Thursday, 20 December 2012

Opening Hours Reminder @ Kevin St Library


Kevin St Library is closed from 22 Dec to 01 Jan. Usual semester hours re-start on Wednesday 2nd January:

        • Monday-Thursday: 9.30-21.30
        • Fridays: 9.30-17.15
        • Saturdays: 9.30-16.30
If you've any queries coming up to the exams or project submissions use the Ask Us button on the Library Website or email and we'll get back to you from 2nd Jan.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Final Year Projects: Chemistry

Final year projects for 2011 and 2012 for DT203 / DT261 have been processed and are now available for use in the Short Loan Collection at Kevin St Library.

A printed list can consulted at the information desk or alternatively use the e-listings. To access these:

  • Start at the Library Website
  • From the Search the Library Catalogue dropdown menu choose Subject Search
  • Input Dissertations DIT Kevin St and choose your course.
  • Tip: Sort your results by Reverse Year to get the most recent listings for 2012

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Exam papers FAQs: Kevin St Library

There have been quite a few exam paper access queries this week at the Library information desk. In case there are questions over Christmas week when the library is closed the exam papers are available on the Library Catalogue: click here and follow the on-screen instructions.

To access the exam papers off campus remember you will need the following passwords: Student and ThunderRoad (case sensitive). Any queries contact the Library Desk at 01-402-4894 or email us from 2nd January.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Christmas Opening Hours @ Kevin Street Library

Opening Hours for Dec 2012 / Jan 2013

  • Saturday 15th December: 9.30-16.30
  • Monday 17th - Thursday 20th Dec: 9.30-17.15
  • Friday 21st December 9.30-17.00

22 Dec - 1st Jan: Closed
From Wednesday 2nd January semester hours resume:
  • Monday-Thursday: 9.30-21.30
  • Friday: 9.30-17.15
  • Saturday: 9.30-16.30

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

RSC Mobile

RSC Mobile provides readers with access to search RSC journals content access via Android and iOS using the institutional wireless network. Access the most relevant scientific research via Latest Articles or Search options and save articles for reading offline. RSC Mobile includes:
  • Full text HTML and PDF access via wireless networks for subscribing institutions/organisations 
  • Saving articles for offline reading. Sharing via email, FB or Twitter

Royal Society of Chemistry Subject Gateways

The Royal Society of Chemisty website has developed a number of subject gateways relating to specific chemistry topics and areas of research which are very useful for posters, projects and assignments resources.

The subject gateways to weblinks, books and news include:

Friday, 30 November 2012

Mendeley citation software: new social media tool for researchers and academics

Since its launch in 2009, has gathered a user base of two million who have, to date, uploaded more than 280 million documents between them. It began as a software tool for organizing papers from scholarly journals but has become a platform for connecting like-minded researchers and helping academics discover new papers. This is one of the many technology services, including Altmetric, and Zotero, that are enabling university researchers to go digital and get social.

While the focus of Mendeley has primarily been to improve the productivity of researchers by taking the labour out of document search and organisation, the founders are keen to move it forward: The next step involves connecting people as well as documents. It will help researchers discover groups on Mendeley doing similar work to them and use that to connect people with other academics with whom they might want to collaborate.  Link to the full Irish Times article by Marie Boran here. 

Thursday, 29 November 2012

SDAR Journal available online and in print

The newly launched e-version of SDAR (Journal of sustainable design and applied research in innovative engineering of the built environment) is available via the Arrow repository. Print copies of the 2011 and 2012 issues are also available in Kevin St Library.


Histopathology students alert

Update for all DT204 histology students. Extra copies of  the newly assigned core textbook Orchard and Nation's Histopathology are now available on the shelf at 611.018 (Stack 5). A back-up copy is also available in the Short Loan Collection if you need to access or copy a section in a hurry. Best of luck in the end of semester exams.

Science Direct database update

There will be some disruption to the Science Direct database on Saturday 1st December as the service is upgraded. This intermittant disruption also includes access to the SciVerse Hub.

