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Embase® Database Notice

February 19, 2015 at 12:58 pm, by Joan Atkinson

We’ve received the following message about Embase:

Dear Ovid Customer:

Elsevier has recently notified us that Embase® Customers will see a considerably large amount of records in their daily update on or around February 20, 2015. This is due to Elsevier’s correction of approximately 30,000 records that are older than 5 years.

Please note, this is not a database reload. Depending on the search strategy specified in your AutoAlerts, you may find a higher than expected number of records in your results due to these corrections. Additionally, you can view them by entering 201591.up into your search to retrieve them.

If you should have any questions during this time, please contact Ovid Customer Support at


Shakespeare and His Times Exhibition

February 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm, by e121436


A new exhibition of Shakespeare related material is on display in Reading Room 1 in the Library at Coleraine. Featuring items from the Henry Davis Collection and other Special Collections,  the exhibition looks at continental and English influences on the bard, the philosophical and political contexts of his own times and the ‘afterlife’ of his work in later editions. Notable items include Boccaccio’s Fall of Princes (1494), More’s Utopia (1518), Montaigne’s Essayes (1603), a Fourth Folio (1685), and a Kelmscott  Press edition of Shakespeare’s poems (1893).

Panorama programme – “Can you cure my cancer?”

February 16, 2015 at 11:58 am, by Joan Atkinson

Panorama reports on the cancer patients who are pioneering a new generation of drug treatments. Patients given just months to live are keeping the disease at bay for years; for some there is even talk of a cure. You can watch the episode, first shown at 9pm on 11 Feb 2015, at



Words of warning

February 4, 2015 at 11:15 am, by Sarah Smyth

last beach coverIn The Last Beach, leading environmental academics Orrin H Pilkey (Emeritus Duke University) and J Andrew G Cooper (Ulster University) call upon policy makers to put the environment before profit. Described as “a clarion call for a change of policy that prioritizes the preservation of beaches over property rights” (Kirkus Reviews, Oct 1st, 2014), the book explains how human activity is damaging our coastal habitats irrevocably. Pointing the finger of blame at subjects as diverse as motorists, raw sewage and the plastics trade, this book dares to describe a distant future where young children listen incredulously to tall tales of beautiful, ecologically-diverse sandy beaches.

Want to read the arguments for yourself? The Last Beach is available as an e-book to Ulster-registered users from the Library Catalogue. Click here to view.

The Library Subject Team

Mobile printing has arrived

February 4, 2015 at 9:57 am, by Sarah Smyth

printing image

The mobile printing service is now live. A user guide is available at:

Mobile printing allows you to send files from any device that can access your university email (phone, laptop, tablet and home computer). You simply need to sign on to your University email account and follow the instructions below.

* Using your University email account compose an email message to:

- for collection at Belfast

- for collection at Coleraine

- for collection at Jordanstown

- for collection at Magee

* Then attach the files that you want to print.

If you have a logo in your email signature you may get an email error message but the files will still have been sent.

* Accepted files are all Microsoft Office Software and PDF files.

* If you want to print an image (jpeg, tiff etc.) place the file into Microsoft Word or PowerPoint sized to A4 or A3 and then attach it.

If the file format is not correct you will get an email back to inform you of the error.

* The files will be stored for 24 hours and then deleted if not collected. You will not be charged if they are deleted.

* You can now collect your prints as normal.

An ‘Email Body Text.txt’ file will be listed on your print queue. This can be deleted as it is the email that delivers the attachments.

If you have any problems using the mobile service please contact: stating your student or staff number in the email.


Be Part of a World Record Attempt

February 2, 2015 at 12:49 pm, by Sarah Smyth



Ulster University’s leading science and technology talents will be showcased at the inaugural Northern Ireland Science Festival taking place from 19 February to 1 March.

As part of the festival, volunteers are needed at the Odyssey Arena on Tuesday 24 February 2015, from 6.00am to 1.00pm, to help set a world-record for the largest practical science lesson.

This event is being organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s regional team, with support from the British Council.

The current world-record is for 982 students, so organisers are aiming to attract over 1,100 school pupils (aged between 10 and 13) to take part in the lesson.

If you’re interested in getting involved as a StemNet ambassador for that day, you could help set up the arena, supervise pupils and provide general support, – there is a lot of work to be done, but it promises to be a lot of fun.

The organisers will have a training presentation which can be undertaken online or in person, during a session in QUB on Wednesday 18 February at 3.00pm.

To get security clearance, all volunteers will need to register as StemNet volunteers through W5, you can do this on the W5 website (

For more information contact, Dr Stephanie Nelson,



Trial to PsycTESTs

January 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm, by Joan Atkinson

We have arranged for a 30 day trial to the following resource:


PsycTESTs is a repository of ready-to-use tests and measures from the American Psychological Association.

International in scope, this resource provides access to thousands of actual test instruments, most of which are available for immediate download and use in teaching and research. PsycTESTS is an authoritative source of structured information about tests of interest to a variety of fields, and while focused on contemporary instances of test use, has coverage that spans more than a century.

PsycTESTS Includes:

•Tests that were originally developed for research and were not made commercially available

•A growing selection of multilingual test instruments

•Information about select tests that are available from commercial test publishers

Access the trial from the Library’s A-Z listing of Databases

You should be able to access PsycTESTS both on and off campus. The trial ends on 25/02/15 and we would welcome your feedback.

If you have a query please contact any member of the Life and Health Sciences Library team.




Out of Hours IT Service Desk launched

January 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm, by Sarah Smyth

All staff and students can now avail of additional out of hours support for issues such as IT, Blackboard and general Library queries. This support is now available from 5pm to 9am Weekdays, 24-hour Weekends, Bank Holidays, all year round.

The contact details remain the same as those for ISD Service Desk:

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6777 or E:

When outside core time, users will be advised they are connected to the out of hours service.

Remember that you can still contact the Library for specialist help outside normal working hours. We are open 9am – 9pm Monday to Thursday, 9am – 8pm Friday and 1pm – 5pm Weekends.

Contact the Library as follows:

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3128 or W:

Planned refurbishment to Magee Library

January 15, 2015 at 2:05 pm, by Sarah Smyth

traffic cone

Planned refurbishment works at Magee Library will commence on 17/1/15 with completion by 20/2/15.  Specifically, internal glazing across the 1st and 2nd floor at the entrance is being replaced.

As a result of the works, the front entrance and disabled parking bays to this block will be closed to all staff, students and the public throughout this period.  Access in and out of the library will be via the rear entrance and directional signage will be erected on site to indicate this temporary arrangement.

Library resources and study spaces will continue to be available.  However, there will be no access to the electronic classroom during the refurbishment works.

The Library Subject Team


Honours for Ulster academics

January 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm, by Sarah Smyth

RBarnettKnightLeading Ulster academics have been recognised in the New Years Honours list. Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett was awarded the honour of Knight Bachelor for services to higher education and business.

Over the past two decades, Professor Barnett has contributed significantly to the development of the HE sector in Northern Ireland, forging links internationally and within the local community to ensure participation and engagement with the University’s aims in all sectors of society.

The award comes as Ulster was judged one of the top universities in the UK for delivering world-leading research in the 2014 REF assessment under Professor Barnett’s stewardship.


Three senior Ulster academics were also recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2014.

Professor Alastair Adair, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development) and Provost (Jordanstown and Belfast) was awarded a CBE for services to higher education in Northern Ireland.

Professor Carol Curran, Dean, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and education in Northern Ireland.

Sean Strain, Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of NICHE received an OBE for services to nutrition research and higher education.

Congratulations from the Library Subject Team.