO has launched its Open Access Repository (OAR) making more than 300 on-line books, reports, and articles freely available. The OAR will operate under a new open licensing system developed by the Creative Commons organization specifically for intergovernmental agencies.

As well as the 300 Open Access publications, UNESCO will provide on-line availability to hundreds of other important reports and titles.

Covering a wide range of topics from all regions of the world, this knowledge can now be shared by the general public, professionals, researchers, students and policy-makers.

All new publications will be freely available under an open license.

News from OvidSP

We have been notified that a problem has arisen following  the latest release of updates to the  Ovid SP databases on January 8th 2014. Please see the email below:

 “Our latest release on January 8 has affected customized links and saved searches for a small group of our customers. While all users have been able to access the HTML version of articles, this problem has prevented some users from accessing the PDF versions of those articles. In addition, some users have been unable to access their saved searches. As part of our commitment to provide the best experience for all our customers, we have reinstated the previous release of OvidSP as we work to resolve this issue”.

If you are experiencing problems please contact your Subject Librarians.

National Chemical Database Service

The National Chemical Database Service offers access to a suite of commercial databases and resources. Hosted by the RSC, the Service covers a wide range of resources, spanning the organic, elemental & inorganic chemical landscape. It includes ChemSpider, a free chemical structure database providing fast text & structure search access to 29 million+ structures from hundreds of data sources.

All UK academic institutions are eligible for access to the Service, and access is automatic if you are on-campus. If you are trying to access it off-campus, you can register for it with your university email address.

New look for Web of Science

Thomson Reuters have released news about enhancements to the Web of Science database.   From 12th January users will be able to avail of:

  • Updated user interface: Clear identification of the database searched with an easier-to-get- started search tool and simplified navigation.
  • Improved page layout and readability of search results: Easier links to full-text.
  • New layout of full record data elements for easier readability: Improved organization of links to related research.

Click here to take a closer look.