Apologies to any DIT students or staff trying to access the database this Saturday.  Access the database as usual on Sunday 2nd Dec via the DIT Library database page or the mobile app 

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Science Omega web resource

Science Omega is a science resource that showcases news, features and opinions from the fields of science, technology and engineering. It's topic coverage include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Energy. Environment, Healthcare, Mathematics. Medicine. Physics and Robotics. It provides regular news updates of the latest scientific developments, with feature articles from members of the scientific community. On a lighter note see their Top five scientific moustaches as the end of Movember is nigh. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The new edition of the heavily used Bancroft's Theory and Practice of Histological Techniques (2012: 7th edition) is now available for use in both the Lending and Short Loan Collections at 611.018.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Being Digital: effective online skills

Being digital is a collection of short, easy to follow activities and youtube clips from the OU. They cover the skills we all need to be effective online, whether it’s searching efficiently, critically evaluating information, communicating and sharing online, or selecting the right online tool for your needs. Being digital can help you develop essential skills for study, work and lifelong learning. Give it a go and see what you think.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Kevin St Library : maintenance work

Some maintenance work will occur in Kevin St Library on Saturday 3rd November. Apologies for any minor disruption this may cause to students on the premises. The library will be open as usual from 9.30-16.30.

A software and hardware desktop upgrade will take place on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th November The pc room in the library will be closed by ICT to facilitate this repair work. The main library areas will be open as usual from 9.30-21.30.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Janeway's Immunobiology: new edition now in stock

There's been a lot of demand for Janeway's Immunobiology text recently from DT204 students. Two copies of the new 12th edition are now available in the library and two more are on order.

Copies are shelved at 616.079 in Book Stack 6.

Printing Q&A session today @ Kevin St Library

A Ricoh printing questions and answers clinic is running today at 12.30pm in the library. Come along and get your printing or copying issues solved.

Monday, 22 October 2012

October Holiday Weekend

DIT Library Kevin St will be closed for the October Holiday Weekend on:
  • Saturday 27th October and 
  • Monday 29th October
Usual semester opening hours apply from Tuesday 30th October:
  • Monday-Thursday: 9.30-21.30
  • Fridays: 9.30-17.15
  • Saturdays: 9.30-16.30
 See also the Library Opening Hours section.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Maths Week 2012: "Silver lining: codes and clouds"

As part of Maths Week this year's RIA Hamilton Lecture will be given by Professor Yuri Manin,The Max Planck Institute of Mathematics, on Tuesday October 16th at 7.30pm in Gleeson Hall Theatre, DIT Kevin Street. Entitled "Silver lining: codes and clouds" the lecture will address error-correcting codes, their asymptotic bounds, and Kolmogorov complexity. Reserve your place here.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Printing Help Sessions @ Kevin St Library

Need help with getting the best from the RICOH printing service? Not sure how to print from webcourses, print from your laptop, print in colour, on A3 etc?  Help sessions will be taking place in the library at the following times to get you sorted:

Tuesday 16th October:      12.30-1.15pm
Tuesday 23rd October :     12.30-1.15pm
Wednesday 31st October: 12.30-1.15pm
Thursday 1st November:   12.30-1.15pm

Student Printers are also at the following locations around the Kevin St Campus:
  • Snackery (1st floor Annexe)
  • A114 (1st floor Annexe)
  • Beside Room 405 (4th floor Main Building)
  • Beside the lift (1st floor backstairs Main Building)
 For more information on Dit student printing see the Ricoh link. 

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

JournalTOCs - shortcuts to keeping research up-to-date

JournalTOCs is the largest free collection of scholarly tables of contents (TOCs) from over 20,000 journals for use by students and researchers. JournalTOCs alerts you when new issues of your followed journals are published.  Most followed journals for September were Nature, Science, NEJM, the Lancet, and JAMA.

To get the full-text of a journal article check the DIT Library eJournal listings for availability

If you are a previous ticTocs user please note that your account and contents of your MyTOCS folder has been transferred to JournalTOCs, so your current awareness service continues without interruption.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Calling all DT 204 Transfusion students

After a publication delay the long awaited Transfusion and Transplantation Science textbook by Robin Knight is now available in Kevin St Library for DT204 students. As of today there are 6 copies at 615.39 in Book Stack 6.

