15 months until RefWorks is cancelled

This post is to remind you that the Library at Queen’s is cancelling its RefWorks subscription at the end of December 2020. In place of RefWorks, the Library has subscribed to EndNote.

Other, free reference management tools are also available, such as Mendeley and Zotero; you are welcome to use these as well as or instead of EndNote, but please be aware that the Library has a limited capacity to support their use.

At the end of December 2020, all Queen’s University Belfast students and staff will lose access to their RefWorks accounts in their current form.

HSC staff who have access to RefWorks via current or past affiliations with Queen’s will also be affected by this.

Ahead of the cancellation, you should transfer your RefWorks references to EndNote or another tool if you wish to continue using them. You can also transfer your Mendeley library to EndNote if you wish.

For more information , and links to Library Help FAQs about transferring your RefWorks references to EndNote, please visit the Library’s dedicated EndNote LibGuide: https://libguides.qub.ac.uk/referencing/endnote

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English Poetry (600-1900), 2nd Edition – Trial access now available

Trial access for QUB staff and students to this resource is available until 27 October 2019 – please follow this link.

English Poetry, Second Edition redefines the English poetic canon for the 21st century, building on the achievement of the original English Poetry collection with enhanced functionality and the addition of more than 20,000 poems. The most comprehensive archive of English verse available now offers incomparable representation both of the literary heritages of former colonial countries and of the poetic legacies of English writers who have only been brought back to scholarly attention during the last thirty years.

Please send feedback to Diarmuid Kennedy.

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Wikipedia Training Session for QUB Students and Staff

Rebecca O’Neill from Wikimedia Ireland will be in Belfast in October, running a training session on how to get started with editing Wikipedia pages. Rebecca will also outline the process by which Wikipedia editors remove ‘fake news’ and vandalism from the site.

Also at the session, Richard Fallis, QUB Subject Librarian, will discuss how to use the Library to find high-quality sources to cite in Wikipedia articles.

Details of the session, including a booking link, are below. The session is open to students and staff from all QUB faculties/schools, and 30 places are available.

A Beginner’s Guide to Editing Wikipedia for QUB Students & Staff

Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, 14:00 – 16:00

Venue: Room 03/011, Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-beginners-guide-to-editing-wikipedia-for-qub-students-staff-tickets-72536315071

Any questions? Please email Richard Fallis: r.fallis@qub.ac.uk

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Distance Learners Survey – You said, we did

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Library Services Distance Learners survey.  The aim of the survey was to find out levels of satisfaction with Library services, access to resources and support being provided to this group.  There was a high percentage of overall satisfaction among Distance Learners however the comments received did give some insight on what areas could be improved. 

As a result:

  1. The Library has created an online guide from which Distance Learners can find key information on the services available to them.
  2. The Library is undertaking to create some introductory online tutorials to help distance learners become familiar with how best to use library resources to search for relevant information and literature.  These will be available from the Libguide mentioned in point 1.
  3. The Library is investigating if it is possible to provide a document supply service to this group.
  4. The Subject Librarian will send an email, via the School, at the beginning of your course introducing the support they offer and outlining key support tools available.
  5. The Library is going to be working with the relevant Schools to ensure the Libguide and online tutorials is integrated into student handbooks.

Unfortunately some suggestions received are outside the control of the Library.  There was a suggestion of having a partner programme with overseas libraries through which Distance Learners could borrower from a library nearby.  Unfortunately there is no such programme but students might wish to investigate with other libraries in their local area if they provide any type of membership such as QUB’s Associate Membership scheme.

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The McClay Library Expansion Project – September 2019 Update

This is the latest in a series of regular updates to 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 will provide over 100 PCs and 9 additional group study rooms (opening September 2019)
  • The student lounge on the ground floor will be doubled in size (opening September 2019)
  • A new silent study room with 67 seats will be created at the bottom of the atrium (opening December 2019)
  • Additional study seats and PCs will be added to floors 1 and 3 (additional seats available in September 2019 and additional PCs from October 2019)  

The project is progressing well and is currently concentrated in the following areas:

Student Lounge

Work in this area is underway and will continue during the early weeks of September. There is access to some seating, to the vending machines and to the water filters. However, there are currently no toilet facilities in this area.  Access to the extended lounge area is anticipated from Monday 23 September.

Special Collections

Work on the extension to the Special Collections store is ongoing with access via staircase 1 and the Special Collections Reading Room. As a result, readers consulting Special Collections are currently being relocated to the Special Collections Seminar Room.   

Short Loan Collection

The Short Loan collection has moved to its new location and will be directly accessible to students from Monday 16 September. In the meantime, if you require a particular item, please ask at the Borrower Services desk.     

Ground floor atrium area

The IT Service Desk has been temporarily re-located to the other side of the atrium.   

While we will do our utmost to minimise any disruption (and particularly disruptive work will be completed out of hours or carried out as early in the morning as possible), please note that this is a major building project so there may be some background noise. 

If you have any particular feedback or questions, please contact: library@qub.ac.uk

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16 months until RefWorks is cancelled

The Library at Queen’s is cancelling its RefWorks subscription at the end of December 2020. In place of RefWorks, the Library has subscribed to EndNote.

Other, free reference management tools are also available, such as Mendeley and Zotero; you are welcome to use these as well as or instead of EndNote, but please be aware that the Library has a limited capacity to support their use.

At the end of December 2020, all Queen’s University Belfast students and staff will lose access to their RefWorks accounts in their current form.

Ahead of the cancellation, you should transfer your RefWorks references to EndNote or another tool if you wish to continue using them. You can also transfer your Mendeley library to EndNote if you wish.

For more information , and links to Library Help FAQs about transferring your RefWorks references to EndNote, please visit the Library’s dedicated EndNote LibGuide: https://libguides.qub.ac.uk/referencing/endnote

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17 months until RefWorks is cancelled

The Library at Queen’s will cancel its subscription to RefWorks at the end of December 2020. In its place, the Library has subscribed to EndNote. Other, free reference management tools are also available, such as Mendeley and Zotero.

At the end of December 2020, all Queen’s University Belfast students and staff will lose access to their RefWorks accounts in their current form.

Ahead of the cancellation, you should transfer your RefWorks references to another tool if you wish to continue using them. You can also transfer your Mendeley library to EndNote if you wish.

Converting from Legacy RefWorks to EndNote: https://support.clarivate.com/Endnote/s/article/EndNote-Converting-from-RefWorks-to-EndNote?language=en_US  

Converting from Legacy RefWorks to Mendeley: https://sites.google.com/a/mendeley.com/mendeley-training/home/learn/organize/switching-from/refworks

Converting from Mendeley to EndNote: https://support.clarivate.com/Endnote/s/article/EndNote-Transferring-records-from-Mendeley-Desktop?language=en_US

More details on transferring references, including information on New (ProQuest) RefWorks, will be provided in due course. Please keep an eye on this blog and library social media for further announcements.

If you have any technical questions about RefWorks, please email: refworks.support@exlibrisgroup.com  

If you have any general questions about reference management, please contact your Subject Librarian: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/TheLibrary/Contact/SubjectLibrarians/

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The McClay Library Expansion Project – August 2019 Update

This is the latest in a series of regular updates to keep you informed on progress of the McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project.
The project is progressing well and is currently concentrated in the following areas:
Student Lounge
Work in this area is underway and will continue until September. There is access to some seating, to the vending machines and to the water filters. However, there are currently no toilet facilities in this area.

Special Collections
Work on the extension to the Special Collections store is ongoing with access via staircase 1 and the Special Collections Reading Room. As a result, readers consulting Special Collections are currently being relocated to the Special Collections Seminar Room.

Short Loan Collection
The Short Loan collection is being moved to its new location in early August. Access to items in the collection will be maintained throughout the relocation process as much as possible so if you require a particular item, please ask at the Borrower Services desk.

Ground floor atrium area
Work on this area is ongoing to fit out the new Language Teaching and Resource rooms. There may be some restrictions on access to facilitate this.
The IT Service Desk will be re-located to the other side of the atrium temporarily.
While we will do our utmost to minimise any disruption (and particularly disruptive work will be completed out of hours or carried out as early in the morning as possible), please note that this is a major building project so there may be some background noise.
If you have any particular feedback or questions, please contact: library@qub.ac.uk.

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The McClay Library Expansion Project – July 2019 Update

This is the latest in a series of regular updates to keep you informed on progress of the McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project.

The project is progressing well and is currently concentrated in the following areas:

Student Lounge

Work in this area is underway and will continue until September. There is access to some seating, to the vending machines and to the water filters. However, there are currently no toilet facilities in this area.  

Special Collections

Work on the extension to the Special Collections store is ongoing with access via staircase 1 and the Special Collections Reading Room. As a result, readers consulting Special Collections are currently being relocated to the Special Collections Seminar Room.   

While we will do our utmost to minimise any disruption (and particularly disruptive work will be completed out of hours or carried out as early in the morning as possible), please note that this is a major building project so there may be some background noise. 

If you have any particular feedback or questions, please contact: library@qub.ac.uk

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McClay Library Additional Opening – Vacation Sundays

We Will be introducing Sunday Vacation opening for a nine week period starting on 28 July and ending on 22 September 2019.

On Vacation Sundays:
• There will be study access only.
• The entire ground floor will be open.
• The upper floors will be closed.
• The opening hours will be from 10:00 until 17:30 (the same as Saturdays).
• There will be no library staff on duty, just three Security Guards.

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