Thursday, 19 January 2017

Need expert help? Gale Primary Sources Roadshow - Wednesday 01 February

The Gale Primary Sources Roadshow visits NUI, Galway on Wednesday 01 February 2017
from 1100-1500 in the Library Foyer.

Experts from Gale publishing will be available to provide one-to-one content advice and assistance for any of Gale's primary source collections that the Library subscribes to. Students, researchers and academic staff are welcome to drop by anytime.

The roadshow is a great chance to have an informal chat with product experts who can show you the best way to find primary sources for your essays, as well as learn how to use powerful tools like term frequency. A wealth of historical materials to support your studies and research are only a few clicks away and this is a great, informal way to quickly learn how to find them and use them to elevate your essays.

Refreshments will be provided.

Full access to all the Gale primary source collections below are available via the Library catalogue:
  • Archives Unbound *NEW*
  • 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
  • British Library Newspapers, Part I: 1800-1900 *NEW*
  • Conditions & Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940-1945
  • Dublin Castle Records 1798-1926
  • Economist Historical Archive
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
  • Gale NewsVault
  • Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003
  • Making of the Modern World
  • Making of Modern Law
  • State Papers Online
  • Times Digital Archive
  • Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive

 Collection Development


Seminar: "Archives in Research – Methods, Practice, Outcomes" 2 February - All Welcome

Archives in Research – Methods, Practice, Outcomes

2 February 2017

Venue: G010 - Moore Institute, Hardiman Research Building

The Archives service of the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway are hosting a half-day seminar on the theme of 'Archives in Research'. The seminar will feature expert speakers in various academic fields who will showcase new research projects which are based on innovative use of archival collections. The seminar will focus on a range of themes, including community and publicly-sourced records of the revolutionary period in the West of Ireland which are being digitised and being made publicly available online. Other areas addressed will be an NUI-funded project centred on creating digital access to historic traditional Irish musical scores, Irish language manuscripts and the research of the context of their collection.

A keynote paper will be delivered by Professor Frank Shovlin, Director of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. The paper will  detail the experiences of Prof. Shovlin's study of the literary archive of celebrated writer John McGahern and the influence that archive has had on his research.

Completing the day, Dr. John Kenny (Discipline of English, NUI Galway) will launch the new book Touchstones: John McGahern's Classical Style by Professor Shovlin.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

3pm  - Welcome and introduction  - Niall McSweeney
            (Head of Research and Learning, Hardiman Library)

3.05pm  - Chair: Kieran Hoare, Archivist (Hardiman Library)

3.10pm - Dr. Conor McNamara (History) Chronicling the familial experience of the Irish                                    revolution: digitising the Cleary Papers

3.30pm - Dr. Deirdre Ni Chonghaile (NUI Fellow in Irish/Celtic Studies) The Rev. Daniel J. Murphy Collection: Reconfiguring the Cultural History of Irish-speakers in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

3.50 – 4.00pm    - Q & A

Short Break

4.10pm – Keynote Lecture
   Prof. Frank Shovlin (Director of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool) - Prospecting for Gold: A Year with the McGahern Papers.
   Chair: Professor Dan Carey (Director, Moore Institute)

4.40pm – Q & A

4.55pm – Summary Comments – Barry Houlihan, Archivist (Hardiman Library)


5.30pm – Book launch – Dr. John Kenny (English)

                   Touchstones: John McGahern’s Classical Style by Prof. Frank Shovlin.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Nick Hern Books - New Drama Online Collection

Nick Hern Books is a collection of 400 fulltext titles now available on Drama Online.

Nick Hern Books is one of the UK’s leading specialist performing arts publishers, with a vast collection of plays, screenplays and theatre books in their catalogue. They also license most of their plays for amateur performance.

This collection features important works from Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, David Edgar, Helen Edmundson, Liz Lochhead, Conor McPherson, Rona Munro, Enda Walsh and Nicholas Wright amongst others.

Browse the list of titles in Nick Hern Books.

Collection Development

Archives Unbound - Digitised Primary Collections now available

The Library currently has access to Archives Unbound produced by Gale Cengage.

This is a collection of 237 unique digitised primary sources covering a broad range of historical areas including: 
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
  • European History
  • French Language Titles
  • Gender Studies
  • Irish History
  • Middle East Studies
  • World War II
Archival source documents include personal correspondence, government files and reports,  pamphlets, speeches and memoranda  from a range of historical periods.

This resource will be of interest to academic staff, researchers and students at all levels that are conducting primary research for projects, essays, minor or major dissertations and further study. Individual collections of note include:
Complete access to Archives Unbound is available until September 2017. The Library will review usage of the resource and will selectively purchase perpetual access to the most accessed collections.

