Tuesday, December 20, 2011
We reopen on Tuesday, January 3 at 9am for full term-time hours. To accommodate students preparing for exams we have extended opening hours in January:
Friday, Jan 6: 9am-10pm
Saturday, Jan 7: 10am-5pm
For full opening hours check our website.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our users!
Monday, December 12, 2011
UPDATE: Following a request from the Students Union our 24 hour loans will now begin issuing from Wednesday, December 14 at 4pm.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Catriona is Senior Archivist at the National Archives of Ireland and oversaw the Irish Census Online Project, which has placed the 1901 and 1911 censuses online free of charge.
She is a former President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland, Chairperson of the Irish Theatre Institute and Chairperson of the SAOL Project, a rehabilitation and education project for women with addiction problems in Dublin’s north inner city. She also contributes regularly to broadcast and print media on cultural and historical matters.
All students and staff are welcome. It you intend coming along we would be grateful if you could let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
ECCO - Eighteenth Century Collections Online is an online library of over 136,000 titles and editions (over 155,000 volumes), published between 1701 and 1800. It provides full text searching of more than 26 million pages, giving immediate access to every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom during that period, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.
It is a diverse collection, encompassing everything from books to sheet music to advertisements, from collections on the French Revolution to numerous editions of the works of Shakespeare. Multiple editions of individual works are offered to enable scholars to make textual comparisons of the works.
Subject areas provided for include English Literature, History, Geography, French, Philosophy, Sociology and Fine Arts.
The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926, also from Gale Digital Collections. This contains fully indexed digitised versions of the Nineteenth Century Legal Treatises and Twentieth Century Legal Treatises collections. It provides over 10 million pages of legal history from America and Britain, making it the world's most comprehensive full-text collection of Anglo-American legal treatises.
The trial access for both of these databases ends on November 25th so make sure to have a look while they're available! We'd be glad to receive feedback about them or suggestions for other databases you'd like to try out.
Students and staff of St Patrick's College can access these resources from on or off campus by using the links above or via the Trial Databases page on our website.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
As the name suggests, it is concerned with discussion of constructivist approaches and philosophies - as the site puts it:
"the idea that mental structures such as cognition and perception are actively built by one's mind rather than passively acquired".The journal is published online three times a year and is now in its sixth volume. Access of full text articles requires you to register with an email address but it is free of charge.
Open Access Week 2011, October 24-30, an international event which works to promote open access as the new model for scholarly research and publishing.
Monday, October 24, 2011
They allow added functionality for the user including the option to save images of the microfilm scans as pdf files. This should reduce demand for printing, thereby saving the planet and your print credit in one go!
If you do wish to print, the system is the same as printing from any PC on the student network - no need for card readers.
The supplier video below gives a good overview of what they can do:
If you're using one for the first time just ask for assistance at the issue desk and one of our staff members will show you the ropes!
Our thanks to the Taught M.A. Programme Board for funding this purchase.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
"My name is Patrick. I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers"Last month saw the launch of the St Patrick's Confessio Hypertext Stack Project (www.confessio.ie), an online representation of the 5th century writings of our patron saint.
This open access resource provides facsimiles, transcriptions, commentaries and translations of the oldest surviving texts written in Ireland in any language. The manuscripts and printed editions can be viewed in original Latin, English, Irish and other languages. Contextual material such as Muirchú's Latin Life of Saint Patrick, written 200 years after his death are available, as well as more recent pieces written especially for the project.
The site should be useful for students and researchers in relevant areas but also for those with a more general interest (the About section answers the eternal question "where are the snakes?").
The project was conceived and overseen by Dr Anthony Harvey, editor of the Royal Irish Academy Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources with technical support from the DHO.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
This open access content is from a corpus of scholarly articles published in the United States before 1923 and outside the US before 1870. You can see a full list of the free titles here, organised by discipline. Why not have a root around their archives and see what's available in your area? You won't even get dust in your eyes, or if you do you need to clean your keyboard...
