Did you know that you can use a WILDCARD when searching the catalogue?

A wildcard is a symbol you can use instead of one or more characters. You can use the asterix (*) wildcard in your searching.

Compare the results of these 4 search examples.

Search in the catalogue for:

eskimo boy
eskimo boys
eskimo boy*
"eskimo boy*"

Note that the inverted commas tell the system you need the words to be next to each other.  Adjacency matters.


Where do you want to go?

Want to know about access to other University libraries over the Christmas and New Year period??

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Web of Knowledge: Scheduled maintenance (resolved)

Thomson Reuters will be performing maintenance to Web of Knowledge, EndNote Web and ResearcherID this Sun 18 Dec beginning at 2pm.

Maintenance is expected to last approximately 12 hours and there may be disruption of service and product access.


Merry Christmas from all at Deiniol Library

Many of you may know that the Deiniol Library was once a school. The Bangor Central School opened in 1936 and was later known as Bangor Secondary Modern.

Between 1929 – 1952 the children produced a school magazine which offers a facinating snapshot of life in Bangor during these years, including how the children helped in the fields during the war effort in a facinating account entitled ‘The Caterpillar corps’ which describes their efforts to rid the fields of caterpillars to protect crops including cabbages. Some of the stories and poems written in this publication are currently displayed on a notice board in the Deiniol Library for all to see.


TECHNICAL ISSUE: Problem with Quick Search (resolved)

Please be aware that Quick Search is not working this morning. All other library catalogue searches are working fine.

We are working to resolve this issue ASAP.

Online Renewals: 'My Library'

Don't get caught out by overdue books this Christmas and New Year.

Renew online using your university username and password.

New E-Resource: Marine Digimap

The recent trial of Marine Digimap was a success and we have now purchased a subscription which will run until 31 July 2012 in the first instance.


New E-Resource: JoVE Basic Protocols

This is the freely available section of the Journal of Visualised Experiments (JoVE).

Index to Theses now also available via ProQuest

Index to Theses is a bibliographic database of PhD theses published in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Many of the records have links to full text documents available via EThOS and Bangor University’s institutional repository.

As part of the Library’s subscription to Index to Theses, we have also been granted access to the same content via ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland.


TRIAL: The Listener Historical Archive (1929-1991)

We are currently trialling online access to the Listener Historical Archive (1929-1991).

This trial will run until 8th January 2012 and you can access it here

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.



Due to a recent upgrade, the majority of Early English Books Online (EEBO) books on the JISC Historic Books platform have not been indexed correctly and are inaccessible.

JISC are working on this issue as a matter of urgency and hope to have a resolution by Friday 2nd December.


TRIAL: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database

We are currently trialling online access to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database.

This trial will run until 16 December 2011 and you can access it here.

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.


Meet your User Support Librarian

Hi, my name is Vashti.

I was born in Bangor, grew up in North Wales and speak Welsh as a second language. I come from a “non-traditional university background” and never assumed I would go to university, but I read lots of books when I was a child, and was encouraged to apply to Cambridge when I was doing my A Levels. Much to my surprise I ended up at King’s College Cambridge studying Social Anthropology, meeting lovely people and having a great time.


Scheduled downtime: Zetoc Alerts (resolved)

*Please note* that Zetoc Alerts will be frozen from Monday 14 November until Tuesday 15 November.

Users will be unable to access Zetoc Alerts to create new Zetoc Alert lists or modify their existing Zetoc Alerts lists at this time.

This will not affect the sending out of Zetoc Alert emails as normal during this period.

Access to the Zetoc Service and searching will not be affected, although some downtime and possible disruption on the 15 November is expected.

Further information at:


TRIAL: Marine Digimap

We are currently trialling online access to Marine Digimap.

This trial will run until 16th December 2011 and you can access it here.


Archives of General Psychiatry

Unfortunately, Archives of General Psychiatry will no longer be available online to Bangor University users from 1 January 2012.

Good news though, we will continue to subscribe to the print journal which you can find in Deiniol Library.


Have you read a good e-book recently?

Would you like to help the library increase the range of e-books and make access as quick and easy as possible?

We are involved in a national study to look at how the provision of e-books in academic libraries might be improved. The project will help libraries and publishers better understand the requirements of users and develop affordable e-book delivery through libraries.

Project staff would like to talk to students to understand what tasks students use e-books for, how they find out about them in the first place and how they evaluate them.

