'Notices Archive'

What’s happened to the E-Journals A-Z?

You have probably noticed that what used to be an A-Z list of electronic journals has undergone a transformation.  It has a new look and is no longer a simple listing of journal titles that you can browse through or search.  Now it includes e-books as well as e-journals, and finding journal titles and content is easier because of a number of new features.

New Features

  • Start to type a journal title into the search box.  A list of available options appears in a drop-down list as you type, and you can select from the list without having to type the full title yourself.
  • There is also a ‘Browse by Discipline’ feature which allow you to look for publications in a general subject area.  From the results displayed you can further refine to specific topics.
  • When a title is found, a ‘Search within Publication’ box may be displayed, depending on the source of the title.  Where it appears, it allows you to search the title directly without having to go to the source first.  Results are therefore obtained much more quickly.

Whether or not a ‘Search within Publication’ box is displayed, there will be a list of all the sources from which a particular journal or book is available, along with dates of coverage.  As before, select the source with the coverage you want and you will be taken to the title in the source database, after logging in if you have not already done so.

The new system has been renamed ‘E-Publications’ to reflect the fact that it contains more than just e-journals and is no longer strictly an A-Z list.  Its added functionality makes it much more than a traditional A-Z.

A link to ‘E-Publications’ appears on the HONNI home page under ‘Help from the Library’ and in the top menu bar on all screens of the HONNI discovery service.

Add comment December 8th, 2015

HONNI Responds to demand for Mobile access

It will be news to no-one that usage of mobile devices for internet access has increased dramatically in recent times, yet many websites were built using static dimensions and positioning not easily viewed on anything other than a standard PC monitor.

The web design industry responded by developing something called ‘responsive design’ which helps to ensure that sites are usable from whatever devices users select for viewing. In a short space of time ‘responsive design’ has become part of good design practice.

The recently redesigned HONNI website is built on responsive principles, and you should now find that it quickly adapts to whatever device you use for access. Of course some older browsers don’t recognise responsive techniques so, if you are using a PC with Internet Explorer version 8 (IE8) for example, then its responsive features will not be apparent, although it will still be perfectly usable. For the most part, tablet PCs and smart phones will not suffer from this limitation and the site will adapt easily for viewing on these devices.

Most HSC Trusts still use IE8 out of necessity because clinical applications require it. So, if you are using a PC running IE8, be aware that HONNI will not exhibit responsiveness. Furthermore, you may have problems accessing certain resources as many providers have ceased supporting IE8. Trust IT departments are well aware of these issues which will be addressed whenever possible. Meanwhile, most Trusts will install alternative browsers on request if required and we have asked that HONNI Hubs be upgraded to IE11 where possible.

On PCs with more up-to-date browsers and on mobile devices generally, the new HONNI website will be fully responsive. We hope this development will be beneficial for busy professionals constantly on the move.

Add comment December 8th, 2015

British Library new DRM Lite service

From 27th January 2016, a new British Library delivery service called DRM Lite will be introduced making it easier to download and view the articles sent to you electronically from the British Library as part of the Inter-Library Loan Service.

DRM Lite is an electronic delivery method that allows the British Library to supply secure encrypted documents directly to your desktop. The document is locked to a user rather than a machine so it can be viewed on a variety of desktop and mobile devices.

  • The way you request articles hasn’t changed. You should still submit your article requests in the same way.
  • How the library processes your requests hasn’t changed. We still aim to action your request within 3 working days, and we will continue to try and supply requested material free of charge from the collections in the Medical and HSC Library network.
  • If we have to go outside of this network to supply your requested material, it will incur an £8 charge. We will contact you before we proceed with the request any further.
  • If you wish to proceed and the British Library are able to supply the article, you will be advised to register with the British Library’s On Demand Service if you haven’t already.
  • Once your British Library account is set up with a username and password of your choice, you will be able to open, view and download the DRM Lite files that you receive in the email directly from the British Library.

More information will be available on the HONNI blog in the New Year including how to register for your British Library account and requirements for accessing the DRM Lite documents.

Add comment December 8th, 2015

Christmas Opening Hours

Medical and HSC Library

Monday 21st December 2015 8.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday 22nd December 2015 8.30am – 5.30pm
Wednesday 23rd December 2015 8.30am – 5.30pm
Thursday 24th December 2015 – Sunday 3rd January 2016 CLOSED
Normal opening hours resume:
Monday 4th January 2016 8.30am – 9.30pm


Biomedical Library 

Monday 21st December 2015 9.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 22nd December 2015 9.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 23rd December 2015 9.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday 24th December 2015 – Sunday 3rd January 2016 CLOSED
Normal opening hours resume:
Monday 4th January 2016 8.30am – 9.30pm


Please contact all other HSC libraries directly for details of their opening hours over the Christmas period.


Add comment December 4th, 2015

HONNI Help: your questions answered

HONNI Help is a new, interactive tool that aims to answer any questions you have about HONNI and Medical & HSC Library services.

HONNI Help allows you to read answers to questions asked by other HONNI users.  If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, you can submit your question to us, and a member of library staff will reply to you as soon as possible (9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday).

You can access HONNI Help directly by going to http://libraryhelp.qub.ac.uk/honni.  Alternatively you can access it via the new-look HONNI, by clicking the ‘HONNI Help’ link visible throughout the site or the ‘Any Questions?’ link under ‘Help from the Library’ on the HONNI home page.

Add comment December 2nd, 2015

Northern Trust Libraries Amalgamate

The libraries previously based in Causeway MDEC & in Antrim Postgraduate Medical Centre, Bretten Hall have amalgamated with HSC Library Antrim based in Fern House, Antrim Hospital.
Stock held in these libraries moved to Fern House during the summer of 2015.

To join the library, borrow books, place online requests and avail of the many other services the library provides including training in the use of electronic resources provided for HSC staff via HONNI, please contact the library.

Address: HSC Library Antrim, Fern House, Antrim Hospital, Antrim BT41 2QB
Tel: 028 9442 4232 (334232)
Email: hsclibrary.antrim@northerntrust.hscni.net
Website: www.honni.qub.ac.uk

Add comment September 15th, 2015

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