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CAB Direct Trial: 18th September - 6th October

The AFBI Library has arranged a four week trial of the CAB Direct Platform which gives access to CABI's bibliographic databases, including CAB Abstracts and Global Health.  These resources include over 11 million bibliographic records, full-text articles, news items and reports across the applied life sciences.

In addition, the CAB Direct platform provides the following features:

  • Extra options in searching, including a keyword search, advanced search, browse by author, serial or subject, or use the CAB thesaurus to build a search using CAB’s subject terms.
  • Refine search results to organism descriptors, document type, CABI full text, evidence-based research (including reviews) and more.
  • A My CABI account feature which enables saving of searches, saving of records and the ability to set up email alerts for your favourite searches.
  • A My Projects feature to help you to organise your searches and records, and keep track of your project activities.  You can create one or more projects to organise your work and save searches and records into those projects.
  • An AFBI Library link for each search result, which you can use to check AFBI Library holdings for full text, or place requests for content not held in the AFBI Library.

You can access CAB Direct via

Please note that you will need to enter your AFBI Library username/password to access this trial.

The trial runs until the 6th of October - any questions or feedback in the meantime are welcomed.




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AFBI Library Training - September to December 2017

The AFBI Library has scheduled various training sessions for September to December 2017.

Click here to view the September to December training schedule for both Newforge and Stormont.

If you would like to organise a bespoke training session, a one-on-one tutorial or if you simply need help, please contact:

  • Stormont: Deborah Sherlock – 028 9025 5227 /
  • Newforge: Patrick Elliott – 028 90255227 /

Follow us on twitter: @AFBILibrary

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New Journal Subscription Proposal - Business Case Form

With the annual journals review just around the corner, the New Journal Subscription Proposal - Business Case Form‌ should be completed for any new journal subscription proposals.  The form should be completed, signed by the relevant branch head and returned to the library

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Are you a researcher? Register for your ORCID – a unique ID for your research career

 Are you a researcher? Register for your ORCID – a unique ID for your research career

  • Improved discoverability
  • Connects your work
  • Required by growing numbers of funders and publishers.

Register today at or click here for more information.

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With the new year upon us, AFBI Library has many training sessions planned for the coming months.

Click here to view the January to June training schedule for both Newforge and Stormont.

If you would like to organise a bespoke training session, please contact:

  • Stormont: Deborah Sherlock – 028 9025 5227 /
  • Newforge: Patrick Elliott – 028 90255227 /

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Away from the library desk, our staff work hard behind the scenes to ensure that the service we provide is the best it can be. 

Did you know?

  • 100% of all returned books are available to customers within one working day.
  • 100% of interlibrary loan requests are actioned within 3 working days of your request.
  • Core library systems are available 99.3% of the time, with the majority of systems available 24/7.

Remember, your opinion matters to us – please use our feedback form if you wish to leave any comments, enquiries or complaints regarding our performance.  97.9% of our customers are satisfied with our responses to their feedback, enquiries and complaints.

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AFBI Library Impact Survey Results

The AFBI Library ran an impact survey from 1st  - 31st October 2016 to help us identify the value of the library service to staff. We were pleased to receive approximately 40 responses (10%) providing us with valuable evidence of the positive impact of our service.

The case studies provided strongly highlighted the importance of speedy document delivery, bibliographic management, help with literature searching and training.   Office-based support was appreciated particularly in relation to use of Endnote.

All responses are available here.

Library staff much appreciate the time taken to respond to this useful survey.  Although the survey has now closed we are always grateful for evidence of the positive impact of library services so please send us examples as they occur.

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Introduction to Endnote

When: Thursday 8th December, 9.30 – 11.30
Where: Biometrics training room, Newforge

This introductory course will be taken by Deborah and Patrick from the AFBI Library and is suitable for beginners or for those who would like a refresher on Endnote basics. Course content includes:

  • Creating and backing up your Endnote library
  • Creating and importing new references
  • Organising your references
  • Using Cite-while-u-write in Word
  • Endnote Online

Booking is essential and is now open. To book a place please register here before Friday 2nd December. For further information please contact the Library:

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Has the Library helped you in your work at AFBI? Please let us know!

Below is a link to a very brief survey asking for examples demonstrating the impact/benefit of the AFBI Library’s resources and services on your work.  

The purpose of this survey is to gather good news stories that demonstrate how the assistance and resources provided by the AFBI Library impact on AFBI staff.

