Showing posts from 2008

New Research Support Librarian for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Gwen Ryan has recently been appointed as Research Support Librarian for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and is available to postgraduate researchers in these disciplines. Gwen can be contacted by email or on extension 5959. Rosarie Coughlan continues to support STM researchers and is contactable on or extension 5697. Both Gwen and Rosarie are based in the Research Support Office which is now situated on the 1st floor of the James Hardiman Library. Please visit the Research Information Gateway for more information on services available to research staff and students:

New Commerce Guides Available

The Library has produced the first in a new series of useful guides for library users, called HardiGuides . This first set is specifically for commerce users . At the moment, there are three guides for your use, but we'll be updating these often, so expect to see more added to the list! How Do I Find ... Company Information How Do I Find ... Economics Databases How Do I Find ... Market Research Resources

Library doesn't have the book you need?

We welcome suggestions and recommendations from students for books you'd like to see added to the Library's holdings. Please use the online Suggestion Form .

House of Commons publications1801-2004 available online

You can now access the complete range of House of Commons publications 1801-2004 online. Go to E-Knowledge on the Library website and choose House of Commons papers.

Search Griffith's Valuation online

The Library has recently subscribed to Irish Origins which makes a significant number of 19th century resources, including the property survey known as Griffith's Valuation, available at your desk. Go to Irish Origins on E-Knowledge to see this and other useful historical data.

New Cambridge Journals Online Features

The Latest Release of Innovative Features from Cambridge Journals Online. Registered users may be interested to read about the latest additions to CJO. Some key new developments released in August 2008 include: Cosmetic changes Some amendments have been made, such as all menus are now persistently formatted in Title Case; the journal title image, when clicked, now returns to the individual journal homepage; standard navigation is now available on all pages; new features are now listed in the central area of the CJO homepage. Help and FAQ sheets These sheets are now available in a print friendly form. Online Submission Journals that do not have an Online Peer Review system, such as Editorial Manager or Manuscript Central are now able to accept papers via an online Manuscript submission system on CJO. Unregistered users content alerts Unregistered users can now set up and save alerts, and register afterwards. Back-volume display Significant changes f

Expand your citation search with Web of Knowledge

Look for the new features listed below in ISI Web of Knowledge , starting this week. You'll find more citation content and searching capabilities, as well as new linking and export options. See how you can search, analyze, and use your results more efficiently. Web of Science See the full impact of the latest emerging research Searching journal articles and conference proceedings just got easier with Web of Science and Conference Proceedings Citation Index , previously called ISI Proceedings . This powerful combination lets you easily discover which proceedings are the most influential. You'll see who is citing proceedings, and discover new research directions. Check your local subscription today. Citation Maps enhancements bring you a more focused analysis A new slider bar lets you control the depth of citations viewed. Learn more about this unique analysis tool. Verify an author's affiliation Verify an author's identity by his or her affiliati

Newsletter- Issue 33, October 2008

The latest issue of the James Hardiman Library Newsletter is now available to read online at

IOP documents CERN Large Hadron Collider

The Institute of Phyiscs has published the complete scientific documentation of the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) machine and detectors – the world’s largest experimental facility in particle physics, started up on September 10. See the Journal of Instrumentation at for more information. In addition, the Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics provides the most comprehensive evidence available to confirm that the LHC’s switch-on poses no threat to mankind. See Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics for more information.

JSTOR Ireland Collection

We are delighted to announce the availability of the JSTOR Ireland Collection - an interdisciplinary resource of materials from and about Ireland. At its expected completion in 2009, it will contain a minimum of 2,500 manuscripts, 200 monographs, and 75 ceased and currently publishing journals with moving walls between 1 and 5 years. Complementing JSTOR's existing collections, the Ireland Collection adds resources across the arts, humanities, and sciences in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology. Materials span from the 1780s to the present.

2008 Reseach Support Survey Report

The full report of the 2008 Research Support Survey is now at: This report describes and analyses the results of a survey of researchers at National University of Ireland, Galway, conducted by the James Hardiman Library in April 2008. The survey aimed to find out more about the habits and needs of researchers in using and finding information, and levels of satisfaction with Library collections and services. The members of the Survey Working Group are- Burke, Kathleen Connolly, Niamh Costello, John Coughlan, Rosarie, Cox, John (Working Group Chair) Finnan, Trish Greenfield, Laurie Kelly, Hugo McSweeney, Niall Mulligan, Jane Quinlan, Fiona Richardson, Jonathan Walsh, Niamh

Where are the Archaeology Books gone?

