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Bank holiday and other non standard times should be checked on the Moodle Library Page

E-SourcesServicesAboutInter-Library LoansOpen Access Resources A-Z

Academic programmes at Independent College are supported by the Library Catalogue and a range of electronic databases including:

Dawsonera Ebooks
EBSCO Business Source Elite
EBSCO Ebook Business Collection
EBSCO Regional Business News
Sage Research Methods
Thomson Reuters One: Practical Law,
Thomson Reuters Westlaw Ireland,
Thomson Reuters Westlaw UK

All of these are accessible through Open Athens.

To create an Open Athens account, or library account, please contact the library. You can contact us at

Link to Library Catalogue – Click here to access the Catalogue Online

The following collections are available to support Independent College academic programs: Business, Law, Business Theses, Law Theses, Reference Collection (Business and Law), Research Collection, and Law Periodicals
International House courses are supported by the following collections: IH English Collection Level 1-6 and advanced; IH Reference Collection, and the CELTA/DELTA Collection.

Research Services:
Reference/Query Desk: Need research help? Drop by, call (018773921), or email us at For more advanced assistance book an appointment through the Research Assistance Program.

Research Assistance Program: Significant research projects often require more assistance than can be given on-the-spot at the Reference/Query Desk. Book an appointment to meet with the librarian for individual research assistance tailored to your topic. Email to set up an appointment.

Information Literacy Program: Book a guest lecture on research skills tailored to your course content. Information literacy includes everything from the ability to find, interpret, and think critically about information as well as identifying fake news, media bias, credible websites, academic sources, etc.

Research Guides: Harvard Referencing, Plagiarism

Other Services:

• Print and photocopy services (colour printing not available) for a price
• Athens and Moodle support
• Study Spaces: Quiet and group study spaces available. Ask at the Reference Desk for available study spaces.

The Joshua Dawson Library is situated on the second floor of the Independent College campus at Block B, Steelworks, Foley Street. The main library collections support the College programmes in Law and Business at undergraduate and post graduate level. There are additional collections to support CPD diplomas and short courses.

The library has generous opening hours, extended around examination times. While the library remains the hub of research resources and services, there is online access throughout the building via the College WiFi network, as well as from external locations. Registered students can access the subscribed College databases from work and home.

A full range of academic services is offered to students at the Joshua Dawson Library, and the student’s educational experience is enhanced by a range of research tutorials delivered from the library.

If you can’t find what you are looking for in our catalog, try our interlibrary (ILL) service and browse other libraries such as Athlone Institute of Technology and see if what you want is available.

How to place an ILL request:
Check to see if that the item is not already available through our catalogue or databases. Next check to see if the item is available at AIT by searching their catalogue at If you are looking for a particular journal title click here to see if it’s available.

Request an ILL by sending an email to including the following information (feel free to copy and paste into an email). Items marked with an asterisk or * are required for completing an ILL request on your behalf. Please include as much information as possible:

Your Full Name*
Your Student/Faculty Card Number*
Your Email*
Phone Number*
Item Format*

If known please also include the following information:

Publication Date
Publisher ISBN

What can be requested?
Materials available through ILL include:

• Books
• Copies of articles from magazines, newspapers or conference proceedings
• Photocopies of specific information from non-circulating books

How to Request Theses:
Request UK theses through EThOS. Please note that neither Oxford nor Cambridge universities are currently participating in the EThOS scheme, so requests for copies of their theses must be made directly to their Imaging/Reprographic departments:

Bodleian Library,
Oxford Cambridge University Library

Many US Ph.D. theses are available for purchase/download directly from ProQuest’s Dissertation Express service. Obtain access to Canadian theses through Library and Archives Canada.

Materials NOT available through ILL include:
• Audiovisual materials (CDs, audio tapes, CDROMs, videocassettes, DVDs)
• Non-circulating/reference materials
• Books published in the current or previous year
• Items priced under €10
• Magazines, except photocopies of specific articles
• Rare, old or fragile books
• Computer software and computer games
• eBooks or other electronic resources

What is the loan period for ILLs?
Loan periods are set by the lending library and are two or three weeks. Please return materials promptly. Renewals are not allowed and items may not be re-requested for a three month period. Lending libraries may place restrictions on the use of their materials, for example, “Library use only.”

What are the charges when using ILL?
There is no charge for using the service unless you are requesting a thesis through repositories such as EThOS, Proquest, or Library and Archives Canada.

How long do I have to wait before my ILL request is filled?
Please request early and allow two-three weeks for your request to be filled. Library staff at Independent College do not fulfil the request, instead we check other libraries and email their staff to see if it’s available. It is at the discretion of the library staff at other institutions to find the material and lend it to us. For this reason not every request will be fulfilled.

    Open Access Resources A-Z

Academic Journals:

Open access to many professional journals including:

Journal of Law & Conflict Resolution
International Journal of Peace & Development Studies
International NGO Journal

Business Research:
The official journal of the German Academic Association of Business Research bridges the borders of subfields in business research by covering both traditional fields of business administration and cross-functional, multidisciplinary research that reflects the complex character of business problems.

DART-Europe: e-Theses Portal
DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. DART-Europe is endorsed by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche), and it is the European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

Digital Commons Network:
Brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of thousands of universities and colleges worldwide including:
Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Journal
Pepperdine Law Review

Directory of Open Access Journals:
Linking together thousands of open access journals and over a million open access articles including:

Survey Research Methods:
The official peer-reviewed journal of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA), deals primarily with large scale surveys and covers topics from survey design to data collection.

Dublin Business Review:
An open access journal published by Dublin Business School.

Journal of Mediation and Applied Conflict Analysis:
Maynooth University’s bi-annual, online-only, open access journal covering all aspects of mediation, restorative practices, and conflict intervention, as well as interdisciplinary topics where applied conflict analysis forms the central theme.

Journal of Research Practice:
A quality-conscious peer-reviewed journal, published online by Athabasca University Press (AU Press), Canada, in the open-access model.

Law Society Gazette:
Ireland’s No.1 source of daily legal news service for legal professionals and the general public.

Methodology: European Journal of Research Methods for Behavioral and Social Sciences:
The official journal of the European Association of Methodology (EAM), that covers the three main disciplines: data analysis, research methodology, and psychometrics.

National Institutional Repositories:

Dublin Business School IR – DBS eSource (Dublin Business School Open Access Repository)
Dublin City University IR – DORAS (DCU Online Research Access Service)
Dublin Institute of Technology IR – ARROW (Archiving Research Resources on the Web)
Dundalk Institute of Technology IR – STÓR (Dundalk Institute of Technology’s Open Access Repository)
Health Service Executive IR – LENUS (The Irish Health Repository)
Mary Immaculate College IR – Mary Immaculate College Institutional Repository & Digital Archive
Maynooth University IR – Maynooth University ePrint and eTheses Archive
NUIG IR – ARAN (Access to Research at NUIG)
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland IR – e-publications
Teagasc IR – T-Stór (Teagasc’s Open Access Repository)
Trinity College Dublin IR – TARA (Trinity’s Access to Research Archive)
University College Cork IR – CORA (Cork Open Research Archive)
University College Dublin IR – Research_Online@UCD
University Limerick IR
Waterford Institute of Technology IR

Open Access Library:
An academic search engine, publisher, and shared academic database. Download research papers for free or submit your own.

An authoritative directory of over 2,000 academic open access repositories. OpenDOAR lets you search for repositories or search repository contents.

RIAN: Open Access Irish research publications
Rian, the Irish word for path, is the outcome of a sectoral higher education project supported by the Irish Government’s ‘Strategic Innovation Fund’. Project planning was carried out by the seven Irish university libraries, DCU, NUIG, Maynooth University, TCD, UCC, UCD, UL and was supported by the Irish Universities Association (IUA).

SSRN Conflict & Dispute Resolution eJournal:
More than 400 recent and historical scholarly articles on many alternative dispute resolution topics.

SSRN Litigation, Procedure, & Dispute Resolution Resolution eJournals:
Access to thousands of recent and historical scholarly articles on several aspects of legal practice, including alternative dispute resolution.

SSRN Negotiation & Dispute Resolution eJournal:
This resource provides free online access to thousands of recent and historical scholarly articles on topics relating to negotiation and dispute resolution.