UK Data Service events, April to June 2018


To help you get the most from the UK Data Service they run a series of webinars which introduce different aspects of their Service. Join them for:

They also provide webinars on more specialised topics:

All webinars are free to attend.


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New RefWorks Support Email

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If you have a problem with Legacy or New RefWorks or Write-N-Cite, there is a new email address to which QUB students and staff should send their queries:

This replaces the old support email address.

Other information about RefWorks can be found on this new support website:

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Important change to OA Policy for REF2021 begins 1 April 2018

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With just a few days to go, it’s the final countdown to  new OA requirements for REF eligibility.

From 1 April 2018 onwards, the OA Policy for REF2021 requires the accepted manuscript for all journal articles and published conference papers to be deposited in Pure no later than three months after the date of acceptance (previously three months after the date of publication).

The accepted manuscript is the author’s final draft, after the changes from peer review have been incorporated but before it is sent to the publisher for typesetting. It is not the proof copy or the final published version.

Failure to comply with the policy will result in journal articles and conference papers being given an unclassified score for the REF.

Training and Support

To ensure your publications are eligible for REF 2021, please take a look at the OA Team’s  short video guide or sign up to one of our 30 minute training sessions.

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Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Survey: the Results


In February 2018, subject librarian Richard Fallis surveyed Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences students and staff to gauge which library resources they value most.

Over 200 users responded – thank you to everyone who took the time to do so.

Respondents identified the following 5 library resources as being most important to their research or studies:

  1. ScienceDirect journals
  2. Wiley journals
  3. Springer journals
  4. Ovid MEDLINE
  5. Oxford University Press journals

The survey also asked about the reference management preferences of students and staff. While almost 25% of respondents indicated that they use RefWorks, over 50% said they prefer other options, with Mendeley proving the single most popular reference management tool.

Various comments were made about library resources. These are summarised below, along with the library’s response.

If you have any questions, or additional comments you wish to make, please email Richard Fallis:

“The library doesn’t subscribe to a number of key journals”

Most of the journals mentioned by respondents are actually available. They are listed below, along with links to their library catalogue records.

Other journals mentioned were the Journal of Glaucoma, International Journal of Gynaecological Cancer, Cancer Discovery, and Nature Reviews Urology. While the library is not currently in a position to subscribe to these titles, they will be added to our ‘wish list’ of resources and we will explore subscribing to them in future, should extra funds become available.

“Can the library subscribe to SPORTDiscus?”

The library’s subscription to SPORTDiscus was cancelled a number of years ago due to low usage. However, if you consider this an essential resource, please contact Richard Fallis to get it added to the library’s resource ‘wish list.’

“Why doesn’t the library support journal manager apps like QxMD?”

While we don’t offer institutional support for journal manager or curation apps, this is an area we hope to move into presently. However, there is currently no precise timescale for this.

“How do I access PubMed?”

PubMed can be accessed, for free, by Googling for it, or by going to: This version will generally only connect you to the full text of articles if they are freely available via the internet.

An alternative version is available by going to or by clicking the PubMed link under P in our Databases A-Z ( This version will connect you to free articles and to the full text of articles in journals subscribed to by the library.

“Can the library provide access to a point of care tool like UpToDate or ClinicalKey?”

We are reviewing our provision of a point of care tool for health service staff in Northern Ireland, and will inform Queen’s users if the outcome of this review has any impact on their current lack of access.

“Does the library support Covidence?” 

While popular among systematic reviewers, Covidence is not currently provided or supported by the library. If you wish to use Covidence, you will need to pay for it as an individual user, or set up a free trial for the duration of your project.

“Most of the articles I need aren’t accessible via Queen’s, especially brand new articles and those in Wiley and Springer journals.”

We do our best, within our budget, to subscribe to as many key journals as possible. However, it is not financially feasible for us to make every journal available. Also, publisher-imposed embargoes may prevent us from providing direct access to the latest articles in a journal.

If any key journals are missing from the library’s subscriptions, please provide Richard Fallis with specific details so that he can add it to the library’s resource ‘wish list.’

In the meantime, you can request articles from missing or embargoed journals using our Inter-Library Loan service:

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Undergraduate library checklist


Contact your subject librarian if you need any gaps in your library knowledge filled!

All subject librarian details are here.

Undergraduate library checklist

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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences PGTs: Research skills for your Dissertation sessions

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences PGTs:  Research skills for your Dissertation sessions

If you are starting to think about your PGT dissertation this is the session for you! We will take you through starting a search, thinking about your search strategy, looking at relevant library resources and other online resources that you may not have come across. We will also discuss options for storing your references and creating a bibliography. This session is open to all Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences students

Sign up for one of the dates below.

Monday 26th March 2.30-4.30 Training Room 2 McClay Library

Tuesday 27th March 2.30-4.30 Training Room 2 McClay Library

Tuesday 10th April 10.00- 12.00 Auditorium McClay Library

Thursday 12th April 10.00-12.00 Auditorium McClay Library


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Problem with full text linking on Scopus – Resolved

The problem with full text linking via QConnect on Scopus is now resolved.

We again apologize for the inconvenience.

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Trial Access to ProQuest Historical Newspapers Online

QUB staff and students now have an ADDITIONAL 30 days of trial access to Pro Quest Historical Newspapers Online

Access ends on 05/04/2018. 

Trial access is available at the following URL:


From leading issues and events, like the U.S. Civil War, immigration, westward expansion, industrial developments, race relations, and World War I and II; to local and regional politics, society, arts, culture, business, and sports, ProQuest Historical Newspapers reveals the day-to-day news coverage to researchers and historical explorers, providing invaluable insights and information to users from a wide range of subjects.

Every issue of each title includes the complete paper, cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format. The full collection of ProQuest Historical Newspapers contains more than 35 million digitized pages.

If you have any comments or feedback on this resource, please let us know:



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Problem with full text linking on Scopus

There is currently a problem with full text linking via QConnect on Scopus. You may receive the message

An error has occurred. Please try to repeat your last action. If the error occurs again, please contact the helpdesk. 



Scopus are working on a solution with a high priority.

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

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Library Services Customer Satisfaction Survey 2017 – You Said, We Did

Thank you to everyone who responded to the 2017 Library Services Customer Satisfaction Survey just before Christmas. The focus of the survey was on overall satisfaction, speed of service delivery, quality of staff interactions, etc. and was sent to a 20% sample of staff, students and other Library user groups.

An average response rate of 9.8% was achieved across all user groups and we are very grateful to all those who took the time to respond. The survey results indicate that the Library is very positively perceived by a high percentage of its users.

144 survey respondents left comments and those about Library staff were overwhelmingly positive. The environment, services and resources were the main source of more negative comments.

As a result of the survey:

  1. A review will be undertaken to consider, among other topics, survey timing – e.g. moving the survey to spring each year when first year students will have had more time to become familiar with the range of library services.
  2. Library Services will continue to work to maintain and improve the quality of the library environment. In particular, the McClay Library Phase 3 development project which will commence in spring 2018 and run until autumn 2019 will deliver over 300 additional study seats and 10 additional group study rooms.
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