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Research Support: Introduction

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

5 Ways to Increase the Impact of your Research!

% ways to increase the impact of your research poster

Increase the impact of your research by:
1. Publishing in high impact journals
2. Collaborating with other researchers
3. Ensuring your research is easily identifiable
4. Increasing the visibility of your research outputs
5. Communicating & promoting your research


I would like to thank the University of Limerick for their permission to use content from their guide:

Upcoming Workshops

The following Online Research Workshops for academic staff, research postgraduates and other researchers are scheduled for the September and Ocober 2020:

1. Effective Searching: How to develop a search strategy & search systematically – Friday 25th September 11am-1pm

This workshop will show you how to:

  • Formulate an effective search strategy to find high quality information relevant to your research area
  • Construct search statements and perform precise searches in Web of Science and other databases using Boolean operators, truncation, wildcards and proximity operators.

2. EndNote Desktop Tutorial – Wednesday 30th September 2pm-3.30pm

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and EndNote users who wish to do a refresher course. The workshop will show you how to:

  • Create an EndNote Library
  • Add references to your Library
  • Organise references in your Library
  • Create bibliographies in Word
  • Edit citations
  • Choose bibliographic styles.

3. Maximising Your Research Impact – Friday 9th October 11am-12.30pm

This workshop will show you tools and techniques to aid you in the following topics:

  • Publishing in high impact journals (e.g. using Journal Citation Reports)
  • Ensuring your research is easily identifiable (e.g. using ORCID and Google Scholar Profiles)
  • Increasing the visibility of your research outputs (e.g. using Open Access and ULIR)
  • Communicating & promoting your research (e.g. using Twitter and blogs).

4. Bibliometrics: Measuring Your Research Impact – Tuesday 20th October 2pm-3.30pm

This workshop will show explain what bibliometrics and altmetrcs are. It will demonstrate tools to aid you in measuring the impact of your research such as:

  • Web of Science
  • Scopus (SciVal)
  • Google Scholar (Publish or Perish)
  • Dimensions

These workshops will be delivered by Dr Fintan Bracken and Breda Connell and will take place via Blackboard Collaborate. Please reserve your place using this booking form.

Further workshops on other topics will be scheduled throughout the year.

Research Support at IT Carlow Library

IT Carlow Library 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 Lifelong Learning & Research Services Librarian, the Deputy Librarian and the Liaison Librarians.

Services the Library provides include:

  • Providing training and support on bibliometrics including journal impact measures, h-index and altmetrics
  • Providing support on measuring your research impact and tracking your citations
  • Advising on how to increase the visibility of your research and maximise the impact of your research
  • Advising on open access publishing including funding agency policies
  • Advising on author/publisher copyright permissions regarding open access publishing
  • Providing training and support on the use of IT Carlow's Institutional Repository

Deputy Librarian

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Fintan Bracken
+353 (0)59 9175770

Lifelong Learning & Research Services Librarian

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Breda Connell
+353 (0)59 9175776

Liaison Librarians

Liaison Librarian to Faculty of Business and Humanities

Brigid Carey  |  Ext. 5763  |  Email:

Liaison Librarian to Faculty of Engineering

Rónán Lynch  |  Ext. 5761  |  Email:

Liaison Librarian to Faculty of Science

Simon Perry  |  Ext. 5766  |  Email: