Friday, 14 November 2008
Gwen can be contacted by email email@example.com or on extension 5959.
Rosarie Coughlan continues to support STM researchers and is contactable on firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 5697.
Both Gwen and Rosarie are based in the Research Support Office which is now situated on the 1st floor of the James Hardiman Library.
Please visit the Research Information Gateway for more information on services available to research staff and students: http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/rig
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
This first set is specifically for commerce users.
At the moment, there are three guides for your use, but we'll be updating these often, so expect to see more added to the list!
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Look for the new features listed below in ISI Web of Knowledge, starting this week. You'll find more citation content and searching
Web of Science
Verify an author's affiliation
REGISTER NOW for an online class about the latest enhancements to Web of Science:
ISI Web of Knowledge
Download articles directly to your desktop bibliographic management resources
The direct export button to EndNote, Reference Manager, or ProCite is now available at the top of your results summary page making it easier to build your bibliography on the go.
Try Scientific Web Plus and expand your search with new content
Now you can access important data from institutional repositories automatically in your ISI Web of Knowledge searches. Theses, technical reports, dissertations, and more from 716 repositories are included in your ISI Web of Knowledge search, via Scientific WebPlus. And you can personalize your Web results by commenting, bookmarking, and tagging websites for further reference and to share with your colleagues.
Find additional molecular biology information in your searches
Access new links and full text to National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) directly from ISI Web of Knowledge searches.
Easier export from Inspec*
Output Inspec results in the BibTeX format.
New Chinese interface enhances usability
Chinese speaking users can now choose to view the ISI Web of Knowledge interface in Simplified Chinese. Simply select the Chinese language link that appears at the bottom of the page in your ISI Web of Knowledge resource.
Find exactly the author or publication you're looking for
Search by past institutional affiliation, or by joint affiliation to find authors. Sort publication lists by publication year to quickly spot the one you need.
Promote your work and visualize its impact
The ResearcherID Labs environment provides dynamic tools for further exploration and analysis of your work. Link to your ResearcherID profile by adding your ResearcherID badge to any webpage or blog, and visualize the reach of your work using the Collaboration and Citing Article Networks. Watch a brief tutorial to learn how to get the most out of your ResearcherID experience.
Build bibliographies easier with data from a variety of databases
Export references found in other online databases directly to EndNote Web using the new Web browser plug-in for Internet Explorer and FireFox 2 (version 3 to follow shortly).
Friday, 17 October 2008
Monday, 29 September 2008
See the Journal of Instrumentation at www.iop.org/EJ/journal/-page=extra.lhc/jinst for more information.
In addition, the Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics provides the most comprehensive evidence available to confirm that the LHC’s switch-on poses no threat to mankind.
See Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics www.iop.org/EJ/abstract/0954-3899/35/11/115004 for more information.
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
This report describes and analyses the results of a survey of researchers at National University of Ireland, Galway, conducted by the James Hardiman Library in April 2008. The survey aimed to find out more about the habits and needs of researchers in using and finding information, and levels of satisfaction with Library collections and services.
The members of the Survey Working Group are-
Cox, John (Working Group Chair)
Thursday, 4 September 2008
The good news is that during the summer, library staff have undertaken a project to convert these strange numbers (officially called the Universal Decimal Classification system) to the easier to use system of Dewey Decimal Classification system used throughout the rest of the Library.
The Archaeology books are therefore now to be found near the History, Early Civilisation and Classics books at shelf numbers between 931 and 939 towards the back of Floor One.
Please check the Library Catalogue for the exact location of the book you want.
Friday, 22 August 2008
- Social bookmarking services, which allow users to save URL links of web pages they want to remember or share. Users can now bookmark links from journal homepages and article abstracts via such services as del.icio.us, Connotea., and Bibsonomy. CJO is also fully enabled for users of the CiteULike service.
- Enhanced search facilities, which include: Cite Search for titles matches the title of a journal as the user types; context-sensitive spelling correction suggests alternative spellings to words not matched in the initial search; automatic saved searches with re-run and edit facilities; and the ability to search throughout the CJO website using the ‘quick search’ option.
- Improved access: - users can now to log in directly from the abstract page of an article. Also, a Widget can be downloaded from the main CJO homepage and used to search the site.
- Sample and New issue links have been created for each journal to directly access the journal’s sample issue or new issues.
- Comments on articles - The second phase of development for this complex functionality includes such additions for CJO users as recognising comments by unique identifiers, the ability to set up comment alerts, and the option to publish comments anonymously.
You can access CJO through the link above, or by going via E-Knowledge on the Library homepage.
