Tuesday, 29 April 2008


We're trialling a new database called AgeInfo. It's an information service about old age and ageing that is provided by the Library and Information Service of the Centre for Policy on Ageing.

AgeInfo provides the following searchable databases:

  • A bibliographic database of over 40,000 books, articles and reports from the specialist collection on Social Gerontology held at the Centre for Policy on Ageing
  • Detailed information about 4,000+ organisations active in the field of 'Old Age' and 'Ageing' from the United Kingdom, Europe and World-Wide
  • An international calender of events listing courses, conferences, meetings, training sessions and other events soon to take place in the field of 'Ageing' and 'Old Age'

Access is via our Trial Database page (http://www.qmu.ac.uk/lb/TrialDatabases.htm) where you will find details of the username and password that is required. The trial is available till the end of May 2008.

Have a go and see what you think. Please email Mary Alice Monaghan at mamonaghan@qmu.ac.uk or Barbara Houston at bhouston@qmu.ac.uk with any feedback.

Friday, 25 April 2008

Library Ladies Race for Life

Some of our female staff members at the LRC have formed a team and are entering this year's Race for Life at Hopetoun House on the 11 May at 11am.

Events like Race for Life are an important way in which Cancer Research UK is able to fund its life-saving work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.

Please show our 'Library Ladies' your support by cheering us on race day or sponsoring us at:

Monday, 21 April 2008

Name our new search engine - and win an iPod Nano

We're the first university in Scotland to provide our users with a new exciting way to search the Library catalogue:


The Aquabrowser service not only displays the usual search list but it also creates a visual map of associated areas of interest. You can then refine your search options by a specific subject, format, or year, etc.

We need you to think of a name for this new service. There is a New Apple iPod nano 4GB silver for the person who comes up with the best name. Email gharvie@qmu.ac.uk with your entry.

The winner will be selected at the end of the competition. The competition is open to all staff and students of QMU and ends on Monday the 12th of May 2008.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Having trouble opening your files on campus...

We're guessing the worst thing that could happen to you if you are a student working on an assignment is that you spend hours pounding away on the keyboard at home and when you bring the file in to the university on your memory stick or on a CD, the file cannot be opened. We know this because we have seen many students come to the Learning Resource Centre in such a predicament.

But there is a simple way to avoid this from happening. Word processing applications such as Microsoft Word 97, 2003 or 2007, Open Office, Microsoft Works and such like contain an option that would make transferring your work from your home computer or laptop to the university as easy as ABC.

All you have to do is to remember to save the file as a type that can be opened with Microsoft Office 2003, which is the application that we use here at QMU. Just be sure to select the type as shown below:

Monday, 14 April 2008

Early opening

You asked, we listened and now we are pleased to announce that the LRC is open at 08:30 hours on weekdays.

All self-service machines such as self-issue, self-return and MFDs will be switched on ready and waiting. So if you want to return your books before your lecture or before grabbing a coffee then you can do. You can also top up your printing credit at the AVM machines.

Normal service starts at 09:00 hours so if you have any query regarding an overdue book or library fines then you'll have to wait until then.

Please note that for health and safety reasons, the early opening is dependant on having a sufficient number of LRC staff in the building so there may be the odd occasion where it's not possible.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Academic Search Elite

We're trialling a new database called Academic Search™ Elite. It is a multi-disciplinary database containing full text for more than 2,000 journals.

More than 100 journals have PDF images back to 1985. The database includes PDF images for the great majority of journals; many of these PDFs are searchable or scanned-in-color.

Full access details can be found on the Trial Databases page: http://www.qmu.ac.uk/lb/TrialDatabases.htm. Please note that your ATHENS username and password is required for off-campus access and that the usual access routes apply for when you're on-campus.

The trial is available until the end of July 2008. Let us know what you think of it by filling in the Trial Feedback form or emailing Barbara Houston at bhouston@qmu.ac.uk.

Monday, 7 April 2008

A green database

We've recently added GreenFILE - a freely available bibliographic database on environmental issues - to our databases page.

GreenFILE indexes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. This resource offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology, GreenFILE serves as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet. The database contains nearly 300,000 records, full text for selected titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles as well.

Find the link to our databases page on the Library toolbar on the home page and select 'G' or scroll down to 'GreenFILE'.