If more copies are needed or one would work in the Short Loan Collection please let us know. This is the latest text in the Fundamentals of Biomedical Science series held in the library. See also the IBMS (Institute of Biomedical Science) link.

Monday, 1 October 2012

International Nuclear Info System (INIS)

INIS  offers online access to a unique set of non conventional literature (NCL) from the International Atomic Energy Agency. This consists of over 280,000 full text documents such as scientific and technical reports, conference proceedings, patents and theses not available through commerical channels. It also offers a mulit-lingual thesaurus.

Link also via the DIT Library database listings

Friday, 28 September 2012

New British Pharmacopoeia 2012 @ Kevin St

Some new 2012 Reference titles are just in for projects and assignments:

  • Martindale The Complete Drug Reference
  • British Pharmacopoeia
  • McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
  • Stedman's Medical Abbreviations, Acronyms & Symbols
  • Van Nostrands Scientific Encyclopedia
  • Oxford A-Z of Medicinal Drugs
  • Desk Reference for Haematology
Find them in the Reference Section beside the student pc room.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Final year projects listings

Final year projects are in demand again. Here's a quick way of finding the final year projects listings:

  • Start at the Library Catalogue
  • Click on Subject Search
  • Input Dissertations DIT Kevin St and then click on the course of your choice.
  • To see the most recent projects sort your results by Reverse Year

There are also hardcopy lists at the desk arranged by course-code.

Final year projects are held behind the library desk.  Please fill in the accompanying viewing slips and library staff will retrieve the items for you.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Arrow @ DIT Kevin St

News: In August  2012 there were 52, 839 full-text downloads from Arrow and 71 new additions

The most popular categories are: 

School of Electrical Engineering Conference papers (3678 downloads)

College of Science Ph.D Theses (2121 downloads)

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Opening Hours: Kevin St Library

From Monday September 17th the Library will be open as follows:

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

See also the DIT Library Opening Hours link.

Welcome to all the new and returning students next week - any problems just Ask Us.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Exams Papers May 2012: Kevin St

Kevin St past exam papers for May 2012 and January 2012 have been processed and are now available via the Library Catalogue. To access click here.

To access the exam papers off campus please use the following passwords: Student and ThunderRoad (case senstitive). Any problems or queries contact the Library Desk at 402-4894 or email Ask a Librarian.

Monday, 30 July 2012

August Public Holiday Weekend Opening Hours

Kevin St Library will be closed on Monday 6th August for the holiday weekend.

Summer opening hours continue from Tuesday 7th August:

  • Monday-Friday: 9.30-17.15
  • Saturday: Closed

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Databases: new off campus access system

Off campus access to the DIT full text subject databases has been streamlined this month .

You will now be prompted by either of two pages:
  • 19 databases open on the DIT IS Services screen. This requires the username and password used for DIT email or active directory access. Databases includes ACM, IEEE & Web of Knowledge.
  •  57 databases continue to use DIT Library's own authentication page. This page requires the user to have a Library PIN and a current DIT ID number to access the databases. These databases include Engineering Village and Science Direct.
  • For a full listing see this link.
Any problems with your DIT passwords contact For issues or queries about your Library PIN please contact us at 402-4804 or

Monday, 23 July 2012

ACM Digital Library database training

ACM DL Training Sessions will take place at the following times:

July 24, 2012 from 1:00pm to 1:30pm
ACM Introduction:
This A20-30 minute presentation is designed to give an overview of the ACM Digital Library. It will highlight the key full text Computer Science publications and Analytic tools that are included in the database. 

Use your microphone and speakers - a headset is recommended. 
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting Password: acmdltraining
Meeting ID: 662-396-862

July 26, 2012 from 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Getting the Most Out of Your Search
This 20-30 minute presentation is designed to focus  on the different searching tools and techniques
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting Password: acmdltraining
Meeting ID: 734-599-742
Due to limited number of 25 participants allowed for each training session, login to the session will be based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Off Campus Access to Science Databases: ACM and IEEE Xplore

Off campus access to the ACM, IEEE Xplore and Web of Knowledge databases now just requires your DIT username and password - as for DIT email and MyDIT accounts.

