Refworks Training: September Classes   [06/09/17]

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The first Refworks workshops of the new academic year have been scheduled for Thursday 21st, Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th September. If you would like to learn how to use this important tool to manage your references online, please use the booking links below.

Thursday 21st September 2017

Monday 25th September 2017

Tuesday 26th September 2017

Wednesday 27th September 2017

More details about Refworks can be found on the Library Databases page

If you are interested in Refworks training but are unable to attended any of the sessions above, please contact your Subject Librarian about alternative arrangements.

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OpenAthens authentication: Student email addresses   [05/07/17]

Full Story: In anticipation of impending changes to student email addresses, students must now enter their email address as @ulster.ac.uk rather than @email.ulster.ac.uk when authenticating to OpenAthens resources (databases, e-journals, etc). If you need further advice about this change or are still experiencing difficulties, please contact Library Help.

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Library Databases: Proquest Trials   [05/07/17]

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The Library's subject teams regularly trial the latest databases & e-resources to support your studies. The latest trial databases are all on the Proquest platform and include:

Art and Architecture Archive

Art and Architecture Archive is a full-text archive of magazines comprising key research material in the fields of art and architecture, dating from the late-nineteenth century to the twenty-first. Subjects covered include fine art, decorative arts, architecture, interior design, industrial design, and photography. The magazines are scanned from cover-to-cover and presented as full-color page images; detailed indexing permits quick, efficient searching and navigation of this material.

Your feedback on the Art and Architecture Archive trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 30/06/17

 

British Periodicals

British Periodicals provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.

Your feedback on the British Periodicals trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 30/06/17

 

News, Policy & Politics Magazine Archive

News, Policy & Politics Magazine Archive is an archival collection comprising the backfiles of 15 major magazines (including the Newsweek archive), spanning areas including current events, international relations, and public policy. These titles offer multiple perspectives on the contemporary contexts of the major events, trends, and interests in these fields throughout the twentieth century. The collection will provide valuable primary source content for researchers in fields ranging from history and political science, through to law and economics.

Your feedback on the News, Policy & Politics Magazine Archive trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 30/06/17

 

Vogue Italia Archive

The Vogue Italia Archive includes the complete run of Vogue Italia, one of the most influential and renowned international editions of Vogue, from its launch in 1964 to the present. Recognized as the least commercial and most artistic edition, it has a tradition of innovation and bold treatment of current issues and events. Vogue Italia’s appeal and influence is international, with almost half of its print issues typically being sold outside of Italy.

Your feedback on the Vogue Italia Archive trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 30/06/17

 

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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Ebook Library: Titles available from Proquest Ebook Central   [13/06/17]

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Ebook Library (EBL) e-books provided by the Library will be available via the Proquest Ebook Central platform from Wednesday 13th June 2017. Any links or bookmarks to the old EBL site will automatically redirect to the new Proquest platform. Any personalisations made in EBL ('bookshelves', notes, bookmarks, etc) will also be available via Proquest Ebook Central.

More information about Proquest Ebook Central can be found from the Proquest training videos.
Any questions about this new platform can submitted via Library Help.

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The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition: The Complete Works - E-book now available   [27/04/17]

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The Library now has access to The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition: The Complete Works via the Oxford Scholarly Editions Online platform. Oxford Scholarly Editions Online is available via the Library Databases page and the e-book can also be accessed via the Library Catalogue.

The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition: The Complete Works is part of the landmark New Oxford Shakespeare ― an entirely new consideration of all of Shakespeare's works, edited afresh from all the surviving original versions of his work, and drawing on the latest literary, textual, and theatrical scholarship.

The Modern Critical Edition presents the plays and poetry in the order in which Shakespeare wrote them, so that readers can follow the development of his imagination, his engagement with a rapidly evolving culture and theatre, and his relationship to his literary contemporaries.

The Modern Critical Edition gives students the very best resources they need to understand and enjoy all Shakespeare's works. The authoritative text is accompanied by extensive explanatory and performance notes, and innovative introductory materials which lead the reader into exploring questions about interpretation, textual variants, literary criticism, and performance, for themselves.

A companion volume, The New Oxford Shakespeare: Authorship Companion, is also available via the Oxford Scholarly Editions Online platform.

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OpenAthens Protected Resources: New Login Procedures   [03/02/17]

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Login procedures for accessing OpenAthens protected e-resources have changed. Users must now authenticate to OpenAthens protected Library e-resources (databases, e-journals, e-books, etc) via a new Ulster login page using their institutional email address and network password. Automatic Athens authentication upon login to the University Portal has been withdrawn.

When accessing an OpenAthens resource for the first time, you may be faced with a generic OpenAthens login screen (see below). If so, you must search using the 'Find your organisation' box on the right in order to navigate to the correct Ulster login page. A search for Ulster will present a list that includes an Ulster University link.


