Medical Library closed Saturday 24 June

Due to service enhancement works, the Medical Library will be closed on Saturday 24th June 2017. The McClay Library and Biomedical Library will be open as normal on this date should you need to visit a library.

The Medical Library will reopen as usual at 8.30 am on Monday 26th June.

We apologise to our users for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Library System Maintenance Tuesday Morning (20th June)


We are carrying out essential maintenance on the Library System Tuesday 20th June and aim to have the system back by 9 am.

The Library catalogue will not be available between 7am and 9am. Library self-service facilities and My Account will also not be available before 9am.

The Article Search, E-Journals A-Z and Databases A-Z will continue to be available from the Library home page. Library book holdings are also included in the COPAC research libraries catalogue at

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Queen’s signs Open Access Membership Deal with Cogitatio Press

The Library has signed up to a membership program with the open access publisher Cogitatio Pcogitatio-pressress.

This deal means that the article processing charges (APCs) of all articles authored by Queen’s corresponding authors will automatically be covered by the library.

Cogitatio Press is a fully open access publisher which hosts four online open access peer-reviewed journals:

Media and Communication (ISSN: 2183-2439)

Politics and Governance (ISSN: 2183-2463)

Social Inclusion (ISSN: 2183-2803)

Urban Planning (ISSN: 2183-7635)

For further information on this membership deal please email or visit the Open Access LibGuide.

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Trial Access to the TLS




QUB staff and students now have trial access to the TLS Historical Archive 1902-2012.  Access is available from this link:

Access ends on 01/07/2017

If you have any comments or feedback on this resource please let it here.

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Restriction in the use of the RCUK Open Access Block Grant.

Due to increased demand for ‘gold’ open access and a significant reduction in the University’s RCUK open access block grant allocation, the Open Access Team has introduced a restriction on the use of the fund for the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs).

The Open Access Team has ring-fenced the remaining allocation for the following types of costs:

  • APCs for fully Open Access journals (i.e., journals which do not sell subscriptions and in which all articles are Open Access, e.g., BioMed Central, PLOS One, Nature Communications)
  • APCs for journals that do not offer a Green Open Access option that complies with RCUK’s Open Access policy

In most cases it is possible for RCUK funded authors to comply with its Open Access policy by making papers Green Open Access (i.e., uploading your Accepted Manuscript to Pure which will be made freely available after a specified embargo period).

The restriction in use of the block grant will commence from the 1st June 2017 onwards.

If you have any questions regarding this restriction please email

For further information on ‘gold’ open access funding please visit the Open Access webpages.

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Scopus – A closer look

Training session:

Scopus – A closer look

Thursday 25 May 2017, 10-11.30am

McClay Library, Auditorium

Scopus is the world’s largest bibliographic and citation database and a useful complement to Web of Science and Google Scholar. This course is aimed at staff and postgraduate researchers who wish to develop their knowledge of the content and functionality of Scopus.

Participants will learn how to:

  • access and search Scopus
  • manage search results
  • set up citation alerts
  • view citation counts
  • assess journal impact

Please log in to Queen’s Online to book a place.

If you would like any further information about this training session, please email

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Desks in high demand

Desks cannot be left unattended for more than 30 minutes. RESPECT others need for a study space

Respect blog

Reserving seats:

You can leave your desk for up to 30 minutes.

Use slips available at the enquiry desk so other users and staff know when you left.

If you have not returned after 30 minutes your belongings can be moved to one side so another person can use the desk.

Looking for a seat:

If you can’t find an unoccupied seat Library staff will be able to tell you if any are available and where they might be.

If an owner does not return to a seat after 30 minutes you can occupy the study space by carefully putting items to one side for the owner to collect later.

Library staff support your need for a space so just tell us if the returning student complains. 

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Trial of BBC Monitoring Service extended until end May

A trial of BBC Monitoring Service will be available until May 31 2017.

Key features of BBC Monitoring Service are:

-          Translations of news reports from freely available media sources around the world

-          Over 100 languages in 150 countries

-          Reliable, immediate information and insight from multiple media sources

-          An average of 500 items added daily. A deeper archive with 4 million items and articles dating back to 1996

-          Analysis and research on geopolitics, terrorism and global media

-          advanced search by country, date and topic

To access the trial please go to

Click on log in and then click on “log in via academic institution” you should see the Queen’s log in.

Please take a couple of minutes to let us know what you think. A survey has been set up on Survey Monkey here:

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Queen’s Wi-Fi not available Thursday 20th April

Maintenance work on the Queen’s Wi-Fi network on Thursday 20th of April means that the service is likely to be unavailable between 8.00 am and 11.00 am.

There is also low risk of interruption on Wednesday 19th April and later during on the day on Thursday 20th.

Apologies for an inconvenience this might cause.

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MEDLINE video tutorials

Muddled by MEDLINE?

‘How to search MEDLINE (in 10 minutes or less)’ is a new video series that covers all the basics of searching this key medicine and life science database, including:

  • Planning a search
  • Entering search terms
  • Applying limits
  • Viewing results
  • Saving searches

You can view the videos on YouTube by clicking the image below, or by going to

If you have any questions about MEDLINE, please contact your Subject Librarian.

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