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Martindale – The Complete Drug Reference – trial access

June 30, 2014 at 9:49 am, by Sarah Smyth

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Trial access to Martindale – The Complete Drug Reference is available both on and off-campus until 11th July 2014.

Considered a comprehensive and reliable reference resource on drugs and medicines used throughout the world, Martindale includes information on:

  • Drug monographs
  • Preparation, uses, administration and interactions
  • Chemical, brand and ‘street’ names
  • Molecular structures and formulae
  • CAS Registry Numbers, ATC Codes and UNII Codes
  • Manufacturers’ specifications

To access Martindale from the Library & ICT tab on the Portal, click on Stockley’s Drug Interactions on the A-Z listing of databases.  At the next screen click on the downward pointing arrow (next to Stockley’s Drug Interactions in the top left of the screen) 


and select Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference:


Once selected, you can start searching.

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.

eBook lending in libraries: Sign the petition for a change in the law

June 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm, by Sarah Smyth


EBLIDA (The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations)  is calling for a change to the European legislation which prevents libraries from lending a large proportion of their resources in eBook format.

From their website:

“Libraries guarantee free access to content, information, and culture for all European citizens. However, in the digital environment, the current legal framework prevents libraries from fulfilling these essential services to our society, especially regarding  the provision of e-books.

European citizens have the right to e-read! This should also be the case in libraries. It should therefore be possible for libraries to legally  provide their users with access to all commercially available e-books.”

Have your say by signing the petition:

The Library Subject Team


MathJax is Integrated into ScienceDirect

June 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm, by Michael Carragher

If you are interested in Mathematics, you might like to explore ScienceDirect. A new feature in ScienceDirect isMathJax, enabling the high-quality, crisp display of mathematical symbols and equations. The key design goals of MathJax are

  • high-quality display of mathematics notation in all browsers
  • no special browser setup required
  • support for LaTeX, MathML and other equation markup directly in the HTML source.
  • an extensible, modular design with a rich API for easy integration into web applications.
  • support for accessibility, copy and paste and other rich functionality
  • interoperability with other applications and math-aware search.

Watch this video for more information.

Southern Trust Quality Improvement Event

June 10, 2014 at 11:18 am, by Sarah Smyth


Wednesday 18 June 2014

9:30am – 2:00pm Seagoe Parish Centre, Portadown

Southern Health and Social Care Trust, sponsored by Lean Healthcare Academy, are holding a Quality Improvement Event. It is designed specifically for health and social care managers and professionals with an interest in or responsibility for service improvement and transforming care, the event will showcase improvements to patient experience, safety and care as well as systems and processes.

To reserve a place at the event please email

The Life & Health Sciences Subject Team

Useful Google Search Tips

May 23, 2014 at 10:18 am, by Michael Carragher

googleKaren Blakeman, one of the top trainers and advisors on search, social media and collaborative tools, runs regular workshops on maximising the search potential of Google.

If you use Google a lot, you may be interested to see some of the top tips as ranked by the participants in a recent workshop in Oxford.

Google Top Tips

In addition to these tips, you might be interested to know that you can add University of Ulster Library holdings to search results in Google Scholar. See our Google Scholar Guide for more information.

Bell Labs Technical Journal now in IEEE Xplore

May 6, 2014 at 2:49 pm, by Michael Carragher

IEEE has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent to bring the Bell Labs Technical Journal (BLTJ) to the IEEE Xplore digital library

With a Bell Labs Technical Journal subscription, you’ll have access to:

  • every published article of Bell Labs Technical Journal as well as prior versions of Alcatel-Lucent journals:
    • Bell System Technical Journal (1922–1983);
    • AT&T Bell Laboratories Technical Journal (from 1984);
    • AT&T Technical Journal (1984–1996);
  • full-text documents for over 6,200 articles;
  • content that is the source of many significant contributions in telecommunications and other related fields that has had considerable impact on the technological base of the global economy;
  • key research from leaders in the telecommunications industry.

To find out more information about this journal, see here.

Printing Service and Refunds

April 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm, by Michael Carragher

If you are a final-year student and you have printing credits on your account, please read the email sent to you by Mark Millar from the Reprographics Department on 10 April 2014. The text is reproduced below.

All Students,

If you are returning next year the credits you have added to your print (UniFlow) account will be waiting for you when you return.

We will not be closing any accounts (even final year students) as your B-number remains specific to you and we hope that you will return for future courses.

If you are a final year student or not returning next year then please try and avoid adding large sums of money to your account as we cannot refund any balances.

If you have any enquires about this, please e-mail



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.