Library Catalogue Plus Downtime, Saturday-Sunday Evening 18-19th March

Library Catalogue Plus will be temporarily unavailable Saturday evening (18th March), from approximately 10pm, through until 2am on Sunday morning (19th March), for essential maintenance by Ex Libris. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Know Your Subject: New Online A-Z Guide

peaceful mind in libraryFinding the right sources of information for your subject can be tricky, given the vast amount of resources there are available to you via our own Library Catalogue Plus database. With that in mind, we’ve created a set of online guides tailored to every subject discipline… and a few more besides!

You can find the complete A-Z list of the guides by clicking this link:

Each link gives you a concise run-down of everything you need to know about finding information for your subject, including the contact details for the Academic Librarian responsible for the School/Department concerned.

Be sure to visit and bookmark the links for future reference – you’ll certainly find them useful!

Library E-Journals – More Popular Than Ever!

3rd - USB Book DriveOur range of e-journals is more popular than ever it seems, as our annual totting-up of the usage statistics have shown us that e-journal downloads have increased 16.75% during the 2013-14 academic year – up from 153812 the previous year to 1795835.

This reflects the fact that the number of e-journals available to search on Library Catalogue Plus has risen in the last academic year from 30940 to 36841. Many of our more popular journals recorded a rise in usage, with Palgrave journals rising by 80%, but the most stellar performer was the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) which recorded a massive 415% rise in usage – not bad considering they experienced some technical difficulties earlier in the year!

Want to Browse the Library Shelves from the Comfort of Your Armchair…?

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Fancy browsing the Library shelves from the comfort of your hall, home, lab or office? Well those clever people at Primo, the designers of Library Catalogue Plus, have introduced a new feature that allows you to do just that!

A fifth ‘tag’, Virtual Browse, has been added to the ‘Breadcrumb Trail’ at the top of the viewing window (see screenshot above), which when opened allows you to which books can be found next to the one you’re looking for – handy if you want to add to your subject reading or just want to check to see what else is available!

Web of Science & ProQuest Databases Unavailable on Sunday 16th February

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Please be advised that maintenance has been scheduled for both the Web of Science and the ProQuest database platforms this Sunday 16th February.

The scheduled maintenance for Web of Science will begin on Sunday at 11:30 GMT and should end by 17:30 GMT. During this time, Web of Science may not be available intermittently.

ProQuest is also making improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime. These enhancements will be installed from 03:00 GMT on Sunday and should take approximately 8 hours to install. During this time the following ProQuest products will not be available:

  • ProQuest
  • ProQuest Dialog
  • ProQuest Congressional
  • ProQuest K12 databases
  • ProQuest Genealogy databases
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
  • RefWorks

Both Thomson Reuters and ProQuest apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Literature Online – Athens Access Issues

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We have been experiencing issues over Athens username & password access to the Literature Online (LION) database. ProQuest are at present working to resolve the issue, but we’ve discovered a work-around that may help in the meantime.

Most people seem to get the error message in the screenshot above. However, if you follow the link displayed at the top of the LION screen to the ‘brand new version’, access appears to work, though you may have to persevere until it does. It also worth clearing your internet cache and cookies.

If you experience any further issues, please contact the Customer Services Desk (ext.222360) or email Ask a Librarian for further assistance.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing.

Science Direct Access Difficulties


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We are currently experiencing some difficulties with accessing journals via the Science Direct database on Library Catalogue Plus. This appears to be caused by some issues with data migration within the service.

We have managed to come up with a workaround for this issue for the mean time until Science Direct can resolve the issue fully. It works as follows:

  • Clear your cache & cookies.
  • Go to
  • Login with your Athens username and password.
  • Select Science Direct from the List of Resources.
  • Choose the ‘NESLI Loughborough University, IPs’ option.
  • And then try to open an article.

If you experience any further issues, please contact the Customer Services Desk (ext.222360) or email Ask a Librarian for further assistance.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing.

EBSCO Interface Enhancements

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On Tuesday 29th October, EBSCO, which publishes and hosts many of our most popular databases including Business Source Complete, PsycINFO and SPORTDiscus,  is releasing several updates and enhancements to the overall look of the Search, Search Results, and Detailed Record pages within EBSCOhost

These updates aim to provide a more visually appealing and intuitive interface for users and are a part of EBSCO’s continued efforts to improve the EBSCO search experience based on customer feedback and requests.

All EBSCOhost products and services will be available during the software update.The complete list of updates is available on the EBSCO Support Site via the following link: