New SUNCAT Interface and Features

The SUNCAT link in the catalogue now goes to the new SUNCAT interface. It provides new and enhanced functionality, including:

Improved pre-search library and geographic limits

The ability to combine library, location, format, language and year of publication pre-search limits to create very specific focused searches.

The introduction of post-search filters

More integrated information about our Contributing Libraries

Links to the local catalogues of holding libraries

More information about the development can be found here: http://suncat.blogs.edina.ac.uk/category/development/

The old interface will also be available for the next 6 months at http://www.suncat.ac.uk/


Scheduled maintenance on 17 Dec 2013 for Jisc Historic Books, Jisc Journal Archives and Zetoc

Due to maintenance work at the University of Manchester, Jisc Historic Books, Jisc Journal Archives and Zetoc will be unavailable from 07:15 to 10:15 on Tuesday 17 December 2013.

Digimap "At Risk" period to move to Tuesday mornings in 2014

EDINA currently uses the time between 17:30 and 18:30 on Tuesdays as its "At Risk" period for carrying out service maintenance to Digimap. From January 2014 they will be changing this to a morning slot, between 08:30 and 09:30 on Tuesdays.

Library Opening Times over the Christmas period:

The Main Library and Deiniol Libraries will close at 5pm on Sunday 22nd December and re-open at 8:30am on Thursday 2nd January.

The Normal Library will close at 5pm on Saturday 21st December and re-open at 8:45am on Thursday 2nd January.

The Archives and Wrexham Library will close on Friday 20th December at 5pm and re-open at 9am on Thursday 2nd January.

In table form:





20/12/2013 5pm

02/01/2014 9am

Wrexham Maelor

20/12/2013 5pm

02/01/2014 9am

Normal Library

21/12/2013 5pm

02/01/2014 8:45am

Deiniol Library

22/12/2013 5pm

02/01/2014 8:30am

Main Library

22/12/2013 5pm

02/01/2014 8:30am


Library Wales Refresh

You will notice some changes to the Library Wales portal this week.  The site has been updated making it more interactive, user friendly and fresh.
One of the most significant changes is that the portal’s domain name has changed to WelshLibraries.org
Currently all Library Wales URLs are redirecting to the Welsh Libraries homepage but you may experience some problems.

New Resource Added to the Catalogue: Cymru 1914

Cymru 1914 - The Welsh Experience of the First World War

This project involves the digitisation of primary sources relating to the First World War from the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives of Wales. It will make available a coherent, consolidated digital collection revealing the often hidden history of the First World War as it impacted all aspects of Welsh life, language and culture. This digital archive brings together source materials that were previously fragmented and frequently inaccessible. It is a unique resource of vital interest to researchers, students, the public in Wales and beyond.


TRIAL: Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre

We are currently trialling Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre.

This trial will run until 2nd December 2013 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.


EThOS webinar

EThOS Webinar: Using doctoral theses in your research, a guide to EThOS

http://ethos.bl.uk, Electronic Theses Online Service) is the national database for PhD theses, managed by the British Library.

The British Library is organising a free webinar to learn how to use EThOS.
You can find out how to search for and download theses. Also, if you are a PhD student, you can find out what will happen to your thesis once it's completed.
This webinar is aimed at researchers, students, librarians and anyone
who is interested in finding and using PhD theses.

The webinar will be hosted by Sara Gould, Development Manager at the British Library, who manages the EThOS service.
Sara will also answer questions after the webinar.

The webinar is on 10 December 2013, 11.00am GMT.


Jisc Historic Books technical problem (Resolved)

Unfortunately due to a technical problem it is not currently possible to search Jisc Historic Books.

We apologise for the inconvenience this is causing and assure you they are working urgently to fix the problem. As soon as there is a further update we will let you know.


