African American Periodicals (1825-1995) – Trial Access

readexAfrican American Periodicals, 1825-1995, features more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals by and about African Americans. Published in 26 states, the publications include academic and political journals, commercial magazines, institutional newsletters, organizations bulletins, annual reports and other genres. These diverse periodicals—which have shaped, and in turn been shaped by, African American culture—will enable new discoveries on lives of African Americans as individuals, as an ethnic group and as Americans.

Trial Access is availble (on-campus only) from the following link

Trial ends on March 27th 2015

Your feedback on this resource is very welcome:

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PDF downloading – problem resolved

The issue with PDFs failing to download in Article Search and EBSCO databases has now been resolved. The systems should be working as expected.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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PDFs not loading in Article Search and EBSCO databases

There are currently some problems with PDFs failing to load in Article Search and other EBSCO databases e.g. CINAHL.

Clicking on the PDF produces the error page

EBSCO PDFs problem

We have reported the problem to EBSCO who are treating the issue as high priority. The problem is universal and due to the failure of EBSCO’s full-text server.

We will keep you updated and apologize for the inconvenience.

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers – Trial Access

proquest-historical-newspapers-featuredQUB staff and students now have trial access to 6 key US newspaper archives:

Chicago Tribune
Indianapolis Star
Los Angeles Times
The Boston Globe
The New York Times with Index
The Washington Post

To access the trial click here (access is restricted to on-campus only)

Trial access ends 20th March 2015

We would appreciate your feedback – please leave it here.



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Trial Access to Artech House Engineering E-books

The Library has set up trial access to the Artech House collection of 500 e-books. Artech House specialises in publishing books for a number of high-tech fields including:

  • Microwave
  • Radar
  • Electronic defence
  • Antennas
  • Software development and security
  • MEMS and nanotechnology

A range of subscription options are available including packages based on title selection or subject area. The trial access ends on the 28th February 2015.

Please let us know what you think about the Artech House e-books by emailing

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Digimap Service Downtime 26th-28th January

Release of a new Digimap Registration System will require a significant period of service unavailability:

  • New registrations for Digimap (using the current system) will be closed from 4pm Monday 26th January.
  • Digimap will then be unavailable all day on Tuesday 27th January, while the new system is put in place.
  • The service will be available again by 9am on Wednesday 28th January.

The new registration system will allow users to register and instantly access Digimap Collections via email verification, speeding up access for new users significantly.

Existing registered and active users will not notice any change, but Digimap will still be unavailable to them on Tuesday 27th January. Existing users are advised to create in advance any maps or download data that they may need during the period of service unavailability.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact EDINA on

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Resolved problem with links to full text (QConnect)

The issue with links to full text (QConnect) should now be resolved.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Problem with links to full text (QConnect)

There are currently some problems with some of the links to full text e.g. Full Text through QConnect in QCat Article Search; QConnect in Web of Science. We have reported the problem to EBSCO who have informed us that they are working on resolving the issue. The problem is universal and due to a failure with EBSCO’s systems.

We will keep you updated and apologize for the inconvenience.

Please contact your Subject Librarian if you need advice on alternative routes to access articles.

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Module reading lists

The Library is currently gathering information on books recommended in module readings lists for semester 2. All readings lists will be checked for book availability whenever received by the Library. Please note, however, that for lists to be checked for availability in time for the start of the semester, lists will need to be received by Friday 16th January. We would encourage staff who have not already done so, to send module reading lists as soon as possible to their subject librarian.

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Students with Disabilities Library Survey 2014 – You Said, We Did!

In February 2014 we emailed a survey to 1,673 students who were registered with Disability Services in order to evaluate the service that the Library provides to them. Overall the survey shows that the Library is providing a good service to its disabled users. The service is generally very accessible and staff are helpful and responsive to the needs of students. There are, however, areas for improvements and the 212 respondents provided some constructive criticism in their feedback. Through this feedback, key areas for concern were identified and the following improvements put in place:

  • Increased awareness of the services that the Library provides to students with disabilities.  In conjunction with Disability Services we now send an email to all registered students detailing their entitlements and all the various services on offer to them. This email will be sent out at the start of each semester and a paper guide will soon be published which will also carry these details.
  • Improve access to books on the higher shelves. To address the issue of high shelving for people with mobility issues, at least one set of hand rail type steps has been purchased per floor. These are located between the computers and the book stacks in the area overlooking the atrium, so that they are easily located when required.
  • Raised staff awareness of the issues facing students with disabilities. Library front line staff receive regular training from Disability Services on specific disabilities and assistive solutions. This will continue on an annual basis to ensure that staff are given the tools to help students with disabilities.
  • Improve Library staff customer service skills. All front line staff received comprehensive customer service skills training in autumn 2014 to embed an ethos of excellent customer service across the service. Continued staff training and education should improve the experience of students with disabilities when using the Library Service at Queen’s.

A further area which was raised in the survey was the difficulty in finding a quiet place to study especially during peak times. The Library is currently investigating the possibility of having a small number of bookable desks in the ground floor Silent Study room. Students eligible to book these desks should then be able to guarantee a quiet location and thus reduce anxiety levels in a relatively anonymous way. Watch this space!

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