Library Web Site Changes - Summer 2016

There have been some updates and development of the library web site over the summer, the highlights of which are listed below.

1.      New layout on the library homepage to make our services more easily identifiable. .
a.      Groups of links include, research supports, about the library, help etc.
2.      New layout on the library log in page
a.      Option to include e-books in your search.
b.      Peer reviewed journals are highlighted with a peer reviewed icon
c.      Open Access journals are highlighted with an open access icon
d.      Search directly across a journals content using the search box beneath the holdings / coverage information.
e. Search directly on Pub MED ID or DOI. 
f.      Feel free to link to these from Moodle
4.      New exam paper search page, search by exact course title or course code.
a.      Links to browse by department are retained.
b.      Feel free to link to these in Moodle
5.      Changes to Find IT Search results:
    1. Introduction of the pop-out menu (sometimes referred to as the “hamburger” icon) on the top right of the desktop view includes the link to RefWorks Log In.
                                                    i.     Refworks integrates completely with Find IT Search and once logged in to Refworks via this link, results saved to your folder save directly into your RefWorks account. (No need to export or type up the citation)
1.      This RefWorks account has a browser plugin to capture citations in your browser, and a MS Word plug in that integrates RefWorks into Word for the generation of inline citations, and bibliographies in your selected referencing style. See more at:
a.      Refworks accounts are available to everyone, please let your students know.
                                                   ii.      Widget Builder: build a search box and use the code generated to place it on your Moodle or web pages.
    1. Responsive design, mirroring the interface for smartphones and tablets; Facet pane improvements—easier include and exclude, ability to search/filter long facet lists, addressed issues with location of Apply and Cancel)
    2. Better integration of the Preview Pane; now displayed underneath each result
                                                    i.     The ‘Preview’ link under results displays the citation information from Web of Knowledge and remains on view until you click on the link again to collapse it.
    1. New date picker, including suggested preformatted date ranges as links
    2. WCAG (Level AA target) /  Section 508 Accessibility Review which will include an update of our compliance checklist
f.       Changed “Permalink” text to “Permanent Link”, added a link icon, and added a success alert after copy; this link can now be found in the expanded preview pane underneath each result
                                                     i.     Feel free to use these links on readings lists and on Moodle.
g.      The facets / limits remain on the left hand menu allowing you to select full text books, or book reviews, or images within a particular discipline, and date range.
h.      Live RSS feeds of staff publications available via the Find IT Search index added to the staff publications listings at:
6.      New layout on the Subject Support home page and the Subject Portals, includes a discipline specific Find IT Search box, links to the Subject Internet Gateways, top databases for the discipline, guides, and more.
a.      Some of the subject internet gateways have also been updated. This will continue throughout the semester. As always contact your subject liaison librarian if you want a link added or removed.
b.      The code for these Find IT Search discipline specific search boxes is available from
7.      Room booking for students, and book a research consultation for all, have been updated to provide reminder e-mails a few hours in advance.
a.      Research consultations are available to all, and can be booked for an hour. A librarian will go through library resources to support your research and sources to search for your specific research query. This can be booked at:
8.      The How to Research Your Assignment Tutorial has been updated to reflect the changes above, and updated to a responsive design. See more about tutorials at:
a.      These tutorials can be linked to from Moodle, or for further use SCORM files are available to download.
9.      Infographics of library use statistics have been added to the about the library page.
10.   A random selection of books added to the library is visible when you visit your library account / record. A full listing of new titles is available at :
a.      You can create an alert based on a library catalogue search, so you can will be automatically notified if a title of interest is added to the catalogue.
                                                     i.     Log in to your library account, search for your subject area or a specific title. Save the search. Go to the saved search list and select the tick box beside it to activate the search.

1.      Examples: photography, cookery, biology, mathematics, etc. 

Please contact the library if you have any difficulties with the library web site. 

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Sage Video Trial Until the 15th of October

We are excited to announce a free one month trial of Sage Video! 

Sage Video hosts streaming video collections created to support a range of levels, from reference content for research, to pedagogical content for undergraduate teaching, to higher- level academic interest material. SAGE Video combines originally commissioned and produced material with licensed videos to provide a complete disciplinary resource for students, faculty, and researchers.

You can access the resource at the following link but you must contact the library for the username and password. 

To access (contact library for login/password) -  

Database trial- FSTA (Food Science & Technology Abstracts) until 30th November

We currently have a free trial of FSTA (Food Science & Technology Abstracts) until 30th November.  It is an extensive collection of abstracts from the world's food science, food technology and food related human nutrition literature. It contains over 1.2 million bibliographic records from 1969 to the present.  It would be relevant to the following areas:

  • Food Science and Technology
  •  Food Business Management and Technology
  • Sports Science and Health
  •  Pharmaceutical Science
  • Applied Culinary Nutrition
  • Culinary Arts
  • Bioanalysis
  • Chemical Analysis

  • Bio-Pharmaceutical and Neutraceutical Research Centre
  • MiCRA-Biodiagnostics (Microsensors for Clinical Research & Analysis

The trial is available through EBSCO databases.  The following link will bring you directly to searching FSTA only -  Search FSTA

You will require you library PIN to access the resource.  From your search results select the link “Where can I find this” to check if we access to the full text of articles.  

Library Hours from Mon 29th August...

Monday 29th August - Sunday 18th September 2016

Monday - Friday 9.15am - 5pm

Saturday and Sunday Closed

Renew your library loans online at:

For full details of library opening hours, exhibitions and events go to:
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ITT Dublin Short Story Competition! 1st Prize €500..


Missed the deadline for the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition?
Then why not consider entering the ITT Dublin Short Story Competition!
The ITT Short Story Competition is run in association with the Red Line Book Festival and in conjunction with South Dublin County Council.
It is free to enter.

Entries now being accepted up to 2pm on Monday September 5th 

Contest prizes:
1st Prize    €500
2nd Prize  €250
3rd Prize   €150

Further information and submission form now available online at::

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NEW EXAM PAPERS PAGE! Search by course name or code...

The library has created a new page that allows you to search for exam papers which the library holds.
You can now search for exam papers by the name of your course or course code.
You must use the EXACT course name [not module] to search for the exam paper.
The links to the exam papers by department, with which you would already be familiar, are also included on the page.
You can view the new page at:
or just click onto the Exam Papers tab on the library website home page.
Please let the library know if you have any difficulties with searching for exam papers.
Please note that repeat August exam papers are not available.
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August Exams! Longer opening hours...

Monday 8th- Saturday 27th August 2016
Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
Closed Saturday 13th August
Open Saturday 20th and 27th August 10am - 5pm

Closed Sunday
For full details of library opening hours, exhibitions and events go to:
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The ITT Short Story Competition is run by the Institute of Technology Tallaght, in conjunction with South Dublin County Council, and in association with the Red Line Book Festival, and is free to enter.

Get your entries in between 2pm August 2nd, 2016 and 2pm September 5th, 2016!!

Contest Prizes:
First Prize:        €500
Second Prize:  €250
Third Prize:       €150

Further information and the submission form are now available online at:

Library is closed Monday 1st August...

The Library is closed Monday 1st August 2016 Bank Holiday
You can renew your loans at: Renew my loans
For full details of library hours, events  and exhibitions go to:
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Library Reads- Steering Committee Favourites

The steering committee at Library Reads share their favourite books with you. Check out the list for some summer reading ideas!