Taylor & Francis One Month Waiver of Article Publication Charges

Taylor & Francis have announced that they are waiving Article Publication Charges (APCs) for a number of journals from 21st October until 20th November.   This decision celebrates two key events - the 10 year anniversary of one of the milestones in the Open Access Movement, the Berlin Declaration, and Open Access week (October 21st-27th).  To see the full list of Routledge and Taylor & Francis Open journals that will be waiving their fee visit:

Routledge and Taylor & Francis Fee-Waived Open Journals


Elsevier's Policy for Authors funded by Research Councils UK

Interested in publishing RCUK-funded articles for open access in Elsevier Journals? Take a look at their step-by-step guide for green and gold open access articles:

Elsevier Policy


Wiley Online Library and The Cochrane Library Downtime (Resolved)

Wiley Online Library and The Cochrane Library is currently not available.
They are investigating and hope to have the site up and running again soon.


Disruption to the 24/7 service - Adeilad Deiniol: 30/10/13

24 hour opening will be suspended today (30th October), at 9pm due to industrial action.

The Deiniol Library will close at 9pm tonight and resume 24/7 access at 8.30am Thursday October31st.

There will be no disruption to the Main Library opening times, they will be open 24/7 as normal.

We apologies for the disruption to service.


24/7 Libraries

Main and Deiniol Libraries will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Monday 21st October 2013 until Saturday 31st May 2014 (excluding Christmas and Easter when the University is closed).

Full service hours operate 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday and 12pm to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. All Library services are available during these hours.

Self-Service Hours - There are no staffed services outside of the hours given above, however you will still able to:

  • Use the Library to study
  • Access books and journals
  • Use computers and print facilities
  • Search the library catalogue
  • Renew books and place holds via the catalogue
  • Issue, renew, and return books and pay charges via self-issue machines
  • Buy print credits on-line

A Bangor University student or staff card is needed to gain access during self-service hours. There will be no admission to external users during self-service periods.


EBSCO Interface Enhancements

EBSCO is releasing several updates and enhancements to the overall look of the Search, Search Results, and Detailed Record pages within EBSCOhost.  These updates will provide a more visually appealing and intuitive interface for users and are a part of their continued efforts to improve the EBSCO search experience.
These enhancements are scheduled to roll out on or after 29th October 2013.  All EBSCOhost products and services will be available during the update.


TRIAL: Gale Virtual Reference Library

Starting on 14/10/13 there is a trial for Gale Virtual Reference Library, until 31/03/14. This is a platform providing encyclopaedias and specialised reference sources for multidisciplinary research. This includes the Encyclopedia of Religion. Please note: Access to full text is available by subscription to individual publications by Bangor University.

Click on this link to view: Gale Virtual Reference Library

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


Job Opportunities

Want to work for Library and Archives? We are recruiting to part-time posts now!
See https://jobs.bangor.ac.uk/index.php.en? and click ‘Internal’. Posts restricted to current students and staff. Closing date is near!


Open Access Event

Bangor University Library and Archives would like to invite you to a free event on 24 October, Main Arts Terrace Conference Room 3. Guest speakers include Phil Sykes, University Librarian at Liverpool University and member of the Open Access Implementation Group, who will be delivering an overview of developments in Open Access publishing. Also, Ben Ryan, senior manager of research outcomes at EPSRC, will be providing more detail on the RCUK policy on Open Access. Refreshments will be on offer. Please see the attached schedule.

12.30-1.30 - Registration and coffee.
13.00-1.30 - Introduction: Dr. Garry Reid, Director of Research and Enterprise ,and Sue Hodges, Director of Libraries and Archives.
13.30-14.00 - What's happening with Open Access?: Phil Sykes, University Librarian at the University of Liverpool, Open Access Implementation Group member and Research LIbraries UK Board.
14.00-14.30 - The RCUK Policy on Open Access, Ben Ryan, Senior Manager, Research Outcomes, ESPRC.
14.30-15.00 - Coffee and networking.
Drop-in Sessions:
15.00-15.30 - Access to Data: How can we support research data management, storage, curation and archiving. Discuss with the ESPRC Policy Framework on Research Data with Ben Ryan.
15.30- 16.00 - What does OA mean for the Humanities?: Challenges of moving to an open access model for monographs.
16.00-16.30 - Q&A on Open Access publication procedures and support at Bangor University. Find out more about Green and Gold options and the RCUK block grant.