Generic OpenAthens login: Find Your Organisation here

 

Clicking the link will take you to the new Ulster sign-in page that will accept your institutional email address and network password to login (the same password as the Portal, IT workstations). Logging in successfully here will take you to the desired e-resource. Once logged in, you will remain authenticated throughout your browser session and shouldn't be challenged to login again if you visit other OpenAthens resources.


New Ulster sign-in page: login with your Ulster email & network password (same password as Portal, workstations)

 

In many cases, links from the Library Databases page will pre-identify you as an Ulster user and will pass you directly to the Ulster branded sign-in page and on to the desired resource after successful login. A successful login from the Ulster sign-in page will keep you authenticated during your browser session, preventing further login challenges from other OpenAthens resources.

The Library has taken steps to ensure that database personalisations, saved searches etc, will be retained when logging in via this new route. This is also true of Refworks data. If you're having any problems accessing e-resources or with your e-resource personaliations, e.g. your Refworks data, since these changes, please contact us via Library Help.

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Improved Borrowing Services for All Library Users   [31/01/17]

Full Story: Following a survey carried out by the Library, a number of changes to borrowing policies have been introduced: new loan categories, increased borrowing & fines updated. [more..]

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LHS Harvard & Plagiarism Referencing Workshops   [31/01/17]

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Harvard referencing & plagiarism workshops for Life & Health Sciences students have been scheduled for Tuesday 28th February 2017 at Coleraine, Jordanstown & Magee libraries. The workshops will demonstrate basic techniques for completing a Harvard reference for books, journals and web pages using the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences Harvard Referencing Guidelines 2015. In addition, the workshops will explore the concept of plagiarism and the negative impact it can have upon your work. Sign up now if you would like to attend a workshop.

The workshops are scheduled for the following dates:

Tuesday 28th February 2017

  • Coleraine Library, IT Suite, 12-1pm
  • Jordanstown Library, 13C37, 12-1pm
  • Magee Library, MM221, 12.15-1.15pm

If you are interested in Harvard referencing training but are unable to attend any of the workshops above, please contact a member of the Library's Life & Health Sciences team.

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APA Referencing & Plagiarism Workshops: Life & Health Sciences   [31/01/17]

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American Psychological Association (APA) referencing & plagiarism workshops for Life & Health Sciences students have been scheduled. Workshops will run on Wednesday 1st March 2017 at Coleraine, Jordanstown & Magee libraries. The workshops will demonstrate basic techniques for completing an APA reference for books, journals and web pages using the Faculty of Life and Sciences Referencing Guidelines 2015. In addition, the workshops will explore the concept of plagiarism and the negative impact it can have upon your work. Sign up now if you would like to attend a workshop.

The workshops are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Coleraine Library, IT Suite, Wednesday 1st March 12-1pm
  • Jordanstown Library, 13C37, Wednesday 1st March 12-1pm
  • Magee Library, MM221, Wednesday 1st March 1.15-1.15pm

If you are interested in APA referencing training but are unable to attend any of the workshops above, please contact a member of the Library's Life & Health Sciences subject team.

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Revised Teaching and Research Support Guide   [04/10/16]

Full Story: A revised version of the Library's Supporting Teaching and Research guide has recently been produced. This guide aims to provide an introduction to the full range of Library services and resources available to current academic staff & researchers.

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Getting the EDGE: Accredited New Library Activity   [04/10/16]

Full Story: If you are currently registered to complete the University's EDGE Award, the Library has recently launched a new activity based on evaluating your research skills which will help you complete the Award. The activity is entitled 'Developing Lifelong Information Literacy Skills' and further details are available by contacting your Subject Librarian.

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Library Annual Report 2014-2015   [03/08/16]

Full Story: The Library Annual Report 2014-2015 is now available to view from the Library Documents page.

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IBISWorld Database   [20/07/16]

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IBISWorld

As the KeyNote market research database is no longer being updated, the Library has cancelled its subscription. For those needing access to UK market research, we now have access to the IBISWorld database which contains industry information for 400+ sectors.

IBISWorld key features:

  • The broadest collection of Industry Reports in the UK
  • True industry analysis, not simply aggregated company financial data
  • Researching at a finer level of detail; e.g. dozens of food manufacturing industries
  • Being the only available source of Industry Research for many industries
  • Updating more frequently; the large majority of our reports are updated 3 or more times a year
  • Every Industry Report contains 9 chapters in 25 sections

The Library also subscribes to other market research databases such as Mintel, Passport and MarketLine (in Business Source Complete) and these all contain information on UK sectors as well as international market research. If you need help in using these databases or in sourcing industry information please contact your business subject librarian.

