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During this academic year, from 1 October to 15 June, the Main Library will open:
- Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 20:00
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Learn more about:
HyDi: One stop search gateway to both print and online Library resources, and your Library account.
RefWorks: Software used to create citations and compile bibliographies in your chosen output style.
OAR@UM: UM’s institutional repository that serves as a platform for authors and researchers wanting to upload their research output for open access.
Introduction to the Library
New to the Library? This session is for you!
It covers general information about the Main Library, its departments and the services it offers, instructions on how to find, borrow and return books and basic training on the Library Online Catalogue.
Short talks about useful tips and online tools that can assist you with your assignments and dissertations.
What's new in OAR@UM
Newest additions to the Maltese Journals collection
In December, new issues of Malta Medical Journal, Malta Review of Educational Research, Postcolonial Directions in Education, and Xjenza were published and added in OAR@UM.
Malta Medical Journal Volume 32, Issue 2 consists of six original articles, one review article and seven case reports covering topics such as psychiatric admissions in Malta, high levels of sugar and salt in commercial baby foods in Malta, abdominal X-ray use in Mater Dei Hospital and many more.
Malta Review of Educational Research, Volume 14, Supplement Issue features seven papers, authored by professionals who are located at the intersection of teacher formation, research and practice. The papers, produced by an international consortium of academics, researchers and practitioners from Serbia and Switzerland, reflect the importance of urgently reconnecting theory with practice, and of reinventing research as an activity that truly serves the profession.
Postcolonial Directions in Education, Volume 9, No. 2 brings forth a quartet of papers focusing on educational research from a decolonial perspective, tackling issues such as imperialism and racism in entertainment, as well as youth development and vulnerability in poverty education settings. The issue also pays tribute to two titans in the field of poetry - Oliver Friggieri and Edward Kamau Brathwaite - and Phyllis Coard, renowned novelist, co-founder of the National Women’s Movement in Grenada and women’s rights activist.
Xjenza, Volume 8, Issue 1 consists of four articles covering topics such as a review of the scientific literature on the investigation of preconditioning, the influence of a number of personal factors (age, gender, skills level of job, sector of employment, etc.) on the work-related outcomes of Filipino migrants in Malta, evaluation whether the level of knowledge in reading nutritional labels in the Maltese population is correlated to their oral health status and evaluation of the quality of communication between the dental clinics and dental laboratories from a dental laboratory technicians’ point of view.
Newest additions to the OAR@UM Books collection
Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research provided access to eighteen books (and more to come!) via OAR@UM. The most popular seems to be Yesterday's schools : readings in Maltese educational history (viewed already 213 times) followed by Inside/Outside Schools : towards a critical sociology of education in Malta (viewed 172 times).
Open Access fact of the month
The One Repo is an ambitious project which aims to provide a single point of access to all of the world’s institutional repositories and Open Access materials available therein as well as to all papers published in OA journals, effectively bringing together Gold and Green OA works. The project is managed by Index Data, an international software company, and is currently at the prototype/proof-of-concept stage, offering a working platform with a limited number of data providers. Ultimately, The One Repo is intended to aggregate a highly diversified content, such as metadata with links to the full texts, datasets, comments, reviews and articles associated with a particular paper, employing multiple methods of harvesting, including the OAI-PMH protocol, web-based crawlers, or a bulk download of records in any XML format.