British Library Open Day for PhD News & Media Students

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The British Library is hosting an Open Day for doctoral students in the fields of news and media on Monday 11 Dec 2017, 10:00 – 16:30.

The British Library is home to a vast array of news and media content across all formats. Their extensive newspaper and magazine collection covers international, national and local publications from the 17th century to the present day.  The British Library sound archive has millions of historic and contemporary recordings of speech, music, wildlife and the environment. Our online Web Archive provides permanent online access to key UK websites of cultural or scholarly importance, while our onsite Legal Deposit Web Archive has every UK website available since 2013, including news sites. The Reading Rooms provide access to tens of thousands of TV and radio programmes broadcast in the UK since May 2010.  At this event researchers will learn about the full scope of these collections and how to unlock their potential as primary sources.  You will also have an opportunity to meet expert staff and other researchers across a range of disciplines and subject areas.

This event is for first year PhD students who are new to the Library.

Booking details are here: https://www.bl.uk/events/doctoral-students-open-day-news-and-media

Effective Use of the Library for Doctoral Students

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A warm welcome to our new Doctoral Students! It’s an exciting time to be starting research, and with so much happening a visit to the Library, real or virtual, is recommended! Get started by signing up to one of our introductory “Effective Use of the Library” sessions. They are a great way to get an overview of the best resources and services in your subject area, meet your subject librarians, and find out some useful shortcuts to making your research more efficient. Sign up to the workshops in the Researcher Development Programme, or contact your subject librarian directly – details are in the PDF below.

Library Classes for Researcher Development Programme 2017

Engineering Village has a new interface

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Engineering Village has launched an updated user interface. It provides a modern interface experience while keeping all the current navigation and high quality functionality that users rely upon for managing engineering research. This interface refresh project has being completed with user input via focus groups and interviews which are driving the enhancements. Engineering Village is the host for Compendex and Inspec, and much more. It is the essential engineering research database, providing a searchable index of the most comprehensive engineering literature and patent information available. 

UK Data Service – A Wealth of Information

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If you are interested in Big Data or Data Analysis, this is a great place to start! The UK Data Service is the UK’s largest collection of UK and international social, economic and population data. Funded by ESRC, the UK Data Service has datasets covering a number of areas:

  • Census data
  • International macrodata
  • Longitudinal studies
  • UK surveys
  • Qualitative/mixed methods

The international datasets include some high-quality information, including:

  • The World Bank Indicators
  • OECD Statistics
  • IMF Statistics
  • United Nations data
  • International Energy Agency datasets
  • Human Rights Atlas

The information comes with lots of help and guides, including video tutorials, and the information is being updated all the time. Keep up-to-date by following them on Twitter.

The service requires registration, and some of the datasets require additional agreements to Special Conditions before access becomes available. For further help, please contact your Subject Librarian

Top Library Tips for the Summer

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The sun is shining, teaching has finished – it must be summer! Here are some useful tips for you over the next few months.

  1. If you are graduating this summer, please return all your books before graduation.
  2. Pay any outstanding fines – especially if you are graduating. Payment can be made electronically or in person.
  3. You can renew your books online – most books won’t have to be returned until the beginning of the new academic year if you are a returning student.
  4. You may be able to organise access to other libraries over the summer period.
  5. We are open all summer, although our hours are different from term-time. You can check opening hours here.
  6. Many of our resources are available online from anywhere at any time – see here for more details.
  7. Follow us on Twitter for updates and latest news.
  8. Get in touch with us if you have any queries, or use Library Help.
  9. Finally, have a great summer!

Three Major New Encyclopedias for Engineering

The Library has recently acquired three new multi-volume encyclopedias for engineers. The encyclopedias are all available online and can be accessed from anywhere via the University Portal.

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The Handbook of Clean Energy Systems. Edited by Prof. Jinyue Yan and published by Wiley in 2015, the work consists of six volumes covering:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Clean Energy Conversion Technologies
  • Mitigation Technologies
  • Intelligent Energy Systems
  • Energy Storage
  • Sustainability of Energy Systems
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Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites
Written by prominent international experts from industry and academia, the Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites, Second Edition presents over 265 new and revised articles addressing the new technological advances in properties, processing, formulation, design, analysis, evaluation, manufacture, testing, and reliability of composites.

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Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering

The encyclopedia, a 6-Volume Set, is a living and evolving repository of the biomedical engineering (BME) knowledge base. To represent the vast diversity of the field and its multi-and cross-disciplinary nature and serve the BME community, the scope and content is comprehensive.

 

Easter Vacation 2016

In order to ensure the Health and Safety of users and to assist in the event of an emergency evacuation, the following arrangements for Library and IT access will be in place during the forthcoming Easter vacation period:

CAMPUS LIBRARY & IT FACILITIES* COMMENTS
Belfast Closed from 6pm 25 March
Reopen at 8.45am 4 April
26 March to 3 April;
10am – 10pm IT Open Access area within Library – on production of an ID Card when signing in at security
Coleraine Closed from 8pm 25 March
Reopen at 8.45am 4 April
26 March to 3 April:
10am – 10pm IT Open Access area (within Library) & IT Access area G096, ground floor, Science Block – on production of an ID card when signing in at security
Jordanstown Closed from 8pm 25 March
Reopen at 8.00am 4 April
26 March to 3 April;
10am – 10pm IT Open Access area Room 2B11 – on production of an ID Card when signing in at security
Magee Closed from 8pm 25 March
Reopen at 8.45am 4 April
26 March to 3 April;
10am – 10pm IT Open Access area Room MF116 – on production of an ID Card when signing in at security

* Out of Hours IT Support arrangements will be in place during the holiday period.

Publishing with the IEEE

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Thinking of publishing your research? You are cordially invited to a one hour seminar on Publishing with the IEEE organisation.

Join Julia Stockdale from Content Online

  • Date:             Thursday 24 March 2016
  • Time:             1.15 – 2.15 pm
  • Venue:           16G42, Jordanstown.

Are you thinking of publishing for the first time, or not sure where best to submit your manuscript? The IEEE has more than 170 journals covering a broad spectrum of engineering and technology areas plus open access options. This session will talk through how to find the right journal to submit to, an overview of the process and some helpful tips to help give your paper the best chance of acceptance. This session will cover:

  • An introduction and why publish with the IEEE
    1. Choosing the best fit periodical or conference for your research
    2. Preparing the manuscript
    3. Submitting the article
    4. Review process
    5. What editors look for
    6. Why a paper may be rejected
  • IEEE Open Access Publishing
  • Common best practices and errors when writing a paper
  • Tools and resources to help authors

If you would like any more information about this talk, please contact your subject librarian.

One Month to HEFCE Open Access Policy!

refHEFCE’s policy for open access outputs in the post-2014 REF will be implemented on the 1st April 2016. The policy states:

  • To be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ outputs must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection. The requirement applies only to journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number.  The policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.
  • The policy allows repositories to respect embargo periods set by publications. Where a publication specifies an embargo period, authors can comply with the policy by making a ‘closed’ deposit. Closed deposits must be discoverable to anyone with an Internet connection before the full text becomes available for read and download (which will occur after the embargo period has elapsed).
  • There are a number of exceptions to the various requirements that will be allowed by the policy.
  • Some policy adjustments and qualifications were made in July 2015.

The policy will apply to all manuscripts accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 so when you deposit in the Ulster Institutional Repository, make sure you include your final accepted post-print manuscript. Further details and useful information can be found in our Open Access Guide, Please email uiradmin@ulster.ac.uk if you have any queries.