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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New E-Resource: Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism   [01/07/16]

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Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism

The Library now has access to Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, the largest & most comprehensive resource for the study of modernism. With an accessible and intuitive interface, Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism brings together a wealth of interdisciplinary content about the Modernist period, and is the ideal starting point for any research in modernism.

With over 1,000 articles from experts in the field, supported by over 100 images, Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism is a vital tool for students and researchers. The content is fully cross-referenced, allowing for greater discoverability between fields, and covers eight key subject areas:

  • Literature
  • Architecture
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Film
  • Intellectual Currents

Researchers can browse by subject, movement, or place in order to discover connections between key topics and fields.

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism is ever-expanding, and will be regularly updated with new content sourced by our team of expert Subject Editors, who are led by General Editor Associate Professor Stephen Ross (President of the Modernist Studies Association).

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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Green Impact Awards   [27/06/16]

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The Green Impact Scheme, a national environmental accreditation and awards scheme, is run by the National Union of Students. Through a network of Environmental Champions, the scheme encourages people to explore sustainability initiatives and make simple changes in the workplace.

Coleraine & Belfast libraries have achieved a bronze award this year, joining Magee Library which achieved a bronze in 2015 and is working towards silver. Some simple changes were made to everyday practices to achieve this. These included:

  • Saving paper by promoting the value of using print preview instead of printing immediately
  • Encouraging colleagues to scan rather than print or photocopy
  • Reminding colleagues to switch off lights, PCs and other equipment when not in use
  • Reducing toxic waste by using rechargeable batteries and taking care to separate batteries from normal waste

In addition, events during Fairtrade fortnight raised awareness of the range of Fairtrade goods available locally; libraries provided a focal point for personal book swap events and Coleraine even created a Christmas tree from Library waste.

Congratulations to all those involved.

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New Database Trial: Churchill Archive   [27/06/16]

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The Library's subject teams regularly trial the latest databases & e-resources to support your studies. The latest trial database is:

Churchill Archive

Published in October 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing in collaboration with the Churchill Archives Centre, the Churchill Archive is a digital library of modern international history.

It includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. This is more than a fantastic collection of primary source material; it is a unique online resource offering new insight into a fascinating period of our past.

This is the holy grail of twentieth-century archives.’ – Martin Farr, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Newcastle University, UK

Your feedback on the Churchill Archive trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 22/08/16 and is on-campus only.

 

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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Doctoral Students Survey   [01/06/16]

Full Story: Many thanks to the doctoral students who completed our recent Library survey. We received 102 responses in total and a summary report will be produced shortly on the main findings. Congratulations to Joanna Kempiak who won some Amazon vouchers in the prize draw.

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New Database: ASTM Compass   [11/04/16]

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ASTM Compass

The Library now has access to ASTM Compass, a vast collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information with an international scope. It covers a broad range of engineering disciplines, including: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, soil science and solar engineering.

The ASTM Compass digital library contains the following:

  • All 13,000+ ASTM Standards
  • Eight Journals
  • 29,000 Special Technical Publications
  • Manuals and Data Series

ASTM Compass is only available on-campus at the moment.

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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New Database: Nutrition and Food Sciences   [24/03/16]

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Nutrition and Food Sciences

Nutrition and Food Sciences is a specialist internet resource that gathers together research, reviews and news on nutrition and the food sciences in an easily searchable database. It covers the whole food chain from the raw ingredients to the physiological and health effects of nutrients. Key subject areas include public health, clinical nutrition, nutrition physiology, food safety, food security, consumer behaviour, food science and technology and food product groups such as functional foods.

The bibliographic records in Nutrition and Food Sciences are drawn from CAB Abstracts the leading database in the applied life sciences. The service also includes full text documents from conferences, journals and bulletins, including:

  • EFSA Journal
  • Polish Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences
  • Ciencia e Tecnologia de Alimentos
  • Nutrition Research and Practice
  • Proceedings of the International Congress Flour-Bread. and Croatian Congress of Cereal Technologists
  • Proceedings of the XVII European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat and XI European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products

Key facts about Nutrition and Food Sciences:

  • Over 50,000 full text documents (journal articles, conference papers, reports)
  • Over 1,200,000 bibliographic records with detailed keyword (metadata) tagging
  • Over 166 CAB Reviews, timely analysis written by subject experts
  • More than 2,200 news items
  • Events calendar of nutrition and food science conferences/meetings

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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New Database Trial: Academic Video Online Premium   [19/02/16]

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The Library's subject teams regularly trial the latest databases & e-resources to support your studies. The latest trial database is:

Academic Video Online: Premium

Trial access is now available to Academic Video Online: Premium, a multidisciplinary collection of videos that touches on the curriculum needs of virtually every department. With thousands of titles available now and 400 new titles per month, this collection is unmatched in its breadth. Academic Video Online: Premium allows students and researchers alike to analyze unique and valuable content from over 500 producers and distributors around the world.