Have you struggled in the past to find Archaeology material with strange shelf numbers like 571:613.2 or 571(119.7)500-011? The good news is that during the summer, library staff have undertaken a project to convert these strange numbers (officially called the Universal Decimal Classification system) to the easier to use system of Dewey Decimal Classification system used throughout the rest of the Library. The Archaeology books are therefore now to be found near the History, Early Civilisation and Classics books at shelf numbers between 931 and 939 towards the back of Floor One. Please check the Library Catalogue for the exact location of the book you want.

Cambridge Journals Online Enhancements

Cambridge University Press has announced the release of further enhancements to Cambridge Journals Online (CJO) . With the latest release, there have been a number of developments, including: Social bookmarking services, which allow users to save URL links of web pages they want to remember or share. Users can now bookmark links from journal homepages and article abstracts via such services as, Connotea., and Bibsonomy. CJO is also fully enabled for users of the CiteULike service. Enhanced search facilities , which include: Cite Search for titles matches the title of a journal as the user types; context-sensitive spelling correction suggests alternative spellings to words not matched in the initial search; automatic saved searches with re-run and edit facilities; and the ability to search throughout the CJO website using the ‘quick search’ option. Improved access : - users can now to log in directly from the abstract page of an article. Also, a Widget can be downloaded fr

New Resource: Bibliografia de la Literatura Espanola

We now have access to Bibliografia de la Literatura Espanola A resource for scholars of Spanish literature, Bibliografía de la Literatura Española is a comprehensive bibliography of all related documentation published in any language. It covers monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews, bibliographies, congress proceedings, and other miscellaneous material. The collection provides bibliographic information on a wide range of subject areas: literary theory, literary genres, popular literature, Hispanism, bibliographies, and authors. The database features not only editions of their works, but also translated editions and critical studies. Bibliografía de la Literatura Española can be searched by keyword, title, subject, author or reviewer, publication details, journal and publication year, or any combination of these terms.

Landed Estates Website launched at NUI, Galway

The era of grand estates in western Ireland has been captured in a unique project by a team of researchers at NUI Galway. The comprehensive electronic database and archive devoted to landed estates and gentry houses in Connacht, c. 1700-1914, was launched recently at the University by Minister of State, Dr Martin Mansergh, T.D. The database contains references to over 1450 houses and some 1,650 estates. The aim of the resource is to assist and support researchers working on the social, economic, political and cultural history of Connacht from c.1700 to 1914. The project involved the distillation and collation of data from a broad range of historical sources, and its concise codification on an estate/name basis. According to NUI Galway’s Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, who was Project Principal: “For the first time ever researchers will have ready access to a comprehensive database of sources relating to the world of the landed society of Connacht from the end of the seventeenth century

Inform- Issue 32 of the Library Newsletter

Issue 32 of the Library Newsletter is now available

New Web of Knowledge Features

NEW DATA • UNIQUE TOOLS • MORE OPTIONS The next time you access ISI Web of Knowledge , you'll find enhancements that provide you with totally new options for research: Citation Mapping • Be the first to see the beta version of this powerful new Web of Science ® visualization tool. Visualize citation relationships and understand the meaning of a cited reference search. Map citations by author, institution, country, subject, and more! Additional All-Database search options • Now you can sort by Times Cited* and search for specific addresses within an All-Database search, making this powerful feature even more flexible and convenient. New 2007 Data for Journal Citation Reports ®** • The new 2007 data provides the most current information available to determine a publication's impact and influence in the global research community. Collaborate and share material easier with EndNote ® Web • Designate read/write access for shared EndNote Web folders. Link to the ful

Launch of New Interface on Ebscohost 2.0

The new EBSCOhost interface is now up and running. This new interface is the culmination of extensive research with the community and represents a significant enhancement utilising current Web 2 technology to enrich the user experience. The new enhanced interface will provide exciting new tools including additional search options such as Smart Text searching. For more information on this and all other changes please visit: EBSCOhost 2.0

