Trial access to PsycBOOKS

Ulster Library has arranged a free trial to PsycBOOKS for one month.

“PsycBOOKS contains full text (PDF) of scholarly book titles published by the American Psychological Association (APA). The service offers over 900 titles, including 100 out-of-print books from 1950-2002, approximately 300 archival resources in psychology, and the exclusive electronic release of the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology with over 1,500 authored entries. PsycBOOKS is updated with new releases of APA books and books originally produced by other publishers on a monthly basis”.

You can access the PsycBooks from the A-Z Databases listing on the Library & ICT tab on the Portal and off-campus access is available.  The database is hosted by OVID and so is on the same platform as PsycInfo and Medline.

We would be very keen to gather your feedback on this resource and so have made a feedback form available at

The trial ends on 10/11/16.

If you have any queries please contact your campus Life and Health Sciences librarian on

The Library Subject Team


Top Library Tips for the Summer


The sun is shining, teaching has finished – it must be summer! Here are some useful tips for you over the next few months.

  1. If you are graduating this summer, please return all your books before graduation.
  2. Pay any outstanding fines – especially if you are graduating. Payment can be made electronically or in person.
  3. You can renew your books online – most books won’t have to be returned until the beginning of the new academic year if you are a returning student.
  4. You may be able to organise access to other libraries over the summer period.
  5. We are open all summer, although our hours are different from term-time. You can check opening hours here.
  6. Many of our resources are available online from anywhere at any time – see here for more details.
  7. Follow us on Twitter for updates and latest news.
  8. Get in touch with us if you have any queries, or use Library Help.
  9. Finally, have a great summer!

Nanotechnology eBooks – New Acquisition


A major collection of eBooks in the subject area of Nanotechnology has just been acquired. The collection of 150 titles is available in the database Knovel Library. The collection can be accessed from anywhere at any time via the University Portal. Details of all the books will be added into the Library catalogue in the near future.

If you have any questions about this resource, please contact your subject librarians.

ICE Virtual Library – New Interface


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.

Pearson e-books – change to terms and conditions

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A key publisher, Pearson, has changed the terms and conditions of its e-book provision.

Users will no longer be able to download any Pearson titles supplied by Dawsonera to their devices. Pearson’s ‘Read Online’ capabilities are unaffected.

This change presently applies to e-books sourced from Dawsonera – our other suppliers will still allow downloads from Pearson e-books.

The Library Subject Team

Words of warning

last beach coverIn The Last Beach, leading environmental academics Orrin H Pilkey (Emeritus Duke University) and J Andrew G Cooper (Ulster University) call upon policy makers to put the environment before profit. Described as “a clarion call for a change of policy that prioritizes the preservation of beaches over property rights” (Kirkus Reviews, Oct 1st, 2014), the book explains how human activity is damaging our coastal habitats irrevocably. Pointing the finger of blame at subjects as diverse as motorists, raw sewage and the plastics trade, this book dares to describe a distant future where young children listen incredulously to tall tales of beautiful, ecologically-diverse sandy beaches.

Want to read the arguments for yourself? The Last Beach is available as an e-book to Ulster-registered users from the Library Catalogue. Click here to view.

The Library Subject Team

Give an e-book a home this Christmas

Are the festivities getting too much this holiday period? Why not relax with a bit of study time?

Our extensive suite of e-resources is available as usual from the Library & ICT tab on Portal.

Here are a few e-book titles which may be of interest:



Many more are available from the Library Catalogue

The University will be closed from 24th December 2014 – 4th January 2015 inclusive.

Best Wishes and Happy Holidays from the Library Subject Team


eBook lending in libraries: Sign the petition for a change in the law


EBLIDA (The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations)  is calling for a change to the European legislation which prevents libraries from lending a large proportion of their resources in eBook format.

From their website:

“Libraries guarantee free access to content, information, and culture for all European citizens. However, in the digital environment, the current legal framework prevents libraries from fulfilling these essential services to our society, especially regarding  the provision of e-books.

European citizens have the right to e-read! This should also be the case in libraries. It should therefore be possible for libraries to legally  provide their users with access to all commercially available e-books.”

Have your say by signing the petition:

The Library Subject Team


Referex eBook Collection

If you’ve been using the Referex eBook collection over the years, please note that all Referex titles moved on April 1 2014 from the Engineering Village platform to ScienceDirect. Most of the hundreds of top-quality reference books in Referex are published by Elsevier, and they have been incorporated into ScienceDirect and updated where possible to the latest edition. We are in the process of updating the Referex titles that appear in the Library Catalogue so that they now point to ScienceDirect, or they can be browsed/searched in ScienceDirect’s eBook page. Engineering Village still contains Compendex and Inspec databases, the premier search interfaces for all aspects of engineering.

Reading Dawsonera Books on iPads

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.