 

Academic Video Online: Premium includes every kind of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. You will find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy, Emmy, and Peabody winners.

 

Academic Video Online: Premium covers all disciplines and subject areas, with specific strengths in:

  • Science
  • Anthropology 
  • Counseling & Therapy 
  • Fashion
  • Business & Economics
  • Nursing
  • Diversity Studies
  • Education
  • Documentary Film
  • Feature Film
  • Allied Health
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Music & Dance
  • News & Current Events
  • Theater & Drama
  • Criminal Justice
  • and more!

Your feedback on the Academic Video Online trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 30/04/16

 

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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New Database: Migration to New Worlds   [02/02/16]

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Migration to New Worlds

Migration to New Worlds explores the movement of peoples from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia.

The collection presents a unique insight into the personal stories of migrants during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Letter collections, travel journals, diaries and oral histories provide a wealth of first-hand accounts for research into migration experiences and the hardship of settlement for new immigrants. These are supplemented by scrapbooks, government papers, hand-drawn maps, watercolours, objects, emigration pamphlets, shipping papers and rare printed material which provide significant context to the history of migration, legislation and living conditions during this period.

Find out more about this resource, and how to use it, with their Take A Tour feature.

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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Laptop Lending Service at Jordanstown Library   [10/11/15]

Full Story: Try our new laptop lending service at Jordanstown Library from Monday 2nd November 2015. This pilot service will be available to students and the laptops are loaned for use within the Library only. See the Pilot Library Laptop Loan Service Guide for more details.

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New E-Journals Trial: Royal Society of Chemistry Journals   [28/09/15]

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The Library's subject teams regularly trial the latest databases & e-resources to support your studies. The latest e-journals trialis:

Royal Society of Chemistry Journals

Trial access to the Royal Society of Chemistry current journal collection is now available. The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community and publish more than 35 peer-reviewed journals and two magazines, spanning analytical science, biological chemistry, catalysis, chemical biology & medicinal chemistry, energy, environmental science, food science, general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, organic chemistry and physical chemistry.

This trial is available on-campus in Jordanstown and Coleraine, with coverage of issues published from 2008 and beyond.

Your feedback on the RSC Journals trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 31/12/15

 

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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Belfast Library Services   [24/09/15]

Full Story: Belfast Library has relocated to Block BB. Access to Library floors is via swipe card so users must bring their University ID card with them at all times. Please note, on the first visit to campus the card must be updated at Belfast campus reception.

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Document Delivery Service: New Developments   [03/08/15]

Full Story: The Library Document Delivery service has introduced a new ‘plug-in-less’ secure electronic delivery method. It makes accessing requested journal articles simpler & brings greater flexibility to the use of delivered articles. We are also in the process of withdrawing paper-based document delivery request forms. From Monday 17th August, all document delivery requests should be submitted using the online document delivery request form.
For more information please see the Library Document Delivery page.

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New Database: Art Source   [06/07/15]

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Art Source

The Library now has access to Art Source, an unmatched resource for art & architecture research which covers a broad range of related subjects: from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. Providing over 750 full-text journals, more than 220 full-text books and a collection of over 63,0000 images, it is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers.

Art Source was developed from a merger of high-quality databases from EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson, and includes many unique sources that were never previously available. This database offers detailed indexing and abstracts for an international array of journals, books, podcasts and more.

This service replaces 'Art Abstracts & Art Full Text'. Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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New Database Trial: World Newspaper Archive   [22/06/15]

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The Library's subject teams regularly trial the latest databases & e-resources to support your studies. The latest trial database is:

World Newspaper Archive

World Newspaper Archive represents the largest searchable collection of historical newspapers from Africa, Latin America & South Asia and offers opportunities for fresh insight across wide-ranging disciplines. This expanding online resource was created in partnership with the Center for Research Libraries, one of the world’s most important newspaper repositories. Providing exact digital replicas of newspapers published in English and a variety of other languages, the World Newspaper Archive chronicles the history and politics of diverse peoples and cultures during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative updates, letters, poetry, advertisements, matrimony and death notices and more, these newspapers offer new perspectives on local, national and global issues as well as on daily life around the world.

There are three separate collections:

African Newspapers, 1800-1922
This groundbreaking online collection provides more than 60 searchable African newspapers published during this pivotal period. Featuring titles from Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries, African Newspapers offers unparalleled coverage of the issues and events that shaped the continent and its peoples.

Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1805-1922
Available in two online series, Latin American Newspapers offer unprecedented coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped this vital region during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and a dozen other countries, these resources provide a wide range of viewpoints from diverse Latin American cultures.

