The library subscribes to the following four databases:

      1. EBSCO Academic Search Ultimate and EBSCOhost eBook Collection;
      2. Emerald;
      3. Weblinks Online; and
      4. Skillport

Access to the EBSCO, Emerald and Weblinks Online databases from any computer connected to the MCAST server requires no login details.  Users are automatically logged in.  Access from home or anywhere else, however requires a Username and Password.  These login details, together with those for the Skillport database, are only available to registered library users. They can be accessed by logging in into your online My Library Account (if not yet created, you can do so by following the instructions on the respective web page) and clicking on Logins/Passwords on the side menu, by asking at the circulation/help desk, or else by getting in touch with the Library at

DART-Europe is an E-theses portal that provides researchers with a single European portal for the discovery of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs).  Dart-Europe is a  partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses.  It can be accessed from

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.  It aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.  The directory can be accessed from

Electronic content to in-house subscribed Periodicals in Print form. The MCAST Library subscribes to approximately 200 periodical publications in print form.  Electronic content, either as full-text or summaries of main articles of many of these publications can be found on the respective websites.  The MCAST library online public access catalogue provides a direct link to these websites.  Click on the ‘Advanced Search’ of the OPAC and choose ‘Shelf Mark’ from the ‘Search In’ field and type ‘P’ in the ‘Search Terms’ field.  The search can then be further restricted by choosing any of the other fields:  Library, subject, class, etc.  Once the periodical required is identified, click on the title, and the ‘MCAST Library-View Item’ web page is displayed.  Clicking on ‘Digital (www)’ will display the respective periodical website from which the electronic content, if any, can be accessed.

Elsevier publishes a number of fully open access journals; available free to anyone with an internet connection.  These can be accessed, read and downloaded from ScienceDirect.  It also offers free access to archived material in 110 Elsevier journals.  Articles featured in the archives are free for everyone to read and download and are available after an embargo period.  Please note that the library will not process any requests for the purchase of any journal articles for which access is against payment.

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.  From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other websites.  This can be accessed from here.

Hairdressing Training provides step-by-step guidance videos, self-evaluation tests, worksheets and guides relating to hairdressing styles and techniques; the service is also mapped to the NVQ Hairdressing curriculum. Hairdressing Training is a service funded by JISC and provided by Mimas, an organisation of experts which is based at the University of Manchester.  This can be accessed from

ResearchGate’s mission is to connect the world of science and make research open to all.  You can access it from here, after having logged in or if not a member yet, by joining for free.

SpringerLink provides open access (that is, free) to a number of journal articles, e-books and protocols in various disciplines.  This material can be accessed click here by unticking the Include Preview-Only content box at the bottom of the page, before pressing the Search button.  Please note that the library will not process any requests for the purchase of any journal articles or e-books for which access is against payment.

Teach With Movies provides lesson plans and learning guides based on movies and films; full length and snippets (video clips) for classes in English, Health, Science and the Arts.  This can be accessed from here.

The United States National Agricultural Library holds more than 3.5 million items covering all aspects of agriculture and related sciences. The depth and richness of the collection make it a unique resource, with many materials not available anywhere else in the world. It can be accessed from here

EBSCO Academic Search Ultimate is the world’s most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.  In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.  The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.  Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.

EBSCOHost eBook Collection consists of around 3,300 e-books which can be read online.  Note that at present the e-books available are general ones. In time study related e-books will start becoming available.  To access these two powerful databases go to

Emerald eJournals Premier – By the end of 2019 this collection will feature 185,000 articles from more than 300 journals, providing comprehensive coverage of management and complementary specialist subjects; plus on engineering, computing and technology. Users have access to all current content and selected archive material for all Emerald eJournals.  In addition, the Student Zone web page within the Resource areas field provides students with very useful resources in helping them improve their research, writing and referencing skills.  Likewise, the Teaching Zoneweb page provides useful resources (such as case studies) for lecturers involved in teaching business and management.   All this content can be accessed from

Weblinks Online is a searchable online database of thousands of teacher-reviewed, approved and annotated websites useful for College students and lecturers.  This can be accessed from here.

Skillport is MCAST e-Library Services Portal providing 23,000 full text e-books at pre-University and University Levels; covering areas such as, business skills, compliance, desktop skills, engineering, government, IT skills, well-being, and certification.  This can be accessed from here.

Some other useful free websites are the following:

        1. DART-Europe;
        2. DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals);
        3. Electronic Content to In-house Subscribed Periodicals in Print Form;
        4. Elsevier;
        5. Google Scholar;
        6. Hairdressing Training;
        7. ResearchGate;
        8. SpringerLink;
        9. Teach with Movies; and
        10. United States National Agricultural Library