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Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database – trial access

April 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm, by Sarah Smyth

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Trial access to the renowned Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database is available through the Library’s holdings until 28th May 2014.

Features include: 

Evidence Summaries — Literature reviews that summarize existing international literature on common healthcare interventions and activities

Evidence-Based Recommended Practices — Database of procedures that describe and/or recommend practice on various clinical topics

Best Practice Information Sheets — Series of information guideline sheets produced specifically for practising health professionals

Systematic Reviews — Comprehensive systematic reviews of international research literature completed by trained JBI reviewers

Consumer Information Sheets — Standardized summaries designed just for consumers of healthcare (patients, clients, and care providers)

Systematic Review Protocols — Developed by the Collaborating Centers of JBI, which are made up of international experts from over 40 countries from a range of health disciplines

Technical Reports — Documentation of all aspects of the development of Best Practice Information Sheets

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this resource. We are very interested to hear your opinions and experiences, so please pass on your feedback.

Help using the database is available from the Life & Health Sciences Subject Team.

NIPR – Launch of New Website

April 15, 2014 at 3:43 pm, by Gerard McFall

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.

Queen Victoria’s Journals

April 15, 2014 at 10:04 am, by e121436

This fulltext database of Queen Victoria’s Journals has now been added to the A-Z library database list. Journal entries, derived from various drafts are now brought together for the first time and cover daily entries from 2nd August 1832 until the 13th January, 1901 – nine days before her death. Search and browse options are  available and a transcription accompanies each journal entry. Journal entries can be down loaded.

Magee Library: swipecard access for revision and exams.

April 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm, by Jayne Dunlop

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.

Open access to be a requirement for UK research funding

April 7, 2014 at 10:13 am, by Michael Carragher

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

April 4, 2014 at 10:56 am, by Jane Starrs

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

April 3, 2014 at 9:53 am, by Sarah Smyth

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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

April 2, 2014 at 3:10 pm, by Michael Carragher

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

March 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm, by Michael Carragher

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 Psychological Experiments Online

March 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm, by Joan Atkinson

We have taken a trial out to Psychological Experiments Online for one month.  You can access it from our A-Z listing of databases at

Please note, access is limited to on-campus only.

Some information from the provider:

Psychological Experiments Online pairs audio and video recordings of quintessential experiments in psychology with thousands of pages of primary-source documents. It’s packed with exclusive and hard-to-find materials, including notes from experiment participants, journal articles, books, field notes, and final reports in topics from obedience to authority and conformity to operant conditioning.

  • For more information about the content included in this collection, click HERE.
  • For general help, including navigation instructions and search tips, click HERE.

If you have any queries about the trial please contact a member of the Life and Health Sciences Subject team.  We would also appreciate your feedback.