South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922
This one-of-a-kind collection provides access to a select group of South Asian newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring English-, Gujarati- and Bengali-language papers published in India, in the regions of the Subcontinent that now comprise Pakistan, and in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), this online resource offers extensive coverage of the Indian Subcontinent between 1864 and 1922.

Your feedback on the World Newspaper Archive trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 17/7/15

 

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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Library Databases: Social Sciences Trials   [06/05/15]

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The Library's subject teams regularly trial the latest databases & e-resources to support your studies. The latest trial databases come from the Social Sciences subject team and include:

SocINDEX with Full Text

SocINDEX with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The database features more than 2.1 million records with subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 830 books and monographs, and full text for over 16,800 conference papers.

Your feedback on the SocINDEX with Full Text trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 26/06/15

 

Family & Society Studies Worldwide

Family & Society Studies Worldwide is a core resource providing the most comprehensive coverage of research, policy, and practice literature in the fields of Family Science, Human Ecology, Human Development, and Social Welfare. FSSW is an anthology of 4 database files providing access to more than 1.3 million records. Coverage spans from 1970 to the present.

Your feedback on the Family & Society Studies Worldwide trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 26/06/15

 

Violence & Abuse Abstracts

Violence & Abuse Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to violence and abuse, including family violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains more than 21,500 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline.

Your feedback on the Violence & Abuse Abstracts trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 26/06/15

 

Race Relations Abstracts

Race Relations Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to race relations, including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains more than 49,500 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline.

Your feedback on the Race Relations Abstracts trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 26/06/15

 

Family Studies Abstracts

Family Studies Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to family studies, including marriage, divorce, family therapy, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains more than 53,500 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline.

Your feedback on the Family Studies Abstracts trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 26/06/15

 

Urban Studies Abstracts

Urban Studies Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to urban studies, including urban affairs, community development, urban history, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains more than 51,600 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline.

Your feedback on the Urban Studies Abstracts trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 26/06/15

 

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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Library Fines: Online Payment   [23/04/15]

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Library fines can now be paid securely and conveniently online, on-campus and off-campus, using a credit/debit card or by using PayPal.

If fines are owed on your Library account, you will see a Pay Now button in the Charges section of My (Library) Account in the Library Catalogue. My Account can also be accessed from the Portal.

For more information, a Library e-Payments Guide and Terms & Conditions of use are available.
More information about borrowing and fines can be found on the Library Borrowing page.

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New Library USearch service   [02/03/15]

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Introducing the new
USearch service

 

USearch is the Library's new discovery service, provided by EBSCO, which offers a Google-like search across many of the Library databases with links to thousands of e-journals. It presents a single results list of journal articles, conference papers, reports & more. Search results can be refined easily using intuitive controls shown alongside your results. Your search results will often include direct links to full-text, either as PDF or HTML text. Where no direct links are available, you may see alternative full-text access represented by the 'U Find it' button:
UFindit

USearch searches and links to Library e-resources. To find books (including e-books), printed journals & other hard copy material please use the Library Catalogue. A Library guide to USearch is available for more information.

Along with the new USearch service, there is also a new Library e-journals list, again supplied by EBSCO. The e-journals list offers a simple way to find all the full-text titles on offer from the Library and their coverage.

If you have any comments on the new service, please email us at usearch.feedback@library.ulster.ac.uk.

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Information Services Out of Hours IT Support Service Launches   [03/02/15]

Full Story: Information Services have launched their Out of Hours IT Support Service. The contact numbers remain the same as those for ISD Service Desk.
Don't forget, the Library Help Service is always available for you to check our knowledgebase of Library questions & answers and for you to submit your Library queries. You can also contact Library Issue Desks directly during Library opening hours, including evening & weekend opening.

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New Database Trial: British Online Archives   [05/01/15]

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The Library's subject teams regularly trial the latest databases & e-resources to support your studies. The latest trial database is:

British Online Archives

British Online Archives offers access to primary sources within the humanities & social sciences, with a range of sources relating to politics & history. BOA affords researchers with a convenient and content-rich means of consulting core archival material relating to Britain's past.

There are seven archive collections:

  • Colonial and Missionary Records
  • British Records on the Atlantic World 1700-1900
  • Communist Party of Great Britain
  • Twentieth Century Political History
  • British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Records of the Raj
  • People and Protest in Britain and Abroad, 1800-2000

Your feedback on this trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 05/02/15

 

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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New Database: BFI InView   [03/11/14]

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BFI InView

The Library now has access to a service from the British Film Institute, BFI InView. This e-resource includes over 2,000 non-fiction film and television titles from the 20th century to the early 21st. InView is easily searchable, comprehensively catalogued and clearly organised under six main Themes, each with an introductory essay by an academic historian.

