Thursday, 28 March 2013

Wylie's Irish Land Law is Online

Land Law students studying at home or on campus should note that Wylie’s textbook Irish Land Law is available electronically (via Lexis Butterworths).  To open up the Wylie book follow these simple  instructions

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Additional Study Space Summer 2013

Commencing 28th March, the following venues are available for study from 08.30-22.00

Cairnes Theatre / Darcy Thompson / Kirwan
28 Mar – 19 Apr and 21 Apr – 17 May    (Open Day 20 Apr)

28 Mar – 7 Apr and 12 Apr – 17 May

Tyndall Theatre
28 Mar – 15 Apr, 17 Apr – 18 Apr, 20 Apr– 25 Apr, 27 Apr – 17 May

29 Mar – 2 Apr, 5 Apr – 14 Apr

29 Mar – 3 Apr, 6 Apr – 14 Apr

28 Mar - 5 Apr, 9 Apr – 17 Apr,  19 Apr – 21 Apr , 24 Apr – 3 May


29 Mar – 19 Apr, 21 Apr – 25 Apr, 27 Apr – 2 May, 4 May – 17 May 

30 Mar – 14 Apr, 18 Apr – 25 Apr, 28 Apr – 17 May


Friday, 15 March 2013

University ID Card required for access to Library from Monday 25th March

Commencing on Monday 25th March it will be compulsory to show your University ID Card on entering the Library.

Please have your card ready for inspection as you approach the entrance door to avoid queues developing.

This measure is being introduced to ensure that only registered users gain access to study places and facilities in the lead up to the Semester 2 exam period.

Monday, 11 March 2013

The AWC: Frequently Asked Questions

Dear All,
I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage you to visit the AWC. The answers to the frequently asked questions (below) should be of interest to those of you who have not yet availed of this service.
Best wishes
Manager of the AWC (

Academic Writing Centre
Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why should I visit the AWC?
To improve your writing and, by extension, to start getting better grades. One of our tutors will go over your work with you, identify areas of improvement, and help you overcome any problems you might have.

2. Do the tutors proofread students’ work?
No. The AWC is not a proofreading service. Its objective is to help students become better at writing in academia.

3. I want to visit the AWC. Do I have to make an appointment?
You do not need to make an appointment, just drop in during our opening hours.

4. What if I want to make an appointment?
If you prefer to make an appointment, you can do so at This option does not cover all our opening hours.

5. What do I need to bring to my session at the AWC?
Please bring some recent written work; rough drafts, completed assignments, and notes are equally acceptable.

6. Can any student use the AWC?
Yes. Students of any discipline, level, and year of study are equally welcome.

7. Does the AWC offer other services?
Yes, there are group workshops and the AWC annual writing competition. EXPLORE projects include a visual exhibition, Words and their Meanings, and an on-line course on academic writing.

8. Where can I get more information?
and the Facebook page (accessible from the website)
The Facebook page is used for announcements, tips, and links and is well worth checking out.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

NSAI Standards Database has a new look

The NSAI standards database has a new interface.  You can search the database for standards from a range of global standards organisations.  The library subscription provides full text access to Irish (IS), European (EN) and ISO standards.   Download this guide to searching for standards on the NSAI database.  

Monday, 4 March 2013

Students - help us ensure our website & catalogue meet your needs

You told us the library website and catalogue had:

‘Too much jargon’     ‘Too many options’      ‘No log in on the homepage’

We listened and redesigned the library’s website and catalogue.

Now we need your help to make sure we’ve done what you needed.

Please join us for a focus group and usability test of our website and catalogue on March 12th at 10.00.

There’ll be a one-for-all voucher for the first ten participants to register, to thank for your time.

Please register here if you are interested in participating.

AWC: Free Help with Academic Writing until the End of March

The Academic Writing Centre (AWC) will remain open daily until the end of March.

The AWC provides free one-on-one sessions on academic writing.
If you are a student at NUI Galway, you are most welcome to attend, whatever your discipline, year or grade average.

This is what some of the students said about the AWC this year:
The AWC is ' a very good service'; the session 'was perfect'; 'the AWC is very valuable; it is a great help for students'.

We would like to thank you for your positive and constructive feedback and to encourage more students to visit the AWC.  

This month, on most days there will be two or more tutors working at the same time, so that you do not have to wait to start your session.
Thanks to the near completion of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building, the construction noise has stopped, so that morning sessions at the AWC are even more enjoyable and productive.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 11.00 - 13.00 in Group Study Room 3 on the 2nd floor of the Library
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings at 19.00 - 21.00 in the Consultation Room on the ground floor of the Library
Bíonn seirbhís Ghaeilge ar fáil maidin Dé Luain agus maidin Dé Céadaoin (11.00-13.00).

The AWC is primarily a drop-in service: there is no need to book an appointment, simply come in during our opening hours.  If you prefer to make an appointment, you can do so on our booking page. This option does not cover all our opening hours.

Drama Online - trial now available

A trial of Drama Online (beta version) is now available until 29 May. For further information about Drama Online go to:

To access this trial go to:

Please complete the feedback form available from the link above if this resource is of interest to you.

Niamh Walsh
Subject Librarian / Leabharlannaí Ábhair
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies / Coláiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta, & an Léinn Cheiltigh