Thursday, 20 July 2017

PubChase: biomedical current awareness and recommendation tool. #TOCs

PubChase is a free biomedical literature search and recommendation tool, available on the web, iOS, and Android devices. Search, organize, and discover research of interest to you.Worth a look if you need to stay up to date with a range of journals, topics and authors in this subject.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Past exam papers 2017 (Science and Engineering)

Past exam papers in Science and Engineering for January and May 2017 are now available for students to access for supplemental exams preparation in August. 

  1. Start at the DIT Library website. In the E-Resources section click on Exam Papers.
  2. Select the purple Exam Papers 2001 to date link
  3. Choose the College of Sciences and Health from the list
  4. Click on the year(s) you require
  5. Select your course code e.g. DT204 and then your module code. Save/open the pdf files.
If you access the past papers from outside the DIT network you will need the Student Intranet passwords. Contact us at 01-4024894 or at kst.library@dit.ie if required.

Please note DIT Library scans and indexes every exam paper received from the DIT Kevin St Examinations office. If your exam paper is not on the list please contact the DIT exams office or your module coordinator.

To print or copy past exam papers see the Datapac print service.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Scopus : search smarter and find faster


With over 69 million items indexed on Scopus, how can you find and organize relevant research and keep updated on new material, so you have more time for other activities? Susannah Beatty outlines some key Scopus features that can help.

Getting to the right results

Whether you jump right in and start with a broad search on Scopus, or you prefer a more targeted and specific search approach, some key search tips can help save you time and lead you to more relevant results. Here are a few to start you off:
Use double quotations to search phrases. For example, if in the search box you typed: solar energy without quotations, Scopus returns over 168,400 document results. However, if you include the double quotations: “solar energy,” Scopus will look for items where “solar energy” is used as a phrase, reducing your results to just over 80,700 documents.


Analyze and filter your search results. The 80,700+ results returned from our “solar energy” search is still a large number to work with, so how can you narrow this down? Try these two features:
  • Analyze search results: This tool provides a visual analysis of your search results broken up into seven categories (year, source, author, affiliation, country or territory, document type and subject area). Use these charts to gain a different perspective and understanding of your results. For example, the “Year” chart can help you quickly identify the most prolific authors in your research topic.
  • Refine results panel: To the left of your results list you will find parameters that you can limit your search results by, or exclude from your results. For example, you could limit your results to documents that include “Solar Power Generation” as a keyword. TIP: Before you go ahead and select the term, open the preview window (click on the arrow to the right of the number) to get an idea of what type of results this will produce.
BONUS: Once you’ve refined your results, save your search and create an alert to continue to be updated when new material matching your query becomes available.

Pinpointing what to read

Once you’ve refined your results, the next step is to identify which documents you want to look at further. To help you do this more efficiently, be sure to use these Scopus features:
  • Do you want to find the most highly cited documents, the newest material, or something else? Use Sort on to organize your results by the criteria that matters most to you.
  • Click View abstract (or click on Show all abstracts to open the abstracts for all of your results) to see and read the abstract.
  • Can you get to the full text? Scopus is an abstract and indexing database which works with your institution to provide links to the full-text content your institution subscribes to — across multiple publishers. If your institution has access to the full-text article, you should find a button that will link you to the article. In addition to articles accessible from your institution's subscription, look for articles flagged as open access. These are documents published in open access titles which you can also access.

Keeping organized: Build a list and export to reference managers

As you find documents that you want to save and come back to, make sure you mark them by clicking on the box to the left of the title. Then, once ready, click on “Save to list”. This prevents you from losing your work and the progress you have made. You can name your list, or if you are registered and logged in, select from a list you have already named and saved.
From your saved lists, you can also use tools to both further analyze your results, such as looking at documents that have cited your selections, or going back to view the references from your selections.
You can also use the export feature to:
  • Save your selections to Mendeley
  • Export directly to RefWorks or SciVal
  • Select a file type to export in, such as RIS format, CSV, BibTeX, Text
These tips should help you get a good start on searching, refining and organizing your research on Scopus, but if you need help along the way find more support material on the Scopus Support Center.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Summer opening hours

Just a reminder that these are the current library opening hours. The DIT Kevin St college campus is open from 8am-6pm.



