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Library Guide for Academic Staff: Finding major resources

Find major resources

What are e-books (electronic books)?

These are books that you can read online via your PC, laptop or mobile device.

Why use them?

  • e-Books are available 24/7
  • access them on and off campus
  • search within the full-text for your topic
  • avoid waiting for reservations
  • you don't pay library fines

How many ebooks are available?  The AIT Library provides access to approximately 150,000 ebooks.

Click here to access the various electronic book list offerings from the AIT library.    Downloading options will vary from publisher to publisher and even from book to book sometimes.

If you need a book, article or thesis that we do not have access to, use the Inter-Library Loans service.

We have just introduced a new library system.  KOHA currently does not allow us to provide online request forms for Interlibrary loans.  Therefore, we ask that you send all of your inter-library loan applications to the following email account: loans@ait.ie. Please include as much detail as possible when placing your applications to assist library staff in processing all requests as efficiently as possible.

We look forward to making our new inter-library loan service available through Koha in 2018. Any questions or problems making a request? Email: rdunne@ait.ie

Copies of past exam papers are available online to registered staff and students of the Athlone Institute of Technology.

Online past exam papers are based on the set of papers which the Library receives from schools. They are available in pdf format for revision purposes only. We do not receive copies of past repeat examination papers, nor do we receive sample answers.

Past Exam Papers are available on and off-campus. Follow the link to the exam paper you require; you will be prompted for your AIT login and password.

Ted Talks are an excellent resource offering a broad selection of topics on current and future cutting-edge issues.

Brene Brown's TED talk on the power of vulnerability.

Seth Godin's TED talk on the tribes we lead.

Seth Godin's TED talk on standing out.

Daniel Kraft's TED talk on medicine's future, developing apps.

David Logan's TED talk on tribal leadership.

Sheryl Sandberg's TED talk on why we have too few women leaders.

Simon Sinek's TED talk deals with leaders inspiring action in their employees.

Julian Treasure's TED talk on 5 ways to listen better

Fields Wicker-Miurin's TED talk is entitled, Learning from leadership's "missing manual".

Benjamin Zander is a local musician/conductor and his enthusiasm is infectious in this TED talk.  May we all be as passionate about our work.

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Finding journal articles

Why should I use an individual database instead of doing all my searches on Discover@AIT?

Discover@AIT allows you to search for a range of sources we have available on any given topic but once you start to research a topic in more depth you will want more flexibility to save your results and keep up to date with new publications.

Most databases allow you to save searches and set up saved search alerts that send you any new items that matches your search. This is one of the advantages of using the database directly rather than always using Discover@AIT.

Procedures for subscribing to email or RSS alerts vary for different databases. Check with your Subject Librarian.

Different Terminology Allocated to Journal Articles

Journals are basically Academic magazines.

​The following list provides some basic explanations of the types of resources you are likely to be required to use in your assessments:

  • Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals: journals which are of a high academic standard due to being reviewed by academics in the field (may also be referred to as academic journals)
  • Periodical: a synonym for journal, but basically means they are published on a regular basis such as monthly
  • News: some sources may contain articles which can be used in research but sources may vary in quality. The Irish Times is a good source of news while tabloids are not.
  • Academic Journals: basically the same as peer-reviewed journals
  • Reviews: reviews of scholarly resources are often included in academic journals but they are not in themselves academic
  • Magazines: a journal of sorts but not necessarily peer-reviewed so be careful of including them as an academic source.
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