Monday 13 November 2017


Finding a print journal

·         First students should go to the DIT library catalogue. Then, go to the drop down box and click on Journal Title (see image below).

·         Type in the title of the journal and click submit. You will be brought to a page with a list of journals that have the same name (see image below). When you see a global symbol (see arrows) under the journal title this means that it is available online.

·        Click on the first title and the location of the journal will be given (see image below). Make sure the journal is in Cathal Brugha library and then check the call #. If this is not the journal you are searching for click on next record.

·         Remember to look for the library has section (underlined in green above) this lets students and staff know how far back the print journals go. In the library we keep, at most, three years of a journal and later issues are kept in the Grangegorman store. If you require a journal from an earlier year, and it is available in store, you can request this journal at the library desk.

·        Print journals are kept in the back of the library, through the double doors on the right.

·        Newer editions are to the right and the back left of the journal room. Under the flap of the shelf you will find later editions from this year (see image above). Back issues from 2014-2016 are kept in boxes on the left-hand shelf.

Tuesday 31 October 2017


Looks like an exciting night out. Fireworks outside Cathal Brugha Library

Friday 27 October 2017


Murder most delectable’ is an anthology of short crime stories whose common elements include food, restaurants, and food preparation. 

Monday 23 October 2017


‘Drawn to the dark’ looks into the more mythical aspects of tourism, giving an insight into folklore’s such as: Krampus; Dante’s Florence; demons of Japan; Ireland’s mystical dead and much more… For the thrill seekers out there enjoy this guide to monster hunting at Cathal Brugha Street Library. 

Tuesday 17 October 2017


Halloween is right around the corner, a holiday full of costumes, extra make-up and candy. It is fair to say that Dublin is a great place to spend Halloween and, Cathal Brugha Street library offers an array of recipes to help with your creepy festivities. Enjoy this pumpkin pie recipe from p.168 of ‘Tarts and pies’ by Philippa Vanstone.

Pumpkin pie
Serves 6-8

Sweet short crust pastry
200g (7oz) softened unsalted butter
200g (7oz) caster sugar
2 eggs 400g (14 oz) plain flour, sifted

1 egg yolk
425g (14 oz ) pumpkin puree
2 eggs
150 g (5 oz) caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cloves
284ml carton double cream

Cream the butter and sugar together. Mix in eggs and then mix in flour to form a smooth paste. Roll the pastry out to about 2.5 cm (I inch) thick, wrap in grease proof paper and then cling film. Rest for 15 minutes in the fridge. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured work surface to 3mm (1/8 inch) thick. Lightly grease and line the base of a 23cm (9 in) diameter, 4cm (1 ½ in) deep pie dish. Lightly prick the base of the case and rest the lined case in the fridge for 20 minutes.
(or buy pre-made pastry)

Bake the pastry blind for 10-15 minutes, remove the baking beans and bake for a further 5 minutes. The pastry should be pale to golden in colour. Brush the pastry case with a little egg yolk and bake for a further minute. Remove the pastry case from the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 180 degrees c, 160 degrees c fan oven.

Mix together the pumpkin puree, eggs, and remaining yolk and sugar. Then stir in the spices and cream. Pour the mixture into the pie case and bake for 45-50 minutes until set. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Monday 16 October 2017


Literature reviews can be daunting, luckily D.I.T. libraries offer you a range of excellent guides to help you complete your review. Check the D.I.T. library catalogue and find a guide that suits your study needs. Just click 'keyword' on the drop down box (see below),
and type in literature review. 

Keyword is a good way of searching for a book when you don't know the title or author.

Friday 6 October 2017


Dinner with Darwin looks at the evolution of our taste buds from the first cooking caveman to today. It looks at the effect of natural selection on our palates. For an interesting read find Dinner with Darwin at Cathal Brugha Street Library.