Monday, 3 November 2014

Digital Library Survey now open

Six UK academic libraries, including QMU, are jointly undertaking a survey of students and staff to help develop their online library services. The survey, which builds on prior research by the University of Manchester (April 2014), seeks to understand how users are currently using online library resources and services and what might be their future expectations, especially taking advantage of technological change. The libraries will all undertake the same survey during November 2014.

The survey is open to all staff and students and has a prize draw of a Kindle Fire HD6 if you provide your email address. There will also be another overall prize of a Kindle Fire HD7 for the best suggestion in the last question across all 6 institutions.

It will run from Monday 3rd November to Friday 28th November and can be accessed here.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014


Bibliotherapy is a form of self administered treatment in which structured materials provide a means to alleviate stress. The library has a collection of bibliotherapy books which are on display this week to show our support for Mental Health week.
You will find them in the new book display area

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Very Short Introductions

After trialling it earlier in the year the library is now subscribing to Very Short Introductions

Subject Resources

Needing to find journal articles for your first assignment? check out our new look subject resources pages:

Reading Lists

Students can access reading lists via the library catalogue:

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Ebola Virus

Given the current outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made this collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.                            

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Times Digital Archive 1785-2008

As a member of the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library, QMU now has access to the Times Digital Archive 1785-2008.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Copyright Changes

The government is making some changes to copyright law to make it better suited for the digital age. These changes will affect how you can use content like books, music, films and photographs. For more information please look at the following websites:

Tuesday, 6 May 2014


Please try out Statista the world's largest statistics portal. Available from our trial databases page:

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Beer Lab

Check out the Beer Lab, hosted by QMU's Gastronomy Department,  at Edinburgh's Summerhall on June 15th. It is part of food event Savour the Flavour. More info. just click on the link:

Thursday, 3 April 2014


Gastrofest, part of Edinburgh's Science Festival,  starts this week!

New Items

Find out about new items recently added to the Library's catalogue. This list is updated weekly. Click on the link below:

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Edinburgh College Food Festival

Students from the Hospitality and Tourism Academy are taking part in Edinburgh College's food festival on Thursday 27th March, 4pm-8pm, Granton Campus. Entry is free. For more information on the event : 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Referencing the chapter of an edited ebook

We're getting asked how to reference the chapter of an edited ebook - you know when the author of the chapter is different from the authors on the front cover. 

If you are using the British Standard Harvard 2010 style of referencing, then this entails combining the chapter in a book of collected writings by different authors template with the template for how to reference an ebook.  Here is what you need and in the order that they should follow with punctuation:

SURNAME, Initial(s)., (this will be the author of the chapter)
Year of chapter publication (if available).
Title of chapter.
In: Initial(s). SURNAME, of author(s)/editor(s) of the collected work
ed. (abbreviation for editor - use eds. if more than one)
Title of the collected work (in italics)
[online]. (note the full stop comes at the end of this identifying phrase and not the end of the book title)
Place of publication:
page number(s) of the chapter refered to.
viewed day month year [in square brackets].
Available from: followed by URL (note there is no full stop at the end of the URL)

Altogether it should look like this:

BANKS, M., 2010. Blog posts and tweets: the next frontier for grey literature. In: D. FARACE and J. SCHÖPFEL, eds. Grey literature in library and information studies [online]. Berlin: De Gruyter Saur, pp. 217-225. [viewed 17 March 2014]. Available from:


For our Psychology students using the APA style of referencing then it will look slightly different.  Following the guidence on page 222 of the Concise Rules of APA Style, here is what you need and in the order they should appear with the punctuation:

Author,. A. A.
Title of chapter or entry.
In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.),
Title of book (in italics)
(pp. xxx-xxx).
Retrieved from followed by the URL OR doi:xxxxxxxxxxxx

Altogether Banks' chapter should look like this:

Banks, M. (2010) Blog posts and tweets: The next frontier for grey
literature. In D. J. Farace, & J. Schöpfel (Eds.), Grey literature in library and information studies (pp. 217-225). Berlin: De Gruyter Saur. Retrieved from

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL)


QMU has been a member of the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL) consortium since its inception in 2009. As a result we have access to ejournals which we otherwise would not be able to afford. In the past four years SHEDL has expanded considerably and we can now access material from a range of publishers including American Chemical Society, Cambridge University Press, Springer and Sage. The journals are all listed on the E-Journals A-Z and the Library Catalogue. Content can be found via our new search service Discover and when using LinkSource from our databases.




Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Feast of the Commonwealth

Described as "a unique gala dinner inspired by the unique flavours and amazing nutritional functions of foods from around the globe" Feast of the Commonwealth is part of Gastrofest (Edinburgh Science Festvial)

Very Short Introductions

Last chance to look at our trial of Very Short Introductions from Oxford University Press. Trial ends 28th February:

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Subject Resources Pages

Needing to find journal articles for your assignment or dissertation? Please use our Subject Resources pages!

Reading Lists

Save yourself some time and access your reading list quickly! All QMU reading lists are available via the Library Catalogue:

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

National Student Survey

Leave Your Mark!

Asking the Right Questions : a Guide to Critical Thinking

We now have access online.  See for the link.

Also, in addition to the “reference only” copy, there is now a copy in the Short Loan collection.

See for print stock availability.


Tuesday, 4 February 2014


Edinburgh Science Festival are running Gastrofest a mini festival of the science of food and drink!

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Very Short Introductions Trial

The LRC is currently trialling Very Short Introductions.  Please check it out and let us know what you think.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Human Rights Articles from Routledge

Routledge are offering free access to human rights articles until the end of February.

Topics covered:

  • Business and Human Rights
  • Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights, Peace and Security
  • Torture, Modern Slavery and Trafficking
  • Upholding the Rights of Women
  • Upholding the Rights of People with Disabilities
  • Upholding the Rights of LGBT


Scopus is 10!

The database Scopus is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a redesigned interface:

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Scotland's Future

There are copies of Scotland's Future : Your Guide to an Independent Scotland in the Library.
Shelfmark 351.0941 SCO