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Help and Advice
Your first point of contact should be a member of the Arts Subject team. If a visit to the Library is difficult, please feel free to email or phone us. Information on IT facilities and resources can be found on Student Experience.

Passwords and Access
You access the e-resources on the Portal. Log on using your student number and network password and choose the Learning Resources tab to view Library resources. A Guide to Passwords is available. You can access your password detail on the Banner Self service system.

Latest information on library resources for researchers will appear on the Research Blog.

For more information, choose from the links below.

General Library Resources
  Research at the University of Ulster
  UU Faculty of Arts Research Page
  The British Library: services for Researchers
BUBL Link Research methods
  Dissertation  doctor
University of York: Research methods and resources
 University of Ulster Library catalogue
 Other Library Catalogues
 Special Collections at UU
 Internet Subject gateways
 Databases for Arts
Journals and E-Journals
Library Services Writing and Citing
  Library Opening Hours
  Faculty Subject Guide (Arts)
  Document Delivery Service
  Borrowing from other HE Libraries (SCONUL Access)
  Letter of Introduction
Library Travel Fund

  Writing & Presenting your Dissertation or Thesis (S. Levine)
 The Royal Literary Fund
 Citing, Referencing and RefWorks
Information Skills IT User Services
  Literature Searching
  Searching the Internet
  Evaluation Criteria for Internet Sources
  Current Awareness: (Books, Journal Articles, Theses, Conferences, Web sites, Mailing lists)
 The Student Experience: advice on how to get started with It facilities and resources at the university

Contact Your Arts Subject Librarian



Document Delivery Service
For journal articles, books or theses  that are not available in any of the University of Ulster libraries, you may send for them using the Document Delivery Service.
To use this service you must fill in a Document Delivery Request form available either from any of the libraries or use the online form. If  you are using the online form to request a journal article or paper, you MUST print out the copyright section of the form, sign the copyright declaration and FAX or post it to the Document Delivery office.
There is no limit on the number of Inter-library loans you can request but only 8 per week will be processed.

Secure Electronic Delivery (SED)
Many articles and papers can be made available by Secure Electronic Delivery. To do so successfully you must go to the British Library FileOpen Test Document Service and download the fileOpen plugin. Install the FileOpen plugin and then download a test document from the British Library.
Once the download is successful, please contact your Document Delivery Office giving your name, borrower number and preferred email address.
Please note that items ordered through SED must be accessed within 30 days of being sent by the British library. the article can only be printed once but can be viewed for up to 14 days after downloading

 Document Delivery Contact details:


Email Telephone/Fax
Jordanstown illjord@ulster.ac.uk Tel. 028 9036 6148: Fax. 028 9036 8615
Magee illmagee@ulster.ac.uk Tel. 028 7167 5299: Fax. 028 7167 5626
Coleraine illcol@ulster.ac.uk Tel. 028 7012 4269: Fax. 028 7012 3084
Belfast illbfast@ulster.ac.uk Tel. 028 9536 7270: Fax. 028 9536 7278

Letter of Introduction
A letter of introduction to other libraries can be provided by the Arts Subject Librarian. To obtain a letter of introduction you must be in good standing with the library and have no overdue books or outstanding fines.

There are self-service photocopiers in each of the Learning Resource Centres. They are all card-operated. For guidance on what may be copied, see Copyright.

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Library e-resources are available by logging into the Portal (using student number and network password) and selecting the Learning Resources tab. A Guide to Passwords is available.

Databases for Arts
This link takes you to the databases most frequently used by Arts students. The list is not exhaustive, simply a starting point. Please go to the Databases link on the Learning resources tab of the Portal for a complete list of all databases.

 Journals (Sometimes referred to as Periodicals, Magazines or Serials)
Journals are publications which appear on a regular basis and at least once a year. They may also be called periodicals, serials, magazines, newsletters, bulletins etc. Journals appear either as a printed journal or an electronic journal (e-journal) though some titles are available as both. When searching for a journal it is important that you check both the Library Catalogue and the Electronic Journals Database.

Electronic Journals Database
A Search facility is available for journal titles beginning with or containing particular keywords. The database appears on the Portal on the Learning Resources tab.

Print Journals
These may be used in the library, but they cannot be borrowed. To locate a journal, search by the journal title in the Library catalogue and highlight Journals Catalogue on the catalogue menu.

Electronic Books
E Books can be located and accessed in the Library catalogue (you can select the eBooks option from the menu if you wish to search for e books only).


Other Library Catalogues

British Library Library of Congress LIBWEB:Library Servers via the WWW (world-wide)
COPAC: research Libraries in the UK & Ireland BUBL Link to Libraries Queen's University, Belfast
Linen Hall Library Trinity College Dublin National Library of Wales
National Library of Scotland    


  Internet Subject Gateways
A good way of searching the internet to find evaluated, quality web sites.

PINAKES: A Subject Launchpad

BUBL Link: Catalogue of Internet Resources

Ireland's National Education and Research Network.