The video below gives a quick tutorial of how to tailor your search:
You can link to J-STOR from the Databases A-Z on our website.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
It uses a Google custom search engine to cross-search resources found on sites such as Intute and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) as well as a large number of individually selected titles. The end result is a federated search tool covering over 4,000 open access titles. It provides a useful and focused way to broaden your article search beyond those e-titles available through our journal and/or database subscriptions.
Sample titles include Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, Tympanum: A Journal of Comparative Literary Studies and Aether: Journal of Media Geography but you can see a full list of titles included here.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Even if you've only a passing interest in art history, it's worth a look to see how well multimedia can be used in an educational capacity. The interface provides a number of entry points and navigation tools for the various topics, and offers related links depending on which area or era you find yourself delving into.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
We ask that any time you consult a title from our journal shelves (old or new!), you do the following:
- tick & date the bookmark in the boxes provided (see picture)
- ...and that's it!
So tick and date the yellow bookmarks and help us keep a journal of our journals. Thanks!
Monday, September 26, 2011
Over the next few weeks we have Library Induction Tours available for all newly registered students, a quick way of finding out all you need to know (for now!) to get the most out of the Library.
B.Ed.'s will be assigned a group and time so just need to turn up in their pre-appointed group. B.A.'s and international students can sign in whatever time suits best at the Library Information Desk.
If you're not sure where to sign in, or have a question about anything in the Library, just ask a member of Library Staff.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
They've also launched a scheme for in-copyright titles called the Lending Library. Libraries contribute digitised versions of books in return for borrowing access for their users to other libraries' e-titles. It's still relatively early days for this scheme (and we're not currently a member!) but it looks an interesting model for libraries and e-books in the future.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Our e-books are viewed through your web-browser and can be found on our Catalogue in the same way you search for print items. To see a list of all titles available in this format just click on the 'SPD E-books' icon on the Catalogue home page. Staff can also put links directly to e-books within their Moodle topics.
If you haven't accessed on of our e-books before the online tutorials page on our website has a couple of videos to get you started, like the one below. Or if you'd like a run-through in person or have any questions such as how to link to them via Moodle, just contact Síol, our information and research skills service:
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
We currently have a selection of Eneclann digital publications on display at the entrance to the main library. These titles are in CD-ROM format and contain digitised versions of various 18th, 19th and early 20th century works.
Titles available include:
- 1798 Rebellion, Claimants and Surrenders
- Pigot's Commercial Dictionary
- Slater's Commercial Directory
- Thom's Almanac & Directory
- The Dublin Almanac
- Confederation of Kilkenny
- Census Reports of Co. Dublin and Ireland
- and lots more...
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
You can watch an individual video or, if you're feeling ambitious, a full series of lectures on a single course. Topics vary from the philosophy of death to the American novel since 1945.
In total there are over 1,500 video hosted on the site, searchable by subject, university or instructor. Why not have a look to see what they have in your area of study or work? At least it's not hard to sneak out of the lecture halfway through...
Thursday, June 16, 2011
"In the opening pages of Let The Great World Spin, the people of New York City stand breathless and overwhelmed as a great artist dazzles them in a realm that seemed impossible until that moment; Colum McCann does the same thing in this novel, leaving the reader just as stunned as the New Yorkers, just as moved and just as grateful."
Monday, June 13, 2011
Literary Encyclopedia is an online collection of specially commissioned articles written by university teachers and academics around the world and relating to authors, works and themes of English Literature.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Eneclann are a Trinity College Campus Company who publish historical and genealogical sources on CD-Rom and online and have currently produced around 250 titles of Irish interest. We have recently acquired some Eneclann titles on CD-Rom which will be on display for the talk and available for loan in the Library soon afterwards.
- Census Reports 1851-1911: County & City of Dublin
- A Stroll through Dublin
- Deserted Children (Dublin) 1854
- Thom's Official Directory of Ireland, 1910
- Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland
- Treble Almanack & Dublin Directory 1783
- The 1798 Rebellion: Claimants and Surrenders
All students and staff are welcome to come along to the talk. This event is organised by Síol, our Information and Research Support service.
Monday, May 23, 2011
What you might not know is that we have a copy of this same collection in two volumes in our Padraic Colum Special Collection in the Library. Why not check out what they'll be reading at story-time in the White House?!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
"