Thursday, 30 March 2017

ARAN repository exceeds five million hits to date

ARAN has attracted over five million hits (downloads and page views) to date, leaving no doubt that adding your publications to it boosts your citations and increases the visibility of your research. It is the definitive open access showcase for research from NUI Galway. Don’t miss out on the benefits by claiming your publications on IRIS and uploading them to ARAN.

Just click on the red button (see above) beside your publications in IRIS to upload to ARAN or email your publication to and we’ll upload it for you.

Upload the final draft post-refereeing without the publisher’s type-setting, formatting, logos and pagination (also known as the post-print). We check and adhere to publisher’s policies and explicitly promote and link to your published article. Very little admin is required on your part.

For advice and support email

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

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Path Breaking Women: Dictionary of Irish Biography

The Dictionary of Irish Biography is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland. It contains over 9,000 signed biographical articles which describe and assess the careers of subjects in all fields of endeavour, including:

  • architecture
  • arts
  • engineering
  • journalism
  • law
  • medicine
  • politics
  • religion
  • science
  • sport

The Dictionary of Irish Biography contains detailed biographical articles on the following women who feature in the exhibition Path Breaking Women of NUI Galway: 1912-1922 and beyond:
  • Ada English (1875-1944) 
  • Alice Perry (1885-1969) 
  • Mary Donovan O'Sullivan (1887-1966)
  • Emily Anderson (1891-1962)
  • Máirín De Valera (1912-1984)
  • Nora Niland (1913-1988)
  • Caitlín Maude (1941-1982)

Access to the online version of the Dictionary of Irish Biography is available here. The 9-volume print set is available for consultation in the Library at General Reference (920.0415 DIC).

Collection Development

Women Writers Online

Women Writers Online is a full-text collection of early women’s writing in English, published by the Women Writers Project at Northeastern University.

It contains the full transcriptions of 392 texts published between 1526 and 1850, focusing on materials that are rare or inaccessible. The range of genres and topics covered makes it a truly remarkable resource for teaching and research, providing an unparalleled view of women’s literate culture in the early modern period.

Access to Women Writers Online is available here.

Collection Development

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The AWC Twitter Competition 2016-17

The rules of the AWC Twitter Competition are simple. Every two weeks, the AWC team posts a long and cumbersome sentence.  All students and staff at NUIG can compete by posting a shortened version on Twitter ( The challenge is not to lose any important information while reducing the word count. The most elegant version wins. Sentences will be posted in English and in Irish.  There will be at least three rounds throughout March, with prizes ranging from €5 to €15.

The competition aims to start a conversation about good writing style. Writers are often advised to condense their writing. As the author of The Elements of Style explains, this does not require writers to ‘avoid all detail and treat [their] subjects only in outline, but that [they] make every word tell’ (Stunk 24). Ideas should be expressed in the least possible number of words, and superfluous words should be avoided.

By putting this advice at the core of the competition, we hope to transform our Twitter page into a place of mutual learning. We will watch cumbersome sentences transform into elegant ones, and we invite everyone to join in the conversation by commenting on the process.

This week's prize is 10, the deadline is 18 March, and the cumbersome sentences are below.

1. I have travelled extensively, and, having compared the amount of precipitation around the world, I can safely confirm that the weather here in Galway, which is a city in the west of Ireland, which is already a rainy place is really unpredictable sometimes and really generally rainy and more rainy than Dublin which, in spite of what most people think,  actually has the same amount of rain as Rome, which is considered a sunny place, and Galway is also really foggy and sometimes it also hails or snows in the city of Galway.

2. Rith siad go tobann gan choinne i dtreo an tsiopa a bhí ar chúl na leabharlainne móire, foirgneamh mór nua a bhí nua-thógtha le déanaí.

Works Cited

William Stunk. The Elements of Style: the Original Edition. Dover Publications, 2012.

Kanopy - online films and documentaries trial

Kanopy is on trial until Friday 31 March.

Kanopy offers a unique and compelling collection of films including award-winning documentaries, indie and foreign films, classics and blockbuster movies etc.

Access to Kanopy is available from the database trials page.

Please complete the feedback form provided for this trial if it is of interest.

Collection Development

Monday, 6 March 2017

Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History: trial now available

Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History is on trial until Friday 31 March.

This resource brings together hundreds of accounts by women of their travels across the globe from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. The sources cover a variety of topics including art; the British Empire; customs; exploration; family life; language; monuments; natural history; politics and diplomacy; race; religion; science and war.
Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History consists of a variety of forms of travel writing including:
  • unique manuscripts
  • diaries and correspondence
  • drawings
  • guidebooks
  • photographs

The resource includes a slideshow with hundreds of items of visual material, including postcards, sketches and photographs. A broad time period is covered and places visited include USA and Canada; China, Japan and the Philippines; Europe (very well documented); Russia; Africa; and Australia.

Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History can be accessed from the database trials page.

Please complete the feedback form if this resource is of interest to you.

Collection Development

NUI Galway graduate first woman engineering graduate in Ireland and UK

Alice Perry (1885-1969)  

Alice Jacqueline Perry graduated with a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering from Queen's College Galway (now NUI Galway) in 1906. It is understood that she is the first woman to graduate with a degree in engineering in Ireland or Great Britain and possibly the first engineering graduate in the world.

Alice Perry was born in Galway in 1885 and she came from a family that had strong engineering traditions. Her father, James Perry, was County Surveyor in Galway West and, together with his brother, founded the Galway Electric Light Company. Her uncle, John Perry was a Fellow of the Royal Society and was well known for inventing the navigational gyroscope. Sadly, Alice's father died soon after her graduation in 1906 and this prevented her from continuing her academic career. She was appointed temporary county surveyor by Galway County Council in December 1906 in succession to her father. She held this post for six months until a permanent appointment was made. Her age and lack of experience dictated that she would not have been appointable to the permanent post. The fact remains that she was the first and only woman to have occupied the post of County Surveyor (County Engineer) in Ireland.

In 1908, Alice and her sisters moved to London where she spent some years working for the Home Office as a Lady Factory Inspector. This involved the monitoring of the laws in relation to the employment of women, particularly in the industrial setting. In 1916 she married Bob Shaw, an Englishman who was serving in the British Army. Her husband left for the Western Front in 1917 and unfortunately he was killed in action later that year. Although brought up as a Presbyterian, she had converted to the Christian Science Church in 1915. She became interested in poetry and published her first work in 1922. The following year she went to Boston, which was the headquarters of Christian Science.

Alice Perry spent the remaining 45 years of her life in the US. Little detail is known of her time there but she worked completely within the Christian Science church. She did however continue her strong interest in writing and poetry and a total of seven books of poems were published by her through the Christian Science Society. She also returned to Ireland on three occasions, 1930, 1948, and 1960, and visited the Department of Civil Engineering during her 1948 visit.

Shortly before her death, she commissioned a memorial slab to her parents in the Presbyterian Church on Nun's Island.
Special Collections, James Hardiman Library

Queen's College Galway Calendar 1906-1907

BE in Engineering, 1st Class Honours Degree

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Electronic Enlightenment - trial now available

Electronic Enlightenment (Oxford University Press) is on trial until Friday 31 March.

Electronic Enlightenment is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century. It includes 70,057 letters and documents and 8,560 correspondents.

The trial can be accessed from the database trials page.

Please complete the feedback form if this resource is of interest to you.

Collection Development

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Rare Coal Mining Archive Donated to NUI Galway

Rare Coal Mining Archive Donated to NUI Galway

On Tuesday, February 28th 2017 members of the Flynn family visited NUI Galway to view the archive of Flynn and Lehany Coal Mines Limited.  The Flynn family very generously donated the archive to the University. The company was established in 1949. Its archive, one of a very small number on mining in Ireland, is a significant source of information about the mining industry, State energy policy, the operation of the company and the social and economic history of the mines at Arigna.
Miners at Altygowlan

The Flynn and Lehany company operated the coal mine of Glackaundareagh, Altygowlan, in the central part of the Kilronan mountain in Co. Roscommon from its foundation in 1949, and subsequently at Gubbarudda. The company worked on contracts with hospitals and other public buildings through the 1950s, and it was a supplier to the coal-burning ESB power station at Arigna after that station was built in 1958. The power station closed in 1989 and the site is now a quarry operated by Hillstreet Quarries Ltd.  

The company operated at a time of great social change in rural Ireland, including rural electrification and the modernisation of Irish industry through the 1960s and 1970s. As the record of a commercial mining company in Ireland in the later twentieth century this collection is unique, and offers unparalleled insights into production processes, as well as financial management and the impact of the industry on the locality. There are only two other collections, both housed at the National Library of Ireland, relating to coal mining in Ireland and each of those relates to the nineteenth century. This archive is also of particular value in its inclusion of the mine owner’s experience. 

Ann, Laura and Mary Flynn
The archive itself consists of a very full record of the industry, covering the establishment of the company, as well as material relating to production, personnel and distribution. There are reports and correspondence with the various regulatory bodies associated with mineral rights, as well as technical manuals for the machinery used in the plant. There is also material relating to the Hewitson and Lawder estates in the Arigna area. It includes details of lands purchased by the Flynn family from the estates under the auspices of the Irish Land Commission, some as early as the 1890s. Other highlights are records of tonnage, giving amounts mined per employee, and a letter from the company and workforce to John Hume making a donation to the Bloody Sunday Appeal Fund.

Monica Colum
Fr. Tomás Flynn and Denis Flynn have acted on behalf of the Flynn family in generously donating the archive to NUI Galway. They are first cousins whose fathers, Thomas and Michael Flynn, were involved in establishing the company. Denis Flynn is Managing Director of Hillstreet Quarries Ltd and Fr Tomás Flynn is Parish Priest in Drumcong, Co. Leitrim, and author of a recently published book titled Thomas J. Devine and The Election of the Snows: The North Roscommon By-Election of 1917. 

The collection was formally handed over by the Flynn family to NUI Galway at yesterday's event in the University.  

Dr. Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, commented: “NUI Galway values its archival collections as a major resource for the scholars of today and tomorrow. The donation of the Flynn and Lehany coal mining archive represents a very significant addition to our collections, and the University is much indebted to the Flynn family”. 

Fr Tomás Flynn observed: “Our family is delighted that NUI Galway will be the home of the Flynn and Lehany Archive and that this collection will be used for educational purposes.”

John Cox, University Librarian at NUI Galway, noted that “The Flynn and Lehany archive adds to the regional coverage of our collections and is of great value given the enduring interest in the Arigna mines. It sits well with the John McGahern archive in particular.” 

This wonderful archive has been listed and is available to view in the Archives and Special Collections Room, Hardiman Research Building, NUIG. 

Laura and Andrew Flynn with Mary McPartlan