Thursday, 22 June 2017

Journal Citation Reports metrics database (2017 release) June webinars



Now that the new Journal Citation Reports 2017 Release (2016 data) is available. Clarivate Analytics are offering two 1 hour webinars.

Thursday 29th June at 10am.
Register at:

Friday 30th June at 10am.
Register at:

Incites Journal Citation Reports with 2016 data.

•             Introduction to JCR production and uses of data.
•             JCR data integration in Web of Science Core Collection.
•             Search for top journals in a category.
•             Explore filters to limit journals by various conditions (open access, quartile, percentile etc.).
•             Explore range of indicators to rank journals .
•             Explore Journal profile and visualisations.
•             The meaning of the Impact Factor and its appropriate use.
•             Journal suppressions.
•             Create Journal comparison report to compare a custom list of journals.
•             Download tables and custom reports.
•             JCR indicators in Incites B&A.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Need help with finding information for a literature review?

Need help with finding information for a lit review, dissertation or how to reference your sources correctly?

The library is open throughout the summer and help is available with any aspect of project prep during this time either face to face or via email. Contact us at kst.library@dit.ie. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am-5.15pm from June to August incl.



Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Kevin St Library is closed on Wednesday 07 June #libraryhours

Due to a library staff training day the Library will be closed tomorrow Wednesday 07 June and will reopen at 9am on Thursday 08 June.

Apologies for any inconvenience to our users. Subject databases, eBooks, eJournals, exam papers and access to library accounts will all be available as usual on the DIT Library website. Alternative Datapac printer/copier locations are available at Ditprint.ie.

Please note summer opening hours are in operation until September.


Friday, 2 June 2017

June Public Holiday Weekend opening hours

The library is closed on Monday 5th June for the public holiday weekend and will re-open on Tuesday 6th June at 9am.

Please note library summer opening hours are in operation (Monday to Friday: 9am - 5.15pm).

For opening hours updates see @KevinStLibrary or the DIT Library website.




Thursday, 1 June 2017

New isse of Health Evidence Awareness Report (HEAR May 2017) now available. #healthliteracy

The latest issue of HEAR (May 2017 volume 3 issue 3) is now available to download from Lenus.ie.  This issue deals with health literacy from both a consumer and a practitioner perspective in an Irish context. Listing comprehensive, accessible (and reliable!) evidence and sources it is well worth a look for anyone engaged in health or biomedical sciences related work. 

A full listing of the HEAR reports going back to 2015 is available on Lenus, including an excellent one on medical resources for research from mid 2016. Keep any eye out for new ones or add to your feedly current awareness updates.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Library Group Study Rooms available to book throughout the summer

The Library Group Study Rooms are available to book during the exams and right through the summer if you need some space to work together on an exam topic, poster project or practice a presentation.

Laptops and stationery packs equipped with hdmi cable, data-screen remote, eraser and whiteboard markers are also available to borrow from the library desk for use in the study rooms.

Drop into the library information desk to make a booking with your student card. Alternatively contact us at 01-402-4894 to book a one or a two hour slot or email us at kst.library@dit.ie.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Summer hours begin on Wednesday 24th May

From 24th May summer opening hours will apply until September:
  • Monday - Friday : 9.00am - 5.15pm
  • Saturdays: Closed
Get Kevin St Library opening hours updates via @KevinStLibrary or  the DIT Library website


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Library opening at 8.30am from 3rd- 24th May for the summer exams

The library will open at 8.30am from Wednesday 3rd to Wednesday 24th May for the duration of the Kevin St exams. Best of luck everyone!

Opening hours Wednesday 3rd to Wednesday 24th May:

  • Monday to Thursday: 8.30am - 9.30pm
  • Fridays: 8.30am - 5.15pm
  • Saturdays: 8.30am - 4.30pm

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Finding past exam papers for science: find them faster #pastpapers #exams


 Need to access the online papers for exam prep and revision? Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Start at the DIT Library website. In the E-Resources section click on Exam Papers.
  2. Select the purple Exam Papers 2001 to date link
  3. Choose the College of Sciences and Health from the list
  4. Click on the year(s) you require
  5. Select your course code e.g. DT204 and then your module code. Save/open the pdf files.
If you access the past papers from outside the DIT network you will need the Student Intranet passwords. Contact us at 01-4024894 or at kst.library@dit.ie if required.

