Friday, 16 December 2011

Christmas Opening Hours

Kevin St Opening Hours for Dec/Jan are as follows
  • Saturday 17 Dec: 9.30-16.30
  • Mon 19-Wed 21 Dec: 9.30-21.30
  • Thursday 22 Dec: Afternoon Closing

Fri 23 Dec – Mon 2 Jan: College & Library Closed

From Tuesday 3rd January usual term hours apply:

  •  Monday-Thursday: 9.30-21.30
  •  Fridays: 9.30-17.15
  •  Saturdays: 9.30-16.30

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Research profiles

A couple of research profiler sites for dissemination have crossed our radar recently. Useful or useless? Click em and see.....
 See also Jenny Delasalle's comments on their merits here

Monday, 12 December 2011

ETCI Short Loan addition

Due to demand at the information desk the following item is now available in the    Short Loan Collection:

Electro-Technical Council of Ireland (ETCI)
National Rules for Electrical Installations
ET105: 2011 : Potentially Explosive Atmospheres
3rd Edition

Friday, 9 December 2011

Constants data resources

A few queries lately re physical constants sources. As well as Kaye and Laby Online at the NPL try the NIST Reference on Contants, Unit and Uncertainty and CODATA  (Committe for Data for Science and Technology) as well as the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML). The latest values and adjustments of the constants are also posted there as well as a searchable bibliography.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Exam papers

Tis the season do revision. Lots of questions at the information desk in the past week re. exam papers and where to access them in. If you can't locate exam papers on Webcourses try the ones on the Library website.

To access Kevin St exam papers:

• At the Library website click on Find Exam Papers
• Then Click on Quick Link to Recent Exam Papers.
• Select College of Science, or College of Engineering and click on the year e.g. 2011, 2010 etc.
• Then click on the course code and then the module you require.

You will need login and password if using outside the DIT network.These are Student and ThunderRoad (case sensitive)

Best of luck in January....

December Opening Hours

• Saturday 17 Dec: 9.30-16.30
• Mon 19-Wed 21 Dec: 9.30-21.30
• Thursday 22 Dec: Afternoon Closing

Fri 23 Dec – Mon 2 Jan: Library & College Closed

From Tuesday 3rd Jan Usual Hours Apply:
• Monday-Thursday: 9.30-21.30
• Fridays: 9.30-17.15
• Saturdays: 9.30-16.30

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Chemical & Physical Constants

Kaye & Laby Online is a collection of Physical & Chemical Constants tables and graphs. This is a free resource maintained by the National Physical Laboratory and spans topics from basic constants to fibre optics, superconductivity to Raman spectroscopy. Search by site by toc or by search engine. See also the resources on the NPL's website.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Molecular Structures Resource

The RSCB PDB or protein data bank is an information portal to biological macromolecular structures and is a free single worldwide repository of information about the 3D structures of large biological molecules, including proteins and nucleic acids. You can search by macromolecule, ligand or sequence and the PDB now contains over 77,000 structures.

Monday, 5 December 2011

New PubMed Advanced Search

Attention all biomed researchers.The PubMed® Advanced search page will soon be modified to provide users with a less cluttered, more intuitive way to build searches. See a preview here

Friday, 2 December 2011

New books

Take a look at the new books and dvds added to our collection in November. Just click here to view.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Social Media a Guide for Researchers

Social media is an important technological trend that has big implications for how researchers (and people in general) communicate and collaborate. RIN have produced three guides specifically designed to help researchers identify tools that can aid them  in the research process.  As well as a genearl guide there is a collection of researcher case studies and web material links and resources. Should be useful for anyone looking for a one-stop shop solution.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

December Opening Hours

• Saturday 17 Dec: 9.30-16.30
Mon 19-Wed 21 Dec: 9.30-21.30
• Thursday 22 Dec : Afternoon Closing
Fri 23 Dec – Mon 2 Jan: Library & College Closed

From Tuesday 3rd Jan Usual Hours Apply:

Monday-Thursday: 9.30-21.30
• Fridays: 9.30-17.15
• Saturdays: 9.30-16.30

What could you do?

Need some cash for christmas shopping?

The DIT Library Survey will close at the end of November. There is a prize draw for all completed surveys:  €100 for the winner and €10 Ricoh credit for 10 runners-up.

The questions take just a few minutes to complete and the answers help us develop services to match your needs.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

ISPE Baseline Guide Vol 3

Calling all pharma chem students! A new edition of ISPE Baseline Guide Vol 3 is now available in the Short Loan Collection.

Baseline Guide Volume 3
Sterile Product Manufacturing Facilities
2nd edition

Monday, 21 November 2011

New Short Loan Titles

Krachmer, Jay H.
Volumes 1 and 2
2nd edition

Cann, Alan
Principles of Molecular Virology
5th edition

Klug, William S.
Essentials of Genetics
7th edition

SDAR Journal launch

The SDAR journal is a new journal published by CIBSE Ireland and the School of Electrical Engineering (SEES) in DIT. It is supported by Airtricity and produced by Pressline Ltd.

