Arts: Search: 19th & 20th century art and design: a Library-supplied e-Resource

Arts: Search, formerly, designinform, has four databases:

  1. Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR), a new ongoing abstracting and indexing service;
  2. Design ProFILES (DP), a comprehensive dictionary of design and designers;
  3. ReVIEW, a full text database of decorative and fine arts journals (140 + titles) published in Europe and the USA during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; and,
  4. Research Sources; 1st topic: THE POSTER (1890s and the 1920s).

Research Sources (added in 2017) will focus in depth on a series of art and design history topics.

1st topic: THE POSTER.  It includes a 364-page Bibliographical and Internet Survey of the History of the Poster; an International Directory of Poster Collections; and digitisations of most of the significant books, exhibition catalogues and journals on the Poster published between the 1890s and the 1920s with biographical data on the artists whose work is discussed or illustrated. There are 33 ebooks in this collection at present.

Orbis Europe – online from the Library

Orbis Europe

Orbis Europe is a Bureau Van Dijk (BvD) product added to the collection of the Library’s online resources earlier this year.

Orbis Europe is a subset of BvD’s global ‘Orbis’ tool. It holds information on public and private banks, insurance and industrial companies across 48 European countries. It contains over 85 million companies on the system and is updated weekly. It is replacing Amadeus, an abbreviated European database, in TCD Library’s collection of subscription databases.

You can find this resource on the New Resources page, or on the A-Z of the Databases and E-Books section of the Library website. 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 Orbis Europe to access the resource off campus.

StareDecisis – online from the Library

StareDecisis: law reports at your fingertips

TCD Library has taken out a subscription to StareDecisis.

STARE DECISIS: The legal principle by which courts are obliged to respect the precedents established by prior decisions. [StareDecisis site]

StareDecisis, also known as, Stare Decisis Hibernia, provides up-to-date law reports for all the superior courts in the Republic of Ireland, since 2011.

It includes updates on all recently published judgments of the Irish superior courts (Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and previously the Court of Criminal Appeal).

In StareDecisis, you can search cases by Keyword, Subject Matter, Court, or Judge, separately or in any combination

All judgment summaries are written by practising barristers specialising in specific areas.

All judgments are reported within 7 days. Updates normally appear within 5 days of being posted on the Courts Services web site.

You can find this resource on the New Resources page, or on the A-Z of the Databases and E-Books section of the Library website. 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 StareDecisis to access the resource off campus.

Chicago Defender (1910-1975) – online from the Library

The Chicago Defender (1910-1975).

Chicago Defender, Front page, Weds., Dec 24th 1969.

Front page, Weds., Dec 24th 1969.

Thanks to the generosity of the School of Histories & Humanities, Trinity College, the Library is now providing access to the newspaper archive of the African-American newspaper, The Chicago Defender, available on the ProQuest platform: ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender (1909-1975).

THE CHICAGO DEFENDER has been a leading voice of the black community well beyond the Windy City, with more than two-thirds of its readership outside Chicago. The newspaper was a proponent of The Great Migration, the move of over 1.5 million African-Americans from the segregated South to the industrial North from 1915 to 1925. It reported on the Red Summer race riots of 1919, and editorialized for anti-lynching legislation and the integration of blacks into the U.S. military. This newspaper also supported the aviation career of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot, and promoted the writing of Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks, poet laureate of Illinois. (ProQuest website)

Find the Chicago Defender on the A – Z (Databases by Title) on our Library Databases and E-Books page, (or search Stella directly, using the newspaper’s title) and access the database via the link on the catalogue record.

28th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale

The 28th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale opens at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 21 February in the Exam Hall (admission €3.00). An auction of rare books will take place at 5.30pm. The auction catalogue is online.

The Sale continues on ‘Restocked Wednesday’ 22 February, 10.00am-6.00pm (admission free) when additional material will be on sale, and on ‘Half Price Thursday’ 23 February 10.00am-2.00pm.

Clearance auction of all remaining books at 2.15pm on Thursday when everything must go. Inquiries to or to 896-2276. From after the sale, books are collected year-round at the Booksale Office, Goldsmith Hall, Pearse Street.

NEW from the Library – Online plays and acting master classes: video, audio, and full text

Drama Online: NEW: Nick Hern Books, LA Theatre Works, Shakespeare’s Globe, Stage on Screen, Hamlet, Patsy Rodenburg

Globe on Screen

Globe on Screen from Drama Online

TCD Library has held a subscription for several years to the database: Drama Online.

Drama Online features theatre lists from leading publishers plus production photos from the Victoria and Albert Museum and is an excellent and expanding collection.

In addition to that collection, we have now purchased six new, valuable and individual resources on the Drama Online platform, adding significant video, audio and full text material to the resources already available.

The NEW Drama Online resources are:

  1. NHB Modern Plays (Nick Hern Books): 400 play scripts, screenplays and theatre books, featuring works from Conor McPherson, Enda Walsh and Nicholas Wright.
  2. L.A. Theatre Works: 350+ streamed AUDIO plays, from LATW, an American audio (radio) theatre company. Readings from literary classics, modern works by American playwrights, Pulitzer Prize-winning titles and contemporary works. The collection also includes original LATW docudramas.
  3. Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen Film Collection (Globe on Screen): VIDEO recordings of 21 of the Shakespeare’s Globe’s stage productions.
  4. Stage on Screen: Four VIDEO plays from London’s Greenwich Theatre: The Duchess of Malfi (Webster), Doctor Faustus (Marlowe), School for Scandal (Sheridan) and Volpone (Jonson). Includes interviews, costume designs, productions stills, and background on the play and production.
  5. Hamlet the Film: 1 VIDEO: Hamlet by William Shakespeare, adapted by Michael Grandage (Genesius Pictures). Maxine Peake’s Hamlet is a female character who takes on a male mantle.
  6. Rodenburg [Shakespeare in the present]: VIDEO: an acting master class with Patsy Rodenburg, (Head of Voice, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London)  is recognized as one of the world’s leading voice teachers as well as a renowned authority on Shakespeare.

More details and a link to each resource can be found on the New Resources section of our Library’s Databases and E-Books page. Each resource is also listed on the Library’s Databases and E-Books A-Z or can be accessed directly on the Drama Online site.

Drama Online’s full content list with links for each collection and a list downloadable plays.

Britannica Academic (formerly Encyclopaedia Britannica)

Summer is a time when our subscription e-resource providers often choose to launch new platforms and unveil improved, expanded offerings. One of these, this summer, is Britannica Academic, the direct descendant of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Britannica Academic: Some advantages of its new platform:

  • There are improved search and filtering options.
  • It is possible to track every change and addition to an article using the ‘Article History’ option.
  • Primary materials can be found in the add-on resource (automatic trial enabled by Britannica, until 12 September), ‘Original Sources’.

Britannica Digital Learning offers free 30-minute online training webinars. Sign-up, details and dates.

Have a look at Britannica Academic, or at any of the Library’s subscription e-resources, by visiting our Databases and E-Books page on the Library’s web site.

The Library provides access to its subscription databases, both on and off campus, to TCD-affiliated readers, but remember that you must access these resources via the Library site to be recognised as being ‘TCD-affiliated’.

NEW online resource for the Library: French-language E-Books, Autrement Mêmes collection / dirigée par Roger Little

The Library of Trinity College Dublin has recently purchased access to 51 titles from the Autrement Mêmes collection, published by L’Harmattan, Paris. 

Autrement Memes collection Le ConquérantAbove is one title from the collection directed by Professor Roger Little (Fellow Emeritus (French), TCD). The Library has purchased access to 51 titles, out of a total of 122, to date.

According to Professor Little, the texts in the collection ‘are difficult to find, often available only in specialised libraries, sometimes indeed extremely rare […] all genres and all relevant periods are covered, mainly prose texts, however, from the 18th century to the latter part of French colonialism’.

Each title can be found catalogued individually in the Trinity Library system, Stella, and all 51 titles can be seen together on the database Autrement Mêmes.

For a full list of TCD Library’s databases of journals and E-Books, current, new, and on trial, use the Databases and E-Books link on the Library homepage, found under the Stella search box.

Clíona Ní Shúilleabháin, Electronic Resources Librarian.

New database trial: CAIRN: French-language E-Books and E-Journals

French language E-Books and E-Journals available online. Trial period: 15 February 2016 – 14 April 2016.

TCD Library has arranged a two-month trial of Cairn’s E-Books and E-Journals.

Cairn, the French equivalent of Project Muse, is an online collection of publications in the French language, in the area of humanities and social sciences. Created in 2005 by four Belgian and French academic publishers, Cairn is now providing selected  resources from 130 publishing houses.

During the trial we have access to more than 400 journals and 4,000 books of which, there are 2,200 research books (monographs, proceedings, other collective works) from French and Belgian publishers (Autrement, De Boeck, La Découverte, éres, éditions Mardaga, PUF, ENS, La Documentation française, Presses de Sciences Po and Quae).

The site has both French and English interfaces. It is available on and off campus during the trial.

This resource can also be accessed from the Trial Databases tab of the Library’s Databases and E-Books page.

New database trial: Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980

Adam Mathew Digital is providing TCD Library with an eight-week trial period (until 23/03/2016) for the database: Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980.*

The six parts of this collection make available all British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980:

  • 1919-1929: Kuomintang, CCP and the Third International
  • 1930-1937: The Long March, civil war in China and the Manchurian Crisis
  • 1938-1948: Open Door, Japanese war and the seeds of communist victory
  • 1949-1956: The Communist revolution
  • 1957-1966: The Great Leap Forward
  • 1967-1980: The Cultural Revolution

TCD Library has 4 collections from Adam Matthew: Eighteenth Century Journals: Sections I and II; India, Raj and Empire and Virginia Company Archives.

If you are affiliated to TCD, you can access this database trial from this post or via the Library’s home page Databases and E-Books link, under the Trial Databases tab.

*Please note that PDF download options are not available during this trial. The trial will end 23/03/2016.

Any queries to Clíona Ní Shúilleabháin, Electronic Resources Librarian