Friday, 13 September 2019

Westlaw UK New Platform - Important Information

Westlaw UK & International will be moving permanently to a new platform in early October (date tbc).

The new platform will feature:

  • updated search interface
  • enhanced searching options
  • enhanced document display
  • more personalisation
Please note though, that personalisation features on the existing Westlaw UK site will not be migrated over to the new platform. During the period of dual access to both sites, it's recommended that users utilise this times to review and setup alerts and folders within the new Westlaw UK.

To help you make the most of the new Westlaw UK, there are handy quick start guides covering alerts, annotations, cases, delivery, folders, favourites & historypersonalisation, EU, legislation, news, topics  and how to get started
The existing Westlaw UK interface can be found here
The new Westlaw UK interface can be found here

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

[*RESTORED*] Access to E-Resources Temporarily Down

UPDATE: Access to resources has been restored. Thanks again for your patience


If you are off-campus, or connected to campus wifi, then access to the Library's e-resources is temporarily down at the moment.
This is due to a server security certificate which is in the process of being renewed.

Our apologies for the the interruptions in access; we're hoping to be back up and running by the afternoon of Wednesday 11th.

Note: you can still access resoruces as normal via PC suites or any computer connected to the network via a network cable.

Many thanks for your patience.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Kanopy - Video Streaming Collection

Kanopy is a video streaming collection providing access to over 20,000 films from more than 850 filmmakers. 

Kanopy's film collection covers all subject disciplines and includes documentaries, feature films, foreign language film, independent film, instructional film and more. Over 200+ new films are added every month.

The Library's access to Kanopy is via a Patron Driven Acquisition Programme. A set amount of money has been paid to the supplier of Kanopy for this financial year. If a film is viewed 4+ times this film is licensed/triggered and the budget is deducted accordingly.

Note: Lecturers should ensure any films/documentaries required for course material are viewed 4+ times to ensure the film is triggered. The usage of Kanopy will be monitored regularly.

Kanopy's Help Center is a very useful resource area. Viewers can add films to watchlists, create film clips and playlists highlighting particular sections or lists of films.

  • All films must be watched online, there is no download feature 
  • Chrome, Safari or Firefox browsers should be used in preference to Internet Explorer 

Access to Kanopy is available from the Library Catalogue. 

Collection Development

Friday, 19 July 2019

Music Online: Classical Scores Library Vol. I now available

The first volume of Music Online: Classical Scores Library is now available. It includes more than 400,000 pages of the most important classical music scores and manuscripts ever written.

Scholars and students will find countless works from classical music’s most studied composers, including Bach, Schubert, Mozart, Handel, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Chopin, plus thousands more.

Additional material in Volume I includes 100 scores from the Barry S. Brook Center’s collection of French Opera in the 17th and 18th centuries, providing access to the music and libretti of the early operas during an important period in the development of the genre.

Access to Music Online: Classical Scores Library Vol. I is available here.

Collection Development

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Ebook Central Downtime July 20th

Due to scheduled maintenance, ProQuest Ebook Central will be down on:
Saturday July 20th 17:00 - 20:00

Friday, 7 June 2019

Reading List Service - New List View

The new reading list interface is now available. This new view improves the overall reading list experience, by providing additional information on each item, without needing to leave the list page.

It incorporates: 
  • improved graphical layout
  • book covers (where available)
  • more immediate access to online links and holdings for students
  • notes and ‘reading intentions’ made by students easier to set 
The image below displays an example of the new interface. Click here to view the live reading list . 

More information about our reading list service including dates of our current summer training is available from the Reading List Service page.

Collection Development

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Music Resources - trials now available

Trials of the following music resources from Alexander Street (ProQuest) are now available until 30 June:

  • Music Online: Classical Music Library
  • Music Online: Classical Music Reference Library
  • Music Online: Classical Scores Library Package (Vols. I-IV)
  • Music Online: Music Periodicals of the 19th Century

Access to the trials and further information on each resource is available here.

We would welcome your feedback on these resources. Please submit your feedback via the link available for each trial.

Collection Development

Monday, 27 May 2019

Knowable Magazine (from Annual Reviews)

What is known? What isn’t known? Knowable Magazine, the digital publication from Annual Reviews, seeks to make that knowledge accessible to all. Knowable Magazine explores the real-world significance of scholarly work through a journalistic lens. It reports on the current state of play across a wide variety of fields — from agriculture to high-energy physics; biochemistry to water security; the origins of the universe to psychology.

Review articles written by leading scholars from the 50 Annual Reviews journals serve as springboards for stories in Knowable Magazine. Through in-depth features, explainers, articles, essays, interviews, infographics, slideshows, and comics, Knowable Magazine presents insights from research to a broader audience. Knowable Magazine content is thoroughly researched, reported, edited, copy-edited and fact-checked.

Access to Knowable Magazine is available here.

Collection Development

Friday, 24 May 2019

The Academic Writing Centre to Open on 1 July

The AWC is pleased to announce that thanks to a generous grant provided by the Dean of Students, Dr Michelle Millar, we will be able to open in July and August for special workshops, write-in sessions, and one-on-one consultations. 

Booking and Time-table. 
The following workshops will be available for booking from 28 June via the library training events portal. (The workshops will take place during the following times: Mon 11-1 or 3-5, Tue 11-1 or 3-5, Friday 11-1 or 3-5)

1. Dissertation Write-in 
2. General Write-in 
3. Using Sources Correctly
4. Editing Techniques
5. Academic Writing and Dyslexia
6. Reading Difficult Texts
7. Writing and Exams
8. Time Management, Writing, and the Pomodoro Technique. 

One-on-one appointments and phone consultations will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. To book, simply email stating your preferred time. We'd love to hear from those of you working on repeat assignments and we are hoping to help postgraduate students too. 

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During this time, the manager of the AWC will also work on a study exploring the connection between writing challenges and student retention. This is the second step in the intervention project to support student retention designed by the AWC with the support of Dr Kathy Reilly, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) College of Arts. 
Our thanks go to all the students who have completed the recent survey on Academic Writing and Retention. 

PsycINFO Database Changes

Please see the message below from OVID RE the PsycINFO reload:

The PsycINFO database will be reloaded by OVID. The reload will implement the latest APA Thesaurus Tool. We expect it to be live on Tuesday 28 May, 2019

Change to MP searching:
By customer request, we are adding the PsycINFO MesH (MH) field to the .MP field list for unqualified searches. After the reload, Ovid Advanced Search will change its default fields for PsycINFO to:
  • [mp=title, abstract, heading word, table of contents, key concepts, original title, tests & measures, MeSH]
Please note, this change may affect (increase) the results output of existing saved searches and AutoAlerts when MesH terms are used in .mp searches.

APA Thesaurus changes (already in place)
As announced on 16 March 2019, Ovid has applied new APA thesaurus tool in advance of the reload. The following changes have been implemented already:
  • 25 existing subject headings* are being replaced in the new APA thesaurus. These subject headings are no longer available for use in PsycINFO on Ovid.
  • 16 new subject headings. These subject headings are indexed already, but are not part of the thesaurus tool until the reload.
  • 5 deleted subject headings*
*These changes affect existing saved searches and AutoAlerts.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

The Cambridge History of Ireland - online access now available

The Cambridge History of Ireland is now available online via the Library catalogue:

Diarmuid Ferriter, (Lecturer in Modern Irish History, UCD) has described The Cambridge History of Ireland as:

"a collective scholarly endeavour by 100 contributors..., covering the Irish experience from the year 600 to the present and bursting with provocative, intelligent analysis and accessible narratives. The volumes continue a tradition of historians collectively stocktaking, distilling and pronouncing on the current state of their areas of expertise." 
(The Irish Times, Dec. 01, 2018)

The Library also holds print copies of all 4 volumes of The Cambridge History of Ireland, please click here for full details.

Collection Development

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Scopus Access Down

Our access to Scopus is currently down, and this has been reported. We are hoping to have access restored later today (14th), though it may be tomorrow (Friday 15th) before normal service has resumed.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Emerald Publishing Website Maintenance - February 5th

There will be upcoming maintenance on Emerald’s research platform, Emerald Insight, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 5 February 2019 beginning at 08:00 GMT - lasting for up to 12 hours.
During this time, the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode, making the following functionality unavailable for the duration of the upgrade:
  • Activating access tokens
  • Adding publications as favourites
  • Alert subscriptions
  • Any changes to ‘My Account’ and ‘Institutional Account’
  • E-commerce
  • Registration
  • Search.
Should you access the website during this time, you will receive a notification that the site functionality is temporary unavailable within your browser. Please note that this may also affect some functionality on
This essential website maintenance is part of Emerald’s customer focused development initiative, which aims to deliver an enhanced user experience to our customers.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Are you a Digital Scholar?

Developing skills with digital technologies can be a challenge for researchers interested in digital and open scholarship.

To help, the Library, in partnership with the Moore Institute, presents a series of informal workshops to share practice-based expertise, know-how, and experience in technologies and methods, that will enhance your experience of newer forms of scholarship.

Events in this semester’s series include: 

  1. Planning & Building Digital ProjectsDavid Kelly, G010, 12-1pm Thursday, 31st January.
    Register for Planning & Building Digital Projects
  2. Introduction to Research Data Management and related supports at NUI Galway – Trish Finnan, G010, 12-1pm Wednesday 27th February
    Register for Introduction to Research Data Management
  3. Creating Digital Exhibitions with OmekaCillian Joy, G011, 12-1pm Thursday 28th March
    Register for Creating Digital Exhibitions with Omeka
  4. Archives in the digital age – balancing evolving expectations against the realities of resource allocation and legislation – Aisling Keane, G010, 12-1pm Tuesday, 30th April.
    Register for Archives in the digital age

Digital Scholars' Workshop 2019

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Scopus Access Restored

While contract negotiations with Elsevier continue with the Irish universities, our access to Scopus has been restored until January 31st.

If you find you are still having problem accessing content on Scopus, you will probably need to clear out your browser's cache and cookies.