Monday, 28 November 2016

Empowering Through Online Access - Library Ireland Week

The week of 28th November is Library Ireland Week, and this year’s theme is ‘Empowering Through Online Access’.

We in the Library are committed to providing our users with easy access to resources of the highest quality. There is a very clearly proven reason for this: access to the highest quality journals means you have the best research in your field accessible to you. This means that your own research in turn will be of high academic quality, and will subsequently be used as research from users in other highly-ranked global research institutions. Being part of this cyclical research process is one of the key strategic themes for NUI Galway.

The NUI Galway user community are very heavy users of online scholarly information to aid their research needs.

From Oct 1st 2015 to Sept 30th 2016 there were a hefty 1.68 million journal articles accessed, and an additional 700,000 ebook chapters read.
So for every day during that year, the NUI Galway user community accessed an average of 4,600 journal articles and 1,900 ebook chapters. That’s a lot of research!

ScienceDirect is the most popular resource in NUI Galway, with over 450,000 journal articles viewed in the last academic year. This is over 2.5 times as many articles viewed as its nearest rival, JSTOR. The other big multi-disciplinary resources, JSTOR, EBSCO, and Wiley  all had between 100,000 and 175,000 fulltext articles viewed over the year.

Such high figures clearly show how that while research and innovation are strong themes for the NUI Galway’s path into the future, the NUI Galway user community is already showing a strong commitment to research across all disciplines.

If you want to find out more about which resources are the best ones for your subject areas, then check out our brilliant LibGuides.
LibGuides are a perfect starting point to access the resources best for you. As well as having dedicated subject guides for each discipline, you’ll also find other key information on how to research effectively, systematic reviews, and valuable information on plagiarism and citations

Checking out the LibGuides will save you hours of work in the future, as well as making sure the work you do will be of the highest quality; so whether it’s an assignment or research for an article you want to publish, we’ve got you covered. 

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