Thursday 27 October 2011

Samhain, Day of the Dead, Halloween, and the scary side of ARTstor

Samhain, Halloween and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) are coming. Find out what these celebrations have in common, and celebrate the season with thousands of suitably macabre images from the ARTstor Digital Library from

Wednesday 26 October 2011

College students' social networking experiences on Facebook

Millions of contemporary young adults use social networking sites. However, little is known about how much, why, and how they use these sites. In this study, 92 undergraduates completed a diary-like measure each day for a week, reporting daily time use and responding to an activities checklist to assess their use of the popular social networking site, Facebook. At the end of the week, they also completed a follow-up survey. Results indicated that students use Facebook approximately 30 min throughout the day as part of their daily routine. Students communicated on Facebook using a one-to-many style, in which they were the creators disseminating content to their friends. Even so, they spent more time observing content on Facebook than actually posting content. Facebook was used most often for social interaction, primarily with friends with whom the students had a pre-established relationship offline. In addition to classic identity markers of emerging adulthood, such as religion, political ideology, and work, young adults also used media preferences to express their identity. Implications of social networking site use for the development of identity and peer relationships are discussed.

The full text of this article is available from the Science Direct Database
Tiffany A. Pempek, Yevdokiya A. Yermolayeva, 
Sandra L. Calvert, 
College students' 
social networking experiences on Facebook, 
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 
Volume 30, Issue 3, May-June 2009, 
Pages 227-238, ISSN 0193-3973, 

Subject Librarian Drop-in-Clinics

Are you struggling to find information for your assignments? Need help with your dissertation?
Do not know where to begin?
Just cannot cope with referencing?
Not sure when to paraphrase and when to quote?
Why not come to a drop-in clinic?

The Subject Librarians are commencing drop-in-clinics at the Library beginning this Thursday in SR2 from 12.15 to 1.15.

Each Subject Librarian will have their own clinic and we begin this week with Ciarán Quinn the Subject Librarian for Science and Engineering.
Ciarán will be available each Thursday at this time.

If the time isn’t convenient you can also contact Ciarán for an individual consultation at 7086151 or

A full timetable of these sessions will be made available shortly.

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Tuesday 11 October 2011

Improve your academic writing skills at the Writing Centre

The NUI Maynooth Writing Centre has been established by the Centre for Teaching and Learning to support student academic writing. The Writing Centre is based in Rye Hall and co-located with the Mathematics Support Centre. The Writing Centre offers free, friendly, non-judgemental writing help to any student, undergraduate or postgraduate, regardless of course, degree or level. Students can drop in on their own or in groups to work with tutors on course work or material/topics with which they may be having trouble. Students may also book one-to-one appointments to discuss their writing with peer tutors. In addition, the Centre offers writing workshops, supports writing groups, engages in discipline specific work and carries out research.

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Germany returns skulls to Namibia

 Hundreds of Namibians have welcomed home the skulls of 20 of their ancestors that were taken to Germany for racial experiments more than a century ago.

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