Resources for Electronic & Communciations Postgraduates

Getting Started  


Literature Reviews

A literature review is part of the introduction to a research report, or thesis. It provides an overview and critical analysis of relevant published scholarly articles, reports, books, theses etc on the topic to be investigated.

See the Kevin St Library guide Getting started with literature reviews , the textbooks at 808.042 in BookStack 10 or the following links:

Databases & Search Engines

Databases for Postgraduates & Researchers

Journal Citation Reports Proquest Dissertations & Theses: Worldwide
Incites Research Analytics SCOPUS (impact factors and metrics

 Subject Databases for Engineering

ANTE: Abstracts New Tech & Eng Engineering Village ACM Digital Library*
ASTI App Sci & Tech Knovel Library Science Direct



IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Web of Science
  • To access the Databases remotely see Off Campus Access 
  • * NB the ACM DIgital Library core subscription includes full-text access to ACM Journals and Transactions, but NOT to the ACM Proceedings. See the Full-Text Options Section below.

Search Engines


What does Search All/Summon search? It is a search engine that provides relevance ranked results from DIT Library's online collections in a single search. It includes records from the DIT Library catalogue, databases, eJournals, eBooks and theses.

Google Scholar

Some features unique to Google Scholar:

  • Cited by information e.g. “Cited by 43 publications"
  • Set your Google Scholar Preferences to Dublin Institute of Technology Find @DIT to link to DIT subscribed full-text.
  • See also the Kevin St Library Guide How to use Google Scholar

Science & Engineering Search Engines



  • Browse via the eBook link -  communications engineering titles are in the Knovel and MyiLibrary sections. Or search for a specific title via the Library Catalogue.

Fulltext Options & Other Academic Libraries

  1. If DIT journals don't  provide the articles you require you may apply for an Inter Library Loan.
  2. Postgraduates may apply for an ALCID and /or a SCONUL card to visit another academic library
  3. To search other academic library catalogues for titles not held in DIT Library click here.

Open Access Resources

What is Open Access?  

  • Open Access is unrestricted access to online scholarly information via digital and institutional repositories.

Advantages of Open Access:

  • Greater visibility and impact of research
  • Faster access to research information than traditional publishing

Information about Open Access:

Open Access Science Resources

Institutional Repositories

 Arrow : DIT's theses & publications RIAN Irish Research Portal
 DART-Europe E-Thesis Portal : full text research theses from 276 unis OpenAire : Research in Europe
 ROAR : Registry of Open Access Repositories Sherpa & OpenDoar IR directories

Current Awareness Tools

Register with a selection of these to keep up with research trends. S

Research Metrics & Impact Factors

The most commonly used bibiometric measures used to assess the impact of a particular journal publication are Impact factor, Eigenfactor and SCImago  The impact of a specific reseacher can be measured by h-index, e-index and Times Cited.  Tools to assist are:

The MyRI etutorial  provides an introduction to research metrics and use of impact factors and related tools.

See also:

Digital Skills and Research Hub

For guidance and information on research communication, publishing and impact see the new DSRH resource.

Referencing & Citing

Citing the information sources used in research is essential to avoid plagiarism. See the Kevin St Library Referencing and citing guide.  Each subject has its own citation styles - check with your supervisor if in doubt. The College of Engineering often uses the Harvard or IEEE citation styles e.g.

Bibliographic citation software allows you to store, organise and share your references using a choice of citation styles:

Information Skills Help

Study Skills

A collection of titles re. writing for engineering and doing presentations  is available in Kevin St Library in Stack 10 at the 808 shelf number or try:

Summer Services

Kevin St Library offers the following services to postgraduates during the months of July & August.



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