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.