Resources for Optometry Undergraduates  

 Getting Started



  • So why use ejournals? Journals contain academic research which is not found in textbooks. Information is published on a monthly or weekly basis and consists of breakthroughs and reports on current research.
  • The DIT Library physics ejournals can be searched by journal title or subject. Or search the entire journal collection including hardcopy titles on the Library Catalogue using Journal Title Search.  Click on a title to open the fulltext or use the Kevin St Library guide Finding fulltext journal articles


  • Browse via the ebook link: most of the optometry and physics titles are located in MyiLibraryOr search for a specific etextbook on the Library Catalogue - ebooks can be accessed via any DIT desktop or your own laptop - you will need your Library PIN.

Subject Links

Kevin St Guides to Project Resources

Download and use these guides to help you get started with an assignment or project

Assignment & Information Skills Resources

First Year
  1. Finding information for a first year assignment
  2. Evaluating Web Resources
  3. Information types and sources
  4. Finding fulltext journal articles
  5. Journal article critical reviews : how to get started
  6. Referencing and citing
Final year
  1. Finding information for a final year project
  2. Finding fulltext journal articles
  3. Databases and effective search strategies
  4. How to use Google Scholar
  5. Referencing and citing


Subject Databases for Optometry

Why use these as opposed to google or other search engines? Subject databases index current scholarly research on various topics published in thousands of academic journals and are the ideal way to find out what’s new in your subject. You may need to use several to locate the information you need as no single database indexes every journal publication. Try the following Kevin St Library Guides to get started:

Academic Search Complete IEEE Xplore Digital Library Oxford Reference

Standards: IS, ISO & EN

MathSci Net Science Direct
Europe PubMedCentral IOP Science PMC

 Search Engines

Citing Your Sources

Citing and referencing the information sources used in research is essential to avoid plagiarism. See the Kevin St Library Referencing and citing guide for introduction purposes. Another useful link is How to Avoid Plagiarism. Each subject has it's own citation style so check with a Dept of Optometry course co-ordinator if in doubt. Or see the Harvard Referencing Guide (DIT Library Kevin St))

Journal Abbreviations

Abbreviated journal titles may be required depending on the citation style used. Some useful tools which 'translate' the full journal title into the abbreviated version are:

    1. Web of Science Journals
    2. CASSI
    3. All that JAS

Bibliographic citation software

Various freeware options can be used to manage, cite and store your citations:
    1. Endnote Basic
    2. Zotero
    3. ReadCube
    4. REFolution
    5. ColWiz
    6. CiteThisForMe

Back Up Resources

If you need additional resources see Using Other Libraries and Inter Library Loans for further options.


Information Literacy: Julie de Foubert
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