Cambridge Journals Online unveils further innovations

As a registered user with Cambridge Journals Online (CJO) you may be interested to read about the latest additions we have made to the site. Major new developments in functionality and design provide improved access to the content of Cambridge University Press's collection of over 230 leading academic and practitioner journals. Some key features released in June 2008 include: Social bookmarking Users can now bookmark links from journal homepages and article abstracts using social bookmarking services, such as , and enabling them to save web pages they want to remember or share. CJO is also fully enabled for users of the CiteULike service. Widgets CJO has introduced a widget that can be downloaded from the main homepage and used to search the site. Enhanced search features * Automatic matching of a journal title as a user types * Context-sensitive spelling corrections, suggests alternative spellings to words not matched in the initial search * Aut

New Features on OvidSP

Important updates and new features include: Search Tab Additions and Enhancements – A new Multi-Field Search tab provides multiple search boxes for assigning specific fields that allow for a more targeted and specific search experience. Plus, we’ve streamlined the main search screen with a sleeker and more intuitive user design. New and Improved User Workflow Tools – Flexibility and speed are crucial to research workflow. On July 31st, you’ll find new collapsible Search Aids, Results Manager, and Search History (also moveable); browser support for adjusting font sizes; enhanced annotations; and more. Plus, we’ve expanded email capabilities to ease collaboration between users and their colleagues. My Projects Workspace Area – This new feature is a direct result of our customer feedback. My Projects provides a workspace for assembling and organizing research findings, so you can manage them in a way that works for you. Linkable from every page in the application, you can upload saved

New Online Book Request Form

A new version of the Library's Book Request Form has been launched today. This allows members of academic staff to submit requests for books to be added to the Library's collection. The new form allows departments to track books already requested and to see the status of their requests. The usernames and passwords remain the same - please contact your Head of Department who has been given these details. If you have any problems please contact Monica Crump , Ext. 3765 or Neil O'Brien , Ext. 3338

Portico Membership for NUI Galway

Thanks to IReL, the James Hardiman Library is now a member of Portico - a service that provides a permanent archive of scholarly literature published in electronic form. Portico is what is called a dark archive – it archives all e-journals of participating publishers and commits to preserve and maintain this archive for future generations. Portico members are provided with access to these e-journal archives only in particular circumstances, including: the publisher going out of business, the publisher ceasing to publish a title, fatal errors on the publishers own server, or the publisher ceasing to provide access to back issues. Portico is the method that some publishers use to offer permanent access to purchased material after a subscriber cancels their subscription. Through our membership of Portico we are helping to ensure the future accessibility and preservation of knowledge published in e-journals and are securing our users' long-term access to valuable research content. T

* Blackwell Synergy & Wiley Interscience Content *

As you may be aware, from the the end of June, the merger between Blackwell Synergy & Wiley Interscience will take place. From June 30th, content from both sites will be available on So you will then be able to browse all Wiley-Blackwell journals, together with online books, reference works, databases, protocols and other electronic resources through one integrated service. The benefits will begin immediately after June 30th : • One-stop access to a dramatically expanded range of relevant material • circa 3 million articles • 1400 journals • Over 5000 online books, reference works and databases If you have registered as a Blackwell Synergy user, you may receive table of contents alerts, journal information, etc. Your account will be migrated automatically to the new platform. If you already have a Wiley InterScience account, your information will be combined. You may be requested to accept new terms and conditio

SPIE Digital Library Upgrade

As of June 10th, the abstract page for all SPIE Journal and Conference Proceedings articles has been enhanced to include new research and navigation tools to aid in research. Significant features of the redesigned abstract page include: More critical information viewable within one screen, without scrolling References, including links to referenced papers as well as citing articles, on a separate tab Tools for capturing and downloading citation metadata in a variety of formats Enhanced navigation aids such as breadcrumb links OpenURL referrer tool Links to web-enabled research tools such as bookmarking sites, Google Notebook, and zotero Multimedia links, RSS, and erratum alerts. Click here to view and try out the new SPIE Digital Library abstract view. Your feedback is welcome and appreciated.For more information or assistance with other SPIE Digital Library features or subscriptions, please visit

New Features on EBSCOhost

You now have the opportunity to try out the BETA version of EBSCO host 2.0, right from the New Features page in EBSCO host . For some important details concerning the functionality of the BETA, click here. Get a head start on how to use the new design, which will be fully implemented in July, by clicking on the Test Drive link on your EBSCO host New Features page. (Access the New Features page from its link in the upper right corner of your EBSCO host screen.) Visit EBSCO's 2.0 Support Center to access these support materials: Printable poster Help Sheets User Guide, presented in topical sections to enable printing of the specific information you need Online training registration form The EBSCO host 2.0 BETA will remain available on the New Features page for you to sample, until its final implementation in July. Visit EBSCO's Support Site to learn about new features, search among thousands of FAQs, download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides.