A resource for scholars of Spanish literature, Bibliografía de la Literatura Española is a comprehensive bibliography of all related documentation published in any language. It covers monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews, bibliographies, congress proceedings, and other miscellaneous material.
The collection provides bibliographic information on a wide range of subject areas: literary theory, literary genres, popular literature, Hispanism, bibliographies, and authors. The database features not only editions of their works, but also translated editions and critical studies.
Bibliografía de la Literatura Española can be searched by keyword, title, subject, author or reviewer, publication details, journal and publication year, or any combination of these terms.
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
The era of grand estates in western Ireland has been captured in a unique project by a team of researchers at NUI Galway. The comprehensive electronic database and archive devoted to landed estates and gentry houses in Connacht, c. 1700-1914, was launched recently at the University by Minister of State, Dr Martin Mansergh, T.D.
The database contains references to over 1450 houses and some 1,650 estates. The aim of the resource is to assist and support researchers working on the social, economic, political and cultural history of Connacht from c.1700 to 1914. The project involved the distillation and collation of data from a broad range of historical sources, and its concise codification on an estate/name basis.
According to NUI Galway’s Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, who was Project Principal: “For the first time ever researchers will have ready access to a comprehensive database of sources relating to the world of the landed society of Connacht from the end of the seventeenth century to the beginning of the break-up of the large landed estates under the land purchase schemes that followed the Irish ’land war’ of the late Victorian and Edwardian period. This is the world of landed estates and gentry houses that dominated rural society from the era of the penal laws until the eve of the great war”.
The project, whose senior researchers were Marie Boran and Brigid Clesham, was hosted by the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences at NUI Galway and funded by the Irish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). The Project is one of the first of its kind to be completed under the Research Infrastructure Grants scheme of the IRCHSS.
For more information visit www.landedestates.ie
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
The next time you access ISI Web of Knowledge, you'll find enhancements that provide you with totally new options for research:
Citation Mapping • Be the first to see the beta version of this powerful new Web of Science® visualization tool. Visualize citation relationships and understand the meaning of a cited reference search. Map citations by author, institution, country, subject, and more!
Additional All-Database search options • Now you can sort by Times Cited* and search for specific addresses within an All-Database search, making this powerful feature even more flexible and convenient.
New 2007 Data for Journal Citation Reports®** • The new 2007 data provides the most current information available to determine a publication's impact and influence in the global research community.
Collaborate and share material easier with EndNote®Web • Designate read/write access for shared EndNote Web folders. Link to the full text of articles directly from EndNote Web records.
Unique DOI number • View the DOI number in the full record and after export to bibliographic management tools.
And remember, you can easily access Web of Science directly by going to http://isiknowledge.com/wos
Monday, 21 July 2008
This new interface is the culmination of extensive research with the community and represents a significant enhancement utilising current Web 2 technology to enrich the user experience.
The new enhanced interface will provide exciting new tools including additional search options such as Smart Text searching. For more information on this and all other changes please visit: EBSCOhost 2.0
As a registered user with Cambridge Journals Online (CJO) you may be interested to read about the latest additions we have made to the site.
Major new developments in functionality and design provide improved access to the content of Cambridge University Press's collection of over 230 leading academic and practitioner journals.
Some key features released in June 2008 include:
Users can now bookmark links from journal homepages and article abstracts using social bookmarking services, such as del.icio.us, Digg.com and Reddit.com enabling them to save web pages they want to remember or share. CJO is also fully enabled for users of the CiteULike service.
CJO has introduced a widget that can be downloaded from the main homepage and used to search the site.
Enhanced search features
* Automatic matching of a journal title as a user types
* Context-sensitive spelling corrections, suggests alternative spellings to words not matched in the initial search
* Automatically saved searches with re-run and edit facilities
* In the quick search box, “search all content” allows a search that is not just restricted to journal content, but includes the full CJO website.
* In time for this new release “Forthcoming Articles” is to be renamed “First View”. Publishing articles online first is a major benefit to authors as it enables papers to be cited prior to being placed in an issue, allowing research to be disseminated faster.
* Information on “How to cite this article” on abstracts and HTML full-text pages are available to cut and copy into a paper.
* Zotero can now be used in conjunction with CJO, enabling users to download article citations, or select single articles from an issue.
* Authors are provided a direct link to their paper on selected titles
* Most Cited Articles from the last two years, as well as the entire journal's back volumes, are now available on the journal homepage.
* CJO users may save articles of interest in their private library on the CiteULike site and add tags for the benefit of other researchers.
Access and Subscription Options
* There is now an option to Browse by Free Content, showing users all their free content available on CJO
* A new “ask your librarian” link is available directly from searches
* Users are now able to upgrade a pay-per-view purchase to a full subscription.
