Monday, 16 December 2013

Past exam papers - off campus access.

There have been quite a few queries re. past exam papers access this week at the Library information desk. 

In case there are last minute questions over the Christmas week campus closure the past exam papers are available via the DIT Library Catalogue.  Click here and follow the on-screen instructions. Or take one of the exam paper hand-outs with off campus passwords  - available from the Library information desk this week (Monday-Friday,  9am-5pm).

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

New look Web of Science coming soon

From January 2014 there will be a new and more intuitive Web of Science interface with the following enhancements:

  • Updated user interface: Clear identification of the database searched with an easier-to-get- started search tool and simplified navigation.
  • Improved page layout and readability of search results: New spell-check functionality and easier links to full-text.
  • New layout of full record data elements for easier readability: Improved organization of links to related research.

For more info see this link.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Christmas Opening Hours

 The opening hours for December and January are as follows:
  • Monday 09 Dec - Thursday 12th Dec: 09.00 - 21.30
  • Friday 13th Dec: 09.00-17.15
  • Saturday 14 Dec: 09.00-16.30
  • Monday 16 Dec - Friday 20 Dec: 09.00-17.00
  • The Library is closed from  21 December - 01 January (incl)
  Semester opening hours begin again on Thursday 02 Jan 2014:
  • Monday - Thursday: 09.00-21.30
  • Fridays: 09.00-17.15
  • Saturdays: 09.00-16.30
Please note the Library is open from 09.00-21.30 on Thursday 02 January and is open as usual on Saturday 04 January.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Physics core textbook now available in e-format.

    Physics for Scientist and Engineers
    Knight, Randall D.
    3rd international edition: 2013
    Click on the image to access the eBook

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Chemweb update

ChemWeb members now have access to selected full-text articles from Chemistry publishers including Wiley, Elsevier, Springer, Bentham Science, Taylor & Francis, and recently added, ACS Publications. Members can download a selection of articles covering a broad range of topics direct from the pages of some of the most respected journals in Chemistry. Explore some of the latest research or highly cited articles. Not yet a ChemWeb member? Membership is free-click here for more details.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

New RSC chemical sciences repository

The new Chemical Sciences Repository is a non-commercial subject specific open access repository for chemistry papers, hosting Green and Gold Open Access(OA) papers. Launched by the RSC last month the Chemical Sciences Repository will host articles from across the chemical sciences and interdisciplinary work at the interface of chemistry.

The deposition of articles is the first phase of the Chemical Sciences Repository. It will be further developed to include data and theses, as well as other types of publications. For FAQs and more information on scope and subject coverage use this link.

Monday, 18 November 2013

BioRxiv : biology pre-prints

BioRxiv (pronounced "bio-archive") is a free online archive for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. This new resource is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Lab, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. By posting preprints on bioRxiv, authors are able to make their findings immediately available to the scientific community. Articles are not peer-reviewed or edited before being posted online. However, all articles undergo a basic content screening process.

BioRxiv accepts preprints of articles covering all aspects of research in the life sciences but does not accept clinical studies or clinical trials. Scope includes:

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Neurobiology
  • Pathology
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Scientific Communication
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Systems Biology

Friday, 8 November 2013

Assignment resources by subject area

Subject specific resources for projects from eBooks to eJournals and databases to theses and much more are available at the Kevin St Subject Guides link. Find reliable and relevant academic resources for both undergraduates and postgraduate assignments at:

Thursday, 7 November 2013

How? Where? What?

We get lots of questions this time of year about doing literature reviews, finding information for a first year or final year project, evaluating journal articles, using bibliometrics and locating open access resources. A full set of library guides addressing these questions and more is available to help. Click here for the Kevin St Library guide listings.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Chemistry3: extra copies now available

For the attention of first year chemistry students. Extra copies of Chemistry3 by Burrows (OUP: 2nd edition) are now available at Shelf Number 540, Bookstack 4. There are also copies in Short Loan at the Information Desk for library use.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

IEEE Explore: tips and tricks short seminar

What's new with the IEEEXplore database? Want to update your database skills?  A short seminar will take place in DIT Library Kevin St on Friday, 1 November 2013 and will be facilitated by Content Online Ltd
Time: 10:00 to 11:00am
Venue: Library Training Room, DIT Kevin St, Dublin 8

Please register for the event online at

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

October Holiday Weekend

The library is closed on Saturday 26th and Monday 28th October for the Public Holiday weekend. Usual semester opening hours resume on Tuesday 29th October at 9am:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9.00-21.30
  • Fridays 9.00-17.15
  • Saturdays 9.00-16.30

Friday, 11 October 2013

eBook additions this week and more....

