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Digital Repository of Ireland Launched

June 26, 2015 at 3:15 pm, by Michael Carragher


The Digital Repository of Ireland, a trusted national infrastructure for the preservation, curation and dissemination of Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data, was officially launched on Thursday 25 June 2015.

The Digital Repository of Ireland is built by a research consortium of six academic partners working together to deliver the repository, policies, guidelines and training. These research consortium partners are: Royal Irish Academy (RIA, lead institute), Maynooth University (MU), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), and National College of Art and Design (NCAD). DRI is also supported by a network of academic, cultural, social, and industry partners, including the National Library of Ireland (NLI), the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) and RTÉ.

Service interruption to Dawsonera ebooks

June 16, 2015 at 9:59 am, by Sarah Smyth

Dawsonera logo

Dawsonera, one of Ulster Library’s e-book suppliers, is planning essential maintenance work this weekend.

Selected Library e-books will be unavailable from 14:30- 15:30 on Sunday 21st June.

E-resources from the Library’s other suppliers will be unaffected. If you experience problems or need further information contact your Librarian.

The Library Subject Team

Raising Ulster’s profile in healthcare engineering

June 15, 2015 at 10:15 am, by Sarah Smyth


Alan Kennedy, a PhD student from Ulster, has won a top award for wearable tech in the field of healthcare.

Under the auspices of the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) and supported by the Department of Employment and Learning, Alan’s sensor technology research will develop a low-cost, disposable solution for monitoring abnormal heart rhythms.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has awarded Alan a £10,000 scholarship in recognition of the value of his research.

Speaking about his award, Alan said:

“The £10,000 scholarship will be used to further develop my research for application in the global healthcare sector. As well as this it will facilitate international research visits with partnering institutes, allowing for collaboration with some of the world-leading experts in the area of wearable health technologies.

Congratulations from the Library Subject Team.

From Rocks to Ridges

June 12, 2015 at 10:10 am, by Sarah Smyth


Dr Paul Dunlop and Dr Peter Wilson from Ulster University’s School of Environmental Sciences, in conjunction with colleagues from Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and Mountaineering Ireland, have combined their academic expertise and enthusiasm for mountain landscapes, to compile a stunning new guide – ‘From Rocks to Ridges’.

Funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the guide is a valuable companion for walkers and climbers.  It features a geological map with accompanying text and photographs that explore linkages between rocks, soils and landforms. It is intended to aid identification of key landscape features that can be seen in the uplands of the north of Ireland and in other upland areas around the world.

Mountaineering Ireland, the governing body for the sport will be distributing the guide through affiliated clubs and societies to reach their 13,000 members and the general public.

A copy of the guide is also available for download from the Ulster Institutional Repository.

[Excerpted from Ulster Insight]

Ulster Pharmacy tops Guardian league table

May 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm, by Sarah Smyth

SAAD building

Ulster’s Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences courses have won top place in The Guardian’s University league tables for 2016.

Ulster is the only university to have scored 100% under the Guardian’s excellence rating, in addition to an excellent ‘value-added’ rating of 8 out of 10.

See Ulster’s full Guardian profile at

Summer Opening Hours

May 26, 2015 at 11:32 am, by Michael Carragher

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Our summer opening hours began on Monday 25 May. We are open as follows until the end of September:

Monday-Thursday: 8.45 am – 5 pm

Friday: 8.45 am – 4 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

For users of the Library at the Belfast campus, please see our fact sheet regarding service provision from 25 May.




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.