Has your invention got legs?

Invent 2016

INVENT 2016 awards are now open. Mission: to find Northern Ireland’s inventions with the greatest commercial potential.

INVENT challenges inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists and start-ups with proof-of-concepts and prototypes in science and technology to discover the commercial potential of their idea.  Entrants compete through rounds of pitching to win a share of the £33,000 prize fund, access to a global network and a place on the NI Tech Mission to California.

The competition categories include Creative Media & Consumer Internet; Engineering; Agri-Science; Life & Health; Electronics; and Enterprise Software.

The closing date for applications is 8 APRIL 2016


Invent will be holding a series briefing sessions across the campuses.

Register your place at:

7th March – Coleraine https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/invent-2016-information-briefing-ulster-university-coleraine-tickets-21447304465

8th March – Jordanstown https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/invent-2016-information-briefing-ulster-university-jordanstown-tickets-21448998532

9th March – Belfast https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/invent-2016-information-briefing-ulster-university-belfast-tickets-21449036646

10th March – Magee https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/invent-2016-information-briefing-ulster-university-magee-tickets-21449105853

Visit the INVENT 2016 website: 


Having trouble with your h-index?



The Library can provide help with the Author Profile functions on Scopus, Web of Science and ORCID.

This includes:

  • Collecting together name variants in Scopus, ORCID and Web of Science (i.e. Windsor, Charlotte E. D.; Windsor, C. E. D.; Windsor, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, etc.)
  • Setting up your ORCID account so that new publications are automatically added to your profile.
  • Working with database providers to ensure that all of your sources are indexed.

Missing publications will negatively affect your h-index – the Library can help you present an accurate, bespoke and advantageous view of your research output with a few simple tricks.

If you’re wrestling with your research profile, why not make an appointment with your Subject Librarian? We’re here to help.

The Library Subject Team

Further information about funding, Open Access publishing and the Ulster Institutional Repository is available from the Library’s Open Access Subject Guide, available at guides.library.ulster.ac.uk/openaccess 

h-index by Ael 2 at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Researchers and new tools in scholarly communication

101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication: How researchers are getting to grip with the myriad of new tools.

There has been a surge of new scholarly communication tools in recent years. But how are researchers incorporating these tools into their research workflows? Jeroen Bosman and Bianca Kramer are conducting a global survey to investigate the choices researchers are making and why. Insights from these surveys will be valuable for libraries, research support, funders, but also for researchers themselves. more….


Migration to New Worlds




New Library Database

“From government-led population drives during the early nineteenth century through to mass steamship travel, Migration to New Worlds showcases unique primary source material recounting the many and varied personal experiences of 350 years of migration. Explore Colonial Office files on emigration, diaries and travel journals, ship logs and plans, printed literature, objects, watercolours, and oral histories supplemented by carefully selected secondary research aids. “

French election archives from the CEVIPOF (Sciences Po – Paris) online

Since 2014, the CEVIPOF (Sciences Po Centre for Political Research, CNRS) and the Sciences Po Library have been making French electoral archives from 1958 to 2002 available on internet . The collection was started in the 1950s and continues to grow today. Materials distributed to voters for each legislative and presidential election in France are collected and sorted by type (professions of faith, voting slips, flyers, etc.), round (1st or 2nd), and election (local or national election).

Online : General election 1958, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1973, 1978 and 1981
Coming soon : General elections 1988 and 1993Explore a selection from the collection on Facebook

Exhibition: Botanical Treasures of Ulster’s Special Collections

Snip2 for blogThe twentieth century was a fascinating and hugely rewarding period for natural history lovers in Ireland, with a number of amateur naturalists making significant contributions to the field. chief among these were Robert Lloyd Praeger (1865-1953), Arthur Wilson Stelfox (1883-1972) and Edward Norman Carrothers (1898-1977), whose work on discovering, classifying and cataloguing Ulster’s plant-and wildlife forms an integral part of our understanding of local natural history.

Our Library is proud to host among its Special Collections a lifetime of correspondence, maps, photographs, manuscripts and book collections bequeathed to us by these eminent scholars. our exhibition showcases some of these unique materials, bringing these masters of their craft to new audiences and illustrating the contribution their expertise has made to Ulster culture.

