Friday, 24 March 2017

"Outside the Walls": Research in the Community
Seminar hosted by Special Collections, Hardiman Library,
 NUI, Galway

Thursday, 6 April, 14.45-17.00
 Hardiman Research Building, G011

Speakers: Marie Mannion, (County Galway Heritage Officer), Prof. Noel Wilkins, (Galway Archaeological & Historical Society), Professor Gerry Jennings (Western Family History Association), Dr. Christy Cunniffe, Archaeologist. Panel Discussion facilitated by Dr. Nessa Cronin, Irish Studies. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

3 Database Trials End Soon

The following database trials will expire on Friday, 31 March:
  • Electronic Enlightenment
  • Kanopy (online films and documentaries)
  • Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History
These resources can be accessed via the database trials page.

Please complete the database trial feedback form provided for each resource of interest.

Collection Development

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Martin McGuinness - In Conflict and Peace: From the Archives

The recent stepping away from active political life by Martin McGuinness and from his role as Deputy First Minister, signalled a polemic shift in the political landscape in Northern Ireland, His passing today, aged 66, has further intensified the consideration of his life and role in Northern Ireland, and his journey from conflict to peace, over many decades.

The perhaps unknown role that Martin McGuinness played, over many years, in negotiating a peaceful and sustained end to conflict in Northern Ireland can be seen within the archive of mediator Brendan Duddy. Brendan Duddy was born in Derry on 10 June 1936. He became a businessman in his native city, and by the early 1970s he owned and managed two fish-and-chip shops, one in Beechwood Avenue (Creggan) and another in William Street. Duddy knew Martin McGuinness in the 1960s when McGuinness worked for a supplier company delivering burgers to Duddy's shops - at a time when McGuinness's interest in politics was not yet kindled.
Screenshot of "Walter" material, Duddy Digital Archive, NUI Galway

At the time it would have been impossible for anyone to predict the central roles both men would play over the course of the following decades.

One section of the Duddy papers pertain to a figure known as ‘Walter'. These items, now digitised and available from the Hardiman Library, reveal the extent of efforts by "Walter"  - the active code-name for Martin McGuinness - and particularly his and Duddy's period of close co-operation in 1993. The files include detailed draft and final correspondence and memoranda sent by Brendan Duddy to McGuinness, which show the level of tense and prolonged discussions regarding the Peace Process of the early 1990s and the later Good Friday Agreement of 1998. The files also include other items such as relevant newspaper cuttings focusing on McGuinness.

Telex from Duddy to McGuinness, 1999

Examples include a dossier of three letters from Brendan Duddy to Martin McGuinness, previously sent 21 March - 19 June 1999, copied by telefax to an unidentified recipient in September 1999, detailing the central role and importance played by McGuinness in peace talks. As key mediator in this long process, Duddy, here codenamed as “June”, writes to McGuinness, stating “The War is indeed over and I sincerely hope you can deliver the peace.”. Further letters from Duddy to McGuiness discuss the problematic process of decommissioning of weapons and as recent as June 2006, a letter from Brendan urges McGuinness to “keep driving the Peace Process forward as you have been doing over the last twenty years.” (pol35_585)

Typescript of letter from Duddy to McGuiness, 1999

The Duddy archive offers an indispensable account of understanding and of previously unknown information about the arduous and lengthy and also at times unsuccessful attempts at stabilising peace in Norther Ireland over nearly forty years. The role of Martin McGuinness in this process can be understood in a broader capacity as this archive is digitally available:

Student Reading List Experience - Survey Results

Last semester the Collection Development team ran a survey aimed at undergraduate students. We asked a number of questions on reading list use and how students were finding using the new Reading List System. 

There were 39 respondents across a range of disciplines with the majority coming from the School of Business and Economics. 

Some of the key results were:

  • 95% agreed they are more likely to read items from their reading list when they are easily accessible.
  • 71% agreed or strongly agreed that the Reading List System makes preparing for exams, essays and projects more straightforward.
  • 61% agreed that the Reading List System improved overall engagement with the course module. Some 37% neither agreed or disagreed with the statement.

Survey Comments
As often is the case with surveys, the comments were interesting:
"I think it is a brilliant idea as it allows lecturers to provide students with the books they recommend or have used for a particular topic that is available in the library."
"I have only used the reading list system for one of my modules, but it has cut out the usual fiasco of trawling library search pages which is very helpful. "
          "It's easy to use and reliable."
Some students complained that their reading lists were not updated during the semester or some links to material were unclear. The overall response though is very positive and clearly demonstrates the benefits of the Reading List System for students. It does reinforce the need for the Library and lecturers to work closely together to provide straightforward access to course materials in a thorough and consistent manner.

For more information including guides and online tutorials see the Reading List page.

Collection Development

Monday, 20 March 2017

Researching Your Essay: where to start, and where to go once you have started?

