Thursday, January 28, 2010

Check out Chekhov

This Friday sees the 150th anniversary of the birth of Anton Chekhov. To mark the occasion, at the entrance to the main Library we currently have a display of items written by or about him.

All items displayed are available for loan so why not pick one up and familiarise yourself with one of the true greats of literature and drama.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New E-Books

The following course texts can now be accessed in e-book format as well as in hard copy:

Holy Terror (Eagleton)

Developing Language and Literacy with Young Children (Whitehead)

Developing Thinking and Understanding in Young Children (Robson)

Commonsense Methods for Children with Special Educational Needs (Westwood)

E-book titles are accessed by searching our Catalogue as you would for a print title. Whenever you see an e-book icon and/or "[electronic resource]" after the title, click on the icon or the text link to access the title.

You are required to login to access the online version - students login with their usual username and password; staff should use their novell login.

Friday, January 22, 2010

HCPP Online Trial

We have obtained trial access to the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP). The resource requires a password to access it which can be obtained by emailing

Over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present are contained in this resource, with supplementary material going back to 1688.

The collection includes pre-Hansard debates, House of Lords and Commons journals as well as reports and papers presented to both Houses. All papers are fully indexed and searchable and high-quality scans of the original printed papers allow users to see accompanying illustrations, statistics and maps.

The trial access is available until February 20.

To see our trial databases at any time check our website. We welcome suggestions from staff or students for any resources that may be relevant.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Extended Opening Hours

To facilitate students during exam time, the Library will now open for full term-time hours (9am-10pm) on Monday and Tuesday of next week (January 18 and 19).

For the remainder of the week, we will be open for vacation hours (10am-5pm) and the Library will be closed on Saturday, January 23.

To see our updated January opening hours click here.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Women's Literature Database

". . . a little square book bound in red cloth fell from the breast of her leather jacket—her poem The Oak Tree."

irginia Woolf, Orlando

We have obtained trial access to Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present, Cambridge's database on women's writing in the UK through the centuries.

Orlando is a rich resource for anyone with an interest in literature, women's writing, or cultural history more generally. It provides new biographical and critical accounts of the lives and works of its subjects, together with contextual materials relevant to critical and historical readings.

The trial ends on February 11 so have a nose while we have it!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Extended January Opening Hours

We're opening for longer than normal this Friday and Saturday to accommodate those studying for exams. Our weekend hours are:

Friday, Jan 8: 9am - 10pm
Saturday, Jan 9: 10am - 5pm

We wish all in St. Pat's a happy 2010, and of course the best of luck to students doing exams next week!