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Literature Reviews

A literature review is part of the introduction to an essay, research report, or thesis. It provides an overview and critical analysis of relevant published scholarly articles, research reports, books, theses etc on the topic or issue to be investigated.

See the  Kevin St Library guide Getting started with literature reviews, the textbooks at 808.042 in Bookstack 10 or some of the following links:

The Royal Society of Chemistry has some useful academic writing guides for postgrads:

  1. How to read a journal article
  2. How to write your chemical science thesis
  3. A guide to a successful viva

Search Engines


What does Search All/ Summon@DIT search? It's 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 DIT Library's catalogue, databases, eJournals,  eBooks and theses collections.

Search All/Summon@DIT 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 and as a registered DIT Library patron, you have access to most full-text you can find in SearchAll/ Summon.

Google Scholar

Some features unique to Google Scholar:

  • Cited by information e.g. “Cited by 43 publications"
  • Google Books content
  • Set your Google Scholar Preferences to Dublin Institute of Technology Find @DIT to link to DIT subscribed full-text.
  • Issues accessing full-text not subscribed to by DIT Library. See Inter Library Loans for more information.
  • For more information see the Kevin St Library guide How to use Google Scholar

Science Search Engines



  • See the Library eBooks -  most of the chemistry eBook titles are in the Knovel and MyiLibrary sections. Or carry out a specific title search on the Library Catalogue and click on the ebook content links.

Fulltext Options & Other Academic Libraries

  1. If DIT journal subscriptions do not cover the articles you require you may apply for an Inter Library Loan.
  2. Alternatively postgraduates may apply for an ALCID and /or a SCONUL card to visit another academic library.
  3. To search other academic library catalogues for titles not held in DIT Library click here.

Subject Links

Open Access Resources

What is Open Access?  

  • Open Access is unrestricted access to publically funded online scholarly information via digital and institutional repositories.

Advantages of Open Access:

  • Greater visibility and impact of research
  • Increased opportunity for collaboration and innovation via the digital environment
  • Easier and faster access to research information than traditional publishing

Information about Open Access:

Open Access Science Resources

Institutional Repositories

 Arrow: DIT's theses & publications RIAN :Irish Research Portal
 DART-Europe E-Thesis Portal: full text research theses from 276 unis OpenAire: European Research
 ROAR : Registry of Open Access Repositories (international) RSC Chemical Sciences Repository

Current Awareness & Professional Networking

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:

Researcher Profiles can help you create, maintain and raise awareness of your academic profile as well as collaborate and share:

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:

The MyRI etutorial is a good place to get started. Designed by Irish academic library staff it provides an introduction to bibliometrics in addition to the advanced use of impact factors.

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 and the School of Biological Sciences often uses the Harvard (author date) style. See this introduction to the Harvard Referencing Guide (DIT Library Kevin St)) or check with your supervisor as the appropriate style and version for your work

Journal Abbreviations

Abbreviated journal titles may be required depending on the citation style you use. 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 enable you to store, manage and share your references using a choice of citation styles:

Information Skills Help

  • Kevin St Library Information Skills Guides

Summer Services

Kevin St Library offers the following services to postgraduates during the months of July & August.


Information Literacy: Julie de Foubert
Library Information Desk : 01-402-4894 /

















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