Primary sources: an introduction for history students

Bunting Collection, Special Collections Reading Room, McClay Library, Queen's University Belfast

What do we mean by primary sources? Why are they important for students of history? How do you find them at Queen’s?

During this brand new course Deborah Sherlock (Subject Librarian, HAPP) and Louisa Costelloe (Assistant Librarian, Special Collections) will take you through what to expect (and how to avoid pitfalls) when dealing with primary sources. We will look at key issues such as navigating Special Collections at Queen’s, using primary sources databases, evaluating sources and citing primary sources in your academic work.

There is a wealth of primary source material available to students at Queen’s that we want you to access easily and feel confident exploring.

The course will run in the McClay Library on Thursday 28th February 2.30-4.00pm and Thursday 7th March 9.30-11.00am . Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Please reserve your place here.

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Problem with Full Text linking now resolved

The problem with Full Text linking from Article Search and other full text databases should now be resolved.

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Problem with Full Text linking

There is currently a problem with Full Text linking on Article Search and other full text databases.

The problem is a universal issue, affecting other institutions. EBSCO engineering teams are currently investigating the issue.

 

If full text links are not working, you can still access full text of the article.

Take a note of the journal title and the issue and year details

 

Go to Queen’s University Library and on Library Catalogue search for e-journal title

or go straight to Library Catalogue 

 

Locate the record

click on the dates in the record to access full text

 

Locate the year, volume and issue

 

Access full text PDF or HTML of the article

 

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

The University’s RCUK Open Access Block Grant for 2018/19 is almost exhausted. The Open Access Team has therefore had to introduce 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 to pay APCs for fully Open Access journals only (i.e., journals where an APC is mandatory and not optional).

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 the use of the block grant will commence from the 4th February 2019 onwards.

If you have any questions regarding this restriction please email openaccess@qub.ac.uk

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

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New journal: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The Library is pleased to offer access to the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, as requested by the QUB Centre for Public Health.

Access the journal via the Library Catalogue:

https://encore.qub.ac.uk/iii/encore_qub/record/C__Rb1638590

(It will also be listed in the Library’s E-Journals A-Z.)

All issues from the year 2014 to present are available.

If you have any questions about this journal, please contact Richard Fallis, Subject Librarian for Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.

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Medical Library Videos

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences has teamed up with Richard Fallis, Subject Librarian for those subjects, to produce a series of short videos, covering everything from getting to the Medical Library at the Royal Victoria Hospital, to running a literature search in the MEDLINE database.

QUB medical students can access the videos by logging into the Medical Education Portal and clicking the ‘Library video tutorials’ link:

https://www.med.qub.ac.uk/portal/support/academicLib.aspx

Students and staff from other subject areas can view the videos on YouTube.

If you have any questions about the videos, or suggestions for additional video content relating to the Library, please contact Richard Fallis.

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New journal: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

The Library is pleased to offer access to the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, as requested by the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Screenshot of journal

Access the journal via the Library Catalogue:

https://encore.qub.ac.uk/iii/encore_qub/record/C__Rb1486218

(It will also be listed in the Library’s E-Journals A-Z.)

All issues from the year 2000 to present are available.

If you have any questions about this journal, please contact Richard Fallis, Subject Librarian for Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.

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Library Systems – Scheduled Maintenance 16/01/19

maintenance

Library Systems will be carrying out some essential maintenance on our catalogue search on 16th January 2019.

The catalogue will be unavailable from 10:00 pm (GMT) on 16th January for approximately 4 hours. My Account will be unavailable and it will not be possible to borrow or renew books during this time.

During this time our article search will continue to be available from the library home page.

Databases can still be accessed from our A – Z list.

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The McClay Library Expansion Project – January 2019 Update

This is the latest in 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.

The project is progressing well with most of the work currently concentrated in the area which is being extended outside Short Loan and in the courtyard area behind Borrower Services.

The Language Teaching Room has now relocated from the bottom of the atrium to the old Auditorium, Room 0G 028 (turn left after lifts/toilet block on entering the ground floor). The Language Resource Room remains in its former location.

No particularly disruptive work in the main Library area is anticipated over the next few weeks and anything likely to cause a disturbance will be carried out as early in the morning as possible. However, due to the major works that are being undertaken there may be some background noise.

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

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Research Data Survey

Academic and research staff at Queen’s have been emailed the link to an online survey about research data, which is being conducted by Information Services.  This Questback survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and all responses will be anonymous.

The aim is to help Information Services investigate research data practices at Queen’s. This will enable us to meet the needs of researchers by quantifying the scale of the technical infrastructure that is required, identifying any training needs, and determining the level of advice and support that should be provided.

Research data is defined as “that which is collected, observed, or created in a digital form, for purposes of analysing to produce original research results”.  Even if you do not consider that you hold research data we would still appreciate your input.

Information Services will donate £1 to Macmillan Cancer Support each time a member of staff completes the survey.

The survey will close on Thursday 31 January 2019. Please contact Dan Holden (d.holden@qub.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

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