Thursday, 26 July 2007

Cell Membrane Research in NUI Maynooth

An interesting article on cell membrane research was published in the Science Today supplement of today's Irish Times. Click on the link below for more details:

Maynooth searches for the secrets in the cells by Yvonne Cunningham, The Irish Times, 26/7/2007

Thursday, 19 July 2007

Library Database Guides

Two short printed guides to searching the JCR (Journal Citation Reports) database plus the ACM Digital Library database are available in Kevin street library. Copies of these guides may be requested at the issue desk or simply taken from the Information Skills stand opposite the issue desk. Alternatively, copies of the guides can be e-mailed to interested parties by contacting Catherine @

Image taken from the website Nippy Brushless Motors @

Ireland's New Chief Scientific Adviser

Read more about Professor Patrick Cunningham @

"Finding a way past complex problems", article by Dick Ahlstrom, The Irish Times, 19/7/2007.

Will Not Compute.

The declining numbers of students opting to do computing courses at third level is causing much concern according to Olivia Kelly in today's Irish Times...

Funding and Irish Technology

The following article on funding in the Irish technology sector appeared in today's Irish Times. Click on the link for details.

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

EndNote Help

Click on the links below to access an online demonstration of EndNote, quick start guide and tip sheets.

EndNote E-Demo

EndNote Quick Start Guide:

EndNote Tip Sheets:


Click on the link below to access podcasts on a variety of topics provided by Nature.

Does Harry have Migraine?

Click on the link below to find out whether Harry Potter's infamous headaches have been caused by migraine or Lord Voldemort [this muggle is certainly not afraid to refer to you know who!).

Source: The Irish Times, 18/7/2007. This article, which appeared originally in The Washington Post, was written by William Weir.

Tuesday, 17 July 2007 is an e-print service which offers open access to over 429,691 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology and Statistics.

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arXiv is owned, operated and funded by Cornell University and is also partially funded by the National Science Foundation

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Beaker & Bunsen--Cult Scientists

Click on the link below to read more about how Beaker and Bunsen (definitely my favourite scientists) became the number 1 top TV scientists.


Chemsoc is for everyone interested in the chemical sciences - with events, features, links, educational materials plus the ever-popular Visual Elements Periodic Table and Timeline.

Image of hydrogen from the Visual Elements
© Murray Robertson

Digital Tools

Digital tools creating a revolution in music education

Software that can print a musical score from a piece of music or picks apart the sounds on a CD is being developed at DIT. Yvonne Cunningham reports.
Researchers at the Dublin Institute of Technology have come up with a tool that can separate an ordinary CD track back into the sounds of its original instruments .............

To read more click on the link

Source : Irish Times July 12th 2007 by Yvonne Cunningham

EndNote News

New from July 2007!

Staff or students who wish to purchase a personal copy of the EndNote software at a discount rate may obtain an application form from their site library. The software costs €113.97 without a manual and €128.68 with a manual. The person making the purchase should complete the form, and then take it to a library staff member for signature and stamping. The completed application form should be sent with payment to Adept Scientific PLC by the staff/student themselves.

Monday, 2 July 2007

Knovel library

Knovel library is a new addition to the DIT library database list. This new resource contains over 800 essential and authoritative online reference and databases, from more than 30 Science/Technology publishers and professional societies.

The content covers 18 industrially important subject areas from Engineering, Life Sciences and Chemistry, and Materials.

Subject areas covered ,

  1. Adhesives, Coatings, Sealants & Inks
  2. Aerospace & Radar Technology
  3. Biochemistry, Biology & Biotechnology
  4. Ceramics & Ceramic Engineering
  5. Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
  6. Civil Engineering & Construction Materials
  7. Electrical & Power Engineering
  8. Electronics & Semiconductors
  9. Environment & Environmental Engineering
  10. Food Science
  11. General Engineering & Engineering Management
  12. Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering
  13. Metals & Metallurgy
  14. Oil & Gas Engineering
  15. Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics & Toiletries
  16. Plastics & Rubber
  17. Safety & Industrial Hygiene
  18. Textiles

The database is accessible via the Library A-Z website:

Adventures in blogging

Welcome to the new Kevin Street Library blog. This is our first venture in blogging. We hope that you will find the contents useful. All contributions are welcome from students and staff. Please e-mail