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NIPR – Launch of New Website

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

NIPR-e1397496005781NIPR – the National Collection of Northern Ireland Publications – has recently launched its new website. NIPR aims to “identify, collect, preserve and make available for consultation every book, pamphlet, periodical and report published in Northern Ireland since January 2000″.

There is a searchable catalogue to help find particular local publications of interest.

Magee Library: swipecard access for revision and exams.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

To ensure that University of Ulster students have sufficient study spaces and to help maintain a quiet environment at a stressful time, entry to Magee Library will be restricted from Monday 28th April – Friday 23rd May.

You will need your ID card to swipe the sensor on the wall to the right of the revolving door in order to gain entry. If you can’t find your ID card, you need to get a replacement from Academic Registry (you need it for exams anyway). Ask at the Issue Desk first, as ID cards are sometimes handed in to Lost Property.

If your ID card doesn’t work, reset it at the Security Desk in Block MD (main building). You will probably have to do this if you have not used it to gain access to campus rooms for more than 30 days or are usually at another campus.

Other registered library users, e.g. Step Up, Alumni or Sconul card holders should bring their Library card with them, press the buzzer above the swipe-card sensor and they will be let in by staff. Other members of the public with genuine research queries may also ask for entry at the front door.

We regret that students from secondary or grammar schools are not permitted entry during this restricted period, unless they hold Step Up cards.

We would ask for everyone’s co-operation to maintain a quiet building during the revision period. However, if you are being disturbed by others’ inconsiderate behaviour, please let Library staff know immediately and we will take action.

Easter 2014 Opening Hours

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Access to Libraries and IT Facilities during Easter Closure 2014

Libraries and Centrally Managed IT Laboratories

ibrary Closed from 6pm Friday 18 April.  IT Open Access Area (within Library) open until 8pm for those already in the building.
Reopen at 8.45am Monday 28 April.

Library Closed from 8pm Friday 18 April.
Reopen at 8.45am Monday 28 April

IT Open Access Area (within Library) will be available from Wednesday 23 April until Sunday 27 April  between the hours of 10am and 8pm on production of an ID card when signing in at security.

Library Closed from 8pm Friday 18 April.
Reopen at 8am Monday 28 April 2014

Centrally Managed IT Facility Room 2B11 will be available from Wednesday 23 April until Sunday 27 April  between the hours of 10am and 8pm on production of an ID card when signing in at security.

Library Closed from 8 pm Friday 18 April
Reopen at 8.45 am Monday 28 April

Centrally Managed IT Facility Room MF116 will be available from Wednesday 23 April until Sunday 27 April between the hours of 10am and 8pm on production of an ID card when signing at in security. ID cards will be required for access. Cards can be ‘activated’ at the Security desk in the MD building.

Open access to be a requirement for UK research funding

Monday, April 7th, 2014

From April 2016 HEFCE, the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland will expect all articles submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF), a system for assessing the quality of research, to be available by open access.

Read more about this important development here.

Changes to Harvard Style names in RefWorks

Friday, April 4th, 2014

refworks-featureThe University versions of Harvard referencing styles have been renamed within RefWorks.  There are no changes to the referencing rules but this reorganisation should make selection of the appropriate style easier.  Harvard versions are now available in RefWorks for the School of Nursing, Social Sciences and the Ulster Business School.  Further advice is available from the Choosing and using output styles section of the RefWorks Subject Guide.

If you need any help with using RefWorks please get in touch with your Subject Librarian.

Cite Them Right Online

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Cite Them Right logo

The Library has signed up for a trial of Cite Them Right Online - the essential referencing resource. This site will help you to reference any information source – from ancient texts to Twitter – and understand how to avoid plagiarism.

Users can search quick-access guides to citing a range of materials and troubleshoot problems. Don’t miss the authors’ Top Ten Referencing Tips!

Style checklists are available for all of the major referencing styles, including Harvard, APA, OSCOLA and more. The trial runs until 2nd May.

Click here to try it out.

Referex eBook Collection

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

If you’ve been using the Referex eBook collection over the years, please note that all Referex titles moved on April 1 2014 from the Engineering Village platform to ScienceDirect. Most of the hundreds of top-quality reference books in Referex are published by Elsevier, and they have been incorporated into ScienceDirect and updated where possible to the latest edition. We are in the process of updating the Referex titles that appear in the Library Catalogue so that they now point to ScienceDirect, or they can be browsed/searched in ScienceDirect’s eBook page. Engineering Village still contains Compendex and Inspec databases, the premier search interfaces for all aspects of engineering.

Reminder: Survey on Library User Requirements for First Year Doctoral Students

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

If you are in the first year of your doctoral research at the University of Ulster, you will have received an email from your Graduate Head of School to participate in a survey. The survey, entitled Library User Requirements for First Year Doctoral Students will help identify your use of Library resources, and any requirements you may have. The feedback will also help us improve or service to you in the future. If you have completed the survey already, thank you very much. To complete the short survey, click here.

Trial to the Merck Index

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

We have taken out a three month trial for The  Merck Index

Described as “the most authoritative and reliable source of information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals”, the resource is available from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Access through the A-Z Database list or by going direct to  An introductory video on how to search within Merck is available on You Tube

For any further information or help please contact the Life and Health Sciences team. We would also welcome your feedback on the trial.

Environment Digimap – Available Now

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014


We now have access to Environment Digimap from EDINA, available until 31 July 2014.

Environment Digimap is part of the Digimap Collection of on-line mapping and data delivery facilities. Users can view maps through their web browser, save maps for printing and download environmental map data for use in geographical information systems. The data in Environment Digimap comes from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

It includes satellite data providing classification of UK land cover types at a 25m resolution for the years of 1990, 2000 & 2007. The Land Cover Maps for (LCM) 2000 and 2007, which is part of the Environment Digimap dataset, includes data for Northern Ireland. See more information on this latest release at the JISC Collections website.

Individual registration is required before accessing the resource via Athens authentication. There is lots of help available, or you can contact us for more information.