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It’s official – Ulster leads the way in research excellence

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Congratulations to Ulster researchers on their exemplary performance in Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Ulster is one of only six UK universities with 100% of its research environment rated as world leading.

The REF evaluation identified Ulster University as ranked:

  • One of the top five universities in the UK for world-leading research in law, biomedical sciences, nursing and art and design
  • In the top 10 UK-wide for built environment, biomedical sciences, law, art and design and nursing research
  • Top in Northern Ireland for research in biomedical sciences, law, business and management, architecture and build environment, art and design, social policy, sport, media studies and nursing.
  • Second in the UK for Celtic studies research

These results show that Ulster’s vibrant academic community continues to place the institution at the heart of pioneering research in the UK and beyond.

Well done to all our researchers, academic and support staff, partner institutions and students who help to drive this excellence.

Visit our REF 2014 results website where you can read more about our impact and results.

The Library Subject Team

Our Christmas/New Year/Exam Period Opening Hours

Thursday, December 11th, 2014


We recently changed the days we will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period.

All our campus libraries will be closed from Wednesday 24th December 2014 – Sunday 4th January 2015 inclusive. We will reopen on Monday 5th January 2015.

Information on ISD computer labs can be found here. When the Library re-opens, we will have extended opening hours during the exam period. You can find these exam opening hours here (5th January – 16th January).

In the meantime, we wish you a Merry Christmas and have a great New Year!

Ebooks Week

Monday, December 1st, 2014

This week is e-books week at Ulster Library

We’ll be promoting our e-book collection (currently 700,000 items and growing!) to students and staff over the next seven days.

Keep an eye open for our daily Twitter posts.

There’ll be information, tips and examples of the range of e-books for each of our faculties, highlighting the benefits of having 24/7 access to a world of information – on and off campus.

Staff are there to help with e-books at all times we are open. Just ask!

Not yet following us? Why not join the conversation?ebook2

Primal Pictures – back by popular demand

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Primal Pictures logoThe Library is pleased to announce the return of by Primal Pictures. Described as “the ultimate online 3D human anatomy educational resource”, the database includes comprehensive, accurate and detailed 3D models of the human body. Ulster’s access is provided to a specified number of concurrent users.

Primal Pictures 3D atlas

Also included in Ulster’s customised package:

  • Systemic Anatomy
  • 3d Regional Anatomy (Interactive x9 modules)
  • Anatomy for Exercise
  • Specialist title: Radiological Anatomy and Anatomy for Urology

Find Primal Pictures in the A-Z Databases list on Portal’s Library & ICT tab.

If you need any help using Primal Pictures, contact the Life & Health Sciences librarians for help on

We hope you enjoy using this resource.

The Library Subject Team


Ulster role model Tara Moore wins recognition

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

blog Tara Moore getting her award

Professor Tara Moore has been awarded the prestigious WISE (Women in to Science & Engineering) Hero Award in recognition of the contribution she makes to health, well being, safety and improving people’s lives through science and technology.

Currently Associate Director of the Biomedical Science Research Institute and Vision Science Research group leader at Ulster, Tara has developed and delivered numerous innovative teaching and training courses for health care professionals to help them recognise, treat and prevent rape, child abuse and domestic violence. In addition, as one of the few experts in molecular vision, her research aims to improve treatment for debilitating blinding eye diseases, passed from parent to child.

HRH The Princess Royal presented the award at a ceremony in London. Thanking Professor Hugh McKenna and Professor Stephen Downes for their support in helping her to achieve this prestigious accolade, Tara said:

“As an educator and researcher, I strive to inspire students and staff to see opportunities to make a difference through science. Advancement of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) is imperative if the UK is to continue to develop and lead research and industries which compete in a world market.”

Warmest congratulations from the Library Subject Team.



Passionate about science? FameLab needs you!

Monday, November 10th, 2014


FameLab is an exciting competition to find the new voices of science and engineering across the world.  The competition is now open and is looking for budding science communicators who think they can explain a science concept in three minutes. Entrants should be working in or studying science, technology, engineering, medicine or maths in the UK.  To apply entrants must submit a three minute video.  Deadline for video entries is 31 December 2014.

The British Council with the Northern Ireland Science Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival, will host the final of Northern Ireland’s FameLab competition at The Black Box, Belfast on Wednesday, 25 February, 2015.

Full information can be found on the British Council Northern Ireland website:

Good luck to all those who apply from the Library Subject Team.

Over 1000 public buildings in cities across the UK will be transformed into free Wi-Fi hotspots

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

From .GOV.UK:

“Over the coming months, libraries, museums, civic centres, transport hubs, sporting complexes and other buildings around the UK will begin to offer free Wi-Fi – some have already gone live, and the remainder are all on track to be up and running by March 2015.

Millions of citizens, business men and women and visitors will be able to take advantage of free connectivity across the UK, which in turn will support our cities in becoming even more attractive places to live, do business, visit and invest in.”

Has your Public Library got free wifi yet? So far we know of several – let us know about your experiences.

The Library Subject Team

*Update your BNF registration*

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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British National Formulary and British National Formulary for Children has moved to a new platform. New and existing users will have to register for a new account to access the service.

To register, follow the steps below:

‘I am a UK-based individual undertaking work (or training) for or on behalf of the NHS or an NHS organisation’

  • Accept the MedicinesComplete terms and conditions by ticking the box

‘I am purchasing a single-user subscription for these publications and agree to the MedicinesComplete Terms and Conditions

  • Click the ‘Proceed’ to checkout button
  • At this stage you ‘Register now’ and complete your details (only use ‘Sign in’ once you have registered)
  • Click ‘Proceed
  • The next page Confirm Details, if it shows your correct email and the Subscriptions BNF and BNFC at zero value, click ‘Proceed
  • You will be sent an email – It is essential that you click the link and create your account, otherwise you will not be able to access your subscription

If you do not receive the email within a few minutes, check your spam filter.

If you encounter any problems using the service, contact the Life & Health Sciences subject team at

Best Wishes

The Library Subject Team

Arts Research Drop-In Library Sessions

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The Library has organised two ‘drop-in’ sessions for Research Students in the Faculty of Arts:
Coleraine Campus  Library: 27th October, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Room H320 (The IT Suite in the Library)
Magee Campus Library: 28th October, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Room MM221 (The Electronic Classroom).
 These sessions are a follow–up to the Developing Information Skills for Effective Research Skills classes which have taken place over recent weeks. The format of the drop-in sessions allows you to call in at any stage of the session, ask any questions or discuss any problems you are having with library resources on a one-to-one basis. You only need to stay as long as you wish.

Apart from the above sessions, you can also make appointments to meet with your subject librarian to discuss your research information needs at a time which suits you. Contact details at

New Database Trial: ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library

Monday, October 13th, 2014


ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library gives access to a vast collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information. The Library covers a broad range of engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, soil science and solar engineering.

It includes the following content:

  • All 13,000 active ASTM Standards
  • 5,800 test methods
  • 8 ASTM Journals with 100,000 pages of peer-reviewed articles
  • 29,000 Selected Technical Papers (STPs)
  • 1,500+ books from 1931 to present
  • Books, Manuals, Monographs & Data Series – 114 volumes, 1965 to 2010
  • Digital videos of test methods and more

Your feedback on this trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 02/11/14, available on-campus only.