Friday, November 28, 2008

Exam Papers Archive Updated

Exam papers for the 2007-08 academic year are now available (along with previous years) for students to read or print on the Exam Papers section on our website.

Book of the Month

"One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies."
This month we're shining a light on a wonderful new addition to our Junior Books collection: The Gift of the Magi, an Edwardian Christmas story by the celebrated American short story writer O Henry (real name William Sydney Porter) first published in 1909.

This new edition published by Walker Books is stunningly illustrated by the renowned Irish artist P.J. Lynch, bringing new charm to a classic story for both young and old. You can see a selection of Lynch's magical drawings in the book on his own website here.

The Gift of the Magi tells the tale of Della and Jim, a young couple in love but too poor to buy gifts for each other for Christmas. Have a look and get into the Christmas spirit, Edwardian-style!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Library Seminars

The Library is running seminars for college staff in the following areas:
  • Navigating the Library Website
    (Dec 1 & 3 @ 1pm )

  • Refworks Online Referencing Software
    (Dec 9 & 10 @ 1pm)
The seminars will be take place in E218 and will last hour approximately. Those interested in either seminar need only attend one or other of the dates offered - the same material will be covered on both dates.

All staff of the college are welcome to attend.
If you do wish to attend please confirm by email to or in person to Ben or Ronan at the Library Information Desk.

Monday, November 17, 2008

New Music Resource

Grove Music Online is now accessed through of Oxford Music Online, newly available to us through the IReL initiative.

Our users can now access all the resources that Grove Music contains along with two new databases, The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music. The three databases can be searched individually or collectively.

These are all accessible through the databases page on our website, along with all our other online resources.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tá an DORAS ar oscailt!

DCU Library have launched DORAS, their new online research access service which provides free open access to scholarly research publications and theses from the University. It is a fantastic resource and the current collection includes much material in humanities and social sciences which will be of interest to researchers in St. Patrick's College.
DORAS is part of a HEA funded initiative - the IReL-Open project - which will see all universities in Ireland develop open access repositories similar to DORAS.

IMPAC longlist announced

The longlist for the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award was announced this week. It is the world's most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction with the winner picking up €100,000. The nominations are voted for by selected libraries throughout the world. This years nominations include Irish writers Anne Enright and Joseph O'Connor.
See the full list here.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Attention Music Lovers!

The Library has acquired access to Naxos Music Library on a trial basis for the month of November.

To access it simply go to and enter NMLNov08114 in both the Username and Password fields in the top right hand corner of the screen.
There is also a link from our website in the trial databases section.

This web-based resource streams over 350,000 tracks, all fully indexed and searchable by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre.

It is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online. Other genres from Contemporary Jazz to Chinese Music and everything in-between are also well represented. So whether you want to bop to Louis Armstrong's trumpet, unwind to Mozart's symphonies or march to Woodie Guthrie's protest songs you'll find it here!

While this is only on a trial basis we think it would be a worthwhile addition to our online resources. Let us know what you think!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


The Library will be closed on Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8 due to College Conferrals. We will re-open on Monday November 10.