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Obituary: David Sackett

May 20, 2015 at 11:58 am, by Sarah Smyth


David Sackett, the’ father of evidence based medicine’ has sadly died this week. His contribution to medicine and the discipline of EBP will never be forgotten.

Read the BMJ obituary here



Journal Trial: Future Oncology

May 13, 2015 at 4:03 pm, by Joan Atkinson

We have been given trial access to the journal Future Oncology. The trial runs until 1/9/15 and is limited to on-campus access only.


The journal includes news and views, literature awareness regarding new biomarkers, concise commentary and analysis, reports from the conference circuit and full review articles.  Topics covered include:

  • Biological processes involved in cancer and how new understanding will impact treatment
  • Clinical implications and applications for new biomarkers
  • Impact of molecular genetics on prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment
  • Integration of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches
  • Profiles of new anticancer agents
  • Selective and ‘personalized’ approaches
  • Screening programs and methodology

Access to the journal is via our A-Z listing of electronic journals on the Library & ICT tab on the Portal and Library web site.

Library database trial: AMA Manual of Style

May 11, 2015 at 12:21 pm, by Sarah Smyth

AMA Manual of Style

The Library has arranged a trial to AMA Manual of Style (10th edition), which will run until 7th June.

The trial allows on-campus users access via the AMA website at

Please do get in touch if you have any comments or queries regarding this or any other resources available from the Library.

 The Library Subject Team


Extended Opening Hours over the Exam Period

May 8, 2015 at 9:42 am, by Michael Carragher

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The Library will be opening earlier than usual over the exam period for the next couple of weekends.

All campus libraries will operate extended weekend opening hours in support of the May 2015 exam period:

Saturday 9th May 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10th May 10am – 5pm
Saturday 16th May 10am – 5pm
Sunday 17th May 10am – 5pm

During weekdays, Jordanstown Library will open at 7.30am and Magee Library will open at 8am, and close at 10pm on:

Mon 11th – Fri 15th May
Mon 18th – Fri 22th May

Coleraine and Belfast campus libraries will open at 8.45am as usual, but will close at 10pm.

Please note that between Tuesday 5th May – Friday 22th May, students will need their ID cards to enter the Library in Magee as you will need to swipe the sensor on the wall to the right of the revolving door in order to gain entry. See here for further details.

Full details of Library opening hours can be found on the Library opening hours page.

Access to Magee Library during May 2015

April 27, 2015 at 11:26 am, by Jayne Dunlop

To help maintain a quiet environment during revision and exams, entry to Magee Library will be restricted from Tuesday 5th May – 22 May 2015.


You will need your ID card to swipe the sensor on  the revolving door or on the sensor on the wall in order to gain entry. If you can’t find your ID card, you need to get a replacement  from Academic Registry. Ask at the Issue Desk first, as ID cards are sometimes handed in to Lost Property.If your ID card doesn’t work, you can get it reset at the Security Desk in Block MD (main building).

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 on the wall 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. Please let staff know immediately if you are being disturbed by others’ inconsiderate behaviour.

Now available to Ulster users: Society of Radiographers Policy & Guidance Document Library

April 24, 2015 at 11:13 am, by Sarah Smyth

Society of Radiographers logo


The Society of Radiographers’ Policy & Guidance Document Library has been added to Ulster’s holdings.

All policy, guidance and advice published by the Society and College of Radiographers can be found here including the Code of Professional Conduct, which includes advice relevant to patient care, communication, what it is to be a professional and how and why professionalism is so vital. It also includes the Education and Career Framework for the Radiography Workforce, which defines outcomes for the whole workforce and how progression might be achieved and The Scope of Practice 2013, which defines the current scope of practice for the professional workforce for diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy.

This resource is available to on-campus users.

If you have any questions regarding this or any other resource held by the Library, contact your Subject Librarian for advice.

The Library Subject Team

Early women’s writing

April 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm, by Jayne Dunlop

Chawton House Library near Alton (Hampshire) is a centre for the study of early women’s writing from 1600 to 1830. IT houses around 10,000 rare books and is open to visitors, although booking is advised.  The library contains a library that Jane Austen knew and would have used.  Books in the library include works by Jane Austen, Aphra Behn, Mary Robinson, Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft.

MedicinesComplete platform upgrade planned

April 15, 2015 at 11:14 am, by Sarah Smyth

Medicines complete

On Monday 20th April 2015, the MedicinesComplete platform will be updated.

Users will continue to be able to login via the MedicinesComplete homepage ( in the normal way.

If you encounter any problems accessing BNF, BNF for Children or Stockley’s Drug Interactions (or any of the Library’s resources), contact the Life and Health Sciences Subject team at

Best Wishes

The Library Subject Team



Can’t read? Can’t do world-class research

March 26, 2015 at 10:40 am, by Sarah Smyth

Read on get on campaign

Read On. Get On. is a national campaign to get all our children reading well by the age of 11.

With a quarter of children leaving primary school without effective reading skills, an online petition has been launched asking political leaders to put this issue at the heart of education. Research shows that the need for intervention in poorer areas is acute – two in five children in poorer areas cannot read confidently when leaving primary education[1].

Read more about Read On. Get On. here

Read Save the Children’s full report here

[1] Save the Children, (2014) Read On. Get On. How reading can help children escape poverty. London: Save the Children.

GAIN clinical guideline on enteral feeding released

March 23, 2015 at 4:56 pm, by Sarah Smyth

GAIN logo

New guidance on enteral feeding of infants, children and young people has been released by the Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network.

Warmest congratulations are extended to Rosina Doherty-Allan, Campus Library Manager (Magee), who undertook the literature review in her former role as Trust Librarian in Western HSC Trust.

Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network. 2015. Guidelines for caring for an infant, child, or young person who requires enteral feeding. Belfast: GAIN.

Read the full guidelines here.

The Library Subject team