McClay Library Expansion Project – October 2018 Update

This is the first of a series of regular updates planned for the 2018-19 academic year which will keep you informed on progress of the McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project. This project will realise a significant number of additional PCs and study seats in the library and involves the following key elements:

  • The courtyard area on the ground floor (behind Borrower Services and Short Loan) is being re-developed to provide over 100 PCs and 9 additional group study rooms.
  • The student lounge on the ground floor will be doubled in size.
  • A new silent study room with 67 seats will be created at the bottom of the atrium
  • Additional study seats and PCs will be added to floors 1 and 3.

The extended facility will be available to students from autumn 2019.

Unfortunately, there will be some unavoidable building noise and disruption to your studies over the months ahead but we will do everything we can to minimize this and to give you plenty of warning should the work threaten to impact on you adversely.

In the meantime, if you have any particular feedback or questions, please contact:

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South Asia Archive trial: 26th September until 26th October 2018

Covering the period mid-18th to mid-20th century, the South Asia Archive is interdisciplinary in its scope providing content which engages with a wide range of subject areas including Art History, Anthropology, History, Law, Science, Technology, Education and Literature.

This resource is a specialist research and teaching resource which provides culturally and historically significant material from across the Indian sub-continent. The material was collected by the South Asia Research Foundation (SARF) over a number of years with the objective of preserving Indian cultural heritage. The result is an eclectic collection that opens up opportunities for serendipitous discoveries presenting students with the opportunity to focus on a diverse range of dissertation and thesis topics.

The trial will run until 26th October 2018. Please click here for access.

To help us judge the quality of this resource please send feedback to:

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A warm welcome to all our new and returning students! We hope you had a great summer.

The McClay Library

Library staff will be involved in a number of induction events during the next few weeks so hopefully we’ll get the chance to meet you.

There’s lots of information available online about the resources and services we offer:

There’s also a new Queen’s app, which contains a range of information including PC availability in the McClay Library, a campus map, your class timetable and Smart Card balances.

Good luck with your studies during the year ahead. If you need help at any point, please don’t hesitate to contact your Subject Librarian.

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Library Systems – Scheduled Maintenance

Library Systems will be carrying out some essential maintenance on our catalogue search on 29th and 30th August 2018.

The service should be considered at risk from 7:00 pm (BST) on 29th August 2018 until 9:00 am (BST) on 30th August 2018.

During maintenance, please use our classic catalogue search available at the following link


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Upgrade of UK Data Service systems

The UK Data Service website will be undergoing an upgrade to their systems from Thursday 23rd August until Wednesday 29th August inclusive.

Some parts of the current website, account area and data catalogue will be unavailable.

UK Data Service recommends that you download or request any data that you need before 22nd August.

Normal services are expected to resume on 30th August 2018.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Keep up-to-date with Cochrane reviews via its new app

You can now keep up to date with the latest Cochrane Systematic Reviews via the new Cochrane Library app. Simply download the free app from your App store to Google Play.

The app presents the Cochrane Library monthly issues featuring a hand-picked selection of their Systematic reviews in a convenient, easy to navigate format which provides you with relevant, accessible research, when you need it, from the world’s leading experts in evidence-informed health care. Other features include:-

• downloadable format for reading offline
• a bookmark feature allowing you to create your own special collection of Cochrane Reviews across issues
• a link from the abridged version on the app to the full version of the review available on the Cochrane Library

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The Cochrane Library is changing

The Cochrane Library has been redesigned and enhanced to improve user experience and functionality. The new site will be launched on Tuesday 7th August 2018 and it is planned that the transition will be smooth but the Cochrane Library have given the following advice to existing users:-
1. We strongly recommend not using the saved search function from 00:01 GMT on Monday 6th August 2018 until 23:59 GMT on Tuesday 7th August. Changes saved during this period may not be transferred to the new site.
2. Saved searches can be run on the current Cochrane Library site right up to the time that it is shut down; however as noted above any changes made during the transfer period may not be transferred to the new site.
3. All saved searches will be transferred automatically to the new Cochrane Library site, with no further action required by users.
4. During the transfer period, all other features of the Cochrane Library, including searching, viewing articles and running searches will be available. It is only the save function that will be affected.
If you have any problems with saved searches after launch of the new site contact and specify that you are a saved search user.

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World Newspaper Archive trial: August 2018

World newspapers

As part of a wider review of historical newspaper archives available to Queen’s students and staff, the Library has arranged a trial of World Newspaper Archive . This collection features searchable digital replicas of historical newspapers published in Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. It also includes 19th- and 20th-century newspapers published in English and a variety of other languages.

The trial will run during the month of August 2018. Please click on the links below for access:

WNA: African Newspapers 1800-1922 & WNA: African Newspapers, Series II: 1835-1925

WNA: Latin American Newspapers (Series I) & WNA: Latin American Newspapers (Series II)

WNA: South Asian Newspapers 1864-1922

To help us judge the quality of this resource please send feedback to:

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From the 25th July, the platform is no longer accessible.  You can, however, search for SpringerProtocols content via Springer Nature Experiments.

Springer Nature Experiments is an extensive online collection of molecular biology and biomedical protocols enabling researchers to recreate experiments in their laboratory. They provide predefined written procedural methods in the design and implementation of experiments including bias, safety, equipment, statistical methods and reporting. The Protocols are taken from established sources such as Methods in Molecular Biology, Methods in Biotechnology and Methods in Molecular Medicine.

You can access Springer Nature Experiments to search for Springer Protocols via the QUB Library at the following link

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Ruth Fulton Benedict Papers

Approximately 8,000 pages from the Ruth Fulton Benedict Archive (held at the Vassar College Archive) have been digitized, including notes from various field expeditions to the American Southwest in the 1930s. The Ruth Benedict Papers are now freely available to the public.

You can find further information and a link to this collection in the new Open Access Resources section of the Anthropology LibGuide.

Ruth Benedict

Ruth Benedict


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