We would greatly appreciate your help in providing some brief examples of how our work benefits yours.

We would be very grateful if you could respond to this very important survey by the 31st of October.

If you have any queries regarding this survey at all, please get in touch with Deborah or Patrick. 

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AFBI Library bite-size training: September – December 2016

All courses will run at Stormont and Newforge on Wednesdays between 10.00am and 11.00am. Please register your interest via the link attached to each date.

Introduction to your AFBI Library
This session will give you an overview on how to locate and use the AFBI online library effectively to find books, journals and databases.  This is ideal for new AFBI staff or those who would like a refresher on using the AFBI library.  Tea and coffee provided.
Newforge – 7th September
Stormont – 7th September
Newforge – 7th December
Stormont – 7th December

Keeping up to date with Web of Science alerts and conference proceedings
Web of Science is a large, multidisciplinary bibliographic database of 90 million records, including journal articles, and is the most authoritative database for locating conference proceedings.  This session will demonstrate how to keep up-to-date with new papers as they are added to WoS through setting up alerts, and how to find conference proceedings effectively.
Newforge – 14th September
Stormont – 14th September
Newforge – 19th October
Stormont – 19th October

ResearchGate and Copyright
This session explores the copyright implications of uploading papers to ResearchGate.  Practical advice on checking publisher’s guidelines will be presented.  Useful for all AFBI staff who use ResearchGate. 
Newforge – 5th October
Stormont – 5th October
Newforge – 9th November
Stormont – 9th November

PubMed v Medline
Although essentially the same resource, this session compares the PubMed and Medline databases and presents effective searching techniques for each.   Useful for staff who normally use PubMed, this session is a great introduction to all the useful features available via Medline on the Web of Science platform.
Newforge – 2nd November
Stormont – 2nd November
Newforge – 30th November
Stormont – 30th November

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State of the World's Plants Report

Kew’s State of the World’s Plants report 2016 provides, for the first time, a baseline assessment of our current knowledge on the diversity of plants on earth, the global threats these plants currently face, and the policies dealing with them. Launched in conjunction with a new website and an international scientific symposium, Kew’s State of the World’s Plants will set an important standard from which we can annually track trends in status of the world’s plants.

View the report here

View the State of the World's Plants website here 

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Introduction to Endnote

Thursday 19th May

Biometrics training room, Newforge


This introductory course will be taken by Deborah and Patrick from the AFBI Library and is suitable for beginners or for those who would like a refresher on Endnote basics.

Course content includes:

  • Creating and backing up your Endnote library
  • Creating and importing new references
  • Organising your references
  • Using Cite-while-u-write in Word
  • Endnote Online

Booking is essential and is now open. To book a place please register here before 12th May. For further information please contact the Library:


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How to find your h-index
  • Wednesday 4th May, 10.00 - 10.30am - The Library, Newforge
  • Wednesday 11th May, 10.00 - 10.30am - The Library, VSD

This brief session will outline how to find your h-index on Web of Science.

There is no need to book - just drop-in!

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Keep up to date with Zetoc Alerts: Monday 18th - Friday 22nd April
  • The Library, Newforge: 10.00-10.30 daily
  • The Library, VSD: 10.00-10.30 Wednesday - Friday

Zetoc gives access to the British Library's electronic table of contents of around 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings. This bite-size session will show you how to access this service, search journals and conferences and set up email alerts to your chosen journals.

No need to book - just drop-in if you are free!

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.

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How to find your h-index

Wednesday 13th April 2016

  • The Library, VSD - 10.00-10.30
  • The Library, Newforge - 10.00-10.30

This brief session will outline how to find your h-index on Web of Science.

There is no need to book - just drop-in!

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.

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Endnote drop-in sessions

Thursday 24th March:

  • Newforge Library: 10.00- 10.30
  • VSD Library: 10.00 - 10.30

If you are an Endnote user, come along to this informal troubleshooting session to discuss any queries you may have about reference management and citation.

No need to book. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available.

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Sharing your work on ResearchGate: what you need to know about copyright

Deborah and Patrick from the AFBI Library will be running drop-in information sessions on what you need to know about copyright and ResearchGate at the following locations:

  • Wednesday 9th March: 10.00am in the Library at Newforge
  • Wednesday 9th March: 10.00am in the Library at VSD
  • Thursday 10th March: 10.00am in the Morrison Room at Hillsborough
  • Wednesday 16th March:  10.00am in the Library at VSD
  • Wednesday 23rd March: 10.00am in the Library at Newforge 

All sessions will be 30 minutes long and there is no need to book - just drop in!

