Friday, 29 June 2012

Scopus slides available

Slides from Scopus training presented by Peter Darroch of  Elsevier are now available at:

Web of Knowledge slides available

Slides from Web of Knowledge training presented by Don Sechler of  Thomson Reuters are now available at:

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Renovations: Restricted Access to Floor One

As of Monday morning 11th June, it will not be possible to access or locate books in the following areas for a period of one week:

810 – 838.8 KEL 
·         930 – 998.2

This is due to essential maintenance works. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.         

[All stock between 838.8 KEL and 930 is available for consultation – please use rear (emergency) stairwell to access it]

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Customer Services Desk.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

New Scholarly Article Recommendation Service

"The Web, they say, is leaving the era of search and entering one of discovery. What's the difference? Search is what you do when you're looking for something. Discovery is when something wonderful that you didn't know existed, or didn't know how to ask for, finds you" []

bX, a relatively new product acquired by the Library, is a remarkable scholarly article discovery service, recommending alternative or companion scholarly articles when using the SFX feature of a database, based on article usage- a bit like "Recommendations for You" within Amazon.

So how does it work?
Within SFX it uses the article you've just found to recommend 20 new articles that other users were also interested in.

How do I avail of this service:
Within your article search click on the SFX button:

A list of recommendations will appear under the link to the article:

Have you used this feature? Let us know what you think of it in the comments section below.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Searching for e-books or e-journals

If you are working or studying from off-campus during the summer, you may wish to search for what e-books or e-journals the library has available. The following steps will lead you to e-books on your chosen topic. Remember you must Sign In for off-campus access to e-books or e-journals to work!!

Step 1: Sign in, so as to ensure you're recognised as an NUI Galway user, even off campus.

Step 2: Carry out your search - simply enter the author, title or subject keyword that you are interested in.

Step 3: Click on 'Show Only Online Resources', which appears just above your result list. This will limit the results to items that match your search criteria and are available online. Any hardcopy printed books or journals will be omitted.

Step 4: If you are only interested in e-books you can now use the Refine my Results functionality on the right hand side of the screen to narrow your results down to books only. Simply click on the word 'Books' under 'Resource Type'. You can do the same for e-journals, by choosing 'journals' from the Resource Type list.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Mendeley training slides available

Slides from the Mendeley training presented by Ted Vickey from DERI in May 2012 are available at

Introduction to Mendeley open source bibliographic management software for researchers.

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Floor One: Restricted access to books from 11-15 June

As of Monday morning 11th June, it will not be possible to access or locate books in the following areas for a period of one week:-
  • 320.9 - 499
  • 650 - 659
  • 700 - 809
This is due to essential maintenance works. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience. 

Please note that following this there are 2 further phases of this work:  
  • From approximately Monday 25th June the 800-900 section (middle floor section covering literature, languages history, etc) will also be temporarily closed off for two weeks (with Library staff access for the second week)
  • From approximately Monday the 9th of July the 0-320.8 section will be closed off for two weeks (with library staff access for the second week).

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Customer Services Desk.

    Wednesday, 6 June 2012

    Open Access in the News

    Open Access in the News.

    The finer details of 3rd level education policy and spending don't often make news in the main stream media, however when the Harvard University Faculty Advisory Council issued a memo to all faculty stating that journal subscription costs were " fiscally unsustainable and academically restrictive" several articles appeared in the press including stories in The Guardian, The Atlantic and Time Magazine .

    The Harvard memo has drawn attention to academic journal subscription costs and one of the academic community's responses to these costs: Open access publishing . "Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder."  The library at NUI Galway helps facilitate open access publishing through our institutional repository ARAN.   Many funders including Science Foundation Ireland have introduced open access mandates

    The Library at NUI Galway continues to provide access to subscription journals, negotiating the best deal possible, in many cases via IReL.  However, as commercial journal publishers continue to seek subscription price increases and our budgets decrease or at best remain static, it will become increasingly difficult to provide access to expensive scholarly journals.  The library therefore strongly supports open access publishing initiatives.

    The Harvard memo concludes that "major periodical subscriptions, especially to electronic journals published by historically key providers, cannot be sustained: continuing these subscriptions on their current footing is financially untenable" and puts forward a number of alternative options including   making papers  accessible by submitting them to Harvard's institutional repository (DASH), and submitting articles to open-access journals.

    What does this does the Harvard memo mean for NUI Galway researchers? Well in theory if you want Harvard faculty to be able read your articles you must make them available on open access.  More generally in the current funding environment rising  subscription costs are leading to reduced access to subscription journals, Harvard's decision to cancel subscriptions is simply a high profile manifestation of this trend.  NUI Galway researchers can now submit articles to Aran at the click of a button through ARAN's integration with the research office's research information system IRIS.  (Full instructions).

    Once you have sent an article to ARAN it will then be freely available on the world wide web.  It will also be indexed by search engines including Google Scholar.  Articles sent to ARAN will also be linked to on the publications tab of your profile page on the Research Offices web site e.g.

    Dr. Niall Madden of the School of Mathematics , Statistics and Applied Mathematics who has taken advantage of the new IRIS/ARAN integration has commented :
    Open Access has become a very hot topic in recent months. Because of that, and obligations in SFI and IRCSET open access policies, I started looking at the ARAN repository. Because of the IRIS/ARAN integration, it was a lot easier to deposit there than I expected.