Creative Writing Competition 2015

A Creative Gathering

The annual award ceremony for the DCU Library Creative Writing Competition took place on Thursday 21st May, 2015. The competition, now in its sixteenth year is open to Adult Literacy Groups throughout North Dublin. The winning entry “Growing up in Finglas in the 60s” by Jimmy Conway was presented on the night by Dublin writer Daniel Seery. Jimmy’s entry was submitted through the Ballymun Adult Read and Write Scheme.

It was fitting that Daniel was the guest writer this year as he has long been associated with the competition through his work in DCU Library. Daniel has been writing for many years, his first novel “A Model Partner” was published in 2014 and his essays are regularly featured on Arena, RTE Radio One’s arts and culture show.


Ten commendations were also awarded on the night to: Rachel Baker, Stephen Burnett, Peter Byrne, Robert Corrigan, Sonya Grimes, Moira Ingle, Hazel McDonald, Anne McManus, Liz Miley and Enrica Novaro.

Guest speaker, Daniel Seery spoke about how apparent it was that the entrants had a natural understanding as to what makes good stories and good prose. He said – “Strip away all the detail and it is this natural understanding which is the heartbeat of your work and it’s what you build your craft upon.”


Daniel mentioned advice from other guest speakers in the past and offered advice to the writers on how to progress with their work. He encouraged them to “think of themselves as being writers”, to share their work with other writers and to avoid being fearful of making mistakes when learning the craft. He finished by advising all entrants to just keep doing what they are doing. “We are overwhelmed every year with the talent of the writers,’ he said. “ The work we get is not only funny and emotional. But it’s brave too. And genuinely inspiring.

CWC - Dan and winner

(l-r) Daniel Seery, Jimmy Conway (winner)


(l-r back row ) Peter Byrne, Moira Ingle, Daniel Seery, Robert Corrigan, Stephen Burnett and Jimmy Conway.
(l-r front row) Enrica Novaro, Hazel McDonald, Rachel Baker, Ann McManus and Sonya Grimes.

Some important Library updates

With exams fast approaching, we are keen to ensure that the Library provides you with a comfortable environment that can meet your needs at this busy time of year. To this end, we are happy to announce the following series of measures.

Library policies: a fresh start We would like to take this opportunity to emphasise the following specific policies in the lead up to the exams:

Policy on the Ground Floor:                              

Policy Poster 2 Ground

Policy on the 1st and 2nd Floors:

Policy Poster Quiet

Library monitor A Library Monitor has been employed to monitor noise levels around the building and intervene where necessary to ensure that all students can work effectively. In addition, several other members of staff will be roving the building on a regular basis to help enforce the policies listed above. Please do your part and support Library staff!
Training Room 1 now open for general PC access
We are delighted to announce that starting on Monday 20th April, Training Room 1 on the ground floor of the Library will be opened up for general access to all students. There are 30 networked PCs in Training Room 1, which should go some way to meeting increased demand for PCs in the coming weeks. The rules of use are listed on the whiteboard at the far end of the room.
Maths Learning Centre: additional group study space
Starting on Monday 27th April the MLC will be offering drop-in sessions with tutors every day from 10am – 1pm for the two weeks of study up to Friday 8th May. Outside of these drop-in hours, the MLC will be available as a group study space to all students.
Sunday opening
We’d like to remind you that the Library will be open on the following Sundays throughout April and May for study only from 10am – 5pm:
– Sunday 19th April
– Sunday 26th April
– Sunday 3rd May
– Sunday 10th May
– Sunday 17th May

New Wiley Encyclopedia of Management

We now have print and online access to the new edition of the Wiley Encyclopedia of Management.

It’s the perfect source for short, expert articles on major concepts in business. So if you’d like to know more about deviant customers or talent management or pyramid selling then take a look.

A copy of the print edition was kindly donated to the library by Patrick Flood and Yseult Freeney of DCU Business School, the editors of the Organisational Behaviour volume.



Pictured L-R are Jiafeng Jin, DCU Business School; Dr Anne Sinnott, Executive Dean, DCU Business School; Jack Hyland, DCU Library; Dr Yseult Freeney, DCU Business School; Professor Patrick Flood, DCU Business School

Over 300 international contributors helped to make the Encyclopedia of Organisational Behaviour happen. At DCU Business School they included both faculty and PhD scholars:

Janine Bosak, Sarah Jane Cullinane, Edel Conway, Jennifer Farrell, Yseult Freeney, Yuhui Gao, Claire Gubbins, Lauren Hamel, Brian Harney, Rachel Kidney, Steven Kilroy, Mary Kinahan, Melrona Kirrane, Cyril Kirwan, Des Mc Laughlin, John Mc Mackin, and Shuo Wang.

The volumes available are:
Volume 1 Accounting
Volume 2 Business Ethics
Volume 3 Entrepreneurship
Volume 4 Finance
Volume 5 Human Resource Management
Volume 6 International Management
Volume 7 Management Information Systems
Volume 8 Managerial Economics
Volume 9 Marketing
Volume 10 Operations Management
Volume 11 Organizational Behavior
Volume 12 Strategic Management
Volume 13 Technology and Innovation Management


Speaking Volumes Exhibition Launch – Monday 9th March

Speaking Volumes is a unique project giving people with HIV the chance to share their sound-recorded stories and experiences of living with HIV. The exhibition will be launched in DCU on Monday 9th March after which will be located in the DCU library for one month before commencing an Irish tour.

For more information:

How to Avoid Plagiarism – training schedule semester two 2015

citing3 How to avoid plagiarism – learn to cite and reference using the Harvard Style. This short presentation, followed by a questions and answers, will help you to understand plagiarism and show you how to avoid it by citing and referencing information sources correctly using the Harvard Style of referencing. No Booking is required, however classes are limited to 30 per class and work on a first come basis. Just turn up at Training Room 1 on the ground floor of the Library.

Updated – How to Avoid Plagiarism class schedule Semester 2, 2015:

RefWorks – Training Schedule, Semester Two 2015


RefWorks is a web-based citation manager, which allows you to compile, edit and format bibliographies by importing references directly from library databases, the library catalogue, Google Scholar and other websites, or by entering them manually and inserting them into your finished paper in the citation style of your choice (eg. Harvard).

Before attending it is important that you sign up for a new account with RefWorks. Please see the following guide for details:

How to set up a new account on RefWorks

Before attending, it is also important to understand the principles of citing and referencing and have used the library databases. If you feel that you need to brush up on your citing and referencing skills, please consider attending one of the Citing & Referencing classes before taking the RefWorks workshop.

Introduction to RefWorks workshop will cover:
– creating a Refworks account
– saving references from academic databases to your Refworks account
– saving books references from the DCU Library Catalogue
– inserting Refworks citations into a Word document using Write-N-Cite
– creating a Reference List/Bibliography with your citations

Classes are held in Training Room 1, Ground Floor, Library. (Check the whiteboard in the ground floor lobby area for up-to-date details). All Welcome  – no need to book, however classes are limited to 25 per class and work on a first come basis.

Semester 2 Workshops 2015

RefWorks Schedule

Exam preparation

With Christmas fast approaching, we thought you might find it useful to have some pointers on exam preparation materials as you prepare for the Semester 1 exams.

Exam Tips for Students – A step by step guide to getting the results that you want
Produced by DCU Student Support & Development, this guide includes lots of great tips, a sample study timetable, and a useful exam check list.

 Suggested Reading (Books and Chapters)

  • Chapter 2.5 “Excelling in Exams”, pages 175- 212 in Effective Study Skills by Geraldine Price and Pat Maier, 2007
    Shelved in the library at: 378.170281/PRI
  • Chapter 13 “Memory”, pages 293-308 and  Chapter 14 “Revision and Exams”, pages 309- 324 in The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell, 2008
    Shelved in the library at: 378.170281/COT
  • Chapter 11 “Keeping it together: managing stress, staying in control and being ready for the exams“, pages 171-199 in The Ultimate Study Skills Handbook, 2010
    Available as an eBook