* At abstract level access has improved to CJO by allowing users to log in on the abstract page.
* Supplementary Material Access Control, enabling users who have access to the full-text of an article, to also have access to supplementary materials connected with that research.
A complete list of all our latest additions, is available here.
Important updates and new features include:
- Search Tab Additions and Enhancements – A new Multi-Field Search tab provides multiple search boxes for assigning specific fields that allow for a more targeted and specific search experience. Plus, we’ve streamlined the main search screen with a sleeker and more intuitive user design.
- New and Improved User Workflow Tools – Flexibility and speed are crucial to research workflow. On July 31st, you’ll find new collapsible Search Aids, Results Manager, and Search History (also moveable); browser support for adjusting font sizes; enhanced annotations; and more. Plus, we’ve expanded email capabilities to ease collaboration between users and their colleagues.
- My Projects Workspace Area – This new feature is a direct result of our customer feedback. My Projects provides a workspace for assembling and organizing research findings, so you can manage them in a way that works for you. Linkable from every page in the application, you can upload saved searches, results, images, and more.
- Introducing Ovid Universal Search – A new, premium search offering! Ovid Universal Search is breakthrough technology that delivers cross-platform content searching - all within the OvidSP interface. Available as an add-on solution, Universal Search provides unlimited potential for searching full text wherever it resides. Plus, Ovid Universal Search allows you to use many of the great search tools from Ovid like saved searches, annotations, and now My Projects!
Friday, 11 July 2008
The new form allows departments to track books already requested and to see the status of their requests.
The usernames and passwords remain the same - please contact your Head of Department who has been given these details. If you have any problems please contact Monica Crump, Ext. 3765 or Neil O'Brien, Ext. 3338
Thursday, 10 July 2008
Portico is what is called a dark archive – it archives all e-journals of participating publishers and commits to preserve and maintain this archive for future generations. Portico members are provided with access to these e-journal archives only in particular circumstances, including:
- the publisher going out of business,
- the publisher ceasing to publish a title,
- fatal errors on the publishers own server, or
- the publisher ceasing to provide access to back issues.
Portico is the method that some publishers use to offer permanent access to purchased material after a subscriber cancels their subscription.
Through our membership of Portico we are helping to ensure the future accessibility and preservation of knowledge published in e-journals and are securing our users' long-term access to valuable research content.
Two trigger events have occurred already and we have access to the archive of two titles on Portico – Auto/Biography and Graft.
Links to these titles can be found in the Library's catalogue.
If you would like to know about Portico please visit: http://www.portico.org.
Thursday, 26 June 2008
As you may be aware, from the the end of June, the merger between Blackwell Synergy & Wiley Interscience will take place. From June 30th, content from both sites will be available on http://www.interscience.wiley.com
So you will then be able to browse all Wiley-Blackwell journals, together with online books, reference works, databases, protocols and other electronic resources through one integrated service.
The benefits will begin immediately after June 30th:
One-stop access to a dramatically expanded range of relevant material
circa 3 million articles
Over 5000 online books, reference works and databases
If you have registered as a Blackwell Synergy user, you may receive table of contents alerts, journal information, etc. Your account will be migrated automatically to the new platform. If you already have a Wiley InterScience account, your information will be combined. You may be requested to accept new terms and conditions the first time you log in after June 30th.
The transition of Blackwell journals to Wiley InterScience and the shutdown of Synergy, will take place this weekend.
The scheduled downtime is as follows:
|02:00am ||Blackwell Synergy closes down|
10:00 am London
|Wiley InterScience goes offline temporarily|
02:00 am London
|Wiley InterScience comes back online,|
with Blackwell journals incorporated
Blackwell Synergy is no longer available
So what will be different?
Some terminology will be different, visit www.interscience.wiley.com/transition-users for a terminology glossary
The sender of table of contents email alerts will now be a Wiley InterScience address rather than the journal title
Wiley InterScience page layout differs slightly from Blackwell Synergy, see examples below or visit www.interscience.wiley.com/transition-users for more details
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
As of June 10th, the abstract page for all SPIE Journal and Conference Proceedings articles has been enhanced to include new research and navigation tools to aid in research.
- More critical information viewable within one screen, without scrolling
- References, including links to referenced papers as well as citing articles, on a separate tab
- Tools for capturing and downloading citation metadata in a variety of formats
- Enhanced navigation aids such as breadcrumb links
- OpenURL referrer tool
- Links to web-enabled research tools such as bookmarking sites, Google Notebook, and zotero
- Multimedia links, RSS, and erratum alerts.
You now have the opportunity to try out the BETA version of EBSCOhost 2.0, right from the New Features page in EBSCOhost.
For some important details concerning the functionality of the BETA, click here.
Get a head start on how to use the new design, which will be fully implemented in July, by clicking on the Test Drive link on your EBSCOhost New Features page. (Access the New Features page from its link in the upper right corner of your EBSCOhost screen.)
Visit EBSCO's 2.0 Support Center to access these support materials:
- Printable poster
- Help Sheets
- User Guide, presented in topical sections to enable printing of the specific information you need
- Online training registration form
Visit EBSCO's Support Site to learn about new features, search among thousands of FAQs, download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides.
Monday, 16 June 2008
Web of Science coverage expanded
199 from Asia Pacific
364 from the European Union
80 from Latin America
50 from the Middle East and Africa
7 from North America
You can now search & evaluate thorough regional as well as global journal coverage through Web of Science.
The complete integration of these new journals builds a bridge between significant regional studies and the global research community — increasing the visibility of topics of regional concern and enhancing the comprehensiveness and reach of your collection.
You will be able to:
- Locate more articles to be used in metrics, as they include regional coverage in their analyses of the impact of emerging trends, authors, institutions, countries and fields.
- Link from citations within new articles to other data within Web of Science.
- Have more opportunities to link successfully from article citations to the full bibliographic record and full text.
Monday, 9 June 2008
Have you remembered to make sure that they are easily available in the Library?
Library staff often hear complaints from students that the books they are asked to read are not in the Library, or that the Library doesn’t hold sufficient copies.
In the latest survey of undergraduate students carried out by the Library approximately one-third of students felt that the Library does not hold copies of all reading list books, and elicited comments such as:
“I would recommend a better liaison between the library and those who set course work”
“Add more copies of high-demand books in the library”
We would really like to address this issue in the coming year, but can only do so with your help:
- If you are recommending books or articles for your students to read – please make sure to check that they are available in the Library or online through the library’s E-knowledge portal.
- If you are not sure if there are sufficient copies for your class size, your Information Librarian would be very happy to advise.
- If the material is not already in the Library, please remember that there is a considerable lead-in time between requesting the purchase of a book and its availability on the shelf.
- To ensure required books are on the shelves for the start of the next Semester – please request them before the end of June.
- If you need any help identifying relevant material your Information Librarian would be happy to advise.
- To request the purchase of a book please use the Online Order Request Form. The username and password for your department has been sent to your head of department and departmental library liaison person.
- If you need any help with using the online form, or need to check the balance of your department’s book budget, please contact Neil O’Brien at email@example.com.
Thank you for helping us to improve our students’ experience of college life!
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
You can now register for any of the upcoming online training sessions for the IEEE Xplore digital library.
IEEE hosts regularly scheduled online training sessions which are free to all users of IEEE online technical information. Advance registration is required, and space is limited.
You can register for the training sessions here.
You can also check out other IEEE Xplore guides and training details in the Virtual Learning Centre
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
IReL, the site of the Irish Research eLibrary is now up and running.
The site provides information on the Content of the Irish Research eLibrary initiative, as well as background, history, membership and latest news.
IReL is a nationally funded electronic research library, conceived to support researchers in Biotechnology, Information Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences.
It delivers quality peer-reviewed online research publications journals, databases and index & abstracting services, as well as ebooks - direct to the desktop of researchers wherever they are located.
While this site can facilitate links to publishers' websites, the normal access point for fulltext access to journals and databases will still be via E-Knowledge
Friday, 25 April 2008
If you use the Firefox web browser, you might be interested in some of the many add-ons you can integrate into it.
One in particular is Zotero, a free, easy-to-use extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.
Some of its features include:
- Automatic capture of citation information from web pages
- Storage of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages
- Flexible notetaking with autosave
One of the best things about Zotero is that you can integrate what you've done with it into EndNote, the university's bib. management software of choice. You can find out more about EndNote on the Library's dedicated EndNote section, which includes guides, and training times).
Finally, if you use EndNote, here's a quick explanation on how to import references from Zotero into EndNote.
Monday, 4 February 2008
From now on students and staff will use Nexis for newspapers / business and
Lexis Butterworths for Law. Both services are accessible via e-Knowledge.
The Nexis interface is similar to Professional and anyone used to searching Professional for newspapers will find the same functionality availability.
The most signicant changes have been made to Lexis Butterworths and users may take some time to get used to the new interface. Much new content such as Halbury's Laws of England have been added.
For the moment the quickest way to find Irish legal Resources is to do the following:
Open Lexis Butterworths (via e-Knowledge)
select "Source" tab
select "browse button"
select "Ireland" from region.
Irish Cases, books, commentaries are displayed.