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Library Satisfaction Survey 2015

Thank you to all who responded to the 2015 Satisfaction Survey. We had a pleasing response rate of 7%. We were delighted with the positive comments from AFBI library members. You commented, in particular, on the helpfulness of library staff, the swift response to requests for journal articles and the ease of use of AFBI Library Online. We shall endeavour to continue to deliver a high standard of service to you and respond to suggestions made so do please contact us if we can help in any way.

Some sample comments from the Library satisfaction survey:

  • I have always found the staff to be extremely helpful with any queries I may have. 
  • I particularly find AFBI online library useful for when I am not able to visit the library myself.
  • The library at VSD is a good mix of computers and desks. It is very organised and quiet enough to study in.
  • I appreciate email reminders when books are due to be returned.
  • I would like to mention that the library staff in VSD Stormont are extremely helpful, friendly and interested in the staff and their work. As well as providing a great service, and going far out of their way to help, their interacting with the staff by holding Christmas coffee mornings etc is greatly appreciated.

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New improved Inter-Library Loans service: DRM Lite is now available at AFBI

What is DRM Lite?

  • The British Library delivers pdfs of print articles directly to your email.

 What are the benefits of DRM Lite?

  • No need to install plug-ins of special software
  • Use different devices to access your documents

 How to get DRM Lite -  in 3 easy steps

  • Request inter-library loans via the library online request form as before
  • Before you view your article register for a British Library account at: Use your AFBI email when registering (you may then forward on to a personal email address if you wish)
  • Inform the library at Newforge or Stormont when your registration is complete

 Click here for further information about DRM Lite


For registration and any other queries contact your AFBI Library:

  • Newforge: Tel: 028 9025 5227 / Email
  • Stormont: 028 9052 5622 / Email:


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Don't get caught out: Think. Check. Submit - new online tool to help researchers choose where to publish

Launched on 1st October, Think. Check. Submit., is a new campaign that helps researchers evaluate journals prior to submitting their work for publication. The campaign highlights the increasing risk to publishers from predatory open access publishers – unknown publishers who commonly solicit article submissions via spam emails and request payment of article processing charges, but lack any discernible scholarship or academic credibility.

The tool provides a checklist of quality indicators that can help researchers identify if a journal is a trustworthy place to submit research and is available at:

A report highlighting the increasing number of publications that fail to meet many of the characteristics outlined in the Think. Check. Submit check list can be read here:

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Problems viewing Wiley journals?

If you are experiencing problems downloading or viewing Wiley journal articles online please ensure your browser is upgraded to Internet Explorer 11 or try using Google Chrome, which should resolve the issue.

If you continue to have problems please don't hesitate to contact the AFBI Library.

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Library's training programme (Sep-Dec 2015)

The Library training programme for September to December 2015 is outlined below.

The Bite Size sessions will be held in the libraries at both Stormont and Newforge and there is no need to book for them - just turn up on the day!  However as places are limited, the Endnote training sessions require you to book a place.

Further dates for the Bite Size and Endnote sessions have been arranged for AFBI Hillsborough (NB. all staff on this site should have received an email outlining the dates).

For further information on any of the courses or to book a place on the Endnote sessions please email

Please note that attendance at any of these courses will now be reflected on your training record on HRConnect.


BITE SIZE - H-Index & Beyond 11 Sep 12-12.30 Newforge & Stormont
BITE SIZE - Making the most of Search@AFBILib

22 Sep

12-12.30 Newforge & Stormont
Introduction to Endnote (Booking required)

23 Sep

10:30-12:30 Biometrics training room Newforge
BITE SIZE - Keeping up to date

1 Oct

12-12.30 Newforge & Stormont
BITE SIZE - Finding journal articles on a topic

5 Oct

12-12:30 Newforge & Stormont
BITE SIZE - Open Access

15 Oct

12-12.30 Newforge & Stormont
Introduction to Endnote (Booking required)

20 Oct

10:30-12:30 AFBI Library, Stormont
BITE SIZE - Copyright

3 Nov

12-12:30 Newforge & Stormont
More tips on using Endnote (Booking required)

26 Nov

10:30-12:30 Biometrics training room, Newforge
Measuring the impact of your research (Booking required)

1 Dec

10:30-12:30 Biometrics training room, Newforge

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New to Search@AFBILib

A new feature has now been added to Search@AFBILib.  When you have completed a search, click on the title of any article and scroll down where you will find the Altmetric and Eigenfactor information for that specific article.

If you have any feedback, or would like further training on how to make the most of Search@AFBILib, please don't hesitate to contact the library 


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Annual Journal Review - have your say!

The AFBI Library is currently carrying out the annual journal review.  This is your opportunity to have an input into the journals the library subscribes to on your behalf.  Your Library representatives have a list of current journal subscriptions and everyone is encouraged to feedback to them.  Please take this opportunity to have your say.

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Search@AFBILib - discover a new way of searching at our introductory sessions!

On Thursday 19th March the AFBI Library launched its new search facility which provides a faster more streamlined search facility.  From this date the AFBI Library catalogue will be replaced by a single search box from which you will be able to:-

  • search for library material such as books, e-books, journals, e-journals
  • search by the title of an article
  • perform quick searches for articles on a topic
  • NB. you will still be able to access the library’s databases to perform more in depth literature searches as normal.

To help our members become familiar and confident in using the new search facility there will be a series of 30 minute introductory drop-in sessions.  These sessions will be run on the various sites to make it more convenient for as many to attend as possible.  

Newforge & Stormont

Thursday 19th March


11 to 11.30am

12.30 to 1pm 


Newforge & Stormont

Friday 20th March

10 to 10.30am

11 to 11.30am

12.30 to 1pm 



Thursday 26th March

10.30-11 am





Thursday 26th March





In addition if there any questions you can of course contact either Deborah or Angela directly (contact details below).

The EDS will be run as a one year pilot.  Although we do not anticipate any difficulties, only when it is available as a live system to our library users will we be able to fully assess the resource so we would be very grateful for any feedback.


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AFBI Library users now have access to 25 ebooks sourced from across CABI's Choice Subject Collections.

 Subject areas include: Agricultural Economics; Agricultural Productivity & Farming; Animal Nutrition; Animal Production & Husbandry; Aquaculture & Fisheries Science; Plant Biology & Crop Science; Soil, Water & Irrigation and Veterinary Medicine

To access this ebook collection:

  • Go to AFBI Library Online and search for CABI ebooks
  • Click on the Resource link ‘CABI ebooks’ and login using your AFBI Library credentials
  • To browse click on ‘AFBI Choice 25’
  • To search within the collection, select ‘The following collection [ AFBI Choice 25]’ before entering search terms into the box provided
  • Books are accessed on the eb20 platform by clicking ‘Read online’
  • Annotating and citation options are also available. You will be prompted to create a free eb20 account for these functions.Pages may be printed or copied within Digital Rights Restrictions (20% of a book may be printed, 5% of a book may be copied). Printing and copying allowances are detailed on the platform.
  • Books may be downloaded for a period of 30 days to be read on your desktop and eReader devices. Adobe Digital editions is required for this function

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New Library card

The Library is about to replace all AFBI library cards with a new, more functional smart card.  The new card will operate in the same way as your current card including enabling you to access the other QUB libraries such as the McClay Library.  All library members will shortly receive an email asking them to confirm that they wish to receive a new card; please respond as soon as possible so they library can begin the process and issue you with a new card.  Once you have received your new card, your old library card will no longer be vaild so please return it to the library at either Stormont or Newforge.

If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact the Library at either Newforge (028 90255227) or Stormont (028 90525622) or email 

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New MFD printer

The AFBI Library, Newforge has a new MFD (multi-functional device).  This device enables scanning, printing and photcopying in either black and white or colour.  If you require any assistance in using the new MFD please don't hesitate to ask a member of library staff.

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AFBI Library refurbishments

The AFBI Library is currently undertaking some work on refurbishing the libraries on the Loughgall and Hillsborough sites.  The plan is to make the libraries a more pleasant environment for study and reading.  Both libraries will undergo a stock weed to ensure that there is a core book collection and were e-access is available print journals will be reduced.  This will enable space to be freed up to create causal seating areas for reading or informal discussions.  In addition PC access will be upgraded to ensure that library users on these sites have a dedicated computer for quick and easy access to electronic resources available via AFBI Library Online.  Remember if you can’t find what you are looking for in the local library just contact the Newforge library ( or 028 90255227) and staff will be happy to send, directly to your work location, any books you require or photocopy articles on your behalf.

