Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Subject Guides for Language Students

Need help finding a language e-magazine or newspaper database for an assignment? Try the  Languages Subject Guide which aims to help undergraduate students get started with the Library eResources. This includes a help-sheet and e-tutorial for the Nexis UK database as well as a full listing of other resources and guides from first year to final year. 

If you need assistance with finding e-newspapers or magazines for your subject please contact us at or @KevinStLibrary

Friday, 23 January 2015

Europe PubMed Central: take the new Quick Tour for students and researchers

Europe PMC is a free database of biomedical and health research literature. The resource provides access to over 30 million abstracts and more than 3 million full text articles (see below). Additionally, the details of more than 44 000 biomedical research grants are available.

A new Quick Tour of Europe PMC is now available and aims to give a basic understanding of Europe PMC and its use, which makes it an ideal resource for final year undergrad students working on a project or postgraduate researchers.

Europe PMC content

Europe PMC provides access to all the abstracts in PubMed, as well as other sets of abstracts not available through PubMed (e.g. Agricola and Chinese Biological Abstracts). It also provides access to  other literature content of relevance to biomedical research such as PhD theses and patents.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

International Innovation: open access research trends in science and technology

The International Innovation suite of publications provides global analysis on current research trends in healthcare, science and technology, as well as funding and policy issues. Aimed at a worldwide scientific audience, all the current and past issues are available to read free-of-charge via their website and the app (available on iTunes and Google Play).  Or follow them @IntlInnovation. Worth a look.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

New SCOPUS database now available

Access to the SCOPUS database is now available via DIT Library (until August 2015)

SCOPUS is a citation database of peer-reviewed literature including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings in the fields of science, technology, medicine and social sciences. SCOPUS also features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research and contains:
  • More than 20,000 peer-reviewed journals, including 2,800 gold open access journals
  • Over 365 trade publications
  • Articles-in-press (i.e. articles that have been accepted for publication) from more than 3,750 journals and publishers, including Cambridge University Press, the IEEE, Nature Publishing Group, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell & Elsevier

Find SCOPUS on the DIT Library Databases A-Z page.  Introductory tutorials and help are also available. Remember you will need your DIT passwords if accessing the database off campus.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Cochrane Library systematic reviews in health care: free access

All residents of the Republic of Ireland can access The Cochrane Library for free, funded by the Health Research Board in Dublin. This  provides open access to the full text of 4000 Cochrane health care  systematic reviews .

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international non-profit and independent organisztion dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions and makes these available in the Cochrane Library.

What is a Systematic Review?

Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews, which provide an overview of the effects of interventions in health care and, where possible, an estimate of the size of any benefits or harms of these interventions. Each review covers a specific and well-defined area of health care and evidence from clinical trials is included or excluded on the basis of explicit quality criteria. 

Systematic reviews differ from other types of review in that they adhere to a strict design in order to make them more comprehensive, to minimize bias, and to ensure their reliability. Rather than reflecting the views of the authors or being based on a partial selection of the literature (as is the case with many articles and reviews that are not explicitly systematic), they contain all known references to trials on a particular topic and a comprehensive summary of the available evidence. The reviews are valuable sources of information for those receiving care, as well as for decision makers and researchers.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Open as usual this week

The library is open as usual this week including Saturday Jan 17 even though it's a quieter week with most exams over and the new semester not begun. So if you're doing a final year project or involved with group work the student group study rooms, student pc room and silent study area are all available:

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

Any queries contact us:

Monday, 5 January 2015

New Year Opening hours

Happy New Year to everyone in Kevin St and best wishes to students starting the second week of exams this week. DIT Library Kevin St. semester opening hours resume today, Monday 5th January:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9.00am - 9.30pm
  • Fridays:  9.00am - 5.15pm
  • Saturdays:  9.00am - 4.30pm

Any queries contact us at 01 402-4894. Or tweet  /  email us.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Library Open 02 and 03 January

DIT Library Kevin St is open today Friday 02 January and tomorrow Saturday 03 January from 10am - 5pm.

Usual semester opening hours resume on Monday 05 January.