ICE Virtual Library – New Interface

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The ICE Virtual Library has moved to a new platform, which is faster and more user-friendly.

We don’t subscribe to everything in the ICE Virtual Library, but we do have access to most of their journals and a growing number of their eBooks. All of the content that we subscribe to can be accessed from anywhere via OpenAthens authentication. The easiest way to gain access is via the University Portal > Library tab > Library Databases A-Z > click on I for ICE Proceedings collection.

OTDBase currently unavailable

OTDBase is unavailable to users due to external technical problems.

Other databases for occupational therapy are:

CINAHL Plus

MEDLINE

PsycInfo

Always log in to Portal to ensure access to subscribed material. If you need help with any of the Library’s resources, contact your Subject Librarian.

The Library Subject Team.

Epigenomics Journal – trial

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A trial of the e-journal Epigenomics has begun at Ulster.

Access is via the A-Z Electronic Journals list to on-campus users, and the trial runs until December 2015.

If you have any comments to make regarding the trial – or any of the Library’s resources – please contact your Subject Librarian.

Epigenomics

Future Science Group

Impact Factor: 4.649 (2014)

Get up to speed with health research with a free online course

Cardiff University is running a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the FutureLearn platform from Monday 7 September. It’s called The Informed Health Consumer: Making Sense of Evidence.

This free course is aimed at a lay audience and will be useful for people who want to find out more about a medical condition or those considering studying a health-related subject at university. It will also interest those who want to improve their knowledge of a health-related issue.

Over four weeks, the course will:

  • Look at the factors that affect the reliability of evidence;
  • Provide practical help on how to find the best evidence;
  • Improve understanding of the terminology of health research;
  • Provide some simple tools to help judge whether it’s reliable.

To apply, visit the course homepage at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/informed-health-consumer

The Library Subject Team

Royal Society of Chemistry journals – new trial at Jordanstown and Coleraine

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A number of RSC journals not previously available at Ulster have been made available from the Portal on a trial basis.

The collection is comprised of 47 journal titles, including:

Journal of Materials Chemistry

Analyst

Food & Function

Journal of Environmental Monitoring

Natural Product Reports

Access is via the A-Z Electronic Journals list on the Library & ICT tab and is limited to on-campus users at Jordanstown and Coleraine. The trial runs until 31st December.

More information about the trial is available from the Life & Health Subject Team.

Cut waste to save our seabirds

By 2050, 99% of all seabirds will have a piece of plastic waste in their stomach.

This shocking finding – published in the journal PNAS  by UCL researcher Erik Van Sebille and international colleagues – has prompted the authors to call for a halt in the “exponential” rise in global plastic production.

Read the full research report here.

Wilcox, C., Van Sebille, E., and Hardersty, V. D. (2015) Threat of plastic pollution to seabirds is global, pervasive, and increasing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, In Press. Available at: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/08/27/1502108112.abstract [Accessed 1 September 2015].

ScienceDirect Search Tips

Courtesy of the ScienceDirect blog, here are some tried-and-true tips to keep in mind before entering your next ScienceDirect search query:

  • Search terms are not case-sensitive, so it does not matter if you use lowercase or uppercase letters.
  • Entering singular nouns will also search for plural nouns and possessives. For example:
    • City finds city, cities, and city’s
    • Criterion finds criteria and criterion
  • Entering search terms using either US or UK spellings will automatically search for both spellings.
  • Multiple words set off by spaces will search for documents or images with both words.
  • You can use either quotation marks or curly brackets to search for a phrase, but the results will differ in these ways:
    • Searches in quotation marks (such as “heart-attack”) will be fuzzy searches – the search engine will search for plural and singular nouns, US and UK spellings, ignore symbols and punctuation, and allow wildcards.
    • Searches in curly brackets, such as {heart-attack}, will be exact searches. The search engine will look only for that exact phrase, including symbols and punctuation.

If you need any further help with ScienceDirect or any of our other resources, please contact your Subject Librarian.

Scopus Launches Article Metrics Module

Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, has recently expanded the range of article metrics available.

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In addition to the citation metrics which have been an integral part of Scopus from the beginning, the following metrics are now included in the Document details page when available:

  • Scholarly Activity – Downloads and posts in common research tools such as Mendeley and CiteULike.
  • Social Activity – Mentions characterized by rapid, brief engagement on platforms used by the general population, such as Twitter, Facebook and Google +.
  • Scholarly Commentary – Reviews, articles and blogs by experts and scholars, such as F1000 Prime, research blogs, and Wikipedia.
  • Mass Media – Coverage of research output in the Mass Media.

For more information, see the article New Scopus Article Metrics: A better way to benchmark articles or contact your subject librarian for further help.