National Trust libraries now online

The records of the National Trust have been loaded on to Copac, the national, academic and specialist library catalogue.  This is the first time that the National Trust’s catalogue has been available to search online.  The National Trust owns 140 historic libraries, containing around 230,000 titles, generally preserved in the places where they were originally assembled and read; some were assembled by literary figures such as Kipling and Shaw.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Twenty six years in preparation, the recently published Dictionary of Irish Biography (in nine volumes and available online) represents one of the most important publishing events in Irish scholarship in the last fifty years. Contributions from Seven hundred scholars, including many from academics of the University of Ulster, have been brought together to give us a reference work which comprises 9,700 lives from “earliest times” to 2002. Biographies of individuals from the arts, the sciences, the worlds of business, sport and politics appear in the Dictionary. The coverage of Northern Ireland is equally strong. The printed volumes of the DIB will be held in the Reference section in Magee Learning Resource Centre, with the online version being made available for all the University academic community.

A New Library Service for Researchers!

Welcome to the library research blog. The subject librarians will be providing regular updates about library related matters of particular interest to researchers. This is a new library service, which we hope will improve the way we communicate with you. It is also an easy way for you to get in touch with us with any comments or questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Christmas Opening Hours


The LRCs will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th December) and reopen on Saturday 2nd January at 10am.

Normal weekday opening resumes on Monday 4th January.

The LRCs will be open longer on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm during the weekends of 2nd- 3rd January and 9th – 10th January to accommodate students who are preparing for exams.

Managing References – Let Refworks help!

Worried that your references aren’t properly stored and organised? Why not check out Refworks, the reference management database, to see if it can help.

The last Refworks training classes of 2009 will run on December 3rd, 15th and 17th . All are welcome to attend and you can sign up now for one of the sessions running in your campus library.

Refworks is available from the Databases list on the library homepage or on the Learning Resources tab in Portal.

Travel Funds

Financial help is available for students needing to visit libraries in the UK and Ireland to access resources not available at Ulster or via the Document Delivery service. There are two travel funds available: Library Travel Fund and the Alumni Travel Fund. Complete the relevant application form. NOTE: You must obtain approval prior to travel!

RSS – what's that?

 You will notice that RSS feeds are available from this blog, You might be unaware of how useful RSS can be but instead of visiting this blog on a regular basis to look for updates you can get the updates sent to you and then read them in the Favourites section of your Internet Explorer toolbar or have them sent to a reader such as Google Reader. For a simple explanation of how this all works, visit the Commoncraft video on Youtube. This will help you manage and keep track of all your favourite blogs in one place.

Index to Theses

Index thesesbackground2aIndex to Theses (available from the Databases list on the library homepage or Learning Resources tab in Portal ) allows you to search for research theses completed in the UK and Ireland for the past 200 years, with abstracts present for doctoral dissertations post 1986. “How to obtain full-text”  button with each record checks more recent theses against British Library EthOS service as well as other Institutional Repositories, or contact Document Delivery in your local LRC for assistance with thesis requests.