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Type the keyword you want to find. For example:

  • design
  • bleachers grisham
Search Tips
Wildcards Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of other characters. The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. You may use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples : environment* polic*, wom?n
Boolean Operators Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words.
Example : stocks and bonds
Example : (alaska or canada) and (adventure and not vacation)
Field limits A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).
Grouping Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.

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Advanced Keyword Search Tips

Multiple Words

When searching multiple words the system will automatically supply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples on the right will retrieve the same results.

Phrase Searches

Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed.

Examples

A phrase Search:
"university science department"

Wildcards

*   Matches any number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "comput*" will match all words that begin with "comput" (e.g., "computer", "computation", etc.).
The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string.

?   You may use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word.

Examples

* Wildcard:
environment* polic*
comp*

? Wildcard:
wom?n

Boolean Operators

Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words. Select the operator you wish to use from the selection list on the Advanced Search form.

Examples

Using Boolean operators:
stocks and bonds
stocks or bonds
stocks and not bonds

Field Limits

Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list. These limits appear before the word or phrase to be searched. A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).

Field Limits and their meanings:

  • Author: Search only author fields
  • Title: Search only title fields
  • Subject: Search only subject fields
  • Note: Search only note fields
  • Subject: Search only subject fields

Grouping

Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.

Most relevant Most relevant titles 

Highly relevant Highly relevant titles 

Very relevant Very relevant titles 

Relevant Relevant titles 

Other relevant Other relevant titles 

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Saving your searches

If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you place reserves on new materials quicker.

How to:

  1. Log in to your My Millennium Account.
  2. Click on the "New Search" button.
  3. Search for your favorite author, subject, title, etc. or create an advanced keyword search including limits to material type, language, publication year, etc..
  4. When your results are displayed, click the button marked "Save as preferred search".
  5. The next time that you log in to your My Millennium Account, you can click the "Preferred Searches" button to see a list of your saved searches.
  6. Click on the search link associated with any of the preferred search terms in the list to quickly execute your search.

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PIN Number

To access full-text resources you need to have your PIN number ready.

When the following dialog box appears:

Enter your name, K-number (P-number) or staff ID and PIN and click on SUBMIT icon

 

If this is your first time accessing on-line resources on/off-campus or via Summon you will have to set up a PIN number.

Enter a combination of characters and digits and select submit.

You will be asked to verify your PIN twice more. Once your PIN is verified you will use this PIN for the future off- campus access to library on-line resources.

If you can’t remember your PIN, please click on the "Forgot your PIN" button. An email will be sent to your LIT email account, please follow instructions or contact the library issue desk 061 293265.

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Renewals

Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves and materials with a very long overdue.

How to:

  1. Log in to your My Millennium Account.
  2. If not the default view click the "Items currently checked out" link to view the materials you have checked out.
  3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column and then click the Renew Selected button. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.
  4. If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column. Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.

You can also renew items by telephone (061-293265) or at the library issue desk.
Please note that the Short Loan, Video + DVD collections are not renewable. Loans can be renewed 1 time only.

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Edugate

LIT Library provides access to Dawsonera, IEEE, EBSCO, Emerald and ScienceDirect using Shibboleth via Irish Edugate Federation, service provided by HEANet.

If you are asked for an Institutional/Shibboleth login please use your LIT login details. This is the same username and password that you use for LIT email and Moodle account.

 

 

To sign in to Dawsonera:

choose Shibboleth login and find and select Limerick Institute of Technology:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To log in to EBSCO: choose Shibboleth/Institutional login, find Irish Edugate Federation and select Limerick Institute of Technology:

 

 

To log in to Emerald: choose Shibboleth/Institutional login, find Irish Edugate Federation / select Limerick Institute of Technology:

 

 

To log in to IEEE: choose Athens/Shibboleth, find Limerick Institute of Technology:

 

 

To log in to ScienceDirect: choose Other institution login, find Edugate Federation and select Limerick Institute of Technology:

 

 

 

 

 

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Accessing Dawsonera

 

How do I log onto dawsonera?
LIT Library provides remote access to Dawsonera using Shibboleth via Edugate. If you are asked for an Institutional/Shibboleth login please use your LIT login details. This is the same username and password that you use for LIT email.

 


What is dawsonera ?
Dawsonera is an eBook platform which provides access to academic books from the world's leading publishers, across all disciplines and subjects. Items purchased by the library can be viewed in full text. You also have access to non-owned content for 5 minutes; these titles can be found by searching the dawsonera website.

How to find the eBooks?
Each title can be accessed via a link from the Library catalogue, Summon or directly via the dawsonera Reader Portal. By clicking on the tab eBook catalogue you will access the available eBooks.

How to find the eBooks?
Each title can be accessed via a link from the Library catalogue, or directly via the dawsonera Reader Portal. By clicking on the tab ‘eBook catalogue’ you will access the available eBooks.

Can I print or extract portions of an eBook?
Yes, you may print up to 5% of the book or copy 5% of the text - but no more than that. The system is set-up to regulate this automatically, and informs the user of how many pages are left to print or copy.
If you download the title you will not be able to copy any part of the text. The system enables you to append your own notes and comments, export citations and bookmark your favourite titles or chapters.

Can an eBook be downloaded for offline reading?
Yes, it is possible to download the eBook to a laptop or memory stick. This will be as a PDF file. You can download an eBook for either 1 or 2 days, after which access to the download will be denied. You can then go back to download it again or read it online.

More information

 

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Student portal log in


If you are a student your user name is: Student\Knumber or Student\Pnumber (for example: Student\K00123456).
Your password is the same as the one you use to log on to your LIT account

If you are a staff member your user name is: litdom\name.surname (for example litdom\jane.smith).
Your password is the same as the one you use to log on to your LIT account

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