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

Cambridge University Press - Open Access e-Books

Cambridge University Press (CUP) has published 57 Open Access e-books on Cambridge Core to date. A further seven titles are due to be published by Dec. 2019/Jan. 2020.

See the complete list of the current and forthcoming CUP Open Access e-books available. All of CUP's Open Access e-books published to date are available on the Library Catalogue.

Collection Development

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Gale Resources - NUI Galway Gale Student Ambassadors

Are you having trouble finding sources for your essays?

NUI Galway Gale Student Ambassadors (Chloe and Evelyn) will be available in the Library to tell you all about Gale Resouces and how to access and use them. 

Tuesday 22nd October 1100-1600 in Library Foyer 

Gale Resources include Primary Sources, Databases, eBooks, Microform, etc. Click here for more information on Gale Resources.

There will be goodies at the table so be sure to drop by and say Hi.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Read more from Bonnie Greer - Ireland's new hero

Would you like to hear more from Ireland's new hero Bonnie Greer of BBC Question Time fame?

Through the Library's subscripton to Nexis you can!  Access Bonnie Greer's writing in New European via the Library Catalogue.  Don't forget to sign in to the Library Catalogue to be authenticated off-campus.

Meet & Greet Library Staff

The Library is continuing its engagement program with Schools and Colleges and invites you to one of a series of upcoming workshops.  These workshops will give you an opportunity to meet Library staff, discuss your requirements for teaching, learning and research, and facilitate informal conversations about the recently announced Library building transformation project.  

Who should attend?
All staff and researchers who engage with the Library and are interested in finding out more about Library services for them and their students. 

Areas of interest:
·         Library building transformation project
·         Library Collections
·         Reading lists
·         IReL: Irish Research e-Library
·         Academic Skills & Training
·         Research Skills & Training
·         Open Scholarship & Open Access Publishing
·         Special Collections & Archives
·         Makerspace
·         Digital Publishing
When and where?
The workshops will take place throughout the month of October and November in HRB-G010 / G011. For convenience we are inviting Schools to attend on different weeks so as to ensure everyone gets ample time for discussion.  If however you are unable to attend with your colleagues on a particular day please feel free to come along on a day that is suitable for you. 

Wednesday 9th October
HRB-G010 from 11:30-13.00pm
School of Political Science & Sociology; School of Education; School of Psychology; School of Geography & Archaeology 
Wednesday 16th October
HRB-G010 from 11:30-13.00pm
School of Humanities; School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures; Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge
Wednesday 23rd  October
HRB-G010 from 11:30-13.00pm
College of Business, Public Policy & Law; Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
Tuesday 5th November
HRB-G011 from 11:30-13.00pm
College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
Thursday 21st November
HRB-G010 from 14:30-16:00pm
College of Engineering & Informatics; College of Science 

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

DECISIS - Trial of Irish Law Reporting Resource

We are currently running a trial to the Irish legal resource, DECISIS.

DECISIS is an online service providing reports on all new judgements of the Irish superior courts.  It is a current awareness tool for Irish lawyers, legal academics and law students to keep up to date. 

It covers every new judgement since 2011 from the:
  • Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeal
  • High Court 
Summary reports are provided within seven days of the judgement being published online along with key information about the case.

A link is provided to the full-text of the case on the Courts website. To date there are almost 8000 law reports available.  

Our trial lasts until October 29th.

Please check out our DECISIS trial and leave some feedback about this resource.

Collection Development 

Friday, 13 September 2019

Westlaw UK New Platform - Important Information

Westlaw UK & International will be moving permanently to a new platform in early October (date tbc).

The new platform will feature:

  • updated search interface
  • enhanced searching options
  • enhanced document display
  • more personalisation
Please note though, that personalisation features on the existing Westlaw UK site will not be migrated over to the new platform. During the period of dual access to both sites, it's recommended that users utilise this times to review and setup alerts and folders within the new Westlaw UK.

To help you make the most of the new Westlaw UK, there are handy quick start guides covering alerts, annotations, cases, delivery, folders, favourites & historypersonalisation, EU, legislation, news, topics  and how to get started
The existing Westlaw UK interface can be found here
The new Westlaw UK interface can be found here

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

[*RESTORED*] Access to E-Resources Temporarily Down

UPDATE: Access to resources has been restored. Thanks again for your patience


If you are off-campus, or connected to campus wifi, then access to the Library's e-resources is temporarily down at the moment.
This is due to a server security certificate which is in the process of being renewed.

Our apologies for the the interruptions in access; we're hoping to be back up and running by the afternoon of Wednesday 11th.

Note: you can still access resoruces as normal via PC suites or any computer connected to the network via a network cable.

Many thanks for your patience.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Kanopy - Video Streaming Collection

Kanopy is a video streaming collection providing access to over 20,000 films from more than 850 filmmakers. 

Kanopy's film collection covers all subject disciplines and includes documentaries, feature films, foreign language film, independent film, instructional film and more. Over 200+ new films are added every month.

The Library's access to Kanopy is via a Patron Driven Acquisition Programme. A set amount of money has been paid to the supplier of Kanopy for this financial year. If a film is viewed 4+ times this film is licensed/triggered and the budget is deducted accordingly.

Note: Lecturers should ensure any films/documentaries required for course material are viewed 4+ times to ensure the film is triggered. The usage of Kanopy will be monitored regularly.

Kanopy's Help Center is a very useful resource area. Viewers can add films to watchlists, create film clips and playlists highlighting particular sections or lists of films.

  • All films must be watched online, there is no download feature 
  • Chrome, Safari or Firefox browsers should be used in preference to Internet Explorer 

Access to Kanopy is available from the Library Catalogue. 

Collection Development

Friday, 19 July 2019

Music Online: Classical Scores Library Vol. I now available

The first volume of Music Online: Classical Scores Library is now available. It includes more than 400,000 pages of the most important classical music scores and manuscripts ever written.

Scholars and students will find countless works from classical music’s most studied composers, including Bach, Schubert, Mozart, Handel, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Chopin, plus thousands more.

Additional material in Volume I includes 100 scores from the Barry S. Brook Center’s collection of French Opera in the 17th and 18th centuries, providing access to the music and libretti of the early operas during an important period in the development of the genre.

Access to Music Online: Classical Scores Library Vol. I is available here.

Collection Development