Carefully selected from the vast holdings of the BFI National Archive, InView’s Collections capture diverse perspectives on events, developments and debates, and are supported by informative and authoritative commentary by BFI curators and other specialists. Explore and download rarely seen government films, written documents, newsreels, TV documentaries, discussion programmes, parliamentary recordings and much more in an indispensable resource for any study into the recent history of Britain.

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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New Database Trial: Film Indexes Online   [03/11/14]

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The Library's subject teams regularly trial the latest databases & e-resources to support your studies. The latest trial database is:

Film Indexes Online

Film Indexes Online brings Film Index International, FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals and AFI Catalog together in one site. The result of distinguished partnerships with the British Film Institute (BFI), the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and the American Film Institute (AFI), these three databases are cornerstone resources for research in film. Searched together, they offer an unparalleled level of detail, and as companion sites they provide the most comprehensive and trustworthy coverage of films available.

Film Indexes Online is an unmatched resource for authoritative research in film studies;

  • A key resource for any institution offering courses or modules in film studies.
  • An authoritative tool for public libraries.
  • A comprehensive combination, complementing history, literature, music and performing arts resources for any humanities library
  • An essential source of information for all professionals working in the film, TV and media industry.
  • An easy-to-use portal that makes library research convenient by supporting OpenURL linking to provide a unique “film finder” locator for library holdings, as well as linked reference citations for periodical literature available through online library resources.

Your feedback on this trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 27/11/14

 

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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LibQUAL 2013 Survey: Responses to your feedback   [21/10/14]

Full Story: The Library's LibQUAL 2013 survey ran in November 2013 & was designed to measure the quality of Library services based on user perceptions. A final report, LIBQUAL 2013 Service Improvements: Responses to your feedback, can be found on the Library LibQUAL page. The survey results are also available.

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Library Scanning Service: Keeping it Legal   [25/09/14]

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Academic staff who wish to scan copyright material for teaching purposes need to ensure compliance with the University's Copyright and Scanning Licence. Under the terms of the Licence, the Library operates a centralised scanning service to allow academic staff to submit requests to their subject librarian for the scanning of required material (eg. individual book chapters or journal articles). To best facilitate access and control, and to ensure full compliance with the Licence, the scanned material is made available through the module reading list on Blackboard Learn.

The Licence limits the scanning of copyright material in a number of ways. The material must:

  • be owned by the University
  • not be published by a publisher who has opted out of the Licence
  • be restricted only to those students registered for the module
  • include a cover sheet indicating that the item meets the requirements of the Licence
  • either be no more than 5% of the work or, alternatively, one complete chapter of a book; one article from a journal issue; one paper from a set of conference proceedings, whichever is the greater

Requests for scanning should be sent to your faculty subject librarian. Please allow up to 2 weeks for the processing of requests. Further details are available on the Scanning Service page.

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New Database Trial: Digital Theatre Plus   [10/09/14]

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The Library's subject teams regularly trial the latest databases & e-resources to support your studies. The latest trial database is for Arts:

Digital Theatre Plus

Digital Theatre Plus gives access to an online library of filmed theatre & a range of supporting material, sharing the best of British theatre with teachers & students all over the world. It offers the highest quality online experience of theatre arts, working with creatives and educators to ensure that watching and discovering the world of a play online is an exciting, relevant and authentic learning experience.

  Digital Theatre Plus captures the moments before the curtain rises and after the curtain falls, providing valuable insight into the play making process. We share the hidden drama of the weeks, days, and hours before lights up’ on stage. By revealing the world of the rehearsal room, dressing room, backstage and beyond, our documentaries and interviews introduce theatre as a vibrant, exciting art form through a familiar and accessible medium...

... We painstakingly craft our productions, interviews, documentaries and written learning resources to provide access to an art form that can often feel inaccessible. We want to break down cultural, financial and physical barriers so that students everywhere can experience the power and beauty of theatre.   

For more information, you can check the Digital Theatre Plus - About Us page which includes more detailed information about the service, details of partner theatre companies/venues and user testimonials.


Your feedback on this trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 07/10/14

 

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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New Database Trial: Artstor   [10/09/14]

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The Library's subject teams regularly trial the latest databases & e-resources to support your studies. The latest trial database is for Art, Design and the Built Environment:

Artstor

  Artstor is a digital library of 1.8 million+ images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research & pedagogical purposes.  

Key features of Artstor include:

  • Searching, browsing & organising: With 1.8 million+ images in the Artstor Digital Library available to search / browse, Artstor also provides tools that enable you to organize images and share them with others. [more..]
  • Adding images: Artstor offers three ways to contribute & share local content through Artstor's network and viewing environment: personal, institutional, and contributed collections. [more...]
  • Presenting images: Artsor provides a number of ways to present images alongside personal images both online & offline. [more..]
  • Integrating with VLEs: Instructors can easily share Artstor content with their students through local courseware systems such as Blackboard, WebCT, Sakai, or Moodle. [more..]
  • Interdisciplinary uses: Images within the Artstor Digital Library are relevant for teaching & research in a variety of disciplines, as diverse as American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Literary Studies, Music, and Women's Studies [more..]

