Trial access to PsycBOOKS

Ulster Library has arranged a free trial to PsycBOOKS for one month.

“PsycBOOKS contains full text (PDF) of scholarly book titles published by the American Psychological Association (APA). The service offers over 900 titles, including 100 out-of-print books from 1950-2002, approximately 300 archival resources in psychology, and the exclusive electronic release of the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology with over 1,500 authored entries. PsycBOOKS is updated with new releases of APA books and books originally produced by other publishers on a monthly basis”.

You can access the PsycBooks from the A-Z Databases listing on the Library & ICT tab on the Portal and off-campus access is available.  The database is hosted by OVID and so is on the same platform as PsycInfo and Medline.

We would be very keen to gather your feedback on this resource and so have made a feedback form available at

The trial ends on 10/11/16.

If you have any queries please contact your campus Life and Health Sciences librarian on

The Library Subject Team


Literary Exhibiton in Coleraine campus library

This exhibition has been created to coincide with Coleraine Literature Festival being held at the Riverside Theatre, 4th – 6th October 2016.

It consists of some of the works of those delivering sessions at the festival and includes books from the campus libraries as well as material from the John Hewitt collection.

Included is a selection of typewritten poems by Damian Smyth that was sent to John Hewitt in 1980 and now is part of the John Hewitt collection.

Also on display are some of John Hewitt’s notebooks which contain a selection of his handwritten poems on travel (the theme of the festival).

The exhibition will be available until the 31st October.

New IBISWorld Database Replaces KeyNote

IBISWorldlogoAs the KeyNote market research database is no longer being updated, the Library has cancelled its subscription.  For those needing access to UK market research, we have set up a new subscription to the IBISWorld database which contains industry information for over 400 sectors.  The database is generally very straightforward to use and the reports are updated regularly (once or twice a year).  Note that the Library also subscribes to other market research databases such as Mintel, Passport and MarketLine (in Business Source Complete) and these all contain information on UK sectors as well as international market research.

If you need help in using these databases or in sourcing industry information please contact your business subject librarian.

Complimentary Zika Virus Resource Portal from WK Health launched

Wolters Kluwer Health has launched the Zika Resource Portal, a single point of access to trusted clinical knowledge and current information to help healthcare professionals worldwide stay up-to-date on the rapidly spreading virus. The portal provides complimentary access to leading evidence-based point of care clinical, learning and research solutions from Wolters Kluwer Health, as well as continuous updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

In conjunction with the portal, Wolters Kluwer is launching a multifaceted digital educational campaign featuring Zika experts sharing the latest findings in a variety of formats, including podcasts, journal articles, blogs, interactive videos and Twitter Talks. The portal and campaign will also feature information for consumers, including symptoms to look for and preventive measures to protect against contracting the virus.

The campaign centrepiece is a question and answer-style video debuting August 19 featuring Betsy Todd, RN, MPH, CIC, clinical editor of the American Journal of Nursing and an infectious disease expert. She will address the current state of the Zika virus and answer questions submitted by August 16 via Twitter and Facebook using the #WKZikaResources hashtag. Questions that are submitted using that hashtag may also be answered during an upcoming Twitter Talk.

“Wolters Kluwer is proud to provide these digital resources to help combat the spread of the Zika virus,” said Diana Nole, CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health.

“The public fear and anxiety that churn in the wake of a global health crisis are often the result of the unknown. Unlike Ebola, which has been studied exhaustively for decades, Zika is still largely a mystery, although medical professionals and researchers are continuously uncovering new aspects of the virus. By sharing our expertise and premium clinical guidance, we provide the public and healthcare community with relevant, trusted on-demand information during this rapidly evolving situation.”

New E-Resource Trial: APA Style Central

The Library’s subject teams regularly trial the latest databases & e-resources to support your studies. The latest trial e-resource is:


APA Style CENTRAL is an authoritative and complete online environment for teaching, writing and publishing in American Psychological Association style. Designed to help users develop their writing and professional research skills, APA Style CENTRAL combines sophisticated learning and teaching tools, advanced writing and content management technology, and full integration of APA’s best-selling Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to create an unparalleled web-based suite of integrated services and tools.

Four independent but integrated sections provide the expert resources necessary for teaching, learning, and applying the rules of APA Style, all while incorporating optimal habits of scholarship, research, and publishing into users’ academic and professional lives:

  • Learning Center: a rich assortment of learning and instructional objects that enable users to design their own approach to mastering APA Style.
  • Research Center: includes a one-of-a-kind electronic reference library along with interactive project planning tools and APA Style formatting tools.
  • Writing Center: users can select from an assortment of different paper templates reflecting the most common types of primary or original publications (empirical studies, literature reviews, theoretical articles, methodological articles, case studies, etc) or choose a basic framework compatible with any type of APA Style paper.
  • Publishing Center: for those looking to publish their paper in the scholarly literature, or looking to familiarize themselves with the current publishing landscape, the Publishing Center provides the information to take users to that final step in the process. Searches can be conducted on a number of attributes, including by journal, author, keyword, methodology, population, and more in order to locate relevant titles.

Your feedback on the APA Style CENTRAL trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 31/08/16 and is on-campus only.

For help and advice on using any of our Library resources, contact your Subject Librarian.

The Library Subject Team.

Trial Access to JAMA Cardiology

We now have on-campus trial access to the 2016 issues of JAMA Cardiology from the Library’s Electronic Journal Collection.

JAMA Cardiology focuses on all aspects of cardiovascular medicine, including:

  • Epidemiology and prevention
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Interventional and pharmacologic therapeutics
  • Translational research
  • Health care policy and outcomes
  • Global health

The trial will run until the end of December 2016.  Contact a member of the Life and Health Sciences Library team for further information.

Top Library Tips for the Summer


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.


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

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.


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.