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

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

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Ebook Central Downtime July 20th

Due to scheduled maintenance, ProQuest Ebook Central will be down on:
Saturday July 20th 17:00 - 20:00

Friday, 7 June 2019

Reading List Service - New List View

The new reading list interface is now available. This new view improves the overall reading list experience, by providing additional information on each item, without needing to leave the list page.

It incorporates: 
  • improved graphical layout
  • book covers (where available)
  • more immediate access to online links and holdings for students
  • notes and ‘reading intentions’ made by students easier to set 
The image below displays an example of the new interface. Click here to view the live reading list . 

More information about our reading list service including dates of our current summer training is available from the Reading List Service page.

Collection Development

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Music Resources - trials now available

Trials of the following music resources from Alexander Street (ProQuest) are now available until 30 June:

  • Music Online: Classical Music Library
  • Music Online: Classical Music Reference Library
  • Music Online: Classical Scores Library Package (Vols. I-IV)
  • Music Online: Music Periodicals of the 19th Century

Access to the trials and further information on each resource is available here.

We would welcome your feedback on these resources. Please submit your feedback via the link available for each trial.

Collection Development

Monday, 27 May 2019

Knowable Magazine (from Annual Reviews)

What is known? What isn’t known? Knowable Magazine, the digital publication from Annual Reviews, seeks to make that knowledge accessible to all. Knowable Magazine explores the real-world significance of scholarly work through a journalistic lens. It reports on the current state of play across a wide variety of fields — from agriculture to high-energy physics; biochemistry to water security; the origins of the universe to psychology.

Review articles written by leading scholars from the 50 Annual Reviews journals serve as springboards for stories in Knowable Magazine. Through in-depth features, explainers, articles, essays, interviews, infographics, slideshows, and comics, Knowable Magazine presents insights from research to a broader audience. Knowable Magazine content is thoroughly researched, reported, edited, copy-edited and fact-checked.

Access to Knowable Magazine is available here.

Collection Development

Friday, 24 May 2019

The Academic Writing Centre to Open on 1 July

The AWC is pleased to announce that thanks to a generous grant provided by the Dean of Students, Dr Michelle Millar, we will be able to open in July and August for special workshops, write-in sessions, and one-on-one consultations. 

Booking and Time-table. 
The following workshops will be available for booking from 28 June via the library training events portal. (The workshops will take place during the following times: Mon 11-1 or 3-5, Tue 11-1 or 3-5, Friday 11-1 or 3-5)

1. Dissertation Write-in 
2. General Write-in 
3. Using Sources Correctly
4. Editing Techniques
5. Academic Writing and Dyslexia
6. Reading Difficult Texts
7. Writing and Exams
8. Time Management, Writing, and the Pomodoro Technique. 

One-on-one appointments and phone consultations will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. To book, simply email stating your preferred time. We'd love to hear from those of you working on repeat assignments and we are hoping to help postgraduate students too. 

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During this time, the manager of the AWC will also work on a study exploring the connection between writing challenges and student retention. This is the second step in the intervention project to support student retention designed by the AWC with the support of Dr Kathy Reilly, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) College of Arts. 
Our thanks go to all the students who have completed the recent survey on Academic Writing and Retention.