For more information, you can check the Artstor online instructional video series, 'Artstor in 3 Minutes'. The growing series of videos introduces users to basic features & functions of the Artstor Digital Library and are available through the Online Help and YouTube.


Your feedback on this trial is appreciated.
Trial ends: 30/09/14

 

Full details of all our databases can be found on the Library Databases page.

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Derry & Raphoe Diocesan Library Books on Exhibition in the Guildhall   [18/08/14]

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Two items from the historic Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Library have been loaned by the University of Ulster to the Museum Service of Derry City Council to appear in the Ulster Plantation exhibition at the Guildhall.

As the exhibition allows for changing exhibits it is an opportunity to accrue new interest with exciting new pieces to be incorporated in the hugely successful Plantation exhibition. The exhibition has already been visited by thousands of people since its instalment as part of multi-million pound regeneration of the Guildhall. The Museum staff have an active loaning policy and currently have a number of loaning agreements with national institutions such as the Hunt Museum Limerick and the National Museums of Ireland.

Bernadette Walsh, Archivist, “We are extremely pleased to be in a position to receive new archives which is enabled due to the continued and sustained relationship that the Museum Service staff have with the University of Ulster.” These items will add interest to the exhibition showing further images of cartography and highlighting the role of the Irish Society in the Plantation.

The two loaned items are:

  • A New Booke of Mapps Exactly describing Europe, published in 1582, features a beautifully coloured political map of Europe which shows the limited amount of cartographic detail available on Ulster (or Ireland) prior to the Plantation. As part of the Plantation, confiscated lands were surveyed and accurate maps of the region became available for the first time.

  • Court of Error, Hon. Irish Society v. Lord Bishop of Derry … Bill of Exceptions, presented to the Court by James Watt, the Bishop’s Attorney, Dublin, 1841. This submission by an attorney for the Diocese to the Court of Error show clearly that more than two centuries after the start of the Plantation, in which George Montgomery, Bishop of Derry, Raphoe and Clogher played a prominent role, disputes over land and fishing rights were ongoing.

Note on the Collection: The Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Library has been deposited by the Diocese with the University Library and was the focus of a major conservation project between 2008 and 2012, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Derry City Council Archivist was a board member of the project supporting project staff and the University on archival and curatorial matters.

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Library Information Literacy Strategy now available   [18/08/14]

Full Story: Following consultation with faculties and student representatives, the Library’s Information Literacy Strategy has recently been approved. Information Literacy is defined as being able to find, evaluate, organise and use information. It is an essential skill for staff and students in supporting academic studies and professional life. It is recognised not only by those working in the information field but also by employers, professional associations and the Government as an important graduate attribute that is applicable to study, employment and lifelong learning. The Information Literacy Strategy includes a set of information literacy competencies which should be acquired over a period of time by students and researchers at the University.

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IET eBooks Ultimate Collection now available   [08/08/14]

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The Library has purchased the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) eBooks Ultimate collection, providing unlimited access to 400+ highly specialised publications. The collection is available via the advanced IET Digital Library platform with improved accessibility, display, navigation & mobile enabled views. DRM-free access allows eBook content to be rendered on multiple devices and viewed, printed, copied & saved without limitations.

The eBook collection provides access to a growing wealth of digital content across 12 specialist subject areas including:

  • Circuits, Devices and Systems
  • Control Engineering
  • Control Systems
  • Electrical Technology
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • History of Technology
  • Management of Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Power & Energy
  • Professional Applications of Computing
  • Radar, Sonar, Navigation and Avionics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Telecommunications

A full title list is available for the collection with titles dating back to 1979. New titles (the 2014 Frontlist, subject to change) will be added throughout the year. Access to the eBook collection is on-campus only though off-campus access will be available soon.

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Take a tour of the new Library Catalogue   [18/02/14]

Full Story: A guided tour of the features of the new Library Catalogue is now available. Select the Take the Tour button in the catalogue to begin the tour, which comprises a sequence of text bubbles pointing out the key features and how to use them. Each bubble has a Previous & Next button allowing you to move at your own pace. A bar at the top of the screen indicates where you are in the tour and allows you to restart or close the tour.

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The new Library Catalogue: introducing intelligent suggestions   [20/01/14]

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Have you tried the new Library Catalogue yet? The new catalogue is now offering intelligent suggestions to improve catalogue searches. If an alternative query, or spelling, might improve the search results, you will see a message at the top of the results page. The message can vary according to the outcome of the original search:

  • Did you mean...?:
    This occurs when there are results for the original search but results are also available for a correct, or alternate, spelling. For example, if you search for geneology you may see "Did you mean: Genealogy". You can click on the suggested term to search for it.

