Library Resources for Arts
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
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
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
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
Delivery Contact details:
||Tel. 028 9036 6148: Fax.
028 9036 8615
||Tel. 028 7167 5299: Fax.
028 7167 5626
||Tel. 028 7012 4269: Fax.
028 7012 3084
||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.
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.
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.
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
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
A good way of searching the internet to find evaluated,
quality web sites.
A Subject Launchpad
BUBL Link: Catalogue
of Internet Resources
Ireland's National Education and Research Network.
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
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
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
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...?
Evaluating Web Pages: techniques to apply and questions to
ask (UC Berkeley Library)
the Bad and the Ugly: or Why it's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web
By Susan E. Beck
Below is a list of suggestions on how you can keep
up to date in your area of interest.
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
One of the most effective ways to keep up to date in
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.
your your searches, set up Alerts etc., you first need to register on the Web of Knowledge opening screen
(registration is free).
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.
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
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
ZETOC: gives details of 16,000 conference proceedings
Web of Science: includes conference papers, though mainly Science and
technology. Available from the Library databases page.
ChangeDetection monitors URLs for change and alerts you by email when a change
JISC mailing list service for UK Higher and Further Education.
Internet discussion and information lists.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Last updated: 26/09/11