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Mariann Hilliar

About Mariann Hilliar

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

Pilot Service: Book a PC @ Health Library

If you’ve ever felt the frustration of needing to use a computer, but every single one is occupied in the library, you’ll be interested in a new pilot service being trialled.

Responding to user demand for guaranteed computer availability, we are piloting a PC Booking system on about 40 Cardiff University computers at the Health Library. 

You can book a guaranteed slot on one of these PCs – for up to 2 hours and extend the time for another 60 minutes, if no-one has reserved that computer.  You can book from the webpage at when you’re on a university computer or connected to a university wifi network on your phone/laptop.

Make sure you enter the address exactly as or you’ll see this screen

The PCs you can book have a large plastic number on them, so you know which PC you’ve been assigned.

You can pick the floor of the Health Library you want to book the PC on, and then you’ll receive an email letting you know which computer has been reserved for you.

If you run into any problems, please speak to the staff at the Enquiry Desk in the Health Library – or phone/email them on 029 2068 8137 /

The pilot will be running for three months, so your feedback on this system will be key to helping decide whether this is rolled out.

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.