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.
Accessing Information Resources
If you are a registered student or member of staff, it is possible to access all online information resources from off-campus. Simply follow the database links from the Library Catalogue and login as directed. It is essential to login otherwise the service provider will not recognise you as being from NUI Galway.
You can also download this handy .pdf guide on how to access resources from off-campus, and also how to set up Google Scholar to work with the Library's content for better results. Off Campus Access & Google Scholar
Scopus is the only resource which requires an extra step for off-campus access. Please click on link below for a tutorial on off-campus access to Scopus.
Accessing Resources Directly
If you wish to access resources directly rather than through the Library Catalogue, then simply add the following in front of the URL of the resource you need:
For example, if you were linking to the journal Nature, whose URL is http://www.nature.com/nature/archive/index.html, type in the URL:
This will mean you'll be prompted to login to NUI Galway and so be recognised as an authorised NUI Galway user. You'll need to know your Campus Account Credentials to login.
If you are experiencing difficulty logging in, please refer to the Campus Account Frequently Asked Questions or alternatively contact the Library & IT Service Desk
Accessing Library Services and Training
We understand that many staff and students work or study from off-campus and are constantly striving to increase online access to our services. Follow the links below for help and advice:
- See our Online Training modules
- Use our Help Centre to submit enquiries from on or off campus
- Check out the Library's YouTube Channel
Getting the best results from Google Scholar
If you are using a computer connected to the University network, Google Scholar recognizes your IP address, and sets NUI Galway as your default library preference.
If you are off-campus, you must set NUI Galway as your library preference:
- On the Google Scholar search page, click on the Scholar Preferences link to open the Preferences page.
- In the Library Links search box type NUI Galway and click on Find Library.
- Check the box next to NUI Galway.
- Then scroll down the page and click the Save Preferences button.
If you allow cookies on your computer, this setting will stay in place across search sessions.
- you can set up to two additional library preferences, if you have access to other libraries.
- you can also set up a link to download citations to your preferred bibliographic management software, such as EndNote.