Friday, 17 February 2017

Learn How to Craft a Successful Presentation, an AWC Workshop on 21 February at 6pm.

Plotting a Presentation: from an Idea to a Speech

If you have trouble putting thoughts to paper and words to life, join us on 21st February. 
We will cover crafting a presentation from beginning to end and show you interactive ways to iterate your ideas in a clear and cohesive manner, from writing to public speaking.

Everyone is welcome, but please register:

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Science (Magazine): available from 1997 onwards

The Library provides institutional access to every issue of Science from January 1997 onwards, ensuring access to the latest cutting-edge scientific research. First published in 1880, Science remains one the foremost scientific academic journals, publishing articles that consistently rank among the most cited in the world.
Science also publishes first release papers ahead of publication. The journal is published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s oldest and largest general science organization.  
Science can be accessed via the Library Catalogue.
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Artemis Primary Sources: cross-search Gale's Primary Source Collections

Artemis Primary Sources is a new easy-to-use interface which cross-searches our Gale Primary Sources databases and allows users to discover and analyse content in new ways. It includes the following collections:

  • 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
  • Archives Unbound
  • British Library Newspapers (Part I: 1800-1900)
  • The Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2011
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
  • Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003
  • The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926
  • The Making of the Modern World
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online
  • The Times Digital Archive
  • Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive

Note: State Papers Online is not included but it can be searched via the library catalogue.

Artemis includes the following key features:
  • Subject indexing
  • Term frequency
  • Term clusters

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Friday, 10 February 2017

ARAN repository attracts nearly five million hits to date

ARAN has attracted nearly five million hits (downloads and page views) to date. This data excludes hits generated by bots. A wealth of such data is now available on ARAN since the addition of a content and usage analysis module. Statistical information for the publications that you’ve uploaded to ARAN is now available from the Statistics window on the ARAN homepage.

To find out which of your publications on ARAN are most popular or how often they’ve been downloaded click on the orange ‘Show Statistical Information’ tab at the bottom of the publication's page or under Usage click on view details.

Most popular items and authors for Colleges, Schools and Research Centres are easy to obtain.  If you want to know where readers of your publications come from consult the Statistics by country.

For more information view the User Guide which is arranged as a series of questions and answers. If the statistical information you require is not covered by the guide or you require a customised report email your requests to

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

CAIRN - Multidisciplinary French Language Journals

The CAIRN database consists of fulltext scholarly French language journals in the various fields of social sciences and humanities including:
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology
CAIRN provides the French language equivalent of Project Muse and includes journals from 130 publishing houses like Presses Universitaires de France (PUF), Armand Colin, Lavoisier, Gallimard, Le Seuil, La Documentation française, Vrin, Le Cerf, EHESS, Les Belles Lettres, L’Harmattan, and others.

A sample of journal titles covered by CAIRN include:
  • Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales
  • Esprit
  • Hérodote
  • Les Annales
  • Le Débat
  • Politique étrangère
  • Revue française de science politique
  • Revue internationale et stratégique
  • Revue française de sociologie
  • Revue française de psychanalyse
  • Revue d’histoire littéraire de la France
  • Vingtième siècle

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Art and Architecture of Ireland

                    Published in 2016 by the Royal Irish Academy, Art and  Architecture of Ireland is an authoritative account of Ireland's artistic and architectural heritage, from the early Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century.

This multi-volume set, available in print and electronic format, covers:

Vol. 1: Medieval
Vol. 2: Painting
Vol. 3: Sculpture
Vol. 4: Architecture
Vol. 5: Twentieth Century

It combines historical documentation, essays from more than 250 experts, and 2,500 images.

This work is available for consultation at 709.415 ART in Humanities and Social Sciences Reference on Floor 1 of the Library.

Alternatively, the e-book of Art and Architecture of Ireland (including a short video introduction) can be accessed exclusively via JSTOR.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Procrastinators Unite: an AWC workshop on 8 February at 6pm

Have you ever procrastinated on studying for your exams? We have too. The Academic Writing Centre (AWC) tutors are here to help! Our "Procrastinators Unite!" workshop will guide you through exam and essay preparation. We will show you innovative, easy techniques for smart studying and essay writing. 

Use this link to register for this free event:

Monday, 30 January 2017

John Hurt and the Gate Theatre - From the Archives

John Hurt
The late John Hurt was one of the most celebrated and versatile actors of his generation. With a career that spanned over four decades on stage as well as screen, the British-born Hurt leaves a legacy of diverse and identifiable roles that speak to new generations. A character actor of rare an immense talent, Hurt brought his range of abilities to Dublin’s Gate Theatre on numerous occasions. The Gate Theatre Digital Archive, now available for research at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway, documents Hurt’s performances on the Gate stage.

Hurt’s career at the Gate began in 1992 with a role of “Count Mushroom” in Brian Friel’s play The London Vertigo. Towards the end of the 1990s, Hurt would continue his association with the Gate Theatre and its director Michael Colgan through the work of Samuel Beckett. Hurt would play the eponymous role in Krapp’s Last Tape, written by Samuel Beckett and directed by Robin Lefévre at the Barbican Centre, London, as part of the Gate Beckett Festival. Hurt would revive the role at London’s Ambassador Theatre in a Gate production in January 2000, before finally bringing the role to Dublin’s Gate stage in September 2001, to great critical acclaim. 

John Hurt in Gate production at Gielgud Theatre, London
Hurt would return to the Gate to again take the lead in a play by another major playwright long associated with the Gate – Brian Friel. Hurt would play Andrey Prozorov  alongside Penelope Wilton as Sonya Screbriakova, in Friel’s Afterplayas  part of “Two Plays After”, which explored much of Friel’s interest in the plays and characters of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov.

Hurt take to the Gate stage on two other occasions, in April 2006 and in November 2011, on both occasions to revisit what is now perhaps the definitive performance of Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, directed by Michael Colgan.

The Gate Digital Archive contains a digitised video recording of Hurt in the role of Krapp at the Gate in April 2006, which is one of the most valuable records of Hurt’s stage career. It also includes nearly two hundred photographs, over one thousand press cuttings, stage management files, lighting designs, vast amounts of programmes, posters and other records from Hurt’s time at the Gate. In a fitting twist, as Hurt is so associated with the role of Krapp, an ageing man who listens to tapes of his younger voice recorded from decades previously, so too is Hurt’s infamous voice, deeply expressive face and his unique acting style now also preserved for future generations.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Muintir na Tíre archive donated to NUI Galway

Muintir na Tíre has recently donated its archive to NUI Galway.  Muintir na Tíre is one of the most important national associations for the promotion of community development in Ireland. It was founded in 1937 by Canon John Hayes, in Tipperary (a future blog will focus on Canon Hayes). Through its core principles of neighbourliness, self-help and self-reliance, Muintir na Tíre has promoted and supported the concept of active community participation and championed the idea of community development in both Ireland and Europe.

This is a very significant archive of an organisation which from its beginnings sought to revitalise local communities in rural Ireland and foster and develop a community spirit from the 1930s to the present day.

This substantial archive consisting of 162 boxes and approximately 8,217 items was transferred to the James Hardiman Library in December of 2016. The archive consists of paper files, publications, photographs, loose documents, floppy disks, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, vinyl and bound volumes.

The archive came from the headquarters of Muintir na Tíre, Canon Hayes House, Tipperary. The archive was stored in banker’s boxes which were arranged by Muintir via two projects in 2010 and 2015 an example below: 

and in shelves like the picture below: 

The material that was selected from the shelves were transferred to us in large boxes as shown below:

I have been hired to review, arrange and catalogue the archive. I being Fiona Kearney a qualified archivist and records manager. I began researching Muintir na Tíre by reading Stephen Rynne’s “Father John Hayes: founder of Muintir na Tíre, People of the Land”, Mark Tierney’s “The Story of Muintir na Tíre 1931-2001 – the First Seventy Years” and various articles and theses written on Muintir na Tíre. This has given me a good understanding of the organisation and the work that it did throughout its history. A search of our collection can be seen here.

I have already begun opening the boxes to explore the wonders of the collection. I am currently identifying what the files contain so that I can begin to arrange the collection. This phase also involves some conservation work where I am removing rusty staples and paper clips and replacing them with plastic paper clips which do not damage the paper.       

An example of a completed file and a file that has rusty paperclips and staples.     

I am replacing the folders with acid free ones. I am also identifying any records that need further conservation work or which will need to be copied such as thermal paper, predominantly fax paper.

The process of archiving a collection from receipt to discoverability and availability to researchers takes a considerable time. I have fifteen months to complete this project. The end result will look like this.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

I hope you will join me on my journey of archiving the collection where I will provide monthly updates on the project.  

Monday, 23 January 2017

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law - new database

The Library now has access to Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law a comprehensive research collection devoted to the study of slavery.

This collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. It includes:
  • every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery
  • every federal statute dealing with slavery
  • all reported state and federal cases on slavery

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law gathers every English-language legal commentary on slavery published before 1920, which includes many essays and articles in obscure, hard-to-find journals in the United States and elsewhere. It provides more than 1,000 pamphlets and books on slavery from the 19th century and word searchable access to all Congressional debates from the Continental Congress to 1880. It also  includes many modern histories of slavery.
The collection was developed under the direction of Paul Finkelman, Ariel F. Sallows Visiting Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law.

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