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The Library provides access to books, electronic resources, archives, special collections, and more to support your learning and research.
The Library is committed to supporting your research needs with expert guidance and resources.
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The Library has all the resources and supports you need to be successful in your studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Whether you're just starting your studies or working on your final project, we're here to help.
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Enabling Research Success
The Library supplies access to 550,000 printed books, with the whole stock totalling around 700,000 volumes, over 100,000 electronic journal titles in full text, and more than 400,000 electronic books, searchable via the catalogue.
The Inter-Library Loans service offers access to information resources not held by the Library. Areas of focus for archives are literature, theatre, film and the performing arts, and historical and political collections. Strengths of special collections include folklore, Irish language materials, and travel literature relating to Ireland.
The Library MakerSpace supports research by providing tools and technologies which may otherwise be inaccessible. Training is offered in science communication, drone flying, 3D designs and printing, and laser cutting. Researchers can also access the Adobe CC suite and use data analysis software on our high-powered PCs.
Digital Scholarship & Digital Humanities
The Library partners with staff and students to enable digital methods and tools for research across the university in all disciplines.
- Work on digital projects involving data, digital collections, exhibitions, archives, and collections as data
- Help with digitisation, digital preservation, digital creation, and open publishing
- Workshops on developing skills with digital and open technologies
Current publishing platforms are:
Master the University of Galway Library Catalogue
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Open Access Publishing
The Library is a member of the IReL consortium which has agreements with over 20 publishers to enable open access to articles published by corresponding authors at its member institutions at no further cost to those authors.
14,000 of the University’s research outputs are published via the Library's open access repository.
Open Education Resources
The Library promotes and supports the use of OERs. This is an emerging and developing area but some of the activities we engage in are:
Open Education supporters are also active in the Open Scholarship Community Galway
Open Scholarship Services
The Library introduces researchers to the concepts of Open Scholarship through talks, Scholarship Cafés, and training sessions.
Research Data Management
Research funders commonly require data management plans. You can avail of a Data Management Plan review service for funding applicants, book an individual consultation, or view the Library Guide on Research Data Management. Contact Trish Finnan, Digital Publishing and Data Management Librarian, for information, advice and training for individuals and research teams.
Training in Research Skills
Contact Rosie Dunne, Research Services Librarian, for information on training and other supports for research staff and students, including:
Customised training for research groups
GS530 Graduate Research and Information Skills Module for structured PhD students
One-to-one consultations, e.g., getting started, literature reviews, systematic reviews
The Researcher workshop series provides details of the full range of training delivered by Library staff to support research.
Useful Guides for Your Research
- Keeping Up To Date with New Research
- Literature Review
- Managing Your Research Profile
- Open Access Publishing
- Publishing Your Research
- Research Data Management
- Scopus Guide
- Starting Your Research
- Systematic Reviews
- Web of Science Guide