Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas / New Year opening hours for Kevin St Library are as follows:
  • Saturday Dec 19th: 9.30am-4.30am

  • Monday Dec 21st: 9.30am-9.30pm

  • Tuesday Dec 22nd: 9.30am-9.30pm

  • Wednesday Dec 23rd: closing in the afternoon

  • Closed 24th December - 3rd January (inclusive)

  • From Monday 4th January: 9.30am-9.30pm (term hours as usual)

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Yet more ebooks available

Additional ebook titles have been added to the MyiLibrary ebook collection.

Essential Molecular Biology: TA Brown
Renewable Energy Resources: J. Twidell
Wind Energy the Facts: European Wind Energy Association
Third Generation Photovoltaics: M. Green.
Applied Photovoltaics: S. Wenham
Textbook of sports medicine : M.Kjaer
Instant notes in Exercise and Sports Physiology: K. Birch

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport: R. Maughan

To access click on the ebooks link on the DIT Library website, then click on MyILibrary or search for a specific title on the Library Catalogue.

Sligo scientists in superbug discovery

Scientists based at Sligo Institute of Technology have discovered that some essential oils are capable of killing 'superbugs'.The findings shows the oils were effective against bacteria which were resistant to conventional antibiotics. The most effective at killing MRSA strains were clove, lemongrass, citronella, thyme and cinnamon. Read more.

Monday, 14 December 2009

New student group study room in Kevin St Library

A third student group study room (KA-207) is now available for student use - please reserve your time slot at the library desk.

  • Monday - Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Fridays: 10am-5pm
  • Saturdays: 10am-6pm
Timeslots to use Skype can also be reserved between 6pm-8pm Mon-Thurs.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

EMBL: European Molecular Biology Lab

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory, one of the world's top research institutions, is dedicated to basic research in the molecular life sciences. EMBL is funded by public research monies from 20 member EU states including Ireland and the UK and an associate member state, Australia. Research at EMBL is conducted by approximately 85 independent groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology. The cornerstones of EMBL's mission are: to perform basic research in molecular biology, to train scientists, students and visitors at all levels, to offer vital services to scientists in the member states, and to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences, and technology transfer.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Google enters the real-time

Google has launched real-time search to give users access to up-to-the-second information. The search giant said it will draw real-time data from over a billion pages on the web. The new feature will also include updates from Twitter and the social networks of MySpace and Facebook. Read more here

Exam papers

Bound sets of exam papers are now available in the library for 2007-2009 (semesters 1 & 2). Papers may be photocopied in the library.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009


Chemical Entities of Biological Science is a free dictionary of molecular entities focused on 'small' chemical compounds. ChEBI release 63 is now available containing nearly 540,000 entries and it also contains advanced search options as well as a structure drawing tool.

Monday, 7 December 2009

PubCHEM new resource

PubChem is a free database of chemical structures of small organic molecules and information on their biological activities. Those of you who use PubMED or Medline will notice it's linked with NIH PubMed/Entrez information. It offers the following:

  • Bioactivity analysis

  • Chemical Structure Search

  • Structure Clustering

  • Bioassay compounds and links

  • Advanced search options

Friday, 4 December 2009

ToxLearn a new multimedia tool for undergrads

Toxlearn is an online multimedia elearning tool providing an introduction to toxicology fundamentals. It is suitable for first year undergraduates and also supports users of NLM's toxicology databases for research purposes. It requires basic understanding of biology and chemistry to get the most out of this resource.