Please note DIT Library scans and indexes every exam paper received from the DIT Kevin St Examinations office. If your exam paper is not on the list please contact the DIT exams office or your module coordinator.

To print or copy past exam papers see the Datapac print service.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Scopus: new link to research datasets now available



Research dataset links can now be found on the Scopus Document details page. Through collaboration 
with the Data Literature Interlinking (DLI) service and Scholix, Scopus is able to link articles with 
datasets when available on the external data repository. Now, when research datasets are available
 on the external data repository for an article, the Scopus Document details page will include 
a “Related Research Data” sidebar, located to the right of the article details.
 
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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Later opening at 9.30am on Friday 21st April

Due to a staff meeting DIT Kevin St Library will open at the later time of 9.30am on Friday 21st April


Apologies for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Easter weekend : Library opening hours

Opening hours for the Easter weekend are as follows:

  • Thursday 13th April: 9am - 5pm
  • Friday 14th - Monday 17th April: Closed (incl)
  • Tuesday 18th April: Semester hours resume at 9am

Note: usual semester opening hours apply during the student two week break apart from the Easter weekend.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Past exam papers for the School of Languages now available

School of Languages past exam papers for December 2016 / January 2017 are now available. To access:
  1. Start at the DIT Library website. In the E-Resources section click on Exam Papers.
  2. Select the purple Exam Papers 2001 to date link
  3. Choose the College of Arts & Tourism, Kevin St from the list
  4. Click on the year(s) you require
  5. Select your course code e.g. DT555 and then your module code. Save/open the pdf files.
If you access the past papers from outside the DIT network you will need the Student Intranet passwords. Contact us at 01-4024894 or at kst.library@dit.ie if required.

Please note DIT Library scans and indexes every exam paper received from the DIT Kevin St Examinations office. If your exam paper is not on the list please contact the exams office or your module co-ordinator.

To print or copy past exam papers see the Datapac print service.

Getting Published in Technology & Computing: Seminar on Tuesday 28th March at 2pm

Getting published is a major driver in academia and is a very competitive activity. Dr. Matt Walker, a customer consultant from the publisher Elsevier, will be giving this session on how to maximize your chances of having your publication accepted by a quality journal.


Please note that the session which will take place in the seminar room of the DIT FOCAS Research Institute, is discipline specific to technology and computing.

To register for a place on Tuesday 28th March please click here

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Getting Published in Engineering: Seminar on Tuesday 28th March at 9.30am: DIT FOCAS

Getting published is a major driver in academia and is a very competitive activity. Dr. Matt Walker, a customer consultant from the publisher Elsevier, will be giving this session on how to maximize your chances of having your publication accepted by a quality journal.



Please note that the session, which will take place in the seminar room of the DIT FOCAS Research Institute, is discipline specific to engineering.

To register for a place on Tuesday 28th March please click here.

Getting Published in Science: Seminar on Wednesday 29th March at 9.30am, FOCAS


Getting published is a major driver in academia and is a very competitive activity. Dr. Matt Walker, a customer consultant from the publisher Elsevier, will be giving this session on how to maximize your chances of having your publication accepted by a quality journal.

Please note that the session, which will take place in the seminar room of the DIT FOCAS Research Institute, is discipline specific to science.

To book a place on Wednesday 29th March please click here.

Past exam papers for Science : find them fast


 Science past exam papers for January 2017 are now available. To access them:

  1. Start at the DIT Library website. In the E-Resources section click on Exam Papers.
  2. Select the purple Exam Papers 2001 to date link
  3. Choose the College of Sciences and Health from the list
  4. Click on the year(s) you require
  5. Select your course code e.g. DT204 and then your module code. Save/open the pdf files.
If you access the past papers from outside the DIT network you will need the Student Intranet passwords. Contact us at 01-4024894 or at kst.library@dit.ie if required.

