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.