Friday, 25 June 2010

IReL: a valued research resource

Your Research is Valued

Despite cutbacks, funding has been secured for the continuation of IReL (Irish Research eLibrary). This means that researchers will continue to have access to key research resources, thanks to vital support from HEA and IUA Council. Reduced costs have been achieved following major negotiations wit publishers.

To mark this achievement, there will be a celebration launch by the University President, Dr James J Browne. The event will take place on Monday 5 July at 16.30 in the Library foyer. As part of the launch, Subject and Research Librarians will be present to discuss the advantages offered by IReL. Library staff will be pleased to welcome academic staff and researchers to the launch. Please email rioghna.moggan@nuigalway.ie by 30 June if you would like to attend.

IReL is a nationally funded electronic research library supporting researchers across a range of disciplines. It delivers quality peer-reviewed online research journals, databases and e-books to the desktops of researchers.

It has the advantage of providing economies of scale, since it would not be possible for individual institutions to afford all of the electronic resources available through IReL. It also allows for the collaborative cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary nature of the various research initiatives. In addition to ensuring Ireland's competitive advantage for access to high quality research, the benefits of IReL are available to all students and staff in the universities.

You can find out more about IReL on the Library's website.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

The Royal Society- Digital Journal Archive freely available to view until 30 July 2010!

The Royal Society, the national academy of science of the UK - Digital Journal Archive freely available to view until 30 July 2010!

To access the archive, visit: http://royalsocietypublishing.org/journals

About: The archive dates back to 1665 and contains in excess of 68,000 articles, from the first ever article published in our oldest journal Philosophical Transactions to the most recent interdisciplinary article published in our youngest journal Interface Focus.

The Archive provides a record of some key scientific discoveries from the last 340 years including: Halley's description of 'his comet' in 1705; details of the double Helix of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1954; and Edmond Stone's breakthrough in 1763 that willow bark cured fevers, leading to the discovery of salicylic acid and later the development of aspirin. It also contains papers documenting the discovery of new planets, the first descriptions of organisms through a microscope, and the first account of photography. Early papers contain fascinating descriptions of how Captain James Cook preserved the health of his crew aboard the HMS Endeavour and the astonishment of 18th century Society at the performance of an eight year-old Mozart.

Some of the more obscure papers explore rudimentary prototypes of modern day technology: trials proposed by Robert Boyle in 1665 hypothesize on the possibilities of blood transfusions, pondering 'whether a fierce dog stocked with the blood of a cowardly dog may not become more tame?', whilst a forerunner for ventilators was discussed in a paper by Robert Hooke in 1667 entitled 'An account of an experiment made by Mr Hook (sic), of preserving animals alive by blowing through their lungs with bellows.'

SFX is currently unavailable

SFX is currently undergoing urgent unscheduled maintenance and will be available shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

New Film e-Resources

Access is now available to the following e-resources via e-Knowledge at http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/

American Film Institute Catalog (AFI)
Covers the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1974, with records for selected major films from 1975-2008.

International Index to Film Periodicals Plus (FIAF)
Contains over 500,000 article citations from more than 345 of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals. Includes fulltext access to 47 journals.

Film Indexes Online
Allows you to cross-search American Film Institute Catalog (AFI), International Index to Film Periodicals Plus (FIAF) and Film Index International.

RIAN - Irish Research Online

A new online service now facilitates open access to a range of Irish research publications. RIAN provides a single portal for national research output made available on an open access basis. It contains publications from the insitutional repositories of the seven Irish universities and Dublin Insitute of Technology.

RIAN will significantly increase the visibility and impact of Irish research, especially at a time when the ability to showcase research output and identify institutional research strengths is extremely important in attracting new funding and high quality staff. It is also timely in demonstrating the added value and economies of scale of a shared service approach nationally.

The development of RIAN was managed by the Irish Universities Association Librarians' Group, and is supported by the Association. It is the result of a three year project which was equally funded by the universities and the Irish Government's Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF). Further information is available on the IUA website.

NUI Galway's ARAN is indexed by RIAN and currently provides open access to over 600 publications by NUI Galway authors. To deposit your papers and for more information, please contact Fergus Fahey, Insitutional Repository Librarian, at fergus.fahey@nuigalway.ie or telephone extension 5961.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Important - PC Suite - Notice


To facilitate hardware and software upgrading, the PC Suite on Floor 2 will be unavailable from Monday 14th June to Friday 16th July.
Alternative computer/printing facilities will be available during this period via the PC Suite on Floor 1 of the James Hardiman Library, along with the two PC Suites in the Nursing Library extension. We apologise for any inconvenience.