Wednesday, 12 February 2020

CUP Journals Digital Archive

The Library now has access to the Cambridge University Press journals digital archive which was was recently purchased by IReL.

This online collection provides access to more than 450 journals, including 1.2 million articles and more than 6 million pages of content from their first issues (volume 1, issue 1) up to the date the journals were first published online. (The Library already has access to current issues of Cambridge University Press journals via a separate license).

A complete listing of titles in the Cambridge University Press journals digital archive is available here.

Access to all the journal titles is available via the library catalogue.

Collection Development

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Exhibition of New Astronomy and Astrobiology Books in the Library Foyer

We have added some popular and specialist astronomy and astrobiology titles to the Library's collection over the last few months.

Many of these are visually attractive books in their own right and we are exhibiting a selection in the Library Foyer.

Please have a browse and feel free to borrow.

Below is a snapshot of titles that we have added to the Library's collection recently:

Space atlas : mapping the universe and beyond
James Trefil 1938- author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic 2019 Second edition.
Main Library Open Access (520.223 TRE )

Hubble's universe : greatest discoveries and latest images
Terence Dickinson author.
Buffalo, New York : Firefly Books 2017 New updated and expanded edition.; 2nd edition.
Main Library Open Access (522.2919 DIC )

Worlds beyond our own : the search for habitable planets
Sujan Sengupta author.
New York : Springer 2015
Main Library Open Access (523.24 SEN )

Universe : exploring the astronomical world.
London : Phaidon Press Limited 2017
Main Library Open Access (704.9495231 UNI )

An introduction to astrobiology
David A. Rothery editor. Open University.
Cambridge ; New York 2018.
Main Library Open Access (576.839 INT )

Astrobiology : the search for life elsewhere in the universe
Andrew May (Andrew James), author.
London : Icon 2019
Main Library Open Access (576.839 MAY )

Current trends in astrobiology
C. Sivaram author.
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK : Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2018
Main Library Open Access (576.839 SIV )

Astrobiology : understanding life in the universe
Charles Cockell author.
Chichester, West Sussex, UK : Wiley Blackwell 2015
Main Library Open Access (576.839 COC )

Unlocking the secrets of white dwarf stars
H. M. Van Horn (Hugh Moody), 1938- author.
Cham Springer 2015
Main Library Open Access (523.887 VAN )

Astrophysical techniques
C. R. Kitchin (Christopher R.), author.
Boca Raton : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group 2014 Sixth edition.
Main Library Open Access (523.01 KIT )

Welcome to the universe : an astrophysical tour
Neil deGrasse. Tyson Michael Abram Strauss; J. Richard Gott
Princeton : Princeton University Press 2016
Main Library Open Access (523.1 TYS )

Skyscapes : the role and importance of the sky in archaeology
Fabio Silva (Fabio P.), editor.; Nicholas Campion editor.
Oxford : Oxbow Books 2015
Main Library Open Access (523.1 SKY )

Digital SLR astrophotography
Michael A. Covington 1957- author.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2018 Second edition.
Main Library Open Access (522.63 COV )

Extragalactic astronomy and cosmology : an introduction
P. Schneider (Peter), 1958- author.
Heidelberg : Springer 2015 Second edition.
Main Library Open Access (523.112 SCH )

To measure the sky : an introduction to observational astronomy
Frederick R. Chromey 1944- author.
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press 2016 Second edition.
Main Library Open Access (522 CHR )

Complete spectroscopy for amateur astronomers
Richard Walker 1951- author. Marc F. M. Trypsteen author.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2017
Main Library Open Access (522.67 WAL )

Observatories and telescopes of modern times : ground-based optical and radio astronomy facilities since 1945
David Leverington 1941-
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2017
Main Library Open Access (522.1 LEV )

Weird universe : exploring the most bizarre ideas in cosmology
David A. J. Seargent (David Allan John), 1947- author.
Cham : Springer 2015
Main Library Open Access (520 SEA )

Introduction to astronomical spectroscopy
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press 2013
Main Library Open Access (522.67 APP )

Collection Development

Thursday, 30 January 2020

New Popular Reading books

The Library has recently added a number of titles to our Popular Reading Collection. These are a mixture of fiction, memoir and popular titles in a variety of genres.                    

The body : a guide for occupants
Bill Bryson.  
Popular Reading (612 BRY )


Chest pain : a man, a stent and a camper van
Michael P. Harding
Popular Reading  (362.1961237 HAR)                                            
The secret commonwealth           
Philip Pullman 

The binding
Bridget Collins 

Drive your plow over the bones of the dead
Olga Tokarczuk 
Popular Reading (891.8537 TOK )

Agent Running in the Field 
John Le Carré
Popular Reading (823.91 LeC)

Once, twice, three times an Aisling
Emer McLysaght, Sarah Breen
Popular Reading (828.993 McLy)

The Year of the Monkey
Patti Smith
Popular Reading (782.42166092 SMI)

Akin: a novel
Emma Donoghue
Popular Reading (828.993 DON)

......and many more to choose from.

Collection Development

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Reading Lists - Prepare for Semester II Teaching

Use the Library's Reading List Service to get your reading list materials up to date and available to your students. 

This service:

  • prioritises your reading lists  
  • orders required books/e-books
  • digitises chapters and articles (in line with copyright regulations) 
  • links from the Blackboard module to the list for your students.

The reading lists dashboard feature shows 
how often lists have been accessed
and materials used by students.
-There is no requirement for separate book ordering. 

-Unlike direct links added to Blackboard, the resources will all be available off-campus. 

-Each list will roll-over automatically into the new academic year

-Reading Lists can be shared if there are a number of staff teaching a module.

See an example of a reading list that links to our Library catalogue, full-text and web resources.

Book a training session or see our step-by-step user guides and videos on our Reading List web page

Collection Development

Friday, 6 December 2019

National Theatre Collection - new database

National Theatre Collection is a new collection of digital performance resources from Alexander Street Press in collaboration with the UK's National Theatre.

National Theatre Collection provides access to high definition streaming video of world-class productions and unique archival material. The video content currently includes 19 video performances and will expand in 2020 to 30 video performances.

National Theatre Collection features a wide range of works including such performances as:
  • Literary adaptations, such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein adapted by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller
  • Greek classics such as Medea by Euripides, in a contemporary adaptation by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell with Helen McCrory in the title role
  • Vibrant modern stagings of Shakespeare, such as Twelfth Night, directed by Simon Godwin with Tamsin Greig in the role of Malvolia
  • 20th-century classics such as Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs and the Young Vic’s production of Lorca’s Yerma, adapted and directed by Simon Stone with Billie Piper in the title role
  • Comedies such as She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, directed by Jamie Lloyd with a cast including Cush Jumbo and Katherine Kelly
         Access to National Theatre Collection is available via the Library Catalogue.

Collection Development

Open Access Journals on Sustainability

As scholars are increasingly looking for research on environmental issues and their impact on society, JSTOR is providing access to 12 Open Access journals on sustainability. These journals examine diverse topics such as conservation, ecology, population studies, transportation, and urban planning.

Below is a list and links to these Open Access journals on JSTOR. These titles are also available on the Library Catalogue.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford DNB) is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. It offers concise, up-to-date biographies written by named, specialist authors. It is overseen by academic editors at Oxford University and published by Oxford University Press.

The Oxford DNB currently contains over 60,000 biographies, 72 million words, 11,000 portraits of significant, influential or notorious figures who shaped British history. It is updated regularly throughout the year.

A video demo of how to use the Oxford DNB is available here.

Access to the Oxford DNB is available via the library catalogue.

Collection Development

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL) is a major reference work covering topics in international and human rights law.
The MPEPIL contains a detailed
entry on
Northern Ireland 

It deals with both broad and specific legal issues with an emphasis on the latest international legal developments. 

Entries range from legal doctrines to analysis of specific controversies and areas of conflict. It contains 1,618 articles submitted by over 800 authors. 

Examples of topics covered include:

  • Access to Justice
  • Climate Change
  • Foreign relations
  • International courts and tribunals
  • Northern Ireland
  • Space Law
  • Torture, Prohibition of

The updated MPEPIL can be accessed online via the Library Catalogue or through the Law Libguides page.
The latest print edition is available for consultation at 
Law Ref 341.03 MAX

Collection Development

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Are you a Digital Scholar in 2019/2020?

Digital Scholars' Workshops

Developing skills with digital technologies can be a challenge for researchers interested in digital and open scholarship.

To help, the Library, in partnership with the Moore Institute, presents a series of informal workshops to share practice-based expertise, know-how, and experience in technologies and methods, that will enhance your experience of newer forms of scholarship.


Events for 2019/2020 include:

Register and read more below.

Web maps, data visualisation, and mapping with Neatline
26 November 2019. David Kelly and Cillian Joy. G010, Hardiman building, 10:00-13:00

Managing digital collections. Objects, metadata, ingestion, and access
17 December 2019. Aisling Keane. G010, Hardiman building, 10:00-13:00

Scanathon. Crowd-sourced digitisation
14 January 2020. Aisling Keane. G011, Hardiman building, 10:00-13:00

Online and digital identity for scholars
18 February 2020. Blaneth McSharry & Grainne McGrath. G010, Hardiman building, 10:00-13:00

Video production for scholars10 March 2020. Eileen Kennedy. G010, Hardiman building, 10:00-13:00

Working with images in Python for research14 April 2020. Cillian Joy. G010, Hardiman building, 10:00-13:00

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Open Library of Humanities Journals

The James Hardiman Library is a member of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). The OLH's mission is to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future. It is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs).

OLH's publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal, Open Library of Humanities. All of OLH's academic articles are subject to rigorous peer review and the scholarship it publishes showcases some of the most dynamic research taking place in the humanities disciplines.

A complete list of all 26 journals published or supported by OLH is available below. Access to these journals is available here and also via the Library Catalogue.

  • ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts
  • Body, Space & Technology
  • C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writings
  • Digital Studies/Le Champ Numerique
  • Digital Medievalist
  • Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics
  • Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry
  • Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology
  • Le Foucaldien
  • Marvell Studies
  • Open Screens: Journal of the British Association of Film, Television & Screen Studies
  • Orbit: A Journal of American Literature
  • Pynchon Notes
  • Quaker Studies
  • Studies in the Maternal
  • The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
  • The International Journal of Welsh Writing in English 
  • The Journal of Embodied Research
  • The Journal of Portuguese Linguistics
  • The Open Library of Humanities Journal
  • Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal
  • ZFF Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung
  • Ethnologia Europaea: Journal of European Ethnology
  • Francosphères 

Collection Development