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Trial to the Merck Index

March 13, 2014 at 11:35 am, by Joan Atkinson

We have taken out a three month trial for The  Merck Index

Described as “the most authoritative and reliable source of information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals”, the resource is available from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Access through the A-Z Database list or by going direct to  An introductory video on how to search within Merck is available on You Tube

For any further information or help please contact the Life and Health Sciences team. We would also welcome your feedback on the trial.

Environment Digimap – Available Now

March 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm, by Michael Carragher


We now have access to Environment Digimap from EDINA, available until 31 July 2014.

Environment Digimap is part of the Digimap Collection of on-line mapping and data delivery facilities. Users can view maps through their web browser, save maps for printing and download environmental map data for use in geographical information systems. The data in Environment Digimap comes from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

It includes satellite data providing classification of UK land cover types at a 25m resolution for the years of 1990, 2000 & 2007. The Land Cover Maps for (LCM) 2000 and 2007, which is part of the Environment Digimap dataset, includes data for Northern Ireland. See more information on this latest release at the JISC Collections website.

Individual registration is required before accessing the resource via Athens authentication. There is lots of help available, or you can contact us for more information.


The Embase™ Database is being reloaded

March 4, 2014 at 10:07 am, by Sarah Smyth

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The upcoming Embase™ reload on OvidSP has been scheduled for mid-March 2014. The reload will incorporate:

  • 1,828 new terms that have been added to Emtree as preferred terms in 2014, including 148 drug terms and 1,680 medical terms.
  • Adding over 17,500 conference reviews and abstracts missing from 2010-2013.
  • Deleting 1.25 million MEDLINE records identified as duplicate records in the database.

An important note about AutoAlerts

If you receive AutoAlerts, you may see an unscheduled run prior to the reload. AutoAlert settings must be reset in advance of the reload. Please refer to our Embase User Guides for further information on advanced Embase functions.

If you have any questions, contact the Life & Health Subject Team for assistance.

First World War at the National Archives

March 3, 2014 at 9:50 am, by Jayne Dunlop

National Archives, is marking the centenary of the First World war on a dedicated website.  Find out more about the First World War,  through the National Archives website, archive collections, podcasts and blogs.

Release of State Papers by Public Records Office NI

March 3, 2014 at 9:43 am, by Jayne Dunlop

Annually since 1976, official records held by PRONI which were 30 years old have been reviewed with a view to making them publicly available (“the 30 year rule).  In September 2011, the Assembly accepted a Legislative Consent Motion to reduce the time limit for release from 30 years to 20 years (“the 20 year Rule”). This is underpinned by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the amendments made to it by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
The 20 year rule is being phased in over 10 years, with two years worth of records being reviewed and released each year.  This is the first year of the phasing-in period; records of the NI Departments and the NIO with terminal dates of 1983 and 1984 have been brought forward for review and release in December 2013.  Full details are avaiable on the PRONI website.
A selection of digital versions of documents released under the annual release scheme are available at the University of Ulster’s CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) website Opens a new browser window. .
The records selected by CAIN are ones which relate to the politics and conflict in the region. The records mainly cover the period 1968 to 1982. There are over 830 PRONI public records on the CAIN site comprising approximately 3400 pages.

Reading Dawsonera Books on iPads

February 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm, by Michael Carragher

We are aware that there are problems reading Dawsonera e-books on iPads.  Dawson are looking into the problem and they have passed  it to their developers.  There appears to be a software compatibility problem which causes the connection to crash after a few minutes.

The solution is to download, rather than read online, as follows:

  • Install Adobe Reader or Bluefire Reader from the Apple App Store
  • Find the book on Dawsonera and opt to download rather than read online
  • If the ebook you are downloading is an EPUB format a URLLink.acsm link will appear within your browser, click on “Open in Bluefire Reader” to complete the download.
  • The title will download and the Bluefire Reader app will open.
  • The ebook will show in the My Library section of the Bluefire reader app with the option to “Read Now” or to “Read Later”
  • If the ebook you are downloading is a PDF format the download will not start automatically and you must click “For iPhone and iPad users click here to download”
  • Once the download is complete the pdf will load in another tab (this may take a few minutes) but in a form that will not be readable.  Select “Open in Adobe Reader” to open the eBook
  • The DRM statement will appear in the Adobe Reader app, click open to read the ebook

Hope this helps, but please let us know if these instructions don’t work. In addition, there are some good guides for using Dawson Books on their Help page.

Library collections for history students

February 26, 2014 at 12:31 pm, by Jayne Dunlop

There are many special collections in libraries across the UK and Ireland.  The Foreign and Commonwealth Library is one example which is housed at King’s College London with over 800,00 books from the 16th century to the present day.  The collection has great historical value and amongst other topics,  includes a large amount of material on the slave trade.  Details of the collection can be found on the website.

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AIP Journals – Access from Anywhere

February 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm, by Michael Carragher

The American Institute of Physics publish a number of prestigious journal titles and conference proceedings, and make them available via their Scitation platform. We are pleased to say that AIP have made a number of improvements to Scitation, which means that AIP publications are now available to all staff and students from everywhere. Previous to this, they were available on Jordanstown campus only. Use the Sign-in via Shibboleth/Athens link to access material.

In addition to this, AIP have made some other improvements, including:

  • New AIP Thesaurus with over 7,500+ terms to improve discoverability
  • Improved article layout to help determine article relevance
  • Article level metrics to measure the impact of research
  • Enhanced personalization features including article level citation alerts, topic and TOC alerts

AIP have produced a User Guide to the their new interface. Alternatively, please contact us if you need any assistance.



New Trial – Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities

February 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm, by Michael Carragher

Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities is now available as a trial until the end of April 2014. Cabell Publishing, Inc. was founded to help professors, graduate students, and researchers publish their manuscripts in academic journals. The Directory helps you to determine which journals typically publish manuscripts similar to yours or could be the best fit for your manuscript. It is particularly useful to early career researchers, as it lists information on the style and format of most journals, describes the type of review process used by the editor(s) of a journal, the type of review, number of reviewers, acceptance rate, time required for review, availability of reviewers’ comments, number of copies required and manuscript topics.

Feedback on this resource is welcomed.

New Addition to the Web of Science – SciELO

February 14, 2014 at 11:54 am, by Michael Carragher

The SciELO* Citation Index has been added into the Web of Science. SciELO provides new insights into Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and South Africa. It includes:

  • Approximately 650 titles (over 350 adding content to journals already covered in the Web of Knowledge)
  • Over 4 million cited references
  • Open access with links to full text through the SciELO site
  • Weekly updates from the SciELO Brazil data feed
  • Simplified discovery process for local information in a regional database
  • An easy search experience with local language interface

See here for more information.