Scopus to cease support of Internet Explorer 8

From 1 Oct 2015, Scopus will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). Scopus recommends that users upgrade their browser to Internet Explorer 9 or higher, or use Firefox or Google Chrome to access the database.

For further details, please check the Scopus blog.

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QCat Date Display Problem

Following an upgrade the library catalogue is not displaying publication dates.  Please accept our apologies – this problem will be fixed very shortly.

In the meantime you can get the publication date by going to the full display of the item in QCat and clicking on “View in QCat Classic”.


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EBSCO Saved Searches

There is currently a problem with personal accounts in EBSCO resources, such as CINAHL and QCat Article Search.

If you log into your EBSCOHost account, and try to access saved searches, you may see the following error message:

Application Level

This issue has been reported to EBSCO, who are currently working to resolve it.

In the meantime, saved EBSCO searches are, unfortunately, inaccessible.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and will advise you as soon as saved searches are accessible again.

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JustCite caselaw search – access for one week only!

Queen’s has brief trial access to the JustCite caselaw search – until 1st September. The link (including offcampus logon access) is:

The search looks to to be a particularly effective way of finding non-UK cases alongside UK cases. Subsequent treatment and relevant journal articles are noted for cases in a way that’s similar to the Westlaw UK case analyis content. Search ranking considers the relationships between cases which may produce more useful search results.

JustCite is not a full text source. Instead links are provided to cases in the Lexis Library, Westlaw UK and other sources. The Lexis links are currently working for Queen’s. An authentication change has also been requested which would mean that Westlaw links work through a Westlaw ‘home organisation link’. Hopeful this will come into effect at some point this week – we are waiting on a technical change from Westlaw.

Please email any feedback you have on the search to This is a subscription service, so it would help greatly to see what researchers think of the source before considering it further.

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Inspec database subscription ceases on 31 August – access to archive remains available

Access to the Inspec database will cease on 31 August. Owing to significantly reduced use and following a consultation with relevant Schools, the Library will no longer maintain a subscription to current (post 1968) Inspec content.

The Inspec archive (1898-1968) will remain available and you can continue to access it via the Engineering Village platform.

Please do not hesitate to contact your Subject Librarian if you would like any further information.

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McClay Library, Floor 1 – Irish History Section

Following a re-arrangement of the books on Floor 1 of the McClay Library the DA900 books have been relocated – you can now find them at the end of the first run of shelves (see below).  The new arrangement means that the DA books are now consolidated rather than split between shelve runs.


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McClay Short Loan – improvements from the beginning of term

QUB Shortloan booksLast Semester we carried out a major survey to find out what students think about the Short Loan Collection in the McClay Library.

We got a huge response and have listened to everything you said!

So now, as a result of  your  feedback, we are making big changes to the loan periods and the fines to improve the service.

These changes are outlined below and will take effect from the beginning of termMONDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2015

You asked … for more convenient / flexible return times

You dislike … having to  return books by 10 o’clock on Monday mornings

We . . . abolished specific return times

All Short Loan books can now be returned at any time of the day or night on the due date.

You said … fines accumulate too quickly

You think … the overdue charges are confusing

We . . . abolished the hourly fine rate

The hourly fine rate has been replaced by a daily charge.

The fine for the late return of  all Short Loan items (1– Night, 2-Night and 7-Night) is now the same — £2.50 per item per day.


You asked … for books in very heavy demand to be  available for use only in the Library

You said … it’s difficult  to get hold of recommended texts in time to meet deadlines

We . . . created a Short Loan Reference category

A small number of books cannot be borrowed—they are only for use in the Short Loan area.


You said … the 1-Night Loan period is too short

We . . . discontinued 1-Night book loans

The 1-Night books can now be borrowed for 3 days (2 nights).

Please note that although DVDs and videos can only be borrowed for one night they may be returned at ANYTIME the following day.


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Uploading research presented at a conference to Pure

There are various templates to use if you are presenting research at a conference and wish to upload a record to Pure. This is a brief guide on choosing the correct template.

Chapter in Book/Report/Conference Proceeding – Conference contribution:


  • Use this template if the paper presented at a conference has been published as an article in a Conference Proceedings.
  • The Proceedings publication will usually have an ISSN or ISBN and publication date.
  • Include the title of the Proceedings publication in the host publication field.
  • It is helpful if the conference details (e.g. title, location, date) are added in the event field.

Contribution to Conference


  • Use this template if you have presented a Paper, Poster, Abstract or Other Contribution at a conference but it is not published in a Proceedings.
  • Select the template (e.g. paper) which best reflects your research output.
  • An event can be added to give details of the conference attended.
  • If possible it is helpful if a URL link to the conference, conference programme or abstract is added.
  • Once the research has been presented it can be marked as published.
  • If you are uploading a record that is for a conference that has not yet happened mark it as ‘In Press’.

If you upload a record and the Open Access Team feels a different conference template would enhance the record we will make this change and notify you via an automatic message. If you wish to discuss this change please contact the Open Access team.

For further information or assistance check out our Open Access LibGuide.


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LibGuides Upgrade

Updated 28.7.2015 To clear your cache, in Internet Explorer 11, click the gear wheel in the top right of your window, choose Safety, then Delete browsing history.

Make sure that the Preserve Favorites website checkbox is unchecked and that Temporary Internet files and website files, Cookies and website data checkboxes are checked as shown below, then click the Delete button.

Clear Cache

Updated 27.7.2015 If you have cleared your cache and you still do not see the page below when you visit LibGuides, you may need to refresh the page. This issue appears to be due to network caching and we expect that it will be resolved within 24 hours.

We have upgraded our LibGuides pages. We have a fresh new look and you can expect to see neat new features soon but you can still find all the information you need on searching library resources. If you don’t see the page below you may need to clear your browser cache. If you experience any difficulty using the pages please contact your Subject Librarian.LibGuides V2

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University Archive Catalogue now available on line

The Queen’s University Archive is the institutional archive of the Queen’s University of Belfast, the arrangement of the archive collection reflects the history and functions of Queen’s. The Queen’s University of Belfast was established in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, it was one of three Queen’s Colleges in Ireland created at that time, the others being in Cork and Galway.

 The Queen’s Colleges did not have the authority to award degrees, those students who attended Queen’s College Belfast obtained their degrees from the Queen’s University in Ireland from 1850-1882 and the Royal University of Ireland from 1882-1908. In 1908 the Queen’s University of Belfast became an independent university.

 The catalogue is structured to reflect the work of Queen’s College Belfast, the Queen’s University of Ireland, the Royal University of Ireland and the Queen’s University of Belfast.

 The part of the University Archive collection that is available in the online catalogue relates to Queen’s College Belfast, the Queen’s University of Ireland and the Royal University of Ireland.

 Cataloguing of the Queen’s University Archive collection is ongoing and further descriptions of records in the collection will become available on a regular basis.

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