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Research Services: Introduction

The Glucksman Library's guide to assist researchers with all aspects of the research process from finding information to maximising impact.

Faculty Librarians

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Pattie Punch  Email:

Education & Health Sciences

Liz Dore  Email:

Science & Engineering

Mícheál ÓhAodha  Email:

Kemmy Business School

Peter Reilly  Email:

Research Support at UL

The Glucksman Library in the University of Limerick supports researchers in many different ways, including via the provision of quality research materials including books, e-journals and databases. In addition, there are a number of librarians that can help support your research including the Research Services Department and the Faculty Librarians.

Research Services Department

  • Provide training and support on bibliometrics including journal impact measures, h-index and altmetrics
  • Provide support on measuring your research impact and tracking your citations
  • Advise on how to increase the visibility of your research and maximise the impact of your research
  • Advise on open access publishing including funding agency policies
  • Advise on author/publisher copyright permissions regarding open access publishing
  • Advise on FAIR data management and Data Management Policies
  • Provide training and support on the use of the University of Limerick Institutional Repository (ULIR)
  • Provide EndNote training and support

Realising your Research ValueCheck the Library Events Calendar for upcoming training. You can contact us to request consultations or training.

Finding Research Information

There are many appropriate resources that you can use to find relevant information to allow you to conduct your research and publish its outcomes. The Library website ( contains links to important databases (see below). The UL Institutional Repository (ULIR) contains the University’s research publications and other research outputs.

The Library Search allows you to search for physical items in the Library but also searches most of the library's electronic resources as well as publications in the ULIR.


What's New

AIP (American Institute of Physics)

IReL is very pleased to announce our latest open access agreement from January 2020 to December 2022, whereby all accepted articles from UL and other IReL member corresponding authors will be immediately open access upon publication. Articles will be shared under a CC-BY license and authors will retain copyright.

In addition, the agreement will expand the access to subscription content available to IReL members, from 12 titles to all 27 subscription titles from the date they were first published.

IReL Open Access agreements

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Digital Library

A transformative Open Access agreement between IReL and ACM allows unlimited and unrestricted access to the ACM Digital Library for UL students and staff, and Open Access publication in ACM journals, conference proceedings and magazines at no cost to UL authors.


To facilitate a transition to OA, IReL and Elsevier have agreed a deal which covers Article Processing charges (APCs) for 70% of UL-authored articles published in Elsevier journals.


Sage Research Methods Video

Practical Research and Academic Skills: Develop the practical skills necessary to conduct successful research with this collection of videos.

Sage Research Methods Cases Part 1

600+ cases with approximately 30 new cases added annually. (Limit to "content available to me" when doing a search, to see what the library has full access to.)


Keeping Up-To-Date

Keeping up-to-date and current with research in your field can be very challenging. It is useful to set up accounts for any database you use regularly such as Web of Science and Scopus. This allows you to save searches and articles and keep track of your literature searching. You can also set up email alerts or RSS feeds for searches to keep you up to date with any new articles that match the search criteria. Table of content (TOC) alerts for journals can also be set up in email and RSS formats (see to set up TOC alerts).

The slides from the Realising Your Research Value workshop on "Finding Research Information & Keeping Up-To-Date" are available below.

Referencing & EndNote

For information on referencing and using EndNote to manage your research information visit: