Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences Drop-in Sessions

Richard Fallis, Subject Librarian for Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences, is running weekly drop-in sessions in the Biomedical Library (MBC) from now until mid-December.

If you have any questions about Library resources, or are having problems running a literature search, call in to the Biomedical Library at the times below, and Richard will be happy to help you.

You can also email Richard ( ahead of time to let him know you are coming.

Drop-in times

Monday 13th November 3.00 – 5.00 pm

Monday 20th November 3.00 – 5.00 pm

Tuesday 28th November 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Monday 4th December 3.00 – 5.00 pm

Tuesday 12th December 3.00 – 5.00 pm

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Help us choose a new name for LibGuides

The Library is considering changing the name of LibGuides, its subject support pages.

You can help us choose a name that is more meaningful for our users, by completing this short survey:

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The survey is open from 12 noon on Monday 6th November, to 12 noon on Monday 13th November.

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

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Box of Broadcasts (BoB) – Trial Access Now Available

fYtg03L2QUB staff and students now have trial access to bob.  bob is Learning on Screen’s on demand TV and radio service for education. The academically-focused system allows staff and students at subscribing institutions to record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and search our extensive archive.  Trial ccess ends on 30th November 2017.

To access the trial go to

Click the Sign In button and type “Queen’s University Belfast” in the Where are you from? answer box.  You’ll then be prompted to login using you usual QUB username and password:


We would like to know that you think of this resource and would like to hear your comments and views.

Staff should use this feedback form.

Students should use this feedback form.

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24-Hour Opening and Christmas Vacation Hours

A four-week period of Twenty-Four opening will commence, in the McClay Library, on Sunday 19 November 2017.

During these weeks, the Library will open its doors at 8 o’clock on Sunday mornings and remain open until late on Friday evenings, closing at 2 o’clock on Saturday mornings.

It will then open again, early, at 6 0′clock on Saturday morning and, remain open until 2 o’clock on Sunday mornings.

The last day of Twenty-Four opening will be on Friday 15 December 2017.

A valid Student or Library Card will be required to obtain admission. Staff will be carrying out additional identity checks during this period.


In the run-up to Christmas, the Library will close earlier than normal.

It will be open from 08:00, Monday to Friday week beginning 18 December and, close at 20:30, except on Friday when it will shut at 17:30. It will also be open on Saturday 23 December from 10:00 until 17:30.

The Library will be closed from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day inclusive. However, study and self-service facilities will be available in the McClay Library from 09:00 until 17:00 on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 December 2017. Students will need to have a valid card to obtain admission. Staff will be carrying out additional identity checks during the Christmas Vacation.

Normal term-time opening, 08:00 until 02:00 will resume on Tuesday 02 January 2018.

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Database of the Month: Nexis UK

Nexis UK

Worldwide newspaper coverage from the past forty years.

Newspapers are a rich information source and can also raise the quality of the research in many academic areas. Contemporaneous reports of an incident, reported in a reputable news source quickly become sources for historical research; how a new law is received, how political events change a country, what impact financial markets have on a society…

Newspapers can inform, inspire, confirm, contextualise.

Nexis UK provides access to a wide range of news and business sources.

Nexis UK contains over 20,000 full-text sources including 12,500 news sources, local, national and international, (local newspapers include the Belfast Telegraph; Irish News and Belfast Newsletter) and a huge range of company, financial and industry sources. The database also includes access to a variety of trade and professional business journals.

It is possible to search groups of sources (for example, UK Broadsheets, Major World Newspapers) or an individual publication. Coverage is from the 1980s onwards and is updated daily.

A range of tutorials to help you use the database effectively is available from the Help link on the Nexis website.

Nexis is available from the main catalogue and is also listed on the newspaper area of the LibGuides. Take time to explore the databases of older newspapers and periodicals on the same page.

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JustisOne trial

The library has a trial for JustisOne from now until the end of the year

Core  content of JustisOne includes the largest collection of UK superior court judgments, Irish cases and Caribbean case available online, alongside extensive coverage from Australia and Canada.

  • UK Core
  • Ireland Core
  • Canada Core
  • Caribbean Core
  • International Core (International Law Reports, Jersey Law Reports, Aspinall’s Maritime Cases, Singapore Academy Collection)
  • Irish Reports and Digest
  • English Reports
  • Immigration Appeal Reports

You will be able to access the platform using the URL below; – Click the JustisOne box and login from here.

Please let us know if you have any feedback on this by filling in the online form

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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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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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