Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Irish Newspaper Archives Downtime

Please note that there will be an interruption to the Irish Newspaper Archive service today 25th Feb 2014 between the hours of 10am & 2pm. This is due to necessary hardware maintenance.

We apologise for any and all inconvenience this may cause.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Cambridge Histories Online - FREE TRIAL

We are very pleased to announce that we have set up a trial to Cambridge Histories Online.

Access over 500 of the most scholarly introductions to people and subjects across literature, classics, philosophy, religion, culture and music.

Cambridge Companions Online brings together subject-based ebook collections from the renowned Cambridge Companions series. Written by leading experts in their field, the Companions have been used by students and scholars for over 25 years.

To access the trial please go to the following URL:

Cambridge University Press have also activated trials to:

These three platforms all have the same feel and functionality so are a good selection to trial at the same time.

The trials are available on campus until 30th April 2014.

If you have any problems or comments of any kind please contact us.

Launch of GMIT Library Strategic plan 2013-16

GMIT Library Strategic plan 2013-16 was launched on Friday 21st February 2014 in Dublin Road library by GMIT's registrar, Michael Hannon.

Pictured (l-r) Michael Carmody, President; Margaret Waldron, Librarian; Michael Hannon, Registrar

The original library strategic plan heralded the development of an Information Skills Module that is now embedded in the Learning to Learn Module, a crucial element of the First Year Experience. The new strategic plan seeks to enhance and further develop the Information Skills component of the L2L module. Part of that enhancement will see the development of an Academic Writing Centre hosted by the library working in close collaboration with the academic staff to further develop the academic writing skills of our students. 

The library is reaching out to the academic staff to better serve the needs of the student. This notion of reaching out extends well beyond the walls of the library and the Institute. Ownership of learning materials is complemented by access to scholarly material facilitated by the advancements in technology. Since our original library plan, the library now has access to 80,000 e-books and over 30,000 online journals. Print journals are being phased out where possible in favour of electronic journals to serve the needs of our users who now expect a large proportion of learning materials to be available on a 24/7 basis. 

GMIT library is reaching out to other colleges and Institutes to develop collaborations and expand its collections. A reciprocal borrowing policy is now in place with NUIG, the Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA) and the Marine Institute. This underpins the Collaborations and Alliances Pillar of the GMIT strategic plan. A research repository purchased jointly by the CUA is also part of our new strategy. While it supports the Collaborations Pillar it also supports the Research Pillar and provides a showcase of the research output of the CUA. The repository will raise the profile of the researcher and in turn increase the citations to their work. The library continues to weave its magic and act as an enabler of new knowledge providing answers to many questions. The library is proud to be part of that process. 
-From speech by Margaret Waldron

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Art Source - Free Online Trial

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The library has setup a free trial for Art Source; the unmatched resource for art and architecture information.

Developed from a merger of high-quality databases from EBSCO and H.W. Wilson, and including many unique sources that were never previously available, this database covers a broad range of related subjects from fine art to decorative and commercial art. Art Source was created by merging content from:
  • Art Index Retrospective
  • Art Index
  • Art Abstracts
  • Art Full Text
  • Art & Architecture Complete
Art Source currently contains full text to over 640 journals and 220 books, as well as an image collection of over 63,000 images provided by Picture Desk and other sources.
To access the database directly please use the following URL: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip&profile=ehost&defaultdb=asu

The free trial runs until the 4th April to allow you to evaluate the resource fully. Access is available onsite with no user restrictions and you have access to the full range of content. Remember to let us know what you think of the resource.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Enlightening EndNote movie

Take a look at this video if you are new to the concept of referencing software. It helps explain how EndNote will cut the time and effort spent keeping track of books and articles relevant to their studies, writing essays and papers and correctly referencing other authors in their work. (focuses on X7 version, we use the online version so there are some differences)

 EndNote X7 Movie


Friday, February 14, 2014

Google Scholar & EndNote Online

Try searching Google Scholar; if you finds a reference you need import it into your Library.
  • In your browser, go to scholar.google.com
  • Once there, go into the 'Settings' - at the bottom there is a section for Bibliography Manager - this needs to be set to 'RefMan' 
  • Once this has been set up, click 'Save'.
  • You will be put back in the search page where you can search as normal.
  • If you find your reference - click on the blue link 'Import into RefMan' underneath the reference  - the reference will be sent to your EndNote library.

Monday, February 3, 2014

New Opening Hours @ Dublin Road Campus

GMIT Library Dublin Road will have extended Weekend Opening Hours from Friday 7th February 2014:

New Friday Opening Hours: 09.00 to 21.00
Saturday Opening Hours 10.00 to 13.00