Links from Article Search, Google Scholar and some databases – resolved

The problem with full text links from Article Search, Google Scholar and some databases appears to be resolved.

We will continue to monitor the situation.

Again we would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused.

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Links from Article Search, Google Scholar and some databases not working

There is currently a problem accessing some full text links from QCat Article Search Google Scholar and some of our databases, you will see the error message

An unexpected error has occurred. Please try your search again.


We have reported the problem to EBSCO who have said that their engineering team is working with high priority to get this issue fixed as soon as possible.

We will update you as soon as we have further information.

You can still use QCat Library Catalogue or E-Journals A-Z to search for e-resources, see video

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

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International Open Access Week begins 23rd October 2017

This year’s International Open Access Week kicks off on the 23rd October with the theme “Open in order to…”

The theme is an invitation to answer the question of what benefits can be realized by making scholarly outputs openly available.

In the past our team has spoken of the many potential benefits that open access can bring to a wide range of people. This year however, we decided that we wanted to focus specifically on the benefits of OA to the researcher and their publication. We wanted to hear directly from our academics here at Queen’s and find out if they felt OA has had a positive impact on their publication.

To achieve this, we decided to create a new page on our OA LibGuide devoted to discovering the “Impact of Open Access”.  This new webpage contained a simple “Open Access Feedback” box where academics could share their OA experience and thoughts with us.

A small number of Queen’s academics were emailed and invited to share their OA experience.  Within a very short space of time, over half of the academics emailed had responded.

What was really pleasing and perhaps a bit surprising was the level of detail in each response. It became clear that our academics have had their own specific OA experience and they were happy to share this with us.

The great benefit of our “Impact of Open Access” page has been that we no longer have to only speak of the potential benefits that open access can bring.

So whether it’s “Open in order to… “widen the parameters of who has access to my research” or  “achieve significantly higher citations and greater attention from the scientific community and beyond”, we can now say that the benefits to making scholarly outputs openly available are real.

If you would like to share your OA experience with us, please visit our “Impact of Open Access” page.

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Acoustic testing (McClay Library) Wednesday morning, 18th October.

As part of a project to extend the McClay Library, acoustic testing will be carried out between 8.00 am  and 10.00 am on Wednesday 18 October 2017. There will be serious noise disruption throughout the building during this time. We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause.

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Library Closed – Monday 16th October

In light of updated information from the Met Office on Hurricane Ophelia, Queen’s will close today from 12 noon (including the Library and all public facing student services).

The University plans to re-open tomorrow morning as usual, however, further updates will be posted on social media & by email as necessary.

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Find out about SciFinder!

SciFinder is a comprehensive database of information about chemical literature, substances and reactions. It is a core research tool for chemistry and can also be useful for researchers in chemical engineering, biochemistry, materials science, medicine and physics.

Introduction to SciFinder

Date: Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Time: 2-3pm

Location: McClay Library, Auditorium

Researchers who would like to find out more about SciFinder, its search functionality and content are invited to attend this free introductory session. To reserve a place, please contact Irene Bittles (

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Literary Print Culture: The Stationers’ Company Archive – Trial Access Now Available


QUB staff and students have trial access to Adam Matthew’s Literary Print Culture: The Stationers’ Company Archive database until 6th November 2017.

You can access on-campus via this link:
(Please note that PDF download options are not available during the trial).

The Stationers’ Company Archive is one of the most important resources for understanding the workings of the early book trade, the printing and publishing community, the establishment of legal requirements for copyright provisions and the history of bookbinding. Explore extremely rare documents dating from 1554 to the 21st century in this invaluable resource of research material for historians and literary scholars.

Please let us know what you think of this resource:


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Science Direct journals – You have entered an invalid username/password combination

If you receive the message

You have entered an invalid username/password combination. Please re-enter your username and password and click the Sign in button.


when accessing journals on the ScienceDirect platform please try accessing the ScienceDirect URL again.

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Error contacting your identity provider on Lexis Nexis

If you receive the message Error contacting your identity provider when accessing Lexis / Nexis platforms


please clear your browser cache and cookies (see Clear your cache section on and access again.

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On your reading list? Not in the Library? Let us know!

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The Library makes every effort to hold the key texts that are on reading lists.

If you are a student, and after checking the Library catalogue, you find the Library does not hold a book title on your reading list then you can submit a request to purchase the book. This can be done by either sending us a book form or emailing the details to your Subject Librarian.

The Librarian responsible for your school will receive the request. If they think it is appropriate and book funds are available they will order the book, however funds are limited and so the Library may not be able to purchase every request. We will get back to you once we’ve received your request and let you know what action is going to be taken.

It can take anything from two weeks to several months for a book to arrive and be available for borrowing so in the meantime you could try the following:

  • check the catalogue to see if another book would be useful. You can search by keyword, author and title.
  • check the Readings Online available for your Module, there may be useful scanned journal articles and book chapters. To access these, just select the relevant Module in Queen’s Online look under ‘Library Links’ and you will see any scanned readings attached to that module.

If you have any further queries about reading lists or Readings Online please contact your subject librarian by clicking on the relevant guide.

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