Resources for Nutrition & Dietetics 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, books, theses etc on the topic  to be investigated. See the Kevin St Library guide Getting started with literature reviews, the textbooks in Bookstack 10 (shelf number 808.042) or the following links:

Search Engines

SearchAll/ Summon

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

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.
  • For more information see the Kevin St Library Guide How to use Google Scholar

Science Search Engines



  • Browse via the eBook link -  most of the biomedical & nutrition related ebooks are in the NCBI or MyiLibrary section. Or search for a specific title on the Library Catalogue and open/download the ebook content.

Fulltext Options & Other Academic Libraries

  1. If DIT journal subscriptions do not cover the articles you require you may apply for an Inter Library Loan.
  2. Alternatively postgraduates may apply for an ALCID and /or a SCONUL card to visit another academic library.

Subject Links


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
  • Increased opportunity for collaboration and innovation via the digital environment
  • 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 OpenAire: Reseach in Europe
 ROAR : Registry of Open Access Repositories Sherpa & OpenDoar IR directories

Current Awareness Tools & Bibliometrics

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

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 (amongst others)e .g.

The MyRI etutorial is a good place to get started. Or try the following:

Digital Skills and Research Hub

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

Citing & Referencing

Citing information sources used in research is essential to avoid plagiarism. The School of Biological Sciences uses a version of the Harvard or the EJCN citation styles, but check with your supervisor.

Journal Abbreviations

Some useful tools which 'translate' the full journal title into the abbreviated version are:

  1. National  Library Medicine Journals List
  2. Web of Science Journals
  3. BIOS

Bibliographic citation software

This freeware can be used to manage your citations:

Information Skills Help

Summer Services

Kevin St Library offers the following services to postgraduates during the summer


Information Literacy: Julie de Foubert
Information Desk : 01-402-4894





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