Online Payment Now Available


Library fines can now be paid securely and conveniently online, on-campus and off-campus, using a credit/debit card or by using PayPal.

If fines are owed on your Library account, you will see a Pay Now button in the Charges section of My (Library) Account in the Library Catalogue. My Account can also be accessed from the Portal.

For more information, a Library e-Payments Guide and Terms & Conditions of use are available.
More information about borrowing and fines can be found on the Library Borrowing page.

From Antrim to Zanzibar: Heritage Research at Ulster University

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On Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 7pm Dr Colin Breen will be giving the 2015 Convocation Lecture ‘From Antrim to Zanzibar: Heritage Research at Ulster University’.

The University has a strong profile in heritage and archaeological research. This lecture will highlight the relevance of this work using a number of case studies including past climate change, early nation-building in Ireland and Scotland and the process of colonialism across Africa. The key issues of identity and sustainability underpin much of this research.

Dr Breen led a major archaeological excavation at Dunluce Castle, encouraging members of the local community to participate. In 2012 he published ‘Dunluce Castle: Archaeology and History’.

Join us for the lecture at 7pm on 25th February in E206 at the Coleraine campus and for light refreshments afterwards.

Although the lecture is open for anyone to attend, please let us know if you intend to come by contacting:

Convocation Executive Committee, Office of the University Secretary, Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine BT52 1SA

Tel: +44 (28) 7012 4114



Pearson e-books – change to terms and conditions

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A key publisher, Pearson, has changed the terms and conditions of its e-book provision.

Users will no longer be able to download any Pearson titles supplied by Dawsonera to their devices. Pearson’s ‘Read Online’ capabilities are unaffected.

This change presently applies to e-books sourced from Dawsonera – our other suppliers will still allow downloads from Pearson e-books.

The Library Subject Team

Embase® Database Notice

We’ve received the following message about Embase:

Dear Ovid Customer:

Elsevier has recently notified us that Embase® Customers will see a considerably large amount of records in their daily update on or around February 20, 2015. This is due to Elsevier’s correction of approximately 30,000 records that are older than 5 years.

Please note, this is not a database reload. Depending on the search strategy specified in your AutoAlerts, you may find a higher than expected number of records in your results due to these corrections. Additionally, you can view them by entering 201591.up into your search to retrieve them.

If you should have any questions during this time, please contact Ovid Customer Support at


Shakespeare and His Times Exhibition


A new exhibition of Shakespeare related material is on display in Reading Room 1 in the Library at Coleraine. Featuring items from the Henry Davis Collection and other Special Collections,  the exhibition looks at continental and English influences on the bard, the philosophical and political contexts of his own times and the ‘afterlife’ of his work in later editions. Notable items include Boccaccio’s Fall of Princes (1494), More’s Utopia (1518), Montaigne’s Essayes (1603), a Fourth Folio (1685), and a Kelmscott  Press edition of Shakespeare’s poems (1893).

Panorama programme – “Can you cure my cancer?”

Panorama reports on the cancer patients who are pioneering a new generation of drug treatments. Patients given just months to live are keeping the disease at bay for years; for some there is even talk of a cure. You can watch the episode, first shown at 9pm on 11 Feb 2015, at



Words of warning

last beach coverIn The Last Beach, leading environmental academics Orrin H Pilkey (Emeritus Duke University) and J Andrew G Cooper (Ulster University) call upon policy makers to put the environment before profit. Described as “a clarion call for a change of policy that prioritizes the preservation of beaches over property rights” (Kirkus Reviews, Oct 1st, 2014), the book explains how human activity is damaging our coastal habitats irrevocably. Pointing the finger of blame at subjects as diverse as motorists, raw sewage and the plastics trade, this book dares to describe a distant future where young children listen incredulously to tall tales of beautiful, ecologically-diverse sandy beaches.

Want to read the arguments for yourself? The Last Beach is available as an e-book to Ulster-registered users from the Library Catalogue. Click here to view.

The Library Subject Team

Mobile printing has arrived

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The mobile printing service is now live. A user guide is available at:

Mobile printing allows you to send files from any device that can access your university email (phone, laptop, tablet and home computer). You simply need to sign on to your University email account and follow the instructions below.

* Using your University email account compose an email message to: for collection at Belfast for collection at Coleraine for collection at Jordanstown for collection at Magee

* Then attach the files that you want to print.

If you have a logo in your email signature you may get an email error message but the files will still have been sent.

* Accepted files are all Microsoft Office Software and PDF files.

* If you want to print an image (jpeg, tiff etc.) place the file into Microsoft Word or PowerPoint sized to A4 or A3 and then attach it.

If the file format is not correct you will get an email back to inform you of the error.

* The files will be stored for 24 hours and then deleted if not collected. You will not be charged if they are deleted.

* You can now collect your prints as normal.

An ‘Email Body Text.txt’ file will be listed on your print queue. This can be deleted as it is the email that delivers the attachments.

If you have any problems using the mobile service please contact: stating your student or staff number in the email.


Be Part of a World Record Attempt



Ulster University’s leading science and technology talents will be showcased at the inaugural Northern Ireland Science Festival taking place from 19 February to 1 March.

As part of the festival, volunteers are needed at the Odyssey Arena on Tuesday 24 February 2015, from 6.00am to 1.00pm, to help set a world-record for the largest practical science lesson.

This event is being organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s regional team, with support from the British Council.

The current world-record is for 982 students, so organisers are aiming to attract over 1,100 school pupils (aged between 10 and 13) to take part in the lesson.

If you’re interested in getting involved as a StemNet ambassador for that day, you could help set up the arena, supervise pupils and provide general support, – there is a lot of work to be done, but it promises to be a lot of fun.

The organisers will have a training presentation which can be undertaken online or in person, during a session in QUB on Wednesday 18 February at 3.00pm.

To get security clearance, all volunteers will need to register as StemNet volunteers through W5, you can do this on the W5 website (

For more information contact, Dr Stephanie Nelson,