The exhibition is located in Reading Room 1 of Coleraine Campus Library and will be on show throughout February 2016.


Cochrane Library instructor-led online training session

Wiley are offering instructor-led online training sessions on how to use the Cochrane Library.

All you need is an internet connection and access to a telephone.  This training is completely free of charge and will be conducted over the telephone and via the internet.

A Freephone number for users in the United Kingdom is provided below.  If you are attending from outside the U.K. please email gstewart@wiley.com.

United Kingdom – 0800 358 6385

Please enter the passcode 504 684 6633 when prompted

The sessions last approximately 1 hour.  Places are strictly limited.  To sign up just follow the link below and select “Register”. The next session will take place on: 

Wednesday, 13th January 2016, 14:30 GMT Time (London, GMT)

Go to https://wiley-onlinelibrary.webex.com/wiley-onlinelibrary/k2/j.php?MTID=t07e1e909975b47e20db1d2c805d8251d and register.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

Visit Wiley’s training website at: wileyonlinelibrary.com/training

For help with using Ulster’s resources, contact your Subject Librarian.

The Library Subject Team

Illuminating Shakespeare

As part of the 2016 global ‘Shakespeare 400’ year, Oxford University Press (OUP) is making a wealth of resources freely available in a new website.

For centuries, OUP has been publishing much of the finest Shakespeare scholarship in the world, at every level from school texts to scholarly research. The result is a treasure trove of resources including print and online scholarship; books for general readership; Complete Works and individual play texts; journal articles; linguistic analysis; teaching materials for schools; and choral compositions.

Launched on 1 December 2015, the ‘Illuminating Shakespeare’ website curates this content in a series of monthly themes, with material designed to interest and inform students, school teachers, academics, playgoers – anyone who wants to explore Shakespeare’s works and life.

Each month’s theme is introduced with an exclusive new video essay by a leading Shakespearean, such as Columbia’s Julie Crawford, The Shakespeare Institute’s Michael Dobson, The Globe’s Farah Karim-Cooper, KCL’s Gordon McMullan, Florida State’s Gary Taylor, GWU’s Ayanna Thompson, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Stanley Wells. New blog articles by experts develop the themes further, and for higher level research, selected articles from OUP’s journals and online scholarship are made free for 2016.

Infographics, quizzes, and an online Shakespeare dictionary also provide stimulating resources for study and enjoyment.

Electronic Journals – Search Improvements

You may have noticed that our A-Z list of electronic journals has changed recently.  It has a new look and is no longer a simple listing of journal titles that you can browse through or search. Finding journal titles and content is easier because of a number of new features.


New Features

  • Start to type a journal title into the search box.  A list of available options appears in a drop-down list as you type, and you can select from the list without having to type the full title yourself. This feature is also embedded in the USearch interface, in a split-screen list of suggestions (Keywords and Publications).
  • There is a ‘Browse by Discipline’ feature which allows you to look for publications in a general subject area.  From the results displayed you can further refine to specific topics.
  • When a title is found, a ‘Search within Publication’ box may be displayed, depending on the source of the title.  Where it appears, it allows you to search the title directly without having to go to the source first.  Results may therefore be obtained much more quickly.

Whether or not a ‘Search within Publication’ box is displayed, there will be a list of all the sources from which a particular journal is available, along with dates of coverage.  As before, select the source with the coverage you want and you will be taken to the title in the source database.

Links to ‘Electronic Journals’ appear on the Library & ICT Tab in the Portal, the Library Home Page, and at the top of the our USearch discovery service.

Digitisation Project in the National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland development strategy outlines plans to make millions of items in its collection available online.  One third of the collection is to be digitised over the next ten years.  “The Library already has a strong online presence and has digitised a number of its iconic items including the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, the Order for the massacre of Glencoe, the first books printed in Scotland in the 16th century, the first atlas of Scotland and First World War official photographs.”

While the Library will remain an important physical destination this project will open up it’s collections, online,to researchers worldwide.