Click on the image to access the eBook link. These titles and more are available via MyiLibrary in the E-Books section of the DIT Library website. Any queries please contact us.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Engage in Research: Bioscience Students Resource

Engage in Science is a resource designed to help bioscience students with advice and assistance on the most important aspects of scientific research. Whether you need help with identifying resources, doing a literature review or  you're struggling with statistical analyses, you'll find the information here. You'll also find worked examples, exercises with answers, help sheets and quick quizzes to help you gauge your understanding.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Kaye & Laby Online (Physical & Chemical Constants)

There have been a few queries from students about the availability of the Kaye & Laby Tables of Physical and Chemical Constants. There is a copy in the library for loan, but the text is now available online with a search engine function via NPL (National Physical Laboratory). Content is updated regularly and includes tables, data, formulae, graphs and charts from fundamental constants to fibre-optics, superconductivity to raman spectroscopy.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Healthwell resource and the Institute of Public Health

The Health Well is an all-island (Ireland and Northern Ireland) health information website supporting evidence-informed decision making. It provides assistances in.
  • Accessing health related research and information sources (Lenus, Hiqa, Nice etc)
  • Hosting webgroups and supporting key health networks
  • Using information more effectively (with online analysis tools and support for knowledge translation) 
It also aims to build the health intelligence capacity of public health workers and health related organizations.
The Health Well, encompassing its hubs, data tools and web groups, is managed by the INIsPHO Team in the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH).

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Acromine: a new way to refine your search terms

Many popular search terms are acronyms or abbreviations in common use. Even in the biological and medical sciences, many acronyms have a variety of meanings.

 Europe PMC Labs' Acromine lets you disambiguate acronyms by suggesting alternative expansions for them.The disambiguation tool enriches your literature exploration by suggesting alternative meanings of acronyms in your search.  

Using the Acromine-powered search as you would any search engine.  If your search term is an acronym, you will see suggested expansions listed to the right.  If one of those corresponds to your intended meaning, clicking will make it (and similarly-spelled variants) your new search term.    

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

more eBooks...browse, download, use...

Click on the image to find the eBook link. These titles and more are available via MyiLibrary on the E-Books section of the DIT Library website. Any queries contact us.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Cochrane Systematic Reviews

Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care. They investigate the effects of interventions for prevention and treatment and  assess the accuracy of a diagnostic test for a condition in a specific patient group and setting. They are published online in The Cochrane Library.

Each systematic review addresses a clearly formulated question; for example: Can antibiotics help in alleviating the symptoms of a sore throat? All the existing primary research on a topic that meets certain criteria is searched for and collated, and then assessed using stringent guidelines, to establish whether or not there is conclusive evidence about a specific treatment. The reviews are updated regularly, ensuring that treatment decisions can be based on the most up-to-date and reliable evidence.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Utopia: connecting pdf content to the web

Finding, reading, and citing articles can be the most time-consuming part of scientific research. Utopia Documents v2.2  (@utopiadocs) is a freeware research utility that makes this easier by offering a PDF reader with built-in exploration tools that connects the static content of scientific pdf articles to the live web content.
Although it can be considered as a direct competitor to services like Zotero and ReadCube Utopia Docs is both similar and different. Initially it looks like a PDF reader, and while it be used as one, it lacks simple features such as annotations and highlights. Its strength lies in the sidebar, where extra live web-linked  information is listed about every pdf article loaded. Here you can find and open related articles and create and link to citations.  Start by loading a PDF from a desktop or pasting a PDF URL. 
Utopia Docs works only with PDFs and you will still need a pdf reader and indepth citation tool. 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Abbreviating Medical Journal Titles Cont.

Another useful source for finding the abbreviated versions of health science journals is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Catalog. This is especially useful for nutrition and dietetics students (DT223) using the ECJN citation style. To use this tool efficiently, enter the journal title in quotes e.g. to search for an abbreviation for Amreican, e.g. search for “New England Journal of Medicine” and the abbreviation will be displayed : New Eng J Med

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Abbreviating Journal titles

Some biomedical science students were asking this week about how to abbreviate journal titles correctly in a bibliography or list of references.

A couple of handy resources that 'translate' the full journal title into the most commonly used acronym / abbreviated version are:
        1. Web of Science Listing 
        2. BIOS
        3. Science (acronyms only)
These links are on the DIT Library Subject Guides pages for both Nutrition and Biomedical science students. Any queries please contact us.

Friday, 20 September 2013


ChEMBL-og covers the activities of the Computational Chemical Biology Group at the EMBL-EBI.(European Bioinformatics Institute). Activities include Drug Discovery, Bioinformatics, Chemoinformatics, Structural Biology, Genetics, Pharmacogenomics, Toxicology, Open Data and Data Integration.  

Resources include...
  • ChEMBL - a drug discovery bioactivity database (search compounds, targets, assays and docs)
  • The SARfaris - integrated sequence, binding site, structure, SAR data for GPCRs and kinases
  • ChEMBL-malaria and ChEMBL-NTD - data repositories for neglected disease data
  • DrugEBIlity - Drug target prioritisation