The journal is a result of continuing collaboration between the professional organisations, industry and academia. It emphasises the need to move from ideologically based sustainable engineering to proven low energy solution solutions. It is a vehicle to increase research in engineering to meet the modern challenges posed. There is a strong spine of proven industry solutions as well as well as significant contributions from students, graduates and researchers in academia. All papers are evidence based with deep analysis and critical reflection and are peer reviewed by an expert reviewing panel. The intention of CIBSE is to increase applied research in the industry whilst taking the fear out of the word research for working engineers and companies. The intention for SEES is to provide opportunities for research students to gain access to data and link with the industry experts in this field to enhance the quality of their programmes and research in engineering.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Languages Resources

New dvd and audiovisual collections are now available in Kevin St Library for students of French, German, Italian & Spanish. Or indeed for anyone else who'd enjoy a movie or language course.
Browse in Stack 12 in the library or click here for the movies selection and here for audiovisual resources

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Network access issues

DIT Information Services are working to resolve service problems with network access and in particular with internet connectivity.  This is related to the volume of activity,  particularly between 12pm and 3pm.  Please be assured that they continue to work to identify the specific cause, and resolve the issue. Apologies to all users experiencing difficulty using laptops in Kevin St Library.

Google Citations

Google has just released Google Citations for general use. This is another route for academic authors to collect their articles together, gather the citations and track them over time. It also indexes citations from Arrow. See Google Scholar Blog for more info.

Friday, 4 November 2011

DIT Library Survey 2011

Have Your Say !

The DIT Library Survey is running from now until the end of November. Your responses will help us identify our current successes and shortcomings - so we can develop services to match user needs. The questions should take just a few minutes to complete and there is a prize draw for all surveys completed. The survey is  available here

Web of Knowledge goes mobile

You can access Web of Knowledge  at any time : link to the mobile device at

To use Anywhere/Anytime Access, you must have a Web of Knowledge username and password. To set one up follow the steps below:

1. Go to from an IP authenticated computer.
2. Click Sign In along the top navigation
3. Click Register to create a new account You will be asked to enter your email address to verify that an account does not already exist for you.
4. If an account does not already exist, you will be prompted to fill in the User Registration page.
5. After the username and password you have entered is verified, it will become active.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Access to eResources 27th Oct

DIT Information Services advise you may experience difficulty accessing DIT Library e-resources tonight 27th Oct from 9.30pm to 11.30pm.

This may include access to the DIT Library databases, ejournals and ebooks.

This is due to necessary maintenance. IS teams will be reviewing the operation of systems from 7:30am on Friday morning to ensure normal functionality.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

October weekend

Opening Hours for the Public Holiday Weekend are as follows:
  • Friday 28th Oct: 9.30-17.15
  • Saturday 29th Oct: Closed
  • Monday 31st Oct: Closed
  • Tuesday 1st Nov: 9.30-21.30

Friday, 14 October 2011

Study Skills Series

Need help with planning a project or referencing an assignment, but short on time? A new series of small and concise Palgrave Pocket Study Skills books are now available to help. Located in the 808 section the titles include:

  • Brilliant Writing Tips for Students
  • Doing Research
  • Planning Your Essay
  • Reading and Making Notes
  • Referencing & Understanding Plagiarism
  • Science Study Skills
  • Success in Groupwork
  • Time Management  

Thursday, 13 October 2011


Attention all laptop owners. There are over 70 new power sockets newly installed on the library desks suitable for laptop or netbook and/smartphone use. Hopefully this will help with study and assignment prep purposes especially laptops with limited battery range. Any problems let us know.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Library Express Tours

Fast facts ten minute library tours are running this term. Grab a tour and get the info basics for your assignments.

When:  Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Where: Start at Kevin St Library Desk.
Time: 12.05pm - no need to book.
  • Printing & Copying Service
  • How to locate textbooks
  • Library Account
  • Study Rooms & Laptops

Monday, 26 September 2011

RSC app for Chemists

The new free RSC Mobile app for iOS (iPad, iPhone and iPod) is available on iTunes. To access RSC Publishing resources app click here. RSC app for android is due in early 2012

Monday, 19 September 2011

DIT Library app

A new DIT Library app 'Library Anywhere' is now available. Click here to use the app. Access your library account, use the catalogue, Arrow research repository and ejournals all from your smartphone.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Term Opening Hours

Term opening hours begin on Monday 19th September

  • Monday-Thursday: 9.30-21.30
  • Fridays: 9.30-17.15
  • Saturdays: 9.30-16.30
For the full listing of library site opening hours click here

Thursday, 8 September 2011

NLM apps

Hot on the heels of other information providers the National Library of Medicine is now providing a selection of apps and mobile website links for those who like to research on the move or use an iPad. Have a look at their range of mobile technology services if it's the kind of thing that works for you. Resources covered include DailyMed, PubMed and Medline Mobile amongst others.

