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Always log in to Portal to ensure access to subscribed material. If you need help with any of the Library’s resources, contact your Subject Librarian.

The Library Subject Team.

Epigenomics Journal – trial


A trial of the e-journal Epigenomics has begun at Ulster.

Access is via the A-Z Electronic Journals list to on-campus users, and the trial runs until December 2015.

If you have any comments to make regarding the trial – or any of the Library’s resources – please contact your Subject Librarian.


Future Science Group

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Get up to speed with health research with a free online course

Cardiff University is running a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the FutureLearn platform from Monday 7 September. It’s called The Informed Health Consumer: Making Sense of Evidence.

This free course is aimed at a lay audience and will be useful for people who want to find out more about a medical condition or those considering studying a health-related subject at university. It will also interest those who want to improve their knowledge of a health-related issue.

Over four weeks, the course will:

  • Look at the factors that affect the reliability of evidence;
  • Provide practical help on how to find the best evidence;
  • Improve understanding of the terminology of health research;
  • Provide some simple tools to help judge whether it’s reliable.

To apply, visit the course homepage at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/informed-health-consumer

The Library Subject Team

Royal Society of Chemistry journals – new trial at Jordanstown and Coleraine


A number of RSC journals not previously available at Ulster have been made available from the Portal on a trial basis.

The collection is comprised of 47 journal titles, including:

Journal of Materials Chemistry


Food & Function

Journal of Environmental Monitoring

Natural Product Reports

Access is via the A-Z Electronic Journals list on the Library & ICT tab and is limited to on-campus users at Jordanstown and Coleraine. The trial runs until 31st December.

More information about the trial is available from the Life & Health Subject Team.

Cut waste to save our seabirds

By 2050, 99% of all seabirds will have a piece of plastic waste in their stomach.

This shocking finding – published in the journal PNAS  by UCL researcher Erik Van Sebille and international colleagues – has prompted the authors to call for a halt in the “exponential” rise in global plastic production.

Read the full research report here.

Wilcox, C., Van Sebille, E., and Hardersty, V. D. (2015) Threat of plastic pollution to seabirds is global, pervasive, and increasing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, In Press. Available at: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/08/27/1502108112.abstract [Accessed 1 September 2015].