Literature searching
For a guide on Library Search Skills, including Sources of Information and How to Design a Search Strategy please go to:

Information Skills Unit (Universty of Ulster Library)

Seven Steps to Effective Library Research (Cornell University Library)


Evaluation Criteria for Internet Sources
There are several concerns about the quality of information found on the Internet.

  • anyone can "publish" information on the Internet

  • difficult to trace credentials of authors

  • misinformation or incomplete information can be easily spread

It is good practice to "evaluate" information you find on the web. Below are a few suggestions on how you might evaluate an Internet source.

  • How did you discover the resource?
    Using a "subject gateway" rather than a search engine such as Google should lead to quality reviewed sites.

  • What information does the resource reveal?
    Is there an authors name?
    Are there contact details i.e. e-mail address?
    Is there a date?
    Are there links to & from other sites, especially a homepage?

  • Check the URL - it can give clues to the origin of a page?
    Commercial - .co.uk         
    Academic    - .ac.uk  
    Educational - edu         .
    Government - .gov.uk    
    Non-profit organisation - .org.uk   
    Personal homepage -  ~jsmith
    Work back through a URL to discover its source.

  • Why is this site on the web? To educate, persuade, sell, entertain...?

Useful Links:
Evaluating Web Pages: techniques to apply and questions to ask (UC Berkeley Library)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: or Why it's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Resources
By Susan E. Beck


Current Awareness
Below is a list of suggestions on how you can keep up to date in your area of interest.

Some major publishers have a facility on their websites to check details of new books. Email alerting services are also available from some publishers, such as, Blackwell Publishing, Cambridge, Elsevier and Oxford University Press

Journal Articles
One of the most effective ways to keep up to date in journal literature is to save and re-run searches on the most relevant databases for your subject.

Web of Knowledge - saved searches may be re-run. Citation Alerts can also be set up.
To save your your searches, set up Alerts etc.,  you first need to register on the Web of Knowledge opening screen (registration is free).

Alerting Services
These provide email alerts for new journal issues.

The University of Ulster Electronic Journals Database allows you to set up alerts for new tables of contents from specific journal titles or keywords by using the 'My TDNet' option. You can locate the database on the Portal. Choose the Learning Resources tab and link to Electronic Journals under Key Services.

This is a table of contents alerting service which will email you the contents pages of your chosen journals every time a new issue is loaded into the database. It is updated daily so you may be emailed within 72 hours of publication.

Check the databases in your subject area as a number provide an email alerting service.

Index to Theses

Covers all research theses completed in the UK & Ireland since 1716. Abstracts are included from 1986. Bibliographic details only for non-doctoral theses from early 1990's. Available on the Library Databases page.

Thesis digitization dervice from the British library. To download a thesis you must register with EThOS (registration is free) so that you are able to logon to the service. A list of participating institutions is available.
In cases where a thesis from a  non-participating institution is required, apply through Document Delivery.

Proquest Dissertations and Theses
Available on the Library Databases page.



British Library Integrated Catalogue: choose Catalogue Subset Search and then choose Document Supply Conferences.

Conference Alerts
: service which includes a searchable database of forthcoming academic conferences and a free alerting service.

ZETOC: gives details of 16,000 conference proceedings per year.

All Conferences.COM

Web of Science: includes conference papers, though mainly Science and technology. Available from the Library databases page.

Web Sites
monitors URLs for change and alerts you by email when a change occurs.

Mailing Lists
JISC mailing list service for UK Higher and Further Education.

Internet discussion and information lists.

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Citing and Referencing & RefWorks
Citing & referencing
It is important that all references are correctly cited. The Library Training Page includes guides to citation.

RefWorks allows you to create a personal database and compile bibliographies in a range of styles e.g. Harvard Referencing.
It allows you to

  • create a database of references by direct export from a database, importing them from a saved text file or by entering them manually
  • organise your references into folders
  • use your references to produce a bibliography automatically in a format of your choice

 RefWorks is available on the Library databases page on the Portal.

The Library organises introductory classes on RefWorks, details of which can be found on the Portal on the Learning Resources tab. Online tutorials are also available on the RefWorks database.

Write-N-Cite allows you to insert references from RefWorks into a Word document while you are writing it.
It is necessary to download Write-N-Cite to your PC.
Once downloaded a button will appear on your
Word toolbar.


The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 allows copying of copyright materials under certain circumstances. The amount of a published work which may be photocopied is  generally interpreted as:

  • no more than one chapter of a book

  • no more than one article of a journal issue

  • no more than one single case report from a law report volume

  • OR

  • no more than 5% of a given work, whichever is greater

Copying must be for the purposes of non-commercial research or private study, which is why, if we make or obtain a photocopy for you, we ask you to sign a copyright declaration that you require the copy for this purpose.

Guidance on Copyright is available to University of Ulster Students and staff


Plagiarism is an issue taken very seriously by all academic institutions. There is much information on plagiarism and how to avoid it. One of the best sites is JISC Plagiarism Advisory Service which covers all aspects of plagiarism.


For further help or advice about Library resources please contact the Arts Library subject team.

If staff are unavailable to answer your query please use the online subject enquiry form.

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