Please note DIT Library scans and indexes every exam paper received from the DIT Kevin St Examinations office. If your exam paper is not on the list please contact the exams office or your module co-ordinator.

To print or copy past exam papers see the Datapac print service.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

New editions: New textbooks: Chemistry3 and Physics for Engineers and Scientists

New editions of the following core textbooks are now available:

Burrows: Chemistry3 (Oxford: 2017: 3rd edition)
8 copies are available at Shelf Number 540 BUR in Lending (Book Stack 4) and 2 copies in Short Loan at the Library Desk.







Knight: Physics for Engineers and Scientists: a Strategic Approach with Modern Physics (Pearson: 2017, 4th edition). 
6 copies are available at Shelf Number 530 KNI in Lending (Book Stack 3) and 1 copy in Short Loan at the Library Desk.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

St Patrick's Day Holiday Weekend

The Library is closed on Friday 17th March and Saturday 18th March for the St Patrick's Day public holiday weekend.

Usual opening hours resume on Monday 20th March
  • Mondays - Thursdays: 9am - 9.30pm
  • Fridays: 9am - 5.15pm
  • Saturdays: 9am - 4.30pm

Friday, 10 March 2017

New online dissertations for DT233 and DT237 2016 now available

Online dissertations for DT233 2016 (MSc in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Biotechnology) and DT237 2016 (MSc in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance) have just been added .

To access the dissertations:

  • Start at the DIT Library website:
  • From the drop-down search menu choose Title Search
  • Input your course code e.g DT237 or DT233
  • Select the Online Dissertations option and view/download as required. 
 Tip: Sort by Reverse Year to get the 2016 titles listed first. 
 Note: To open the pdfs you will need a Library PIN 



Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Past exams papers for engineering: January 2017 (Kevin St)

Past examination papers for engineering December 2016 / January 2017 are now available. To access the pdfs use the following links:
  • Choose your College and then select 2017
  • Click on your course code and then select your module code and year/stage/level
  • The Student Intranet password is required to access the exam papers off campus. Contact us at 01-4024894 or kst.library@dit.ie if required.
NB.The Library scans and uploads every hard-copy exam paper received from the DIT Kevin St Exams Office. If a paper is missing please contact your module coordinator.

Monday, 6 March 2017

New online dissertations / final year projects for DT203 are now available

Online dissertations / final year projects for DT203 (Bsc in Forensic and Environmental Chemistry) have just been added.

To access the projects:

  • Start at the DIT Library website:
  • From the drop-down search menu choose Title Search
  • Input your course code e.g DT203
  • Select the Online Dissertations option and view/download as required.
 Note: To open the pdfs you will need a Library PIN 




Thursday, 2 March 2017

Update re. engineering students' textbook: Saadat's Power System Analysis (3rd edition: 2011)

Due to demand from engineering students a copy of Saadat's Power System Analysis (3rd edition, 2011, PSA Publishing, USA) is now available for students at the library desk to use in the library.

Unfortunately this title is out of print so it's not possible to obtain new copies quickly from our usual supplier. It's also not available as an e-book The library is trying various out of print suppliers to get extra copies to meet demand. We'll keep you posted!

Any queries or questions contact us at kst.library@dit.ie

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Endnote tutorials now available

Need help with EndnoteBasic for an assignment or final year project? Getting started with referencing using EndnoteBasic tutorials are available on Thursday mornings either from 10-11am or 11-12pm for the next few weeks.

Interested? Contact kst.library@dit.ie or julie.defoubert@dit.ie to book a session.

All you need to bring is your laptop and have your DIT network passwords handy. It's also helpful, but not essential to know your module's recommended referencing / citation style  e.g. Harvard, RSC, IEEE, Numeric etc.

Alternatively have a look at  DIT Library's EndnoteBasic information.



Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Scopus update: How to compare and track journal citation impact with CiteScore metrics


CiteScore metrics launched just over 2 months ago. If you haven’t yet explored them on Scopus, or want more information about the methodology behind the new metrics and how to use them, here are two resources to check out. First, view a recorded webinar, where Scopus experts provide an overview and answer questions about CiteScore metrics. Second, read the how-to tip & trick on our blog for simple steps on where to access and how to use the new metrics.