Athens passwords are no longer required and accounts that expire on 31st August 2012 will not be renewed. Access is now via Edugate,

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Science in the City

The Science in the City festival kicks off this weekend featuring everything from Dara O'Briain to the Higgs Bosun particle. The 10 day festival is being held to celebrate Dublin hosting Europe’s largest science event, the Euroscience Open Forum, which takes place in the Dublin Convention Centre from 11th July – 15th July.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Summer Hours: Kevin St Library

Just a reminder that the library is open over the summer:

  • Monday - Friday: 9.30-17.15
  • Saturdays: Closed

Any queries:  the contact details are 01 402-4894 or
Updates and opening hours are also posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

New Biomedical eBooks

New biomed e-texts are now available:

BIOS Instant Notes in Molecular Biology: Turner: 2005
BIOS Instant Notes in Microbiology: Baker: 2011
Clinical Microbiology: Stratton: 2012
Concepts & Techniques of Molecular Biology: Romero: 2012
Essential Haematology: Hoffbrand: 2011
Histology at a Glance: Peckham: 2011
Introduction to Immunology: Decker: 2009
Introduction to Microbiology: McCall: 2009
Medical Biochemistry at at Glance: Salway: 2011
Survival Guide for Health Research Methods: Ross: 2012

To access these and more search by title on the Library Catalogue or browse the MyiLibrary ebook collection. If accessing from outside the DIT network you  need your DIT student number and Library PIN

Monday, 28 May 2012

June Holiday Weekend Hours

Kevin St Library will be closed on Saturday 2nd June and Monday 4th June. Summer opening hours apply from Tuesday 5th June:

  • Monday- Friday 9.30-17.15
  • Saturdays: Closed
Any queries or questions over the summer period contact us at or 01 402-4894.

Friday, 25 May 2012

New Chemistry eBooks now in stock

A number of new chemistry titles are available as eBooks:
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Moyer (2012)
Aspirin & Related Drugs, Rainsford (2004)
Chemistry, Housecroft (2009)
College Inorganic Chemistry, Devi (2010)
Elementary Physical Chemistry, Linder (2010)
LC/MS, McMaster (2005)
GC/MS, McMaser (2008)
Medicinal Chemistry: Thomas (2007)
Modern HPLC for Practicing Scientists, Dong (2006)
Physical Chemistry, Dunaway (2012)

To access the eBooks, search by title on the Library Catalogue or search by title /browse in the MyiLibrary eBook collection

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Text-mining for scientific research v publishers

Researchers are pushing for an end to publishers' default ban on computer scanning of thousands of papers to find links between genes and diseases. The scale of new information in modern science is huge; more than 1.5m scholarly articles are published every year and the volume of data doubles every three years. No individual can keep up with such a volume, and scientists need computers to help them digest and make sense of the information. The restrictions placed by publishers on text mining has led campaigners to view the issue as another front in the battle to make publicly funded research work available through "open access", free at the point of use. That would allow researchers to mine the content freely without needing to request any extra permissions. Read more on this controversy from the Guardian here.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

SciVerse Hub search engine

Is Google too general and you want an alternative to the Scirus science search engine? Try SciVerse Hub where you can access a growing body of science content of over 500m records across publishers, repositories and the scientific web. Use the advanced search and refine search function and etutorials.  Register with the Hub to personalise your searches and use their metrics and social media tools as works for you..

Remember full-text access may not be provided depending on the resource listed. Check out DIT Library's respository and eJournals or apply for an Inter Library Loan if you wish to obtain the full article or resource.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Summer Opening Hours update

From Friday 1st June summer opening hours will apply:

      - Monday-Friday: 9.30 - 17.15
     - Saturdays: Closed

Click here to see the opening hours for all DIT Libraries

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Upcoming training webinars for IEEE Xplore

IEEE training webinars offer the opportunity to learn the best practices in searching the IEEE Xplore Digital Library as well as getting quick demonstrations of new features. All courses are taught by professional librarians from IEEE.

Register today for any of the upcoming online training webinars for the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. All attendees to join the webinar will receive a certificate of completion and a week's access to the IEEE eLearning Library.

Strategies for Using IEEE Xplore - Europe
  • 21 May - 11:00 am CET
  • 11 June - 11:00 am CET
  • 9 July - 11:00 am CET