EXTENDED OPENING – December and January – McClay Library

Twenty-Four-Hour opening will commence at 08:00 on Sunday 06 December and run until 02:00 on Friday 18 December.

During 24-Hour opening the McClay Library opens at 08:00 on Sunday mornings and closes at 02:00 on Friday evenings. It then reopens at 06:00 on Saturday mornings and closes at 02:00 on Saturday evenings.

During the Christmas / New Year holiday period the McClay Library will be open as follows:

Sat 19 Dec           10:00 – 02:00

Sun 20 Dec          12:00 – 02:00

Mon 21 Dec         08:00 – 20:30

Tue 22 Dec          08:00 – 20:30

Wed 23 Dec        08:00 – 20:30

Thu 24 Dec          Closed

Fri 25 Dec            Closed

Sat 26 Dec           Closed

Sun 27 Dec          Closed

Mon 28 Dec        09:00 – 21:00 (study facilities only)

Tue 29 Dec          09:00 – 21:00 (limited daytime service)

Wed 30 Dec        09:00 – 21:00 (limited daytime service)

Thu 31 Dec          09:00 – 21:00 (limited daytime service)

Fri 01 Jan             Closed

Twenty-Four-Hour opening will resume at 06:00 on Saturday 02 January and end on Monday 25 January.

Please note that you must have a valid Library Card to enter the Library and that spot checks will be in operation particularly during the extended hours.

When the service desks are closed, books may be borrowed and returned using the self-service facilities, and fines can be paid using the Fines Payment Stations.


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It’s your library – have your say

Student Consultation meeting

The Student Consultation Meeting is your opportunity to provide direct feedback on library services and to contribute to future planning.

Agenda items will include future plans for library space, communication with students, library “usability” and fines!

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/student-consultation-meeting-tickets-19489758392. Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, 3 December 2015 from 12:15 to 14:00 (GMT)
Enterprise Suite, Ground Floor, Students’ Union
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Adding a Journal to Your Article in Pure: Best Practice Guidelines

When creating a record for a journal article in Pure it’s important to link it to a journal. Before creating a new journal entry for your Pure record check to see if the title already exists:

  • In the Pure record Click add journal
  • Make sure the search tab is selected

Journal 6

If multiple entries exist choose the most complete one:

  • this is often, but not always, the first in the list,
  • make sure it has no abbreviated words
  • each word starts with a capital letter, except and, or, of etc.

Journal 4

Journal 5

If the Journal is not in the list then create a new entry.

To create a new entry:

  • In the Pure record Click add Journal
  • Make sure the create new tab is selected

Journal 2

Ulrichsweb is an easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 journals. You can search this database to help you fill in the relevant details.

Complete the Journal title as it appears on the website or in Ulrichsweb:

  • Don’t use abbreviations
  • each word starts with a capital letter, except and, or, of etc.
  • Don’t include any article details into the title
  • Include the ISSNs using the following format – xxxx-xxxx
  • Click on create

If you have any queries or need further assistance in creating or editing journal entries please contact the Open Access Team who is always here to help. There is also lots of information on our LibGuide or you can follow us on twitter.

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Library sessions for Medicine, Health and Life Sciences Postgraduates

The Medical Library is running the following course in December, aimed at Medicine, Health and Life Sciences Postgraduates:

The ‘Big 4’ Databases for Medicine, Health and Life Sciences: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science and Scopus

To book a place on a session, please click the relevant date to register:

Monday, 7th December 10:00am to 12:00pm

Thursday, 10th December 10:00am to 12:00pm

Thursday, 17th December 10:00am to 12:00pm

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Queen’s University Belfast Submits RCUK Open Access Compliance Report 2014/15

The Library’s Open Access Team has submitted, on behalf of the University, an open access compliance report for 2014/15 to the RCUK.

Queen’s is one of 108 UK research organisations to receive an annual open access block grant from the RCUK. This grant aims to support universities in meeting the requirements of the RCUK Policy of Open Access, in particular meeting the cost of article processing charges (APC) to make articles open access through the publisher.

During the period the Open Access Team recorded a total of 229 Queen’s publications that have arisen from RCUK funding. A combination of green and gold open access resulted in 112 papers meeting RCUK policy, giving Queen’s an overall compliance rating of 49%.

A total APC spend of £56,892 enabled 36 RCUK funded articles to be made open access through a number of publishers. A further £72,161 was spent on publisher discounts and membership schemes.

The full report can be viewed on Queen’s Research Portal.

If your paper has received RCUK funding or you would like further information on the RCUK policy, check out our Open Access LibGuide or email openaccess@qub.ac.uk. The RCUK Block Grant for 2015/16 is allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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New York Times (from ProQuest Historical Newspapers) – Trial Access

nytimes-logoQUB staff and students now have trial access to The New York Times with Index from the following link (on-campus only):  https://trials.proquest.com/trials/trialSummary.action?view=subject&trialBean.token=A10P5SO1B4CABW45S6N8

The trial ends on 02/12/2015.  We would like to hear what you think about this resource – please leave your feedback here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D5288NS

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HEFCE REF Compliance – Uploading the correct document

From April 2016 HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the next REF states, that to be eligible for submission, you must deposit the accepted manuscript version of all your journal articles and published conference papers into an institutional repository (at Queen’s this is Pure) or subject repository. This must be done within three months of publication.

The final peer-reviewed manuscript is also known as the post-print:

  • It is the author’s final draft, after changes from peer review have been incorporated but prior to the published version.
  • It does not contain any publisher applied formatting such as headers, footers or pagination.
  • It is usually a plain Word or text file
  • It can also be described as ‘final accepted manuscript’, ‘final author version’, ‘final manuscript’, ‘final author manuscript’

Depositing the post-print version will allow compliance with the HEFCE policy and ensure your research is eligible for submission to the next REF.

If you need any help or assistance in uploading the correct document please contact the Open Access Team which is here to help you

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NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Archives – Trial Access Available

timeline_sm_blackpowermovementAccess to ProQuest’s History Vault NAACP Collections is now available on campus from the following link:


The trial ends on 02/12/2015.  We would like to hear what you think about this resource – please leave your feedback here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3LF658M


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RefWorks training for Medicine, Health & Life Sciences Postgraduates

Time:               Wednesday, 25 November 2015 from 14:00 to 15:30

Venue:             Room 01/114, Medical Biology Centre (MBC), 97 Lisburn Road, BT9 7BL

Come along to this training session for QUB Medicine, Health and Life Sciences postgraduates, to learn how to use RefWorks, a powerful reference management tool that lets you:

  • organise references found in databases and other sources
  • de-duplicate references
  • create instant bibliographies in specific referencing styles (e.g. Harvard, Vancouver)
  • add citations instantly to Word documents in the correct format

The session will be run by staff from QUB Medical Library, and is open to all Taught and Research Postgraduates from the following subject areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Food Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Pharmacy
  • Post-Registration Nursing

To book a place at the session, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/refworks-for-qub-medicine-health-life-sciences-postgraduates-tickets-19311327701 and click the green Register button.

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Forthcoming Open Access Courses

There are places available on the following courses:

  • What is Open Access – Tuesday 10th November 2pm – 3.30pm McClay Library Auditorium
  • How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF – Thursday 12th November 10am – 11.00am McClay Library Auditorium

To register, login to Queen’s Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section.

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