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OTDBase currently unavailable

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

OTDBase is unavailable to users due to external technical problems.

Other databases for occupational therapy are:




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

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015


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

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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

The Library Subject Team

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

Friday, September 4th, 2015


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.

ScienceDirect Search Tips

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Courtesy of the ScienceDirect blog, here are some tried-and-true tips to keep in mind before entering your next ScienceDirect search query:

  • Search terms are not case-sensitive, so it does not matter if you use lowercase or uppercase letters.
  • Entering singular nouns will also search for plural nouns and possessives. For example:
    • City finds city, cities, and city’s
    • Criterion finds criteria and criterion
  • Entering search terms using either US or UK spellings will automatically search for both spellings.
  • Multiple words set off by spaces will search for documents or images with both words.
  • You can use either quotation marks or curly brackets to search for a phrase, but the results will differ in these ways:
    • Searches in quotation marks (such as “heart-attack”) will be fuzzy searches – the search engine will search for plural and singular nouns, US and UK spellings, ignore symbols and punctuation, and allow wildcards.
    • Searches in curly brackets, such as {heart-attack}, will be exact searches. The search engine will look only for that exact phrase, including symbols and punctuation.

If you need any further help with ScienceDirect or any of our other resources, please contact your Subject Librarian.

Scopus Launches Article Metrics Module

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, has recently expanded the range of article metrics available.


In addition to the citation metrics which have been an integral part of Scopus from the beginning, the following metrics are now included in the Document details page when available:

  • Scholarly Activity – Downloads and posts in common research tools such as Mendeley and CiteULike.
  • Social Activity – Mentions characterized by rapid, brief engagement on platforms used by the general population, such as Twitter, Facebook and Google +.
  • Scholarly Commentary – Reviews, articles and blogs by experts and scholars, such as F1000 Prime, research blogs, and Wikipedia.
  • Mass Media – Coverage of research output in the Mass Media.

For more information, see the article New Scopus Article Metrics: A better way to benchmark articles or contact your subject librarian for further help.

National Chemical Database Service Video

Friday, July 17th, 2015

The National Chemical Database Service have launched an introductory video, highlighting the range of services available.

Digital Repository of Ireland Launched

Friday, June 26th, 2015


The Digital Repository of Ireland, a trusted national infrastructure for the preservation, curation and dissemination of Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data, was officially launched on Thursday 25 June 2015.

The Digital Repository of Ireland is built by a research consortium of six academic partners working together to deliver the repository, policies, guidelines and training. These research consortium partners are: Royal Irish Academy (RIA, lead institute), Maynooth University (MU), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), and National College of Art and Design (NCAD). DRI is also supported by a network of academic, cultural, social, and industry partners, including the National Library of Ireland (NLI), the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) and RTÉ.

From Rocks to Ridges

Friday, June 12th, 2015


Dr Paul Dunlop and Dr Peter Wilson from Ulster University’s School of Environmental Sciences, in conjunction with colleagues from Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and Mountaineering Ireland, have combined their academic expertise and enthusiasm for mountain landscapes, to compile a stunning new guide – ‘From Rocks to Ridges’.

Funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the guide is a valuable companion for walkers and climbers.  It features a geological map with accompanying text and photographs that explore linkages between rocks, soils and landforms. It is intended to aid identification of key landscape features that can be seen in the uplands of the north of Ireland and in other upland areas around the world.

Mountaineering Ireland, the governing body for the sport will be distributing the guide through affiliated clubs and societies to reach their 13,000 members and the general public.

A copy of the guide is also available for download from the Ulster Institutional Repository.

[Excerpted from Ulster Insight]

Summer Opening Hours

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Students with Orange Macbook-1-2

Our summer opening hours began on Monday 25 May. We are open as follows until the end of September:

Monday-Thursday: 8.45 am – 5 pm

Friday: 8.45 am – 4 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

For users of the Library at the Belfast campus, please see our fact sheet regarding service provision from 25 May.