What do the lecturers mean when  they ask you to research your essays? Can you find good material on google? Are some sources more reliable than others? Are you expected to read every source you find? How do you know which sources to use?

In a specially organised workshop on Tuesday 21 March at 2.30, we will answer these questions and to show how to use the library databases to brainstorm your topic, come up with original ideas, and identify the best sources for your essays. 

The workshop is suitable for both Arts and Science students. 
It is free, but please register in advance 

The presenters are Kris Meen and Ira Ruppo (AWC). 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

IOPscience extra

The Library now provides access to IOPscience extra, an archive of expanded content from the Institute of Physics.

"IOPscience extra hosts some of the most sought-after articles in science today, providing international breakthroughs and pioneering achievements from prolific researchers."
The new content includes:
The complete IOP journal archive
Comprising more than 700,000 articles, the database is an indispensable resource for the physics community containing  every IOP article published since 1874.
The Physics World Archive
Physics World is widely recognised as the world’s must-read magazine in physics. You can now access every article published since the magazine’s launch in 1988.
New for 2017 – two journals from the American Astronomical Society
The Astrophysical Journal alone received the highest number of citations of all journals in its JCR category in 2015, beating second place by more than 35%.
See the full journal listing of content available through IOPscience extra. All journals can be accessed by title via the Library Catalogue.
Collection Development

Monday, 13 March 2017

Accessing the Library's databases? Don't use Internet Explorer

Over the past year, more and more of our database providers have worked to increase the security of their resources. In addition to this, databases are becoming more technically complex and offer a huge suite of options for you to choose to make your research better.

However, the increase in security and complexity means that Internet Explorer regularly has problems when trying to display content from these databases. Problems include false security warnings, .pdfs of articles not displaying, even the layout of the database not displaying properly.

As a result, we would recommend using either Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari as the best browsers to maximise your search experience, and make the full range of database tools available to you. In addition, the recent security upgrades on all these browsers will ensure a safe web experience.

As always, we would reccommend accessing our resources by searching the Library catalogue, and signing into your campus account.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Seachtain na Gaeilge: Irish language learning resources

To mark Seachtain na Gaeilge why not explore some of our print, online and audio-visual resources which may be useful for Irish language learners at various levels:
Spoken Irish/An Ghaeilge Labhartha:
Irish Grammar/Gramadach na Gaeilge:



Collection Development

Pop-Up Library in Friars

 Pop-Up Library

Friars Restaurant, Cairnes Building

Tuesday 14th March, 1030-1430
Library staff will be available to help and advise users re 
    • Essays & Assignments
    • Referencing & Plagiarism
    • Databases and other sources of information
    • Research Skills
    • EndNote
    • Reading Lists .... and much more

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Path Breaking Women: What the Newspapers Reveal

The Library's newspapers provide a wealth of information on topics and people at both a national and local level.  In recognition of the University's Path Breaking Women Exhibition we looked at articles that illustrate the lives and interests of a number of the women involved. Some of the fulltext newpapers that we searched were:
  • City Tribune*
  • Connacht Tribune*
  • Connacht Sentinel*
  • Irish Independent* 
  • Irish Press 
  • Irish Times
*access via Irish Newspaper Archives
Here are a selection of articles that we found:


Celia Lynch
The 16 Women Candidates (Feb 26. 1973)
(September 26 1975) Connacht Tribune
"EEC Holds Women's Meeting." (Mar 11, 1976) Irish Times
"Death of Mrs Celia Lynch" (Jun 17, 1989) Irish Times 

Lorna Reynolds
Restoring Eyrecourt's Historic Theatre (Jul 30, 1971) Connacht Tribune
From Typewriter to Hot Stove (Oct 15. 1990) Irish Times
A Life whose Theme was Freedom of Women (Jul 26, 2003) Irish Times

Margaret Heavey
Four New Professors for UCG (July 12, 1958) City Tribune
Freedom of Speech  (March 1, 1958) Connacht Tribune
Appointments and awards made by N.U.I, (July 11, 1958) Irish Times
An appreciation (April 17, 1980) Irish Times

Maureen O'Carroll
(Sept 2 1975) Connacht Tribune
Fianna Fail Lose Seat to Labour (May 20, 1954) Irish Independent
Mrs O'Carroll addresses Cork Labour Meeting (July 24, 1956) Irish Independent
Land Tax would Pay Subsidies' (Feb 24, 1955) Irish Independent

Síle Ni Chinnéide
British TV is Irish Problem (May 30, 1959) Irish Press
They Met with Napper Tandy (April 6, 1963) Irish Independent 
Obituary (July 4, 1980)
Connacht Tribune

For further information about accessing newspapers, see the Library's newspaper page and/or browse the Library's fulltext newspapers

Collection Development