If you are interested in taking part in a 30-minute interview on Wednesday, 26th October, please contact eresources@bangor.ac.uk stating what time you will be available.

We are giving a Lug a Mug worth £5 to everyone who takes part.

Lots of new ebooks in the Library Catalogue

You will have noticed that when browsing some of the ebooks from our library catalogue that after about 5 minutes of reading online, a pop-up window appears and you are asked if you wish to continue reading.


User Guides: JISC MediaHub

There are two new PDF user guides available for JISC MediaHub. MediaHub Essentials is a two-page reference to the most important features, and MediaHub Help is a full guide to the resource.

You will also find printed copies of MediaHub Essentials in your library.


TRIAL: SAGE Reference Online

For a free personal trial of SAGE Reference Online until 31 October 2011, please click on this link.


Maintenance on Web of Knowledge (resolved)

Please be advised that Thomson Reuters will be performing maintenance to the Web of Knowledge, EndNote Web and Researcher ID this coming Sunday, 9 October 2011, commencing at 14:00 BST (13:00 GMT).

Maintenance is expected to last approximately 12 hours. During this time, there will be disruption of service and access to these products including WoK Personalisation.

New E-Resource: Early Music Online

This web site is the result of a project to digitise 300 of the world’s earliest surviving volumes of printed music held in the British Library.

Click here for more information


TRIAL: Rock's Backpages

We are currently trialling online access to this database of rock writing and music journalism.

This trial will run until 17th October and you can access it here.

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.


New E-Resource: Publishing Your Research 101

This free resource from the American Chemical Society is aimed at navigating the research publication process. The educational video series provides assistance on writing, submitting and reviewing manuscripts.

TRIAL: eLibrary

We are currently trialling online access to this full text general reference tool. The resource includes multi-subject coverage from magazines, newspapers, books, maps, images and audio/video files.

This trial will run until 8th October 2011 and you can access it here.

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.



Bangor University Library and Archives welcome all new and returning students and staff, and look forward to helping you make the most of our range of collections and study areas to support your learning and teaching.


Hampshire County Council Contemporary Art Collection

This collection is now available to view online for the very first time via the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).


Training: Digimap Support Drop In

This drop-in webinar is open to any students and staff who are interested in learning more about Digimap. It takes place on 9 November 2011 between 2pm and 4pm.


User Guides: Science Magazine

There is a new educational tutorial for Science Online.  The eight minute video teaches users how to access Science content, browse articles, research the site, find daily Science news and more.  The video is available with subtitles in several languages.

You can watch the video here or click on the User Guides link in the catalogue record.

TECHNICAL ISSUE: Web of Knowledge and Internet Explorer 9

The new Web of Knowledge platform does not currently support Internet Explorer version 9 and if you are using this browser you may experience problems when browsing and viewing results, e.g. missing results and blank pages.


TRIAL: British Online Archives & Communist Party of Great Britain Archive

We are currently trialling online access to these two resources.  Access them here.


New E-Resource: BookBoon Textbooks

This online publisher offers free textbooks for students covering topics such as economics, statistics, IT, engineering and natural science. The books are provided in PDF format and you can print the books or download them and read them offline.

Click here for more information.


My Work Experience in Bangor Library & Archives

By Lukas Zach, from the Medical University of Vienna
I am currently attending a course on librarianship at Austria’s National Library and thus have to do a work experience at another library than the Medical University’s. I decided to apply in Bangor for several reasons. First, I studied Celtic Studies at the University in Vienna and wrote my master’s thesis on two middle-welsh texts from the 14th century, and second, because I’ve always wanted to do some work abroad, see how other libraries work, which IT-systems they use and so on.


Bangor University Library & the Local Community

Members of the local community are very welcome to come and use the reading rooms and some of the collections at the University Library. Please continue reading to learn more about our history, and our resources.


New E-Resource: JISC MediaHub

JISC MediaHub is a new academic video, image and audio resource.


TRIAL: Jordans Online Services

We are currently trialling online access to full text Family Law content from Jordan Publishing.

This trial will run until 1st September 2011 and you can access it here.

If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.


Welcome to Y Llechen

Welcome to Y Llechen (The Slate). For an explanation of the blog name read About Y Llechen.

This is the public blog for Bangor University Library in North Wales.

We will be using this blog to post updates about new and existing electronic resources, articles about interesting books and other resources in the libraries, details of free library events and training sessions, and other information of interest to people who use our library collections.