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