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 or 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.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

RefME is changing to Cite This For Me from 28 February 2017. See the main changes listed below

Are you a RefMe user?  Quite a number of science students use RefME to manage project citations so if that's you then please read on.

The app based student friendly citation freeware is changing to Cite This For Me from 28th February 2017. Some changes and access issues to look out for are listed below (with thanks to Neal Taparia from RefMe Support)

What’s staying the same?
Cite This For Me offers the same core citation features that allow users to automatically and accurately create citations, bibliographies, and reference lists.

You’ll still be able to easily create accurate citations and reference lists in thousands of styles, and Cite This For Me has a mobile app too

What will be different?

Chrome Extension – The Cite This For Me Chrome extension is available, but does not support adding annotations or adding to a specific 

Mobile App – The RefME mobile app will no longer be supported. Instead, you can access your work and create citations with the Cite This For Me mobile app after February 28th. Note that the Cite This For Me App does not support photo quotes or journal camera lookup.

Accounts - You will still be able to create citations and bibliographies, but the ability to create an account and save projects will be paid features. Current free users will be given account access until June 1, 2017.. Afterward, you can subscribe to Cite This For Me, or use the service without account and project management.

Word Add-on – The Word add-on for Cite This For Me will only support Windows, versions 2007 to present.

Chrome extension
Cite from Chrome Yes Yes
Add to bibliography Yes Yes
Add to specific project Yes No
Add highlight Yes Yes
Add annotation Yes No
Mobile app
ISBN lookup Yes Yes
Cite different sources Yes Yes
Link to account Yes Yes
Photo quotes Yes No
Journal camera lookup Yes No
Other source search Yes Yes
Accounts Free & paid Paid only
All styles Yes Yes
Notes Yes Yes
Sharing Yes Yes
Folders Yes No
Institutional Yes Yes
Shibboleth Yes No
EdModo login Yes No
Google login Yes Yes
Facebook login Yes Yes
Direct login Yes Yes
.RIS import Yes No
Word add-on
Word 2016 support Yes Yes
Any other version? Unknown Down to 2007
Windows / Mac Yes No (windows only)
RefME Plus / Institute
Word add on Yes Partial
Photo quotes Yes No
Folders Yes No

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Physics World Discovery: a new free collection from the Institute of Physics

Physics World Discovery is a new series of accessible, long-form features that provide readers with an expert introduction to the hottest topics in physics, spanning established and emerging research disciplines.

Written by leading voices from across the scientific community, these texts combine Physics World’s style a ethos (to be clear, balanced and accessible) with ebook functionality (including integrated audio and video, and increased interactivity).

The free ebook access will be available throughout 2017 - check it out and see if it works for you as a science resource. 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

New Energy Data Portal (SEAI) : interactive charts, stats and more

Need energy data or statistics for a project or dissertation? SEAI's new energy data portal gives you the access to numerous interactive energy charts. These charts allow you to explore how Ireland has used energy historically across different fuels and sectors, as well as how energy use is projected to change out to 2030. It does this by combining Ireland's historical energy statistics with SEAI's energy forecast. The portal allows you to:
  • investigate and tailor several interactive charts
  • Explore the various energy trends witnessed in Ireland since 1990
  • Explore trends projected under a possible future energy scenario out to 2030

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Need help with referencing and citing or using Endnote for a project?

If you're in the middle of a final year (or any year) project or dissertation and want some assistance getting started with EndnoteBasic citation freeware or just using a citing and referencing style in general we can help. Contact us at and a member of staff will get back to you re. a tutorial time in one of the Library study rooms. If possible bring a laptop and check you know your recommended citation style e.g. Harvard, Numeric, RSC, IEEE etc.  Not the only one who needs help?  Bring a friend!

Monday, 13 February 2017

How to Maximize your use of SCOPUS: DSRH Research Workshop Series Tuesday 28th February 2017

A hands on session on how to use Scopus will be held on Tuesday 28th February in the Library training room in DIT Aungier Street. Part of the DSRH Research Workshop Series these seminars will be a practical demonstration of how to mazimize your use of the Scopus database.

There will be two sessions, 9.30am-10.45am & 11.00am-12.15pm (the content is the same in both so please only book one). To register please click here.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Need help with study skills? Kevin St short seminars every Thursday lunchtime

Study Skills Seminars Semester 2

Who?      All DIT Students  
What?     Study skills - see here for details
Where?   DIT Kevin Street  Room 3-006
When?    1.10 – 1.45pm Thursdays (35 minutes)     
Dates:    Thursday 2nd February to Thursday 6th April 2017

A series of short study skills seminars for DIT students is running from Thursday 2nd Feb and the sessions are open to  students to drop in as suits. The seminars take place in DIT Kevin Street and are facilitated by the Disability Support Service. Topics include note-taking, reading strategies, essay preparation, critical thinking, referencing and
preparing for exams. Check them out if any of the topics catch your interest.