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Mariann Hilliar

About Mariann Hilliar

Works in Health Library at Cardiff University as a subject librarian.

Data Clinics for statistical support and queries

You can visit the data clinics running at the following days and times for help with queries on statistics and bioinformatics.

Every Tuesday 15:00-1600, Ground Floor Coffee Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Heath
Every Friday, 10:00-11:00, E1.22, Sir Martin Evans Building, Cathays. 

There is also a statistics-only data clinic which runs every Thursday 3-4 pm in Friary House, City Centre.

Note: College Data Clinics.  Please email for details.

Keeping Up to Date with Literature in your field


Browzine is great for current awareness and browsing journal content. Browzine is perfect for you if you want to regularly read new issues of specific journals.

  • Discover – search for a known title or browse by subject area.
  • My Bookshelf – build your own personal library and organise your journals how you want. 
  • Alerts let you know when new articles have been published to help you stay up to date with your research.
  • Save articles in your library for later reading. Download, share citations over Twitter and manage references in EndNote or another reference manager. 
  • Mobile compatible – the BrowZine App syncs across devices so you can access your collection wherever you go.   

Start using the desktop version or download the free app from the Apple and Amazon App Stores and from Google Play. After downloading the app, find Cardiff University in the list and enter your credentials when prompted.

Journal Updates

Journal alerts allow you to keep up to date with newly published articles from your favourite journals. They are perfect for you if you want an alert to come through to your email so you can look up the content later.

  • You can set up alerts to receive the table of contents of new journal issues as they are published, articles by specific authors, and keyword searches by using Zetoc. Available to be used by current students and staff, this is a multi-disciplinary database of 20,000 research journals, and 16,000 conference proceedings.
  • For the largest freely available collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs), use JournalTOCs. It is for anyone who’s looking for the latest or most current papers published in the scholarly literature. It is free, searchable, and provides alerts on request.

Current Awareness Bulletins.

Many organisations produce bulletins which allow you to keep up to date with their areas of expertise, and are free and easy to subscribe to. For example:

  • NICE Newsletter for clinical standards and guidance
  • Welsh Government Health and Social Service
  • Drug and Therapeutic Bulletin

Database Alerts

Search alerts can be set up within databases to provide automatic notification when new results are available. They are a perfect way for you to stay up to date on specific content in your subject area without having to constantly re-enter the exact search terms into a databases. You really need a robust search strategy for this to be of maximum benefit. Get in touch with us in the library if you need more help with this.

  • You can set up database search alerts to notify you by email when new results relating to your search are added to the database. You will need to register with a database in order to save your search.

Citation Alerts

Citation alerts are a good way of keeping track of essential articles in your subject area by building on resources you have already identified as being very helpful. If an article, which cites your selected article or author, is added to the database you will be alerted. Citation databases, such as Scopus and Web of Science, offer the option of citation alerts. Google Scholar will also enable you to track citations.


Use altmetrics to track articles and receive email alerts when a particular item such as a journal article is mentioned, by using unique IDs such as DOIs, or keywords.

Altmetrics are perfect to:

  • Monitor the attention that a paper or other item that you or someone else has authored receives on social media, in newspapers, in patents, in policy documents etc.
  • Discover how your research may be being used in a way you’ve not considered
  • Discover popular new content to read e.g. a Tweet may mention something interesting in relation to your work

News Stories

  • Create an alert to be notified by email of news stories on your selected topic. For news reports, including UK national and regional newspapers and major newspapers from around the world use Nexis UK .
  • If you are using BBC News  to follow a story you can subscribe to text messages for updates (cost is 10p per text). Alternatively use the BBC News app and set it to push news stories to your mobile device.

Mailing Lists

Joining a mailing list is a good way to ensure you don’t miss out on key discussions around a topic. JISCmail  is a service designed specifically for the education and research communities and provides access to UK academic discussion lists. You can search or browse by subject category to find lists on a specific topic and subscribe to receive email alerts.

Christmas Vacation and January Examination Period 

Cardiff University library books will not be due for return or be recalled between Saturday 14 December and Monday 6 January.  

Books can be requested throughout the vacation and examination period. Check your University email for recall notices and be prepared to return any recalled items by their due date. If you’re away from Cardiff, post items back to us to avoid fines.  

Gwyliau’r Nadolig a’r Cyfnod Arholiadau Ionawr 

Ni fydd yn rhaid dychwelyd llyfrau llyfrgell Prifysgol Caerdydd rhwng dydd Sadwrn 14 Rhagfyr a dydd Llun 6 Ionawr.   

Mae’n bosibl gosod ceisiadau ar lyfrau trwy gydol y gwyliau a’r cyfnod arholiadau. Cadwch olwg ar eich e-bost y Brifysgol ar gyfer hysbysiadau adalw a bod yn barod i ddychwelyd unrhyw eitemau adalw gan eu dyddiad. Os ydych i ffwrdd o Gaerdydd gallwch eu postio yn ôl atom er mwyn osgoi dirwyon.  

Sage Research Methods Database

Sage research methods database has resources to support all stages of the research process; from writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing the best research methods, analysing data, to writing up your results and thinking about publication.

Has a range of books available digitally you may already be familiar with the little blue book which looks at qualitative methods and little green book which looks at quantitative methods without being overwhelming.

You can read the chapters of a book offline by download them and they won’t delete from your profile automatically. Browse subjects and broad searching, as well as searching the transcripts. You can export references

Create a profile to be able to save and share content or create clips of videos to share.

A project planner is available for you to use a model to completing a research project with tips and further information for carrying out elements of your research project from details on how to write an abstract and writing academically to conducting specific types of research. Downloadable chapters for you to read are available within this section plus checklists for you to track your activity.

Open Access Training Session aimed at new and existing staff and students thinking of publishing.

This is a one hour session which will introduce you to the main details you need to know about OA publishing, including complaince with funder and REF policies and University financial support available plus more.

What: Open Access training
Where: Cochrane Building room 0.17
When: Tuesday 15 October 9am-10am.

All research staff, PGR students and ULS staff welcome. Find details on the intranet Events page. Staff booking via Core, student booking via email to

Access to NVIVO

The way you can download NVIVO has changed. The software is no longer charged for at the library. Instead you can follow the below instructions to install it.

  • You can download the application from QSR’s website:
  • During installation, you will be asked to input a product key – this can be found in the application’s support page on the Cardiff Intranet: (the terms of use can also be found on this page)
  • NVivo is available for Windows and MAC, although the MAC version of the software offers fewer features compared to the Windows version. The product key is the same for both versions
  • The software’s product key will expire annually, so will need to be updated each year. Users who activate the software using a product key associated with Cardiff University’s software license will receive the updated product key via email whenever the old key expires
  • There is no longer a charge associated with this software

We are unable to provide NVivo to non-Cardiff University students or members of staff – this means that NHS staff are ineligible for access to the software under our site licence.

Invitation for academic staff to learn about SAGE research support materials

This introductory session to the SAGE research database will give you a thorough and interactive introduction to SAGE Research Methods, a database containing thousands of resources, dedicated to research methods across a range of subject areas. The session will cover content and tools you can use in order to improve the research skills and capacity, and build confidence and experience in using the database for future study and research projects. SAGE Research Methods can be your guide in overcoming common research challenges – whether you want to conduct more effective literature reviews, construct a manageable research question, learn how to prepare data ready for analysis, disseminate your research more widely, or understand challenging research methods terminology. The final interactive activity involves designing a reading list for an information skills workshop, lecture, or a current assignment or project you are working on. The reading list can then be used outside of the session to compliment what you are working on at the moment. Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions, so that by the end of the session, everyone will be ready to start exploring the platform independently and confidently. This session would be perfect for faculty members who are teaching Research Methods courses, supervising researchers, or even those conducting their own research projects!

When: 23rd October 2019 13:30 – 15:30

Where: Science Library, IT training room 2

How: Book your place  here 

Welcome New Students

Welcome to Cardiff! We look forward to seeing you in the library. You’ll receive some library welcome & training sessions where we’ll introduce you to some of the amazing resources that Cardiff University has access to enabling you to get the best information for your study.

The Health Library building is open 24/7 just ensure you are carrying your student card with you to gain access into the building.

You have a secure personal credit account on the campus network to pay for your printing and photocopying. You can add credit to this account using a debit or credit card payment via a secure website or if you wish to pay cash Pay Stations are also available throughout the University to top up.

myPrint is a web based service available on and off campus- so you can actually send documents to print from home and collect them on campus.

myPrint is accessed through the following website

To read more on how to login to your account and top up with cash check out our guide here:-

We’ll be posting here news and information about resources and sessions to help you- add your email to receive notifications of when we post.

Looking for help for on statistical analysis and packages?

The library has a range of books to help you (on LibrarySearch just do a search for statistics or the package you want to use) but if you want some personal support you can go to the data clinics which run throughout the year.

Data Clinics are held on Tuesdays from 3pm in Henry Wellcome Building at UHW and Fridays 10am-1pm E1.22 Martin Evans Building in Biosciences – these clinics are held weekly and are aimed primarily at students.

To find out more email