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Digitisation Project in the National Library of Scotland

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The National Library of Scotland development strategy outlines plans to make millions of items in its collection available online.  One third of the collection is to be digitised over the next ten years.  “The Library already has a strong online presence and has digitised a number of its iconic items including the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, the Order for the massacre of Glencoe, the first books printed in Scotland in the 16th century, the first atlas of Scotland and First World War official photographs.”

While the Library will remain an important physical destination this project will open up it’s collections, online,to researchers worldwide.

Book Loan Survey

Monday, November 16th, 2015

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Migration to New Worlds: database trial

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The Library currently has a trial to the database, Migration to New Worlds, which provides access to 350 years of primary source material relating to migration. The database includes colonial office records, diaries, travel journals, ship logs and plans.

To access the database, go to Url:

Access is available on-campus only until 4th December.

If you have any feedback or questions about this resource, contact the Library Arts Team, email:

Nanotechnology eBooks – New Acquisition

Monday, November 9th, 2015


A major collection of eBooks in the subject area of Nanotechnology has just been acquired. The collection of 150 titles is available in the database Knovel Library. The collection can be accessed from anywhere at any time via the University Portal. Details of all the books will be added into the Library catalogue in the near future.

If you have any questions about this resource, please contact your subject librarians.

ICE Virtual Library – New Interface

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015


The ICE Virtual Library has moved to a new platform, which is faster and more user-friendly.

We don’t subscribe to everything in the ICE Virtual Library, but we do have access to most of their journals and a growing number of their eBooks. All of the content that we subscribe to can be accessed from anywhere via OpenAthens authentication. The easiest way to gain access is via the University Portal > Library tab > Library Databases A-Z > click on I for ICE Proceedings collection.

Vietnam War: Online Resources

Monday, October 19th, 2015

New links have been added to the History subject guide in the American studies section, particularly relating to Vietnam. Visit the subject guide for more information.

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.