Reminder: Survey on Library User Requirements for First Year Doctoral Students

If you are in the first year of your doctoral research at the University of Ulster, you will have received an email from your Graduate Head of School to participate in a survey. The survey, entitled Library User Requirements for First Year Doctoral Students will help identify your use of Library resources, and any requirements you may have. The feedback will also help us improve or service to you in the future. If you have completed the survey already, thank you very much. To complete the short survey, click here.

Trial to Psychological Experiments Online

We have taken a trial out to Psychological Experiments Online for one month.  You can access it from our A-Z listing of databases at

Please note, access is limited to on-campus only.

Some information from the provider:

Psychological Experiments Online pairs audio and video recordings of quintessential experiments in psychology with thousands of pages of primary-source documents. It’s packed with exclusive and hard-to-find materials, including notes from experiment participants, journal articles, books, field notes, and final reports in topics from obedience to authority and conformity to operant conditioning.

  • For more information about the content included in this collection, click HERE.
  • For general help, including navigation instructions and search tips, click HERE.

If you have any queries about the trial please contact a member of the Life and Health Sciences Subject team.  We would also appreciate your feedback.

Trial to the Merck Index

We have taken out a three month trial for The  Merck Index

Described as “the most authoritative and reliable source of information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals”, the resource is available from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Access through the A-Z Database list or by going direct to  An introductory video on how to search within Merck is available on You Tube

For any further information or help please contact the Life and Health Sciences team. We would also welcome your feedback on the trial.

Environment Digimap – Available Now


We now have access to Environment Digimap from EDINA, available until 31 July 2014.

Environment Digimap is part of the Digimap Collection of on-line mapping and data delivery facilities. Users can view maps through their web browser, save maps for printing and download environmental map data for use in geographical information systems. The data in Environment Digimap comes from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

It includes satellite data providing classification of UK land cover types at a 25m resolution for the years of 1990, 2000 & 2007. The Land Cover Maps for (LCM) 2000 and 2007, which is part of the Environment Digimap dataset, includes data for Northern Ireland. See more information on this latest release at the JISC Collections website.

Individual registration is required before accessing the resource via Athens authentication. There is lots of help available, or you can contact us for more information.


The Embase™ Database is being reloaded

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The upcoming Embase™ reload on OvidSP has been scheduled for mid-March 2014. The reload will incorporate:

  • 1,828 new terms that have been added to Emtree as preferred terms in 2014, including 148 drug terms and 1,680 medical terms.
  • Adding over 17,500 conference reviews and abstracts missing from 2010-2013.
  • Deleting 1.25 million MEDLINE records identified as duplicate records in the database.

An important note about AutoAlerts

If you receive AutoAlerts, you may see an unscheduled run prior to the reload. AutoAlert settings must be reset in advance of the reload. Please refer to our Embase User Guides for further information on advanced Embase functions.

If you have any questions, contact the Life & Health Subject Team for assistance.

Release of State Papers by Public Records Office NI

Annually since 1976, official records held by PRONI which were 30 years old have been reviewed with a view to making them publicly available (“the 30 year rule).  In September 2011, the Assembly accepted a Legislative Consent Motion to reduce the time limit for release from 30 years to 20 years (“the 20 year Rule”). This is underpinned by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the amendments made to it by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
The 20 year rule is being phased in over 10 years, with two years worth of records being reviewed and released each year.  This is the first year of the phasing-in period; records of the NI Departments and the NIO with terminal dates of 1983 and 1984 have been brought forward for review and release in December 2013.  Full details are avaiable on the PRONI website.
A selection of digital versions of documents released under the annual release scheme are available at the University of Ulster’s CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) website Opens a new browser window. .
The records selected by CAIN are ones which relate to the politics and conflict in the region. The records mainly cover the period 1968 to 1982. There are over 830 PRONI public records on the CAIN site comprising approximately 3400 pages.