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Information for Researchers

This page provides access to an extensive selection of resources and services available to the DCU research community (see tabs below).
Our team of Subject Librarians work closely with all research staff and students and can:


  • Meet you individually to advise on the best resources available to support your research needs
  • Provide guidance on the use of the library's research databases, information management tools and services
  • Provide tailored workshops for research staff and groups
  • Provide support for research grant proposals including, costing information resources and help compiling citation data
  • Assist you to find quality journals in which to publish
  • Ensure your research publications gain maximum impact through the archiving of papers in DORAS (DCU's open access institutional repository)

Graduate Training

DCU Library and the Graduate Studies Office offer Library training for all new PhD and research masters students. These sessions generally run in late November.

Here is what was offered in 2017: 

  • Search Planning, Strategies and Tips: conducting a comprehensive reviews of the literature
    Preparation and planning is essential when conducting a comprehensive review of the literature. This workshop will provide expert advice and guidance on the techniques and approaches to systematically searching the literature when conducting a literature review.
  • Meet & Greet with your Subject Librarian
    Come along and enjoy some refreshments and the opportunity to meet your Subject Librarian to find out how they can support you at key stages during your research studies at DCU.
  • Using citation databases to track research for your literature review
    This workshop will provide an overview of the main databases available to help track research and conduct a review of the literature across all disciplines. It will focus on two key multi-disciplinary citation databases and the techniques required to use them effectively as well as highlighting discipline specific research tools. You will learn how to: effectively search and access information for your literature review; confidently use Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus; set-up search and citation alerts; and select appropriate discipline specific databases.
  • Finding Theses and Dissertations
    This workshop will introduce you to the range of thesis and dissertation search engines and databases available and will help you to locate research theses in DCU, nationally and internationally.
  • Managing information using Zotero
    This workshop will introduce you to Zotero, an open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials (such as PDF files). Notable features include web browser integration, online syncing, generation of in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies, as well as integration with the word processors Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, Writer and NeoOffice.The name "Zotero" is loosely derived from an Albanian verb zotëroj meaning "to master".

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