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Tools for Researchers

Analytical Tools   
Staying up to Date  
Open Access Resources   
Dissertations   
Referencing Help  

Analytical Tools

 Description  
Journal Citation Reports (JCR) 

Annually updated resource that numerically ranks journals according to most frequently cited journals, most quickly cited journals, and longevity. 

Off-campus access: DIT email username and password

Publish or perish

Free software program that retrieves and analyses academic citations using Google Scholar, calculating metrics for individual academics' research impact.

Off-campus access: Available for free download on the Web

MyRI

Tutorial on Measuring your Research Impact.

Off-campus access: Available on the Web

Scopus

According to Elsevier: 
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Off-campus access: Student/library card number + Library PIN

Staying up to Date

Social tools such as blogs, Twitter and academic social networks (e.g. ResearchGate) can help you to stay up to date in your area of research.
In addition, many of DIT Library's Databases allow you to set up alerts for journals' Table of Contents and for new articles on your areas of interest.
UCD Library's Guide to Keeping up to Date with your Research provides suggestions on tools to help you to stay up to date in your field.

 

Open Access Resources

 Description

Arrow

DIT's digital repository. Collection of research publications produced by researchers at DIT.

RIAN National harvester of the institutional repositories of the seven Irish universities and DIT.
Directory of Open Access Repositories (Open DOAR) Provides a listing of the academic e-print research repositories that are available world-wide.
OAISter Catalogue of records for open archive digital resources from open archive collections worldwide.
SHERPA RoMEO Useful for checking permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement before submitting documents to an institutional repository.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Categorized, searchable links to free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

 

Dissertations

  Description
Proquest Dissertations & Theses: Abstracts & Index

This database is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations & theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day.

Off-campus access: Student/library card number + Library PIN

Proquest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland

This database is the most comprehensive available record of doctoral theses from the UK and Ireland.

Off-campus access: Student/library card number + Library PIN

EThOS: UK's national thesis service

EThOS doctoral theses awarded in the UK and free access to full text many, with more becoming available all the time.

DART-Europe E-theses Portal

A portal for for freely available theses from repositories across Europe.

Off-campus access: Available on the Web

Arrow

DIT's institutional repository. All doctoral and Masters by research dissertations completed in DIT are uploaded to Arrow.

Off-campus access: Available on the Web

Referencing Help

DIT's College of Business uses the APA (6th), i.e. the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. This manual is available to borrow in the library

The APA's online tutorial shows users how to structure and format their work, recommends ways to reduce bias in language, identifies how to avoid charges of plagiarism, shows how to cite references in-text, and provides selected reference examples. 

The College of Business Style Guide also provides referencing examples using the APA 6th style, in addition to advice on formatting and on academic writing.

There are also a number of software programmes (some free) that help you to manage your references.

Endnote Basic is a free online citation manager. It helps you to manage your references, to insert them into a Word document using Cite While You Write plug-in, and to create bibliographies.

Endnote Basic allows you to format your references and bibliography in a range of different styles, including APA 6th. The library's Endnote Basic Guide shows you how to set yourself up with an Endnote Basic account and how to use it to format your paper or dissertation.

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