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)