Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Kevin St Library Opening Hours: Christmas & New Year

Kevin St Library Opening Hours:
Christmas & New Year

Mon 22nd December: 9.30am-5.15pm
Tuesday 23rd December: 9.30am-1.30pm

Wednesday 24th December - Saturday 3rd January:
Closed (Inclusive)

Monday 5th - Friday 9th January: 9.00am-9.30pm
Saturday 10th January: 10am-5pm
Monday 12th -Friday 16th January: 9.00am-9.30pm
Saturday 17th January: 10am-5pm

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

NCBI electronic BookShelf

The NCBI Bookshelf is a growing collection of biomedical books at

Texts by key authors such as Berg, Alberts, Lodish, Janeway, Griffiths, Barron, TA. Brown, Cooper and Strachan are included.

The books may be accessed in two ways:
(1) they may be searched directly using any search term or phrase (in the same way as the bibliographic database PubMed).
(2) they can be found through links to PubMed abstracts.

Currently, the majority of the links are between the books and PubMed. In the future, more links will be made between the books and other types of information, such as gene and protein sequences and macromolecular structures.

Telomerase Database

This is a resource especially for researchers who are interested in investigating the structure, function, evolution and medical relevance of the telomerase enzyme. It provides comprehensive information about sequences of the RNA and protein subunits of telomerase, sequence alignments based on the phylogenetic relationship and structure, secondary structures of the RNA component and tertiary structures of various subunits of telomerase, mutations of telomerase components found in human patients, and current telomerase researchers. The information is organised hierarchically by the components.

Finding a gene on a chromosome map

This is an online introductory tutorial on finding the approximate location of a gene on a chromosome map using NCBI Map Viewer, a Web resource used to view and search an organism's complete genome and is aimed at undergraduate studnents. The tutorial covers accessing a chromosome map and modifying the display options.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Irish medical e-resources

An archive of HSE & Irish health organisations publications which are in the public domain is available at This resource contains fulltext reports, official publications and research documents, and aims to be all-inclusive. It is distinctive in being the most comprehensive, wide-ranging repository of Irish health-related official publications available on the net.

Monday, 8 December 2008

ResearchGate & scientific networking

ResearchGATE is a scientific networking site for researchers, using Web 2.0 applications and tools to create a collaborative and scientific social network that will facilitate and improve the way scientists collaborate. ResearchGATE aims to connect researchers and information and foster collaboration between researchers in different countries.

There are many Web 2.0 tools and applications available for the registered user and many personalisation features. There is the facility to view publications related to subject specific research and connect with fellow researchers or groups working within the same area, create a personal profile, a blog, invite colleagues to join the network, create a group, and also communicate online using the discussion forum. Full details of the developers, partners, aims and activities, and the advisory group are provided. It is free to join this network and there is an introductory video which provides a quick introduction to the site and its features.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

How Research is Changing Ireland

Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Why should research be hidden away in labs or universities? From wearable sensors to ubiquitous computing and the future of drug discovery, Transformations offers a window into our future as it is being created by researchers working across Ireland. The investment made through the ten years of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions has had a catalytic effect on making Ireland one of the most exciting and rewarding places in the world to do research.

Transformations demonstrates the day to day impact of this research investment. How it helps us get around faster, live longer and more fully, plan more effectively and understand our environment. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Transformations Opening Hours:

Thursday, 27:11:08, 13:00 – 18:00
Friday, 28:11:08, 10:00 – 19:00
Saturday, 29:11:08, 10:00 – 18:00
Sunday, 30:11:08, 11:00 – 18:00
Monday, 01:12:08, 10:00 – 18:00
Tuesday, 02:12:08, 10:00 – 16:00

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Organic molecules in space

A simple sugar that is an ingredient of life has been found for the first time in a relatively hospitable part of the galaxy. As molecules go, glycolaldehyde is not an impressive one, but its link to the origins of life make it significant. It can react to form ribose, a key constituent of the nucleic acid RNA. The study, in Astrophysical Journal Letters, is important as it shows organic molecules in a region of space where planets could form.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

First complete cancer genome sequenced

Scientists have deciphered each of the 3 billion DNA bases from the genome of an acute myeloid leukemia tumor.

For the first time, a complete cancer (female) genome has been decoded. In a study made possible by faster, cheaper and more sensitive methods for sequencing DNA, the researchers pinpoint eight new genes that may cause a cell to turn cancerous. This new sequencing technology, called massively parallel sequencing, makes it possible to compare the normal DNA sequence to the cancerous DNA sequence in the same patient. That, in turn, allows researchers to find individual DNA bases — the needles in a haystack of 3 billion pieces of straw — that had mutated in the cancerous cells.

Laura Saunder's article with links to other citations is at:

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Artificial leaf could power the future

AN "artificial leaf" could one day be used to provide near limitless low-cost energy using water as a fuel. While there were substantial technical problems to overcome, the use of solar power and water represented the only way that growing world energy demand could be met according to a Kilkenny conference organised by research funding body Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

This doubling of energy supply could only barely be met by combining all the wind, hydro and biomass power available, provided we also built 8,000 new nuclear power plants,"It is all about the discovery of new materials and processes to make it affordable." The goal would be to "personalise" energy production by combining solar power and a chemical "artificial leaf" to produce hydrogen energy for the home and to power the family car.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Kaye & Laby Online: Tables of Physics & Chemical Constants

This online version of Kaye & Laby Tables of Physics & Chemical Constants includes the entire contents of the 16th edition, as well as a new section 3.9.5 on pH values, and is full of tables of data, formulae, graphs and charts. This information spans topics from fundamental constants to fibre optics, superconductivity to Raman spectroscopy and many many others. The contents are periodically updated to reflect advances and developments in the fields of physics and chemistry. This free resource is hosted by the National Physical Laboratory at

Chemical Constants from Intute

Tables of Chemical Data

Values of Fundamental Physical Constants
Relative Atomic Masses of the Chemical Elements
Molar Thermodynamic Properties of Pure Substances
Molar Thermodynamic Properties of Aqueous Solutes
Ionization Constants of Aqueous Monoprotic Acids
Ionization Constants of Aqueous Polyprotic Acids
Solubility Products of Slightly Soluble Salts
Stability Constants of Aqueous Complex Ions
Aqueous Standard Reduction Potentials

Auxiliary and Specific Tables of Chemical Data:
Half-Lives of Selected Radioactive Isotopes
Selected Gas-Phase Equilibrium Constants
Properties of Aqueous Acid-Base Indicators

See also

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Renewable energy: two Irish stories

Renewable energy features twice in the Irish Times today:

"Wind power boom sees Ireland's renewable energy use double" is at:
"Facing up to the problem of alternative fuels". The ethical debate on biofuels continues, but the need for an alternative fuel seems ever more urgent:

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Nano-life & Viruses: the basics

Part of the Harvard-MIT Department of Biology courseware for undergraduate and graduate courses, Nano-life: An Introduction to Virus Structure and Assembly covers the basic principles of virus structure and symmetry, capsid assembly, strategies for enclosing nucleic acid, proteins involved in entry and exit, and the life cycles of well understood pathogens such as HIV, influenza, polio, and Herpes. Aimed at undergraduate students, this resource provides access to a course syllabus, readings and assignments. Made available on the Web by the MIT at

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Free maths e-journals

Mathematical research letters: the journal Mathematical Research Letters is published bi-monthly by International Press. It covers all areas of mathematics. Full text papers are available free as PDF files.

Pure and applied mathematics quarterly: the journal Pure and Applied Mathematics Quarterly, a Chinese-based journal covering all areas of mathematics, is published by International Press. Full text papers are available free as PDF files.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

New chemistry podcast

Distillations is a weekly podcast on the past, present, and future of chemistry with interviews, features, commentaries, reviews, and—of course!—the Element of the Week.

Recent episodes have included topics like women in chemistry, the chemistry of photography, and forensic chemistry.

Check it out at

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Endnote tutorials

Endnote or EndnoteWeb tutorials are now available in DIT Kevin St Library.
Times: Thursday and Friday mornings
To book a session contact:
The tutorials are run on a one-to-one basis and provide an introduction to the software or address issues for staff or students wishing to get more out of the software.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

11th hour Organic Chemistry

This site covers organic chemistry and consists of complementary explanations and illustrations to the books, as well as test questions and answers. It was prepared to accompany Seth Elsheimer's '11th Hour Introduction to Organic Chemistry' I and II. The subjects covered include atomic structure, bonding and molecular properties, hydrocarbons including dienes and aromatic groups, isomers, conjugation, alkyl halides, elimination and substitution and electrophilic addition reactions, stereochemistry, nucleophilic acyl substitution reactions, carbonyl alpha substitution and condensation reactions, spectroscopy and functional groups such as alcohols, ethers, sulphides, ketones, carboxylic acids, amines, amino acids, peptides and proteins.

Sustainable energy notes from MIT

This course site includes full text lecture notes in pdf format from previous years' courses covering sustainable energy.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

October Bank Holiday -- Library Opening Hours.

The Kevin Street Library Opening hours over the October bank holiday weekend are as follows:

  • Friday October 24th: 9.30am - 9.30 pm
  • Saturday October 25th: Closed
  • Sunday October 26th: Closed
  • Monday October 27th: Closed
  • Tuesday October 28th: 9.30am - 9.30 pm

Enjoy the Midterm break:-)

Cell Biology - interactive tutorials for students

These are a set of interactive tutorials on the topic of cell biology aimed at students. Available tutorials are: animal cell mix and match, catabolism, comparing prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, nerve action potential, and plant cell mix and match. Tutorials can be viewed online or downloaded to a PC or Mac. Produced by the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta.

Skype now available

Skype is now available for student use in the library AV/DVD room. Skype allows users to make telephone calls via the Internet. Please see for details

One hour Skype use slots must be booked in advance at the library desk. Similarly the key to
the AV room must be collected at the library desk. Please note that though this is not a free service, it does allow users to make international calls at a reduced rate.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Sconul Access Scheme

DIT is now a member of the Sconul Access scheme, which allows Sconul card holders to borrow books from participating Sconul scheme libraries. Only DIT staff and research postgraduate students have access to the scheme. Please note that Trinity College Dublin is not a member of the Sconul scheme. Please inquire at the library desk for additional details. Alternatively click on the library A-Z.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Kevin St Library Group Study Room

Library Group Study Room @ The Snackery

Opening Hours:

Monday -Thursday :10am-8pm
Fridays : 10am-5pm

Please book a time slot at the Library desk.

Help with C++ programming

Have at look at these tutorials on C++ and game programming. It is part of a website created by a computer science graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Other sections of the main site include articles, details of projects completed, and games created by the author.

Friday, 19 September 2008

New Laptop Loan scheme in Kevin St Library

Laptops are now available to DIT Kevin St. students for use in the library on a 3 hour loan basis. The laptops are wifi enabled so students can access the DIT wireless network and the web.

To borrow ask @ the Library Desk for a laptop loan form. Contact the library at 01-4024894 or for more details.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Kevin Street Library Information Literacy Classes 2008-2009

Any one interested in attending Information literacy sessions run by Kevin Street library staff should contact Julie de Foubert/library staff to make a booking. All categories of students, from 1st years to postgraduates, are catered for! One on one sessions can also be arranged.

Kevin Street Library Opening Hours

Please note that normal term time opening hours for the library resume on Monday September 22nd. These hours are as follows:

Mon – Fri: 9.30am – 9.30pm

Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sunday: Closed

Welcome back to college everyone:-)

Ultrasound to give feel to games

The power of ultrasonic waves has been harnessed to produce "virtual" objects in mid-air.
The field of haptics - integrating computing and the sense of touch - has been around for some time but has required gloves or mechanical devices to impart a sense of feeling.
Now, a team of Japanese researchers has developed a system that uses focused ultrasound to do the job. They have demonstrated a simple haptic device that employs a number of ultrasonic transducers, which emit ultrasound.

The team's prototype system includes a camera which tracks the position of a user's hand and shifts the output from the transducers to move the focus around with the hand. The result is a feeling of tracing the edge or surface of the virtual object. At the moment, the system provides a small force only in the vertical dimension, but the team is improving the geometry of the array and the amount of power it can produce so that future devices will provide a stiffer feel and more contoured objects. Source

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Foundations of Chemistry

This is a useful introductory chemistry resouce - notes are provided on the properties of several functional groups, including alcohols, phenols, ethers, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amines and amino acids.
These notes form part of the online Virtual Chemistry course from the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford. They are based on an extract from the book "Chemistry, Matter and the Universe" by Richard E. Dickerson and Irving Geis, used with permission. url=

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

MedMyst: medical mysteries on the web

MedMyst is an interactive and fun tutorial in which students are on a mission to discover the causes of diseases. The site contains five missions, each with its own learning objectives. The knowledge gained from each mission will help students understand how infectious diseases are spread. Tutorials provides clues to solve the mystery, and give the opportunity to explore chemistry, pharmacology and neuroscience. Produced by staff at Rice University, and supported by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Click on MedMyst to link to this resource

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

DIT Kevin Street Podcast.
An audio tour of Kevin Street Library jointly produced by the Conservatory of Music and Drama and the Library Service in Kevin Street is now available. The tour includes a number of audio files in MP3 format. These files can be listened to online or downloaded onto your personal MP3 player. Alternatively you can borrow a player with the files preloaded from the Kevin Street Library desk.

The tour describes the layout and available services of Kevin Street Library. The audio files correspond to one of the ten listening posts which are located throughout the library and are designated by a listening post sign. A map in pdf format charts the sequence of the tour and can be downloaded from this page or a copy can be obtained from the checkout desk in Kevin Street Library.

As we would like to continue to improve the podcast we would ask that you forward any comments by email to

Taking the tour
Get a copy of the map by downloading it here or getting a copy at the library desk. Listen to the sequence of files online or on your MP3 player

Kevin Street Libray Tour

  1. Introduction
  2. Library Entrance
  3. Library desk
  4. Photocopying
  5. Journal Archives
  6. Disability Liaison
  7. Current Journals
  8. Mainlending collection
  9. Reference collection
  10. Training room
  11. Maths Learning Centre
  12. Conclusions

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Open Spectroscopy Journal -

The Open Spectroscopy Journal is a peer-reviewed, electronic, open access journal published by Bentham Science Publishers Ltd. It covers all areas of spectroscopy and applied spectroscopy. Free, full text papers are available as PDF files.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Researcher tools

2collab enables you to create your own groups or join others to share, collaborate and network. Groups can be private with invited people only, or public groups: open to wider use by the scientific community. You can bookmark any item of interest – such as websites, articles, references, news, blogs - and share with your group; whether that’s your research group, colleagues, friends or students. 2colalb is linked with the Science Direct database subscribed to by DIT Library.

ResearcherID is a free, online community where authors receive a unique identifier to eliminate author mis-identification, increase recognition of an author's work and facilitate global collaboration among researchers. Researcher ID is linked to the Web of Science database subscribed to by DIT Library. At this site, you can:
  • Update your profile information
  • Build your publication list using Web of Science search services or uploading a file
  • Select to make your profile public or private.
  • The Citings Articles Network graphically depicts who is citing your articles using an interactive world map.
  • The Collaboration Network displays your collaboration associates also using an interactive world map
  • Badge feature that allows you or others to place an interactive badge on any web page

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Chemistry Exchange

Chemistry Exchange is user-driven scientific content: you can share, vote, and comment on articles and news among a global community.

It enables a scientific community- create a profile, assign tags (keywords) to your account, and find and network with other registered users. It also functions as an article repository - start a library of scientific research that's important to you--publications you've authored, or articles that furthers your research. Have a look at

Monday, 11 August 2008

Forensic Chemistry Lab Manual

This full text manual, written by R.Q. Thompson, Oberlin College, and hosted by the Analytical Sciences Digital Library (ASDL), an NSF-funded digital library, "is designed to assist analytical and forensic chemistry faculty in developing forensic chemistry project laboratories for undergraduate and graduate courses." It contains a set of resources for ten common forensic chemistry analyses covering sample preparation, full procedures, brief (student) instructions, and typical results (data, graphs, calculated values). Three crime scenarios are provided that can be used with the analyses. The manual is licenced under a Creative Commons licence.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Organic chemistry: molecule conventions

Organic conventions menu. This website provides guidance on drawing and naming organic molecules, including: the use of molecular and structural formulae; deriving formulae from names and vice versa; the names of compounds containing chains of carbon atoms; the naming of compounds containing benzene rings; and the use of curly arrows to show electron movement during organic reactions.

It is part of Chemguide, a resource created by Jim Clark to help students understand organic chemistry.

Friday, 1 August 2008

Atomic Mass Data Center updates

The Atomic Mass Data Center ( AMDC) and its electronic bulletin aim at being a meeting place where information on masses (experimental, evaluation or theory) can be exchanged. Access is provided to documents relating to experimental masses, evaluation of masses, extrapolation of masses, and theoretical masses, and to the NUBASE nuclear data evaluation. Links are provided to related websites. The Center's website is hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Dublin's City of Science bid for 2012

Dublin’s bid for the 2012 European City of Science was unveiled today The capital city’s aim is to attract 8,000 Irish and international delegates to the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) in four years’ time. Barcelona held the most recent event, which took place earlier this month and attracted around 5,000 participants.

Full details at

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

New search engine launches

The new Cuil search engine launched yesterday and aims to topple Google by indexing more webpages than the web giant. Cuil says it has indexed 120 billion Web pages and can provide results organized by ideas with complete privacy for users. Results are displayed in columns as opposed to lists with site photos and icons included.

It's early days, but is it any good? How does it compare to other new search engine launches such as Wikia Search and Google itself? Have a look at the links below to get some initial thoughts and opinions....

Monday, 28 July 2008

Chromatography - a ChemGuide

This website, part of the Chemguide Understanding of Chemistry site by Jim Clark, aimed at A-level or similar advanced chemistry courses, provides a background to chromatography.

Topics covered include thin layer chromatography, column chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas-liquid chromatography, and paper chromatography.

Friday, 18 July 2008

New computing resources online

BURKS 6 online is a non-profit collection of useful resources for students of computing. The resources include compilers, tutorials and reference manuals for dozens of different programming languages, a dictionary of computing with over 13,000 entries, a copy of the Mandrake 8.0 Linux distribution and software. The whole BURKS collection is available online and each section includes a brief introduction at

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Summer Science Quiz

It may be raining, so brighten up your summer with a selection of science jokes, puzzles, brain teasers and quotations compiled by William Reville at the following link:

Have a look too at

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

THE NIBIB site includes descriptions of research in a wide range of areas of biomedical imaging and bioengineering as well as information on staff and a list of publications. Full text reports are science education publications are available. A calendar of events, press releases and workshop reports can be accessed on the site along with picture and video galleries.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Spotlight on science resources

Spotlight is a science articles and news features resource by the award-winning science writer David Bradley. Articles can be searched by subject and a snapshot of the latest articles include:

Cheerio! [Jul 2008 - materials] Anyone who enjoys a delicious bowl of mixed grain Cheerios in the morning, rather than being force-fed lumpy porridge, will know all about the "Cheerios Effect". This phenomenon is usually manifest at a particular point during breakfast when just a few torus-shaped ...
Inconvenient ice sheets [Jul 2008 - earth] The present environmental crisis over climate change hinges on the validity of global temperature measurements, observations of local conditions, such as changes in the ice caps, ...
Turning up the heat on quantum mechanics [Jun 2008 - physics] Scientists have made a startling prediction about the quantum world that seems to show that simply "taking the temperature" of certain types ...
Pathological proteins produce polymers [Jun 2008 - chemistry] Deposits of distorted or otherwise errant proteins are key to understanding various brain diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and the prion disease variant-CJD, they are also implicated in the pathology of type II diabetes. However, while such "amyloids" are a medical nightmare, researchers ...

Spotlight was selected as a recommended web link by New Scientist, July 2002 and is a 2002-03 and 2003-04 Golden Web Awards winner.

Monday, 14 July 2008


Every other month the Nature journals are publishing a free audio show, 'ChemPod', specifically for the chemistry community, from interviews with Nobel Prize winners, to discussions on nanotechnology research and much, much more...

The shows will feature important research from the Nature journals as well as interviews with the people behind the science, in-depth commentary, location reports and analysis from journalists covering chemistry around the world.

Endocrinology open access journal

BMC Endocrine Disorders is an electronic journal published by Biomed Central (BMC). Research articles, case reports and reviews covering the latest research on all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of endocrine disorders, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology are available from 2001 onwards which are freely accessible online permanently. Articles are archived in internationally recognised free access repositories such as PubMed Central. Information is provided on the instructions for authors, and the peer-review process.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Forensic Science Resources

New forensic science resources links, including associations, criminalistics and trace evidence, forensic anthropology, forensic medicine and pathology, forensic experts, arson investigation, forensic science education, forensic chemistry and toxicology, forensic entomology, forensic odontology, questioned document examination, crime scene investigation, ethics and forensic science, forensic DNA analysis, and forensic psychiatry and psychology.

The site is provided and maintained by R. Scott Carpenter.

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Intute Respository Search for Researchers

The new Intute Repository Search makes it easy to access academic and research content. There is a wealth of academic, educational and research information stored in a wide range of systems throughout the UK. Intute's aim is to increase the visibility of this information and make it readily accessible to academics, researchers, developers and associated organisations.

Looking for new resources on a topic?

Check out for new academic information resources for Science, Engineering and Technology.

Subjects include Astronomy Chemistry Computing Earth sciences Engineering Environment General Geography Mathematics Physics.

An RSS newsfeed of the latest resources is also available.

Raman spectroscopy: animated resource

This links to an introduction to the concept of Raman scattering and the principles and uses of Raman spectroscopy. Topics covered include: Raman scattering, Raman active modes, the operation of a Raman spectrometer, Raman microspectroscopy, other types of Raman spectroscopy, advantages and disadvantages of its use, and applications. Animations are provided using Macromedia Flash Player version 8.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Brewing Java

This tutorial covers Java 1.0 and has grown into a book called The Java Developer's Resource, which is now out of print, but the examples and exercises from that book are online here. The tutorial provides an introduction to Java and covers the basic syntax of the language, the basics of writing applets in Java and introduces objects, classes, methods, and interfaces.
Go to the link at

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

SCONUL Access via DIT Library

From July 1st DIT staff and postgraduate research students can avail of the Sconul Access scheme which is a co-operative arrangement between over 170 Higher Education libraries in Ireland and the UK. Please note the scheme does not include TCD Library.

Visiting rights are restricted to other libraries in the scheme who also limit access to staff and postgraduate research students i.e. Band A libraries. The scheme represents a substantial widening of the range of resources available to our research population and includes borrowing rights. The protocols of the scheme restrict eligibility to those in good standing with the library (i.e. those having no outstanding debts etc).
Application forms are now available from your local DIT site library where you can obtain a Sconul Access membership card. This gives you access and borrowing rights in Band A libraries . Please ensure that you identify the opening hours and any local arrangements that apply to the library you wish to visit via their website or the Sconul site.