Summon is a one stop search engine that lets you search the library catalogue and most of the library databases all at once.
The following will have to be searched separately from Summon as they are not included
Please see our user guide on searching Summon for more detailed help
Book a Tutorial with a Librarian
Library staff run information literacy sessions all year long.
These will be usually scheduled by your lecturer, but please contact us by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to book a separate tutorial
So if you need to know how to perform a detailed search in Google, create those pesky references, download an e-book or search Science Direct or JSTOR for example, just book a tutorial with one of us. Just Click on the name of the relevant staff member below to book a tutorial.
Your liaison librarian for Business & Social Sciences is Sinéad Kelly
Your liaison librarians for Engineering are Siobhan Conry and Jennifer Flynn
Your liaison librarian for Science is Áine Meehan
We will be introducing ourselves to all first years at induction
The library databases are websites that the library subscribes to for registered students to use.
The journal databases are full of thousands of peer reviewed journal articles and therefore have a higher quality of information than if you just used a search engine
Newspaper Archive database- for example the Irish Times Archive
Reports and documents database- for example IHS which is full of health and safety and construction reports and documents.
Journal database- full of thousands of full text journal articles- for example JSTOR, Emerald, Science Direct, Business Source Complete, Academic Search Complete.
Citation databases- full of abstracts but not the full text of the item. This is useful for researchers. For example-Web of Sciencefull list of databases
Use an asterisk (*) after a word stem to get all hits having words starting with that root, for example:
will retrieve selects, selector, selectman, selecting etc.
To search using multiple words as a phrase, put quotation marks (") around the phrase, for example:
Boolean operators can be used to combine terms. They must be CAPITALIZED !
cats AND dogs
will retrieve all items that contain BOTH the words "cats" and "dogs".
cats OR dogs
will retrieve all items that contain EITHER the words "cats" or "dogs".
training NOT cat
will retrieve all items that contain the word "training" EXCEPT those also containing the word "cat". Parentheses can be used in the search query to group search terms into sets
(cats OR dogs) AND (training OR discipline)
The A-Z list currently contains a list of all the journals in our journal databases and our print subscriptions.
Our print archive is listed in the a-z list, and you can request items to be found from the print archive room and left at the information desk under your name. The request link is available when you search the A-Z list.
Alternatively, you can go to the full A-Z web-page and browse the journal titles alphabetically or by subject.
Bring a book or books in from home that you have read and no longer want, and swap it for a book under the Christmas tree in the library.
Disclaimer: you will not get your original book back.
Leftover books will be given to charity
Type the keyword you want to find. For example:
Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of other characters. The '*' wild-card may also be embedded in a search string. You may use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples : environment* polic*, wom?n
Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words.
Example : stocks and bonds
Example : (Alaska or Canada) and (adventure and not vacation)
|Field limits||A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).|
|Grouping||Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.|