Open Access – Have you got a good news story?



Has Open Access had a positive impact on your publication or research?

If Open Access is leading you down new roads or opening up new horizons for you, we would love to hear about it!

Your publication

  • Perhaps you have noticed that your paper has had a higher number of downloads?
  • Has your research been downloaded or shared within countries or institutions for the first time?
  • Have you had feedback from people who don’t have access to subscription journals?
  • Maybe you have received offers of collaboration from previously unknown colleagues?

Your research
Have you been able to access papers that would normally be behind a paywall and therefore unavailable to you?

Please share your thoughts with us by emailing us here.

We are collecting evidence of the positive impact that Open Access has on your research, your institution and society in general.

Thank you very much for your feedback!


Cochrane Library service interruption: Saturday 2nd December

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On Saturday 2nd December 2017 Cochrane Library will be unavailable to all users between 1pm and 3:30pm. 

After a period of slow response times and poor performance, the publishers Wiley have instigated this period of downtime to apply configuration changes and perform maintenance activity on the servers.

During the maintenance period, the Cochrane Library will be available, though some of the functionality will suffer intermittent outage, with users receiving an error message, on browse and search.

Cochrane Review and Protocol publication activity will continue without issue, with no delay to the publication of content.

Wiley apologise for any inconvenience encountered during the maintenance.

For further information or advice on any of Ulster’s resources – including alternatives to Cochrane – contact your Subject Librarian.

Best Wishes

The Library Subject Team

New Library Database of Beckett Manuscripts


The Beckett Digital Manuscript Project is a collaboration between the Centre for Manuscript Genetics (University of Antwerp), the Beckett International Foundation (University of Reading) and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (University of Texas at Austin), with the kind permission of the Estate of Samuel Beckett.

The purpose of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project is to reunite the manuscripts of Samuel Beckett’s works in a digital way, and to facilitate genetic research: the project brings together digital facsimiles of documents that are now preserved in different holding libraries, and adds transcriptions of Beckett’s manuscripts, tools for bilingual and genetic version comparison, a search engine, and an analysis of the textual genesis of his works.  Available on campus as one of the Library’s Databases.

British Library Open Day for PhD News & Media Students


The British Library is hosting an Open Day for doctoral students in the fields of news and media on Monday 11 Dec 2017, 10:00 – 16:30.

The British Library is home to a vast array of news and media content across all formats. Their extensive newspaper and magazine collection covers international, national and local publications from the 17th century to the present day.  The British Library sound archive has millions of historic and contemporary recordings of speech, music, wildlife and the environment. Our online Web Archive provides permanent online access to key UK websites of cultural or scholarly importance, while our onsite Legal Deposit Web Archive has every UK website available since 2013, including news sites. The Reading Rooms provide access to tens of thousands of TV and radio programmes broadcast in the UK since May 2010.  At this event researchers will learn about the full scope of these collections and how to unlock their potential as primary sources.  You will also have an opportunity to meet expert staff and other researchers across a range of disciplines and subject areas.

This event is for first year PhD students who are new to the Library.

Booking details are here:

Launch of Ulster University Institute of Mental Health Sciences

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The launch of the Institute of Mental Health Sciences, an exciting new multidisciplinary institute that will provide a holistic approach to mental health, will take place on Thursday 16 November 2017 in the Bannview Suite, Ulster University, Coleraine campus.  

The new institute will bring together Ulster’s world-leading research and teaching expertise in mental health from a range of disciplines, to deliver innovate, outward facing, multidisciplinary research that will make a step-change to inform mental health prevention and care in Northern Ireland.  At the launch you will hear about the institute, several new appointments, and plans for new educational provision in the field of Mental Health Sciences.

Speakers will include: Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer, John Conaghan from Inspire NI, Dr James Nesbitt, Chancellor and Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor.

For more information and to register for this event click here

The Library Subject Team

Updated LHS Harvard now on RefWorks

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For All Returning Students:

The Harvard Ulster LHS referencing output style has been updated. This means it will have been removed from your Favourites and will need to be added again. To do this within RefWorks:
1. Go to Bibliography and Output Style Manager
2. Scroll down to your Output style and click on the green arrow to bring it over to Favourites

To make it available in Write n Cite on the Refworks tab in Word:
1. Click on Sync My Database
2. Select Style and then Select other Style

For more help on using RefWorks, visit our RefWorks Library Guide

The Life & Health Sciences Subject Team.

Effective Use of the Library for Doctoral Students


A warm welcome to our new Doctoral Students! It’s an exciting time to be starting research, and with so much happening a visit to the Library, real or virtual, is recommended! Get started by signing up to one of our introductory “Effective Use of the Library” sessions. They are a great way to get an overview of the best resources and services in your subject area, meet your subject librarians, and find out some useful shortcuts to making your research more efficient. Sign up to the workshops in the Researcher Development Programme, or contact your subject librarian directly – details are in the PDF below.

Library Classes for Researcher Development Programme 2017

Engineering Village has a new interface


Engineering Village has launched an updated user interface. It provides a modern interface experience while keeping all the current navigation and high quality functionality that users rely upon for managing engineering research. This interface refresh project has being completed with user input via focus groups and interviews which are driving the enhancements. Engineering Village is the host for Compendex and Inspec, and much more. It is the essential engineering research database, providing a searchable index of the most comprehensive engineering literature and patent information available. 

Ovid MEDLINE and Embase: new simplified access points launched

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The Library is pleased to announce that all of our MEDLINE versions have been combined into one menu option. When accessing via the parent Ovid interface, you will no longer have to choose from several options to search the most complete form of MEDLINE:

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The option for Embase has also been simplified and you can now tell exactly what is covered by the description:

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If you would like help with any of our databases, contact your Subject Librarian.

The Library Subject Team