NLM Reference Point

The NLM Reference Point blog is a new resource for biomedical students and researchers who use PubMED or NCBI resources regularly. Worth having a look as resources change so quickly. The FAQ section is up and running too.

NSAI Standards

Just a reminder to users of the NSAI Standards database.

The access route for DIT staff and students is

  • Start at
  • Then click on Standards (Irish & ISO)
  • Next click on 'Online Catalogue-Registered Users'
  • Enter the standard number and then access the pdf  via Click2View
Any problems give the library desk a call at 402-4894

Friday, 2 September 2011

Science Direct mobile

Need full-text but not at your desk? The SciVerse ScienceDirect database iPhone app doesn't restrict your brainwaves to the workplace; now you can find and read your subscribed Elsevier article on the move.
 Click here for the itunes app link.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

ChemSpider App

ChemSpider Mobile

A free iOS app (iPhone, iPod, iPad) for searching ChemSpider the free online chemical database is now available at

So why use it?
*  Provides the ability to search by drawing a chemical structure or entering a compound name.
* Straightforward and easy to use.
* Search results shown in a list showing structures and names.
* Any search result can be examined in more detail by launching the mobile browser and viewing the structure on the ChemSpider web page.

Exam Papers

Exam papers for 2006-2011 are now available.

To access Kevin St exam papers:

• Go to the DIT Library website
• Click on Find Exam Papers upper right of screen.
• Then Click on Quick Link to Recent Exam Papers.
• Select College of Science, College of Engineering or Arts and click on the year e.g. 2011, 2010 etc.
• Then click on the course code and module you require.

You will be asked for a login and password if accessing outside the DIT network. These are Student & ThunderRoad.


New ALCID academic library access cards for 2011-2012 are now available at Kevin St Library Information Desk.

For more information and an ALCID application form click here

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

2011 exam papers

The full set of 2011 Kevin St exam papers is now available.

To access Kevin St exam papers:

• Go to the DIT Library website
• Click on  Find Exam Papers upper right of screen).
• Select College of Science, College of Engineering or Arts and click on the year e.g. 2011, 2010 etc.
• Then click on the course code and module you require.

 You will be asked for a login and password if accessing outside the DIT network. These are Student & ThunderRoad.

2007 papers will be available in early Sept.

Group Study Room

Group Study Room A207 is now available for student booking again after the recent closure due to cabling work.

Book at 01 402-4894 or Student study slots are currently available between 9.30am-5.00pm,  Monday-Fridays.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Exam Papers Update

Kevin St Exam papers for 2011 (January) are now available. 2011 (May) and 2007 papers are currently being scanned and indexed by library staff and will be available asap.

To access exam papers:

Go to the DIT Library website
 • Click on the Find Exam Papers link (upper right of the screen).
• Then Click on Quick Link to Recent Exam Papers.
• Select College of Science, College of Engineering or Arts and then click on the year e.g. 2010, 2008 etc.
• Then choose the course code and lastly the module you require. 

You will be asked for a login and password if accessing the exam papers from outside the DIT network: these are Student & ThunderRoad.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

PC upgrade complete

The Kevin St PC Room upgrade is complete as of this afternoon and is again available for student use.

Opening Hours:

Mon - Friday: 9.30-17.00
Saturdays out of Term: Closed

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Free access to Cambridge eJournals

All Cambridge eJournals for 2009 and 2010 are free to access until 30th August.

To access simply visit or click here and browse by subject or title.

Mobile access is also available via CJOm.

Friday, 29 July 2011

PC Room Upgrade

The PC Room is currently being upgraded so is closed for a short time. The facility will be available again by Thursday 4th August. Short Loan Laptops may still be borrowed from the information desk for use in the Library and desktops in the main library area will also be available for use. Any questions please contact Kevin St Library

August Public Holiday

The Library will be closed on Monday 1st August.  Library summer opening hours resume on Tuesday 2nd August:

  • Monday-Friday: 9.30-17.15
  • Saturdays: Closed
See also the Opening Hours webpage

Thursday, 21 July 2011

eBooks & Textbooks

Three of our most popular and in demand Short Loan textbook titles are now available in eBook format for use just when you like:

Visual Perception (Schwartz, 2010)
Principles of Virology (Flint, 2009)
Digital Logic Design (Holdsworth, 2002)

To access click on the ebook link on the Library website and then on the MyLibrary Link. Or do a Title Search on the DIT Library Catalogue and use the ebook link to access the full text.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

New titles in Short Loan


Glover, J. Duncan
Power System Analysis & Design
5th edition (SI): Cengage
1 copy in Short Loan and 6 in Lending

Hart, Craine & Hart
Organic Chemistry: A Short Course
13th edition
Brooks Cole
4 copies in Short Loan & 4 in Lending