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

Thursday, 19 September 2013

eBooks: new additions this week

Kevin St Library has added over 40 new eBook titles this week in biomedical science, physics, chemistry, nutrition, maths and electrical engineering. To access click on eBooks and then on the MyiLibrary link and browse and download as usual. (If accessing outside the DIT network you'll need your Library Pin).

Some of these titles include:

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Revised opening hours

From Saturday 21st September DIT Library Kevin St will open at 9am. From that date term hours are as follows:

          • Mon-Thurs: 09.00-21.30
          • Friday: 09.00-17.15
          • Saturday: 09.00-16.30

Group Study Rooms in the Library

Student group study rooms are available to book at the Library Information Desk for problem based learning work and group assignments.Alternatively email us to request a study slot in advance.

There are two group study rooms in the Library: Rooms KA-206& KA-A207. The max slot is 2 hours and the max number of students permitted per room is 6.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Printing & Photocopying Service

One of the Datapac team will be in Kevin St Library at lunchtime this week to assist with any printing problems or queries. If you're not yet familiar with the new printing & copying system please call in.

Full details and FAQs can be found at the DIT Student Print Service page.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Term opening hours begin

Term opening hours start today:

Monday-Thursday: 9.30-21.30
Saturdays: 9.30-16.30

Any questions please contact us at

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


Kevin St Library is now on Pinterest. Find infographics and image links relating to science and subject resources.Useful for mind-mapping and for students who are visual learners too. Find out more at

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Getting Started in the Library

Need some help getting started in the Library? Try our library guides, map and subject links or just ask us! Printed guides are also available at the library desk....

    1. Science
    2. Engineering

Monday, 9 September 2013

Semester Opening Hours

Semester opening hours begin next Monday 16th September. From that date the library opening hours here will be:

          • Mon-Thurs: 9.30-21.30
          • Saturdays: 9.30-16.30

Welcome back everyone and a special welcome to the new freshers. Any questions or queries give us a call at 402-4894, @kevinstlibrary or