  • Showing results for...:
    This occurs when your original search doesn't find anything but it seems likely you meant a slightly different spelling. For example, if you search for airodynamics you may see "Sorry, didn't find anything for airodynamics. Showing results for Aerodynamics"

  • Showing results for... and Did you mean...?:
    In this case, as well as showing you results for a slightly different spelling, the Catalogue also offers another alternative. For example, if you search for kittenz you may see
    "Sorry, didn't find anything for kittenz.
    Showing results for Kittens.
    Did you mean: Kitten?
    "

We'd like to know what you think of the new Library Catalogue, please do get in touch.

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Introducing the new Library Help Service   [20/09/13]

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Introducing the new Library Help Service

The Library's new 'Library Help' service is now available. Use our fully searchable knowledgebase of previously asked questions to answer any queries you may have or submit your own question.

The knowledgebase can be searched by keyword or you can just type your question into the search box. If an exact match for your search cannot be found, you'll see the closest matching previously asked questions. The knowledgebase is divided into topics covering every aspect of using the Library, from Library borrowing to accessing our e-resources. If you can't find an answer, just ask us. Every query is guaranteed a response.


Try the Library Help service now.

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Developing an Information Literacy Strategy   [19/09/13]

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The Library is reviewing how it might improve its information literacy (IL) training across all subject areas. It plans to develop an Information Literacy Strategy which will provide a framework for the consistent delivery of information and research skills training to students and staff.

A 12-month action plan has been prepared with the intention of producing the Strategy by the end of this academic year. Consultation with academic staff and students will form an important aspect of this approach. Library staff will report on developments at forthcoming Faculty meetings.

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International Marketing Database: Passport   [10/05/13]

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The Library has a new subscription to the Passport database (formerly called GMID). Recently upgraded with significantly more content, it is an excellent research database for international marketing & economic data. It includes data for 210+ countries and a vast range of full-text reports on industries (primarily consumer markets), countries & companies.

Please contact a member of the Library business team if you would like a demonstration.

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Recent additions to the Library Databases page   [23/04/13]

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A number of new services have been added to the Library Databases page, including:

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Library Subject Guides Revamped   [28/01/13]

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Library subject staff prepare online guides to help you find materials for your studies or research. Subject guides cover books, journals, e-books, e-journals, databases, internet resources and much more. The Library Subject Guides have now been revamped. They are easier to use and more interactive.

Visit the Library Subject Guides website (http://guides.library.ulster.ac.uk) and check out the guide for your subject. Or visit the Subject Guides homepage for your faculty:
ADBE
Arts
Computing & Engineering
Life & Health Sciences
Social Sciences
Ulster Business School

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ALCID Cooperative Access Scheme   [21/10/12]

Full Story: The University Library has joined the ALCID Scheme. This is a cooperative access scheme which facilitates access to the major academic Libraries in Ireland for full-time academics, academic related staff and registered students reading for postgraduate degrees. For further information and to apply for an ALCID card, please consult the ALCID Scheme page.

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Datastream now available at Coleraine, Jordanstown & Magee Libraries   [03/10/12]

Full Story: Datastream is an extensive database containing current & historical financial data on companies quoted on stock exchanges worldwide. As well as share price information, it also contains equity indices (eg FTSE100), interest rates, exchange rates & a range of other economic data. It is now available from single designated PCs in Coleraine, Jordanstown & Magee Libraries. A booking system is in place & it is recommended that users book a 2hr timeslot by visiting the Library desk in advance.

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Scopus updated with almost 300 new titles   [22/06/12]

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Did you know that the SciVerse Scopus title list has been updated with almost 300 new titles since the end of 2011? Produced by Elsevier, Scopus is the world's largest abstract & citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

This brings the total number of active titles in Scopus to over 19,500. Scopus has a broad coverage in all subject areas with:

  • 33% of its titles in Health Sciences
  • 30% in Physical Sciences
  • 21% in Social Sciences
  • 16% in Life Sciences

New in the title list are the additional tabs of post-1995 and pre-1996 conferences covered in Scopus. These are mostly non-serial conference events that are covered in Scopus and do not have a profile as serial publication in the main title list. In total, there are close to 16,500 conference events covered in Scopus, in addition to the 250 active serial conference titles. This overview makes the coverage of conference material in Scopus even more transparent for the user.

Also new in the title list is the option to filter titles per publisher, with the various imprints of major publishers grouped to the main publisher name. This makes it easier to find all publications from one publisher that are covered in Scopus.

An Excel spreadsheet of the updated Scopus title list can be found at the SciVerse Resource Library.

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