Science Research Resources
Access from Home and FAQs
- To access the eJournals, eBooks and Databases and well as your library account from outside the DIT network see the Off Campus Access link.
- Exam papers: access point and information for online papers
- Programme documents access point.
- Book Borrowing and Renewals: information for students.
- Final Year Projects from previous years are kept at the library desk and are also online from 2014.
- See also the specific Subject Gateways pages for the Sciences, including Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths. Nutrition, Physics and Optometry. Subject resources appropriate for undergraduate and postgraduate level are listed here.
- Try also the Kevin St Library Guides for specific subject information
Subject Databases for Science
|Academic Search Complete||Knovel Library||IOP Science|
|Applied Sci & Tech Index||PubmedCentral (Europe)||Science Direct|
|Oxford Reference||Web of Science|
Databases for Postgrads & Researchers
|Journal Citation Reports||Proquest Dissertations & Theses: Worldwide|
|Incites Research Analytics||Scopus|
What does SearchAll/ Summon@DIT 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.
Summon and Google Scholar search different bodies of scholarly content. There is overlap, but there is content in Summon not in Google Scholar, and vice-versa. Results in Summon are reflective of DIT Library's collections. As a registered DIT Library patron, you have access to most full-text you can find in SearchAll/ Summon.
Some features unique to Google Scholar:
- "Cited by” information e.g. “Cited by 43 publications"
- Issues accessing full-text not subscribed to by DIT Library. See Inter Library Loans for more information.
- Set your Google Scholar Preferences to Dublin Institute of Technology Find @DIT to link to DIT subscribed full-text.
Science Search Engines
- TU Dublin's IR is Arrow and contains the full text of DIT's research theses and publications.
- A Registry of Open Access Repositories on a global level is available at ROAR
- RIAN The Irish Research Portal includes research output from the seven Irish universites and DIT and LENUS
- OpenAIRE is a gateway to open access research in Europe
- DART-Europe E-Thesis Portal gives access to nearly 160,000 full-text research theses from 276 Universities sourced from 17 European countries
A collection of titles for study skills, writing for science, doing presentations, research and doing projects in available in Kevin St Library in Stack 10 at the 808 shelf number. The following links are also useful.
Journal article/ author aggregator tools help you keep up with research trends and new publications in your subject area. Use one or more to get automated and personalised updates on your topic or key authors:
- Microsoft Academic
- PubChase (biomedical and life sciences)
- Sparrho (science)
- Use Feedly (website or app) to save, download or bookmark favourite urls and pdfs)
Research Metrics & Impact Factors
Amongst 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). Some tools to assist with this are:
- Scopus (access via Web of Science, TU Dublin Library Databases)
- Cited Reference Search (access via Web of Science, TU Dublin Library Databases)
- Journal Citation Reports (access via TU Dublin Library Databases)
- Incites Research Analytics (access via TU Dublin Library Databases)
- Publish or Perish (downloadable software)
- Research Smarts: TU Dublin Library bibliometrics FAQ
- Kevin St Library introductory guide Bibliometrics & Research
Digital Skills and Research Hub
For guidance and information on research communication, publishing and impact see the new DSRH resource.
Referencing, Citing & Endnote
Citing and referencing the information sources used in research is essential to avoid plagiarism. Each subject has its own citation style. See this introduction to the Harvard Referencing Guide (DIT Library Kevin St)) or check with your supervisor as to the appropriate style to use for your work.
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:
Bibliographic citation software
This freeware you to store, manage and share your references using a choice of citation styles:
Information Skills Help
- Kevin St Library Information Skills Guides
Kevin St Library offers the following services to postgraduates during the months of July & August.