To book your place at one or all of these sessions please contact c.a.roberts@bangor.ac.uk / 01248 383474

Trial: ARTstor Database

Starting on 8th October, there is a 30 day trial of ARTstor Digital Library. ARTstor contains over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.
Click on this link to view:  ARTstor
If you wish to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post.


US government shutdown (Resolved)

A number of US government websites have been either suspended or are only partially available due to the shutdown. This may cause disruption to some content from the following resources:

Ovid databases
Proquest databases
EBSCOhost databases
Web of Knowledge databases
PubMed Central Open Access
CAM on PubMed
NOAA Central Library Open Access Publications
The World Factbook
PubMed Bookshelf
NIST Data Gateway
NIST Chemistry WebBook
NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions
The United States Patent and Trademark Office


TRIAL: Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

We are currently trialing Oxford Scholarly Editions Online.

This trial will run until 1 November 2013 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.


TRIAL: Inderscience

We are currently trialing Inderscience journals.

This trial will run until 30th November 2013 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.



The Library has upgraded its IEEE subscription to include e-books – for further information please see:


Ubiquity Press Journals -Open Access

Browse journals published by Ubiquity Press, an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals in the areas of social sciences and the humanities.This is available via the library catalogue:
Ubiquity Press


New resource added to the catalogue: Flooved

Flooved is a resource containing free open-access textbooks, unpublished textbooks and high quality lecture notes in the areas of Physics and Mathematics:



Web of Knowledge Downtime (Resolved)

Web of Knowledge may not be available intermittently on Friday, 16th August from 9am until 7pm due to essential maintenance.


TRIAL: Literary Reference Center Plus

We are currently trialling Literary Reference Center Plus.

This trial will run until 2nd December 2013 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.


We have replaced our 'friends' account with a 'Page' account on the request of Facebook.

Please 'Like' our new page and stop by regularly for information and resource links which will help you get the most from your Library

August Bank Holiday

Please note that the Library will be closed on Monday 26th August. Apologies for any inconveniance caused.


Display: Plants as Providers of Fine Chemicals

On the 28th and 29th August 2013 the School of Chemistry is hosting the 2013 Conference: Plants as Fine Chemicals; alongside the conference we will be displaying a collection of relevant books from stock in the Deiniol Library including some treasures from our rare books collection.

Vitae Researcher Booklets

A new free resource called Vitae has been added to the library catalogue.

The Vitae ‘researcher booklets’ offer practical information to researchers about different topics in support of their personal, professional and career development:



This is a new resource which offers full text access to science, technology and medical e-books from Taylor & Francis, is now available via the Library Catalogue. The library has purchased 3 ebooks which can be accessed via the resource record. These titles will be added to the library catalogue very shortly:

CRC Handbook of Engineering Tables
Electrical engineering Handbook
Computer Science Handbook


Web of Knowledge Trial Extended

Web of Knowledge Trial Extended until 30th September 2013:

In addition to our current subscriptions through Web of Knowledge, Bangor University has trial access to the following content:

Chinese Science Citation Index
Current Contents Connect
Data Citation Index
Derwent Innovations Index
Book Citation Index
Current Chemical Reactions
Index Chemicus.

Trial Access to these additional resources ends 30th September 2013. If you want to feedback to us on this resource, you can leave comments at the bottom of this post. Access it here:

Web of Knowledge


This is an online resource for international arbitration research. This has been added to the library catalogue, along with links to user manuals for this resource:


Manchester Medieval Sources Online

This is an ebook collection that has been added to the library catalogue. It provides texts central to medieval studies courses and focuses upon the diverse cultural, social and political conditions that affected the functioning of all levels of medieval society:

Manchester Medieval Sources Online

Nature Geoscience

This e-resource is now available via the library catalogue:

Nature Geoscience



Many congratulations on the recent graduations of
Shan Robinson at Bangor University (M.A. degree with distinction in Women’s Studies). Read Shan’s story here in “Graduation Success Stories 2013

and Jenny Greene, at Liverpool John Moore’s University (postgraduate diploma with distinction in Library and Information Management)


Technical issues with ProQuest platform

Please be advised that users are experiencing technical issues when using large search strings on the ProQuest platform. ProQuest are treating the issue as high priority and hope to have this resolved very soon.