Thursday, 30 July 2009

Social Networking for Researchers is a new social networking site for researchers. It has a great layout, allowing you to browse easily by research interests, University or School. A number of NUI Galway researchers have already joined it. The level of detail you add is optional: you can add your research interests, your photo, your CV, your published papers, a link to your Facebook account and your contact details.

Rosarie Coughlan
Research Support Librarian (STM) email:

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Boost your research profile with ResearcherID

The need to profile your research achievement is key in an increasingly competitive environment. However it can be very difficult to distinguish yourself from other researchers. If you have a common name, like John Murphy, how do you distinguish yourself from all the other John Murphys? A common solution is to use your middle initial, but sometimes even this isn’t enough .

*Boost your research profile with ResearcherID*

ThomsonReuters, who publish Web of Science, have attempted to solve this with ResearcherID, which gives users a unique identification number – a number of NUI Galway researchers have done this already. When you register, you can quickly populate your profile with a list of your publications from a Web of Science search or from your EndNote account. If you have articles listed in Web of science, ResearcherID will automatically generate your citation metrics, including your h-index, the number of times you’ve been cited and a graph showing your citations year by year. You can make this public and include the link in funding proposals or on your webpage.

Learn more:

Fact Sheet (PDF)
E-tutorial: Create a profile (7:54 video tutorial)
E-tutorial: Promote your Research (7:34 video tutorial)

For more information on this or other researcher profiling services please contact Rosarie Coughlan, Research Support Librarian - for Science, Technology & Medicine. Email:, tel ext: 5697.

Warm Regards

Rosarie Coughlan
Research Support Librarian (STM)

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Exhibition to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Dr. Douglas Hyde

An exhibition has been brought together by Special Collections & Archives to commemorate the 60th anniversary (12 July 1949) of the death of Dr. Douglas Hyde, writer and first president of Ireland.

The exhibition, situated in the foyer of the James Hardiman Library, includes copies of Dr. Hyde's writings in both Irish and English and items from the de hÍde archival collection. These include a manuscript (LS de hÍde 9), taken from his collection of manuscripts which date from the 18th to the 20th centuries and which were bequeathed to the library on his death. Letters, personal photographs and a slideshow portray Hyde's eventful life as a writer, scholar and promoter of the Irish language.

The exhibition will be on view until Saturday 5 September 2009.
Photograph: © National Library of Ireland

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Nursing & Midwifery Library opens at JHL

The James Hardiman Library is pleased to announce the opening of our new Nursing & Midwifery Library, and we are delighted to welcome our nursing students and School of Nursing and Midwifery colleagues onsite.

The new 600m2 extension incorportes the following facilities and services:
21 person fully equipped Training Room which also doubles as a PC Suite when not in use for training
2 bookable Group Study Rooms with LCD Screens, PCs and White Boards
5 person PC Suite
112 Study Places – both formal and informal
Dedicated support via a Nursing & Midwifery Information Assistant and Nursing & Midwifery Librarian
Self Check – Borrowing and Returns
Photocopying and Printing services

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Expanded e-resource: State Papers Part II now available

We are delighted to announce that our access to the State Papers Online, has now been expanded to include State Papers Part II:
The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Foreign, Scotland, Borders, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council.

Expanded e-resource: ECCO Part II - now available

We are delighted to announce that we now have access to Eighteenth Century Collections Online Part II. This is fully integrated into ECCO, but provides us with access to 49,000 additional titles that have been discovered since the release of ECCO Part I five years ago. Overall ECCO now provides access to over 170,000 titles, adding greatly to the depth of 18th Century research.

Arts & Humanities content now available in Scopus

In June, Scopus almost doubled its coverage of Arts & Humanities (A&H) by including 1,450 new titles. With nearly 3,500 A&H titles from around the world available on Scopus, researchers can enjoy broader access to high-quality journals in a variety of subject areas, such as literature, history‚ architecture and visual performing arts.

These top global journals were selected for addition using the European Science Foundation’s European Reference Index for Humanities (ERIH). This is the first time that many of the ERIH titles will be available through a global citation database.

ERIH was conceived as a tool to improve access to and assessment of Humanities research in Europe, initially by identifying and categorising good research journals in 15 fields of the Humanities. These lists will be revised at the end of 2009, then updated after longer intervals. In the longer term, it is intended that ERIH will be extended to include book-form publications, which are important publication mediums in Humanities research.

The list of journals added to Scopus contains many prestigious titles, such as Mind (Oxford University Press), Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (Cambridge University Press) and Modern Philology (University of Chicago Press). More than 1,000 publishers from around the world stand behind the expanded A&H content, including Project MUSE: a-not-for-profit full text platform of prestigious and current journals. Project MUSE has enabled Scopus to cover more titles with international relevance as well as broaden its coverage of local-language journals that represent the essence of A&H research.

Like the existing titles in Scopus, the new journals contain cited references that make previously unavailable bibliometrics data accessible. This information will now help A&H scholars more efficiently assess and measure research sources and output, as well as illustrate the broader influence of journal articles published. In addition, Scopus allows tracking of citations belonging to scholarly books – via the MORE tab.

The A&H content is included in the Social Sciences subject area on the Basic Search page. Alternatively, you can limit a search to this subject area in Advanced Search using the search string SUBJAREA(arts)

Scopus is available to NUIG staff and students via E-Knowledge

[The information contained in this post was adapted from information from Elsevier].

Gwen Ryan