New Library Resource: IEEE/IET Electronic Library Subscription

Library Services are VERY happy to announce that we have a new subscription to IEEE/IET Electronic Library via the IEEE Xplore platform

You will remember that we had trial access to this resource at the start of 2017 and we asked for your feedback. As a result of that trial process, a lot of hard work and negotiations we have now been able to reinstate online access!

What is IEEE/IET?

IEEE Xplore is a digital library providing access to the world’s highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, electronics and related disciplines. IEEE Xplore contains full-text documents from IEEE journals, magazines, conference proceedings, standards, eBooks and educational courses.

What content does IEEE Xplore contain?

IEEE Xplore provides online access to more than 4 million full-text documents from some of the world’s most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics.  It contains more than 30% of the world’s technical literature.

  • Journals, transactions, letters, and magazines published by the IEEE and IET, with some content dating back to 1872
  • Journals published by IET, IBM, BIAI, TUP, and AGU dating back to 1930
  • Conference Proceedings published by IEEE, IET and VDE VERLAG dating back to 1988
  • IEEE technical standards and specifications, including active, revised, archived, and draft standards dating from 1948
  • eBooks published by Wiley-IEEE Press, Wiley Telecom, MIT Press, Morgan & Claypool and other IEEE entities
  • Courses representing the best of IEEE conferences, workshops, and seminars in an interactive format

Where can I access IEEE/IET Electronic Library?

You can access the platform directly using this authenticated link  

You’ll also find IEEE/IET Electronic Library listed on our Resources A-Z list and on relevant Subject Guides

IEEE/IET content is discoverable via LibrarySearch so you will be able to link directly to the full-text of journal articles, conference proceedings, technical standards etc. that you find in LibrarySearch using the links provided

In LibrarySearch you’ll see links in the View It tab of the Details screen (after you click the title in the result list) to:

  • IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL)
  • IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) Conference Proceedings
  • IEEE Standards Select (IEL)

These are all part of the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) and will link out to the IEEE Xplore platform.

Where can I get help with IEEE?

  • Email the Library or contact your Academic Librarian
  • IEEE provides quick reference user guides with tips and tricks for using IEEE Xplore effectively. Check them out here
  • There’s also a selection of quick self-paced video tutorials available covering topics like: Advanced searching, saving searches, content alerts, and lots more!  You can view the video tutorials here

We’re very glad to see this resource back – as always, we’d love to hear your feedback.  Please drop us an email or leave a comment below.

New Resource: CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Library Services are very excited to tell you all about our new EBSCO resource: CINAHL Plus with Full Text.  This will be a key resource for those in both SHS and SET as it covers Nursing, Mental Health and Counselling, Nutrition and Dietetics, and much more!

What is CINAHL and what does it cover?

CINAHL is the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text covers a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines (includig Athletic Training, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Social Service in Health Care)  This database also provides access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, audiovisuals, book chapters and more.

Where can I access CINAHL?

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Some of you would have previously had access to CINAHL when out on placement via the NHS Knowledge Network Scotland – you had to use a separate Athens username and password.  Now you don’t need to go via the Knowledge Network or have a different username and password to access CINAHL content!  Just use the link above (available via the A-Z Online Resources) and log in with your network username and password.

All CINAHL Plus with Full Text content is available via LibrarySearch

Features and benefits of CINAHL Plus with Full Text

  • Provides an easy-to-use interface with basic and advanced search features and searchable cited references
  • Subject Headings help users effectively search and retrieve information and follow the structure of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used by the National Library of Medicine
  • Provides full text for more than 700 journals dating as far back as 1937 (note: coverage varies for each title and some current full-text content is embargoed)
  • Contains nearly 4.8 million records
  • Offers indexing for more than 5,000 journals
  • Includes searchable cited references for more than 1,400 journals
  • Includes author affiliations
  • Where full-text is not available in CINAHL, you can easily check availability in other Library resources and link straight through if available (or be taken to the ILL request service)

User Guides and Online Help

EBSCO have created comprehensive help guides for all CINAHL products including FAQs, search queries, and help with CINAHL Subject Headings.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text Help Sheet

CINAHL Databases FQAs

For more help and information go here

Training Videos

If you prefer to watch a video, EBSCO have also created training videos on CINAHL products.

These tutorials demonstrate the basic and advanced searching features of the suite of CINAHL databases on EBSCOhost. Additional functionality available from the CINAHL Plus, CINAHL Plus with Full Text and CINAHL Complete databases is also included.  Please note that the version subscribed to by the Library is CINAHL Plus with Full Text.

Basic Searching in CINAHL

Advanced Searching in CINAHL

Understanding the Results Screen

If you have any queries about using CINAHL (or any other Library resource) please do let us know.

