Embase® Database Notice

We’ve received the following message about Embase:

Dear Ovid Customer:

Elsevier has recently notified us that Embase® Customers will see a considerably large amount of records in their daily update on or around February 20, 2015. This is due to Elsevier’s correction of approximately 30,000 records that are older than 5 years.

Please note, this is not a database reload. Depending on the search strategy specified in your AutoAlerts, you may find a higher than expected number of records in your results due to these corrections. Additionally, you can view them by entering 201591.up into your search to retrieve them.

If you should have any questions during this time, please contact Ovid Customer Support at support@ovid.com.


*Update your BNF registration*

BNF logoBNFC logo

British National Formulary and British National Formulary for Children has moved to a new platform. New and existing users will have to register for a new account to access the service.

To register, follow the steps below:

‘I am a UK-based individual undertaking work (or training) for or on behalf of the NHS or an NHS organisation’

  • Accept the MedicinesComplete terms and conditions by ticking the box

‘I am purchasing a single-user subscription for these publications and agree to the MedicinesComplete Terms and Conditions

  • Click the ‘Proceed’ to checkout button
  • At this stage you ‘Register now’ and complete your details (only use ‘Sign in’ once you have registered)
  • Click ‘Proceed
  • The next page Confirm Details, if it shows your correct email and the Subscriptions BNF and BNFC at zero value, click ‘Proceed
  • You will be sent an email – It is essential that you click the link and create your account, otherwise you will not be able to access your subscription

If you do not receive the email within a few minutes, check your spam filter.

If you encounter any problems using the service, contact the Life & Health Sciences subject team at science@library.ulster.ac.uk

Best Wishes

The Library Subject Team

Martindale – The Complete Drug Reference – trial access

Martindale logo

Trial access to Martindale – The Complete Drug Reference is available both on and off-campus until 11th July 2014.

Considered a comprehensive and reliable reference resource on drugs and medicines used throughout the world, Martindale includes information on:

  • Drug monographs
  • Preparation, uses, administration and interactions
  • Chemical, brand and ‘street’ names
  • Molecular structures and formulae
  • CAS Registry Numbers, ATC Codes and UNII Codes
  • Manufacturers’ specifications

To access Martindale from the Library & ICT tab on the Portal, click on Stockley’s Drug Interactions on the A-Z listing of databases.  At the next screen click on the downward pointing arrow (next to Stockley’s Drug Interactions in the top left of the screen) 


and select Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference:


Once selected, you can start searching.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this resource. We are very interested to hear your opinions and experiences, so please pass on your feedback.

Help using the database is available from the Life & Health Sciences Subject Team.

Trial to the Merck Index

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 http://www.rsc.org/merck-index.  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.

The Embase™ Database is being reloaded

Ovid logo

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.

New Database – Stockley’s Drug Interactions

Stockley's drug interactionsStockley’s Drug Interations is now available as a searchable database with both on and off-campus access. Find it on the A-Z Databases link on the Library & ICT Portal tab.

From the makers;

“Stockley’s Drug Interactions is the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative reference book on drug interactions, covering therapeutic drugs, proprietary medicines, herbal medicines, foodstuffs, drinks, pesticides, and drugs of abuse.”


British Pharmacopoeia now available off-campus

british pharmacopoeia logo

We are pleased to announce that British Pharmacopoeia Online is now available off-campus. Users will be able to avail of this excellent resource without the need for a trip to one of our campus Libraries.

For access, click on the Library & ICT tab in Portal and look for the Databases link under Key Services.

From the Life & Health Sciences Subject Team

Trial Access to Reaxys

The Library has a thirty day trial to Reaxys, a major resource in the fields of pharmacy, pharmacology, chemistry and materials. Reaxys is a unique web-based chemistry database consisting of deeply excerpted compounds and related factual properties, reaction and synthesis information as well as bibliographic data, navigated and displayed via an actionable interface.

The trial is available on-campus only. Please click here for further information.

BNF65 has now been published

The latest edition of the British National Formulary (BNF65) is now available.  Users can access it from the A-Z listing of databases on the Library & ICT tab on the Portal. 

Please contact the Life and Health Sciences Library team for help or further information.