Thank you for your patience during this work and we hope you will enjoy using the new library spaces on each of these sites.

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Library Training

Don’t forget that while the formal Library training programme has finished for the summer months you don’t have to wait for the new programme in the Autumn.  If you require any training or assistance in the meantime on the following areas just contact either Angela or Deborah:

·         Introduction to the AFBI Library

·         Information skills

·         Endnote

Please contact either:-

Information on the new Autumn 2014 training programme will be available soon.

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Results of the User Survey

The results of the AFBI User Survey have been analysed and a short report has been compiled which is linked to below.  You will see there were various specific suggestions to come out the survey and the Library will be following up on these in the coming months and will keep you informed of the outcome (NB.  all journal suggestions will be considered as part of the journal review process with your library respresentatives).

Many thanks to all those who responded to the Survey.

 Results of the User Survey 2014






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SciELO – new database

A new resource has been added to the AFBI Library Online’s suite of databases from the Web of Science.  SciELO contains 650 titles from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and South Africa from 1997 onwards and includes coverage in the areas of agricultural and biological sciences.

To access this new resource go to the Database section of the AFBI Library Online website and select SciELO from the list.

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Google Scholar

‌‌‌Google Scholar can now link to the AFBI Library's full text journal subscriptions.  This needs to be set up via the Library Links on Google Scholar by following the steps below:

  • Go to Google Scholar and click on Settings


  • Once in Settings click on Library Links.  Type AFBI into the search box, once the AFBI option displays tick to select and click Save.

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Strategic Plan 2013-2018

The final version of the Strategic Plan 2013-2018 is now up on AFBI Library Online.  Thank you to all of you who attended our briefing sessions and provided feedback.  We have incorporated your comments into the plan and the projects we plan to carry out over the next five years.

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Access AFBI Library Online from anywhere

Did you know that AFBI Library Online is web based?  This means you can access the website and all its resources from any computer as long as you are connected to the internet.  So you are not limited to searching the Online Library and its resources just from you AFBI PC.

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Accessing e-books

The Library is now purchasing e-books that you can access from your own location.  E-books can be accessed by searching on the library catalogue as you would normally search for a print book.  Once you have retrieved the information on a particular title, instead of a library location, you will see a link to an AFBI Online Resource, click on this and log in, when prompted, with your usual library log in.

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Proposing new books for library stock

Did you know that you can make suggestions for new books to be purchased for Library stock?  If you think there is a book that the library should have in stock we would welcome your suggestion.  You can do this by using the Suggest a purchase in My Account on the AFBI Library Online website, or by emailing either of individuals below.


Deborah Sherlock
Assistant Librarian, Stormont

Angela Thompson
Assistant Librarian, Newforge

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Enhanced Zetoc alerting service - get full text from your mailbox

Full text articles may be accessed directly from your mailbox when using the Zetoc alerting service. Find out more here


Haven't yet set up Zetoc alerts?

Want to find out more?

Just contact us at :


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New Electronic Journals A-Z list

The Library’s new A-Z list of journals is now available on AFBI Library Online.  The A-Z list has been redesigned to make it easier for you to access the journals you require.  You can browse the alphabetical list, search for a specific title or search by keyword for journals on a particular subject.  There are also quick links to AFBI Library Online, Library catalogue and databases.

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19/04/2013 : Zetoc alerts - access for AFBI staff

From Monday 22nd April, please access the Zetoc alerts resource only through AFBI Library online. Go to Online resources > Databases > Zetoc alerts and login using your AFBI Library username and password.

If you can no longer view your lists, we can retrieve these for you. Please contact Deborah Sherlock at for further information.


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New AFBI Books

A list of new books bought for any of the AFBI libraries during November 2012 to January 2013 can be found here.  Please come and borrow any that are of interest to you and if you know of any titles that we should be adding to stock please let us know.

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Endnote support: find full text

If you are having problems accessing full text from AFBI collections, try this:

From your EndNote desktop go to Edit > Preferences. Click "Find Full Text" on the left pane, and add the following information:

Click the Apply button.  Then, click OK.


For help using Endnote contact:

  • Stormont: Deborah - / 90525622
  • Newforge: Patrick - / 90255227

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Easter Opening Hours

The AFBI Library will be closed from Friday, 14th of April until Tuesday, 18th of April inclusive.  Normal opening hours resume on Wednesday, 19th of April.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish all AFBI staff a pleasant Easter break.

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