Happy searching!

Resource of the Month November 2015: Key Note

Hello and welcome to resource of the month where we take an in-depth look at one of our Library e-resources.

This month we’ll be looking at all things Key Note!

You can access Key Note here (Key Note is not searchable via Summon so you need to access and search it directly)

What is Key Note?  Key Note provides market, company and people reports and searches its own live database of UK and Irish companies.

With Key Note you can analyse up to 10 years of company financials, spot trends, access historical data and view market performance quickly and easily.

Key Note holds information on:

  • 8 million UK companies
  • 200,000 Irish companies
  • 450,000 unincorporated businesses

Key Note recently made some enhancements to its service including simplifying the search facility on the home page. All you need to do now is use the main large search bar in the middle of the home page and then select the product you wish to search.  Enter your search terms then select whether to search for reports, companies or people:

Key Note Search

If you enter ‘Tesco’ and click ‘Search companies’, your results will look like this:

Key Note Tesco

To view the detailed report, just click on the company of your choice (e.g. Tesco Plc) – you will then be able to see an overview, financial, ownership, people, documents, legal and peer comparison information at a glance. You will also have the options to download the full report in PDF format, export data to Excel etc.

Tesco Plc

You can also view a direct link to the holding company, where relevant on the company reports (under the Ownership tab):

Key Note holding

Key Note have also produced a series of brilliant how to video guides which show you how to find and read company, market and people reports; find Companies House documents, create bespoke financial reports, and much more!

If you have any questions about how to get the most out of Key Note for your coursework or research, please get in touch with us


Wiley Online Library adds CAPTCHA to prevent systematic article downloads

Wiley have sent us the following information on their new security feature.  If you are a heavy user of the Wiley Online Library and tend to download more than 25 articles in one session, then read on!

Wiley has introduced a new security feature for access to articles through Wiley Online Library. This is in order to prevent systematic downloads of content and also to thwart hackers from creating other security risks for both library and vendor.

You may have encountered CAPTCHA challenge (see graphic below) after completing a poll, leaving a blog comment, or purchasing tickets from a website. This is a speed bump to deter bot traffic, by creating tests only humans can pass. If you are interested in additional information regarding CAPTCHA, feel free to visit their website at

What does this mean for you? Previously, the only security measure in place was to limit downloads to one-hundred articles per session. Wiley’s new practice will require a user downloading more than twenty-five articles in an active user session, (a session of activity that a user from within your IP range spends on Wiley Online Library) to complete a CAPTCHA challenge, like this one:


Once the user enters the CAPTCHA information, the download request completes and the user is cleared to continue downloading in increments of twenty-five, up to one hundred in a twenty-four hour period.

Again, the only patrons affected will be those who try to access more than twenty five articles per session. Upon successful completion of the CAPTCHA test, they will be granted all the access to the content they wish.

If you have any queries about this (or any other library resources) please get in touch with us at

E-resource maintenance Notice Saturday 30th May 2015 – MyiLibrary

MyiLibrary have informed us that they have scheduled maintenance being carried out on their platform this weekend.

There will be no access to any MyiLibrary content between the hours of 1pm and 7pm on Saturday 30th May 2015.  

Please note that this will include all MyiLibrary ebooks whether you are accessing the site directly, or linking out from the Library Catalogue or Summon.

Resource Trial – Streaming Video Collections

We currently have a trial set up to Streaming Video Collections 

The trial lasts until 25th June 2015 and the resource will work both on and off campus (as long as you use the link provided)

  •’s video collections feature rich and diverse compilations of high quality streaming training videos in the fields of counselling, psychotherapy, and addiction.
  • Many of the videos show leading practitioners conducting therapy and demonstrating clinical skills, along with pre and post discussions.
  • The streaming video platform offers great teaching tools at your fingertips
  • Over 200 videos available
  • Includes: Irvin Yalom, Albert Ellis, Joseph Wolpe, Richard Schwartz, Kay Jamison, Carl Rogers, Insoo Kim Berg, Sue Johnson (and many more!)

We’d love to hear from both staff and students – what do you think of this kind of resource?  All feedback welcome!

E-resource Maintenance Notice Sunday 31st May – Web of Science

Thomson Reuters have advised they will be carrying out maintenance to the Web of Science platform on Sunday 31st May 2015.  The maintenance window is 1:00PM – 16:00PM BST

They expect minimal interruption to the service for users who are logged into Web of Science at that time.

Thomson Reuters apologise for any inconvenience due as a result.


Top Ten Tips For Successful Searching!

We’ve created a handy toolkit designed to help you find and use information effectively. The toolkit contains top tips on the best resources, using Google wisely, refining internet searches and links to great online tutorials where you can hone your skills.

You can find the toolkit here 

Happy searching!