The Library provides access to all sorts of information resources to support your learning and research. You can search all of the library's collections through the Library Catalogue, or get more information on each type of information resource and how it might be useful to your studies below.
- Using the Library
Find your way
Learn more about the Library as a physical place, find top tips and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), find out about the study spaces and services available in the Main, Medical and Nursing & Midwifery Libraries, and if you are not a student or staff member of NUI Galway, you can find out here how to access the Library.
We're here to help
Library staff provide support, help, and training to enable you to get to grips with the literature of your subject and the Library's resources. We have staff with expertise on information resources in your subject area.
- Digital Scholarship
The Library welcomes opportunities to advance our Digital Scholarship. Our areas of contribution include content, technology, infrastructure, partnership and the practice-based expertise in our team.
Assistive Technology Service: Software
Students have access to a wide range of software. Click on the links below to access user guides and tutorials.
Applications available in the University PC Suites
Texthelp Read & Write 10 Beginners Guide provides literacy support in any Windows application. Read & Write GOLD comprises many features designed to assist students with their reading and writing. Unique functionalities include text-to-speech, phonetic spell checker, word prediction, speaking dictionary and a scanning facility. There is an easy to use toolbar that 'floats' on top of any open application.
Inspiration is a mind-mapping tool to help develop ideas and organise thinking. To access the tutorial, open Inspiration, click the following: help, learn to use, documentation and open the "Getting Started" manual. Inspiration Getting Started and Inspiration Quick Start Tutorial.
Applications available only in the Assistive Technology Area
Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) is voice recogniiton software. The user dictates and the words are transcribed onto the screen and into word documents, emails, etc. This application will also play back dictation for editing and proofreading. http://support.nuance.com/usersguides/default.asp
JAWS(Job Access with Speech) is screen-reading software designed to assist blind or visually impaired computer users to access information. The screen reader enables the user to read and write MS Word and Excel documents, browse the web, send and receive emails and access databases.
Zoomtext is a screen reader and magnification package for people with low vision. It combines large print and screen reading when using Windows. Access the Tutorial at http://www.aisquared.com/support/more/tutorial/