Archives Unbound features:
  • Intuitive searches that deliver organised results
  • Highlighted keywords to facilitate research
  • Flexible and accessible for the 24-hour researcher
  • Subject-specific collections support multidisciplinary research in history, political science, hard science, ethnic studies and more
  • Active publishing schedule, with multiple collections added annually
  • 5,000 to 200,000 pages per collection
Browse the title list of collections on Archives Unbound.

Collection Development

Friday, 13 January 2017

Catalogue Training and Library Tours

If you are new to the Library this semester, or just need a refresher on how to find a book in our catalogue, or when you do, where it is on floor, the Academic Skills Hub team provide weekly Finding Books & Journals Workshops and Library Tours.

You don't need to book these sessions/tours in advance, just talk to us at the Academic Skills Hub in the Library Foyer. Further details can be found on the JHL Library Guides and Tutorials pages.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Taylor & Francis Journals - Intermittent Access

The Taylor & Francis Online platform is currently experiencing technical issues. this means that our access to Taylor & Francis journals is intermittent at the moment. Some journals will work, while others won't.

If you're looking for access to an article in Taylor & Francis which is forbidden, then log a ticket with the E-Resources Team and we'll investigate for you. If we're entitled to access the article you're looking for, we'll request it on your behalf.

  • Log into ServiceDesk
  • In ServiceDesk, go to 02. Library Services - Journals/Databases/Resource Issues
  • After that, the form will appear, and you can enter the relevant information

Institute of Physics Users - Change Password

Users who have personal profiles set up on Institute of Physics are recommended to change their password for security reasons. See below from IOP:

Dear IOPscience user,

It has come to our attention that unauthorised access was gained by an unknown party to an server on 24 December 2016. This server contained a database which included your contact details and user password for IOPscience. We can confirm that no payment or other financial information was present on this server.
Please be assured that IOP Publishing places a high priority on data security and is taking this matter very seriously. We have already taken steps towards the prevention of any recurrence. We have engaged forensic IT specialists to investigate the incident and there was no evidence of access being gained to your personal information or any intent to gain such access. We therefore consider it unlikely that your personal information has been accessed, but as we cannot rule this out we wanted to bring this to your attention as soon as possible.
Even though we consider it unlikely that your password details have been compromised, we would recommend that you take this opportunity to change your current password for MyIOPscience and that you also change the password for any other sites or accounts that use that same password.
You can reset your password by going to the following link:
If you do not know your password, you can use the forgotten password tool available at:
If you have any questions please contact us at

Yours sincerely,
Matthew Keen
Customer Services Manager, IOP Publishing

IOP Publishing

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Learning opportunities at the Library

Welcome back! The Library hopes that students had an excellent break and are excited to see everyone back on campus.

We have a rich offering of learning opportunities for students this semester, oriented to your studies at any point in your academic career. They include sessions that help getting a grounding in the basics of third-level information sources, search techniques and strategies, citation management, and more. 

Here's a list of what we're offering so far; keep an eye on our blog  and our training and events calendar as we're routinely adding more.

This semester we're offering, on a drop-in basis:

Library tours (for dates, times, location see: )
Finding books and journals sessions (dates / times TBA: stay tuned!)
Endnote and literature review Clinics (further info at, scroll down to find each Clinic)

We also offer a suite of training that you can sign up for, on skills including:
  • understanding scholarly resources
  • searching with databases vs. search engines
  • plagiarism and citation
  • Endnote desktop and Endnote Online as well as Mendeley citation management systems

Check out our Eventbrite calendar for more information and to sign up to all of our bookable sessions.

See you soon!

Monday, 9 January 2017

Learning at the Library: Introducing Clinics

Among our rich suite of learning opportunities this semester we're trying out a new concept: drop-in Clinics.

In place of a structured tutorial, come by the Library with your burning questions about either Endnote or How to Get the Best from Your Literature Search. Academic Skills Librarians will be on hand to field your queries!

We'll be holding the Clinics at noon in the Library Training Room on the following dates:

Endnote (Windows or Online): January 25, February 22, March 22

Literature search: February 8, March 8

Friday, 6 January 2017

Michel Déon 1919-2016



Michel Déon, distinguished novelist and writer passed away on December 28, 2016. M. Déon was elected to the Académie française in 1978. He lived in Tynagh, Co. Galway with his family for over 40 years. The Library has benefited greatly from M. Déon's generosity.  Over many years, he donated numerous works in French, which he received for review and also some of his own works. The wealth of material the collection contains can be viewed here in the Library Catalogue.  These are all available for NUIG staff and students to borrow.

Of particular interest: Cavalier, passe ton chemin! originally published by Gallimard in 2005. This has just been published in English by Lilliput Press: Horseman, pass by, translated by Clíona Ní Riordáin. Taking its title from Yeats, it recounts Déon's memories and impressions of Ireland and Irish culture.

Michel Déon last visited the James Hardiman Library in Sept. 2015, click here for details.

Patricia Ffrench