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New Online Resource: Divided Society

Since the late 1960s the Linen Hall Library in Belfast has been collecting material relating to the conflict in Northern Ireland.  The Divided Society project has digitised and catalogued a significant section of the Northern Ireland Political Collection. Over 500 periodical titles relating to the conflict and peace process are available to search and consult. These are publications that were published between 1990-1998 in the UK, Ireland and further afield, and documented the issues that affected Northern Ireland during that period.

Over the years the Library has become the repository for a huge amount of material relating to the subject and the subsequent peace process. The Northern Ireland Political Collection now consists of over 350,000 items including books, pamphlets, leaflets, posters, manifestos, press releases, newspapers, objects and many thousands of periodicals. It is a completely unique collection that is unrivalled throughout the world.The publications come from a variety of perspectives including political parties, community groups, voluntary groups, pressure groups, local and national government, and paramilitaries. Over eight hundred political posters have also been digitised.

The site is free in the UK and Ireland.

New Online Resource: The Cambridge History of Ireland

The Library of Trinity College Dublin has recently purchased access to The Cambridge History of Ireland, a landmark survey of Irish history from c. 600 to the present day.

Listen here as editors Jane Ohlmeyer and Tom Bartlett discuss new four volume publication ‘The Cambridge History of Ireland’, The History Show, RTE Radio 1 (29 April 2018).

Written by a team of more than 120 leading historians from around the world, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative history of Ireland yet attempted. Four vibrant, comprehensive and accessible volumes bring together the latest scholarship, setting Irish history within broader Atlantic, European, imperial and global contexts. Each volume examines Ireland’s development within a distinct period, and offers a complete and rounded picture of Irish life, while remaining sensitive to the unique Irish experience.

You can find this resource on the New Resources page, or on the A-Z of the Databases. At the Library Website, you can also search by title in Stella, the Library discovery system.

Please remember to use the link on the Library record for The Cambridge History of Ireland to access the resource off campus.

About the Editors:

Thomas Bartlett, General Editor, was Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin and, most recently, Professor of Irish History at the University of Aberdeen until his retirement in 2014.

James Kelly is Professor of History at Dublin City University and President of the Irish Economic and Social History Society.

Jane Ohlmeyer is Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin; Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute; and Chair of the Irish Research Council.

Brendan Smith is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Bristol.

New Trial Database: Gallup Analytics

The Library has trial to access Gallup Analytics until 30 June 2018. This is on-campus only.

Content includes Gallup’s U.S. Daily tracking and World Poll data to compare residents’ responses region by region and nation by nation to questions on topics such as economic conditions, government and business, health and well being, infrastructure, and education.

Feedback during this trial would be very welcome, and can be sent to Lorraine Curran:

New Trial Database: The London Review of Books

The Library currently has a trial to The London Review of Books online archive until 25th May 2018. Access during the trial is only available on campus.

The archive contains every piece ever published in the magazine: over 13,500 articles by more than 2000 contributors from the past 30 years.

Content includes Alan Bennett’s New Year Diaries since 1990; essays, stories and memoirs by Hilary Mantel; Edward Said writing about Fidelio or the Oslo Accords; Eliot Weinberger’s ‘What I Heard about Iraq’; and more than 230 critical essays by Frank Kermode.

Feedback during this trial would be very welcome, contact Lorraine Curran:

New trial database: Extra access to the British Library Newspaper Archive from 1732

An example article from the newspaper archive.

Access to to the British Library Newspaper Archive has been extended on a trial basis to include the coverage from:
Part 2: 1800-1900
Part 3: 1741-1950
Part 4: 1732-1950
Part 5: 1746-1950

Access is via the current catalogue link: The British Library Newspaper Archive.

This provides access to hundreds of historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland from the 1700s.

Please click on the links for more detailed information about how this archive can be useful to you:

This trial is available until 11 April 2018 and all feedback would be very welcome (contact Lorraine Curran:

BrowZine – a new way to stay up-to-date with articles

BrowZine delivers thousands of academic journals to your smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop It works by organising journal articles and arranging these journals on a common newsstand. The result is a comfortable and easy way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across multiple disciplines.

Don’t believe us? Well, it’s not just us here in the Library who think this is a great way to access new content. Read the below from Dr Ekaterina Kozina, a Research Projects Officer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery…

The Library’s new e-journal mobile app BrowZine has made accessing TCD’s academic electronic journals significantly easier. I have been recommending it to the researchers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery since it was launched last year.

What works great with BrowZine is the grouping together of all academic journals for a given subject that TCD have access to, something not so easy to do with the Stella catalogue.

I can browse all 101 Nursing journals or can narrow down to say the 10 Midwifery journals.

This is a great tool for staying current with developments in a field, and for making serendipitous finds while browsing the contents of the latest journals.

Articles can be read online or downloaded for reading later. BrowZine works well with all the major reference management packages (EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley) allowing researchers to easily save article citations while on the go. I use the browser version while working at my desktop and the smartphone app (downloaded from Google Play Store) while on the move.

Definitely an app to help students and researchers alike!

BrowZine – our app to browse for new articles

Trying to stay on top of the mass of journal articles published in your area can be a pain. Hence the Library of Trinity College Dublin has purchased access to BrowZine, a new app to make it easier to browse our academic journals online and view the full text straightaway, no matter where you are. Currently, it offers access to around 14,500 of our academic journal subscriptions.

We think this will especially help our researchers and academic staff, but it’s available to all students and staff at the university.

Why not give it a try? Search your app store for BrowZine – it’s available for Android, iOS and Kindle Fire – or use it online at on your computer.

Reader’s Choice: Improving Access to Academic Books with Patron-Driven Acquisition

Update: E-Books Now Live.

Our eagle-eyed readers will have spotted some of the 140,000 (and growing) UK Legal Deposit e-books that we have access to via our Library PCs. Some of the major UK academic publishers have now moved to e-deposit only, such as Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Sage. The Library understands that the access restrictions can be a barrier to research, and so we are inviting TCD staff and students to select, when needed, an additional copy for our collection. Integrated with our catalogue are thousands of records for available titles which can be selected; half are print books and half are e-books. Print books can be ordered with a lead time of approximately three weeks, and on arrival the book will be reserved for you. E-books are available immediately and wherever you are working by using your Trinity login.