Friday, October 23, 2009

A New Source(s) For Researchers

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) have launched a beta version of Sources, their new database for researchers on any aspects of Irish history, culture and politics.

The database enables searching of:
  • All NLI manuscripts catalogued up to the 1980s
  • Irish manuscripts in other libraries from the 1940s and 1970s
  • Content from over 150 journals up to 1969

It contains over 180,000 catalogue records for Irish manuscripts and articles. The records provide excellent bibliographic detail and info on how to access the item in the NLI or elsewhere. The records are fully indexed, allowing the user to search and navigate by subject also.

It's still in development, so there will be changes and additions over the next few weeks. In time it will include links to all the pdf NLI manuscript collection lists (such as the Redmond Papers, Sheehy-Skeffington Collection etc.) embedded within the records.

The official launch is due in November, but why not have peek at this beta version?