Monday, 30 March 2009

Exam & study skills links

Doing Literature Reviews:

Writing a Critical Review:

Study Skills:
The 3rd edition of Stella Cottrell's Study Skills Handbook (Palgrave, 2008) is now available in Kevin St Library at shelf number 808.066 in Stack 10.

Exam Skills
The Exams Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell (Palgrave, 2007) is available in the Kevin St Library at shelf number 808.066 in Stack 10.

Friday, 27 March 2009

Biochemistry etutorials and self tests

Biology project : biochemistry. This group of illustrated tutorials and self-test questions is an interactive online resource for learning basic biochemistry aimed primarily at students, it may also be of interest to teachers .

The tutorials are grouped under Chemistry of Life (chemistry; large molecules, chemistry of amino acids; acids and bases; clinical correlates of pH levels; and B12/folate) and Energy Reactions ( energy, enzymes and catalysis; metabolism; carbohydrate metabolism regulation & photosynthesis).

The tutorials are part of The Biology Project, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, University of Arizona.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Easter Opening Hours

The Easter Opening Hours for Kevin Street Library are as follows:

Monday 6th - Wed 8th April: 9.30am-9.30pm

Thursday 9th April: 9.30am-5pm

Friday 10th - Monday 13th April: Closed

Tuesday April 14th: 9.30am-5pm

From Wednesday April 15th hours are:
Monday to Friday: 9.00am-9.30pm
Saturdays: 10am-5pm
Happy Easter everyone:-)

Monday, 23 March 2009

Ebook links in Kevin St Library

Links to biomedical sciences, biochemistry and molecular cell biology textbooks are now available on the DIT Library website at
The ebooks are hosted by NCBI Bookshelf.
Keep an eye on their 'New on the Bookshelf' section too at

Milestones in cell division resource

Milestones in cell division' contains 23 short articles describing important discoveries in the field of cell division, selected by an invited panel of 56 experts and written by editors from the NPG. The milestones are arranged along a timeline from 1902 to 1997 and each contain a short discussion of the selected advance, along with a list of references with free access to the abstract (and sometimes the full-text) of the listed papers. Subjects covered include DNA replication, cell cycle control, cell cycle conservation and checkpoint control.
The site also includes information on the 56 advisors, a library section giving details of recent NPG cell division papers, and links NPG publications and other cell division websites.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

St Patrick's Day Holiday

Kevin St Library will be closed on Tuesday 17th March for the public holiday.

Normal opening hours apply at all other times:
  • Monday-Friday 9.30am-9.30pm
  • Saturdays: 10am-5pm

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

British search engine to rival Google?

A British physicist has revealed his plan to launch a a new search engine so powerful that one expert has suggested it "could be as important as Google". Due to be released in May 2009 the search engine Wolfram Alpha is an attempt to address some of the deficiencies of current web search by understanding people's questions and answering them directly.

Other search engines like Google, compare search terms against billions of documents stored on its servers, before pointing to the pages on which the correct answer is probably kept. Although this method is very successful, computer scientists have continued trying to create a system that can understand human language. According to some scientists Alpha is far more impressive than what has gone before."Wolfram Alpha is like plugging into a vast electronic brain. It provides thorough questions asked in many different ways, and it computes answers – it doesn't merely look them up in a big database."

Watch this space or see more at

Monday, 9 March 2009

Google & LIFE photo archive

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE Photo Archive on Google Images. These are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

Search tip: Add "source:life" to any Google image search and search only the
LIFE photo archive e.g: computer source:life

Thursday, 5 March 2009

NCBI Bookshelf : eTextbooks for Science

Biomedical science eTextbooks on the NCBI Bookshelf include:

  • Berg, G. and Stryer, L. (2002) Biochemisty. New York: Freeman.

  • Dean, L. (2005) Blood Groups and Red Cell Antigens. National Library of Medicine

  • Cooper, G.M. (2000) The Cell - A Molecular Approach. Sunderland (MA). Sinauer.

  • Brown, T.A. ( 2002). Genomes 2. London: Garland Science

  • Strachan, T (1999) Human Molecular Genetics 2. London: Garland Science.

  • Janeway, C.A. (2001) Immunobiology. London: Garland Science

  • Griffiths, A.F.F. (1999) Introduction to Genetic Analysis. New York: Freeman

  • Baron, S. (1996) Medical Microbiology. Galveston (TX) : University of Texas

  • Griffiths, A.J.F. (1999) Modern Genetic Analysis. New York: Freeman

  • Alberts, B. (2002) Molecular Biology of the Cell. London: Garland Science

  • Lodish, H. (1999) Molecular Cell Biology. New York: Freeman

  • Varki, A. (2008) Essentials of Glycobiology. 2nd ed. Plainview (NY) Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

The NCBI Bookshelf is a growing collection of biomedical books that can be searched directly by typing a concept into the textbox above and selecting Go. See 'New on the Bookshelf" too. Hardcopy versions are also available in Kevin St Library at DIT Library Catalogue

Textbooks as eBooks in Kevin St Library

The following textbooks are now available as ebooks. Find them on the DIT Library website or do a title search on the Library Catalogue and link to the e-book.

  • Hoffbrand, V. (2005) Postgraduate Haematology. London: Blackwell

  • Housecroft, C. (2005) Inorganic Chemistry. New York: Pearson.

  • Bentley, J.P. (2005) Principles of Measurement Systems. London: Pearson

  • Cann, A. J. (2005) Principles of Molecular Virology. London: Elsevier

  • Wood, P. (2006) Understanding Immunology. London: Elsevier UK.

  • Petraco, N. (2003) Color Atlas and Manual of Microscopy for Criminalists, Chemists & Conservators. London: Taylor & Francis.

  • Daied, N. (2004) Fire Investigation. London: Taylor & Francis

  • Stokes, G (2002) Practical Guide to the Wiring Regulations. London: Blackwell

  • Jenkins, B.D and Coates, M. (2002) Electrical Installation Calculations. London: Blackwell

  • CIBSE (2002) Code for Lighting. London: Elsevier

The hardcopy versions are also available in the Short Loan Collection.

Bioenergy & Europe : new report

This report, EEA Report No 7/2006, published by the European Environment Agency, examines the potential increase in the amount of energy generated from biomass before it starts placing additional pressures on the environment (e.g. on water and soil resources, biodiversity, and farmland). The report assesses the environmentally-compatible bioenergy potential from the sectors of agriculture, forestry and waste in European Union for the years 2010, 2020 and 2030. The report is available to download as a PDF file at

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

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