Web of Science coverage expanded

Web of Science coverage expanded 199 from Asia Pacific 364 from the European Union 80 from Latin America 50 from the Middle East and Africa 7 from North America You can now search & evaluate thorough regional as well as global journal coverage through Web of Science . The complete integration of these new journals builds a bridge between significant regional studies and the global research community — increasing the visibility of topics of regional concern and enhancing the comprehensiveness and reach of your collection. You will be able to: Locate more articles to be used in metrics, as they include regional coverage in their analyses of the impact of emerging trends, authors, institutions, countries and fields. Link from citations within new articles to other data within Web of Science . Have more opportunities to link successfully from article citations to the full bibliographic record and full text.

Ensure your Recommended Readings are in the Library!

Do you recommend books or journal articles for your students to read? Have you remembered to make sure that they are easily available in the Library? Library staff often hear complaints from students that the books they are asked to read are not in the Library, or that the Library doesn’t hold sufficient copies. In the latest survey of undergraduate students carried out by the Library approximately one-third of students felt that the Library does not hold copies of all reading list books , and elicited comments such as: “I would recommend a better liaison between the library and those who set course work” “Add more copies of high-demand books in the library” We would really like to address this issue in the coming year, but can only do so with your help: If you are recommending books or articles for your students to read – please make sure to check that they are available in the Library or online through the library’s E-knowledge portal . If you are not sure if there are sufficient co

Online Training - Searching With IEEE Xplore

You can now register for any of the upcoming online training sessions for the IEEE Xplore digital library. IEEE hosts regularly scheduled online training sessions which are free to all users of IEEE online technical information. Advance registration is required, and space is limited. You can register for the training sessions here . You can also check out other IEEE Xplore guides and training details in the Virtual Learning Centre

IReL Site Goes Live

IReL , the site of the Irish Research eLibrary is now up and running. The site provides information on the Content of the Irish Research eLibrary initiative, as well as background, history, membership and latest news. IReL is a nationally funded electronic research library, conceived to support researchers in Biotechnology, Information Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences. It delivers quality peer-reviewed online research publications journals, databases and index & abstracting services, as well as ebooks - direct to the desktop of researchers wherever they are located. While this site can facilitate links to publishers' websites, the normal access point for fulltext access to journals and databases will still be via E-Knowledge

Use Firefox? Try the Zotero Add-on!

If you use the Firefox web browser, you might be interested in some of the many add-ons you can integrate into it. One in particular is Zotero , a free, easy-to-use extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. Some of its features include: Automatic capture of citation information from web pages Storage of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages Flexible notetaking with autosave You can find more information about the add-on at One of the best things about Zotero is that you can integrate what you've done with it into EndNote, the university's bib. management software of choice. You can find out more about EndNote on the Library's dedicated EndNote section , which includes guides, and training times). Finally, if you use EndNote, here's a quick explanation on how to import references from Zotero into EndNote.

Changes to Lexis Nexis

LexisNexis have separated content from LexisNexis Professional into 2 new interfaces. From now on students and staff will use Nexis for newspapers / business and Lexis Butterworths for Law. Both services are accessible via e-Knowledge. The Nexis interface is similar to Professional and anyone used to searching Professional for newspapers will find the same functionality availability. The most signicant changes have been made to Lexis Butterworths and users may take some time to get used to the new interface. Much new content such as Halbury's Laws of England have been added. For the moment the quickest way to find Irish legal Resources is to do the following: Open Lexis Butterworths (via e-Knowledge) select "Source" tab select "browse button" select "Ireland" from region. Irish Cases, books, commentaries are displayed.

Clawback of Book Budgets

Academic Departments are gently reminded that 50% of their book budgets need to be spent by the end of February. Any departments that have spent less than 50% of their allocation by this time will find some of their funds transferred to the relevant Faculty funds. For an up-to-date report of spending please visit: Hierarchy Report - January 08 . For help with selection of material please consult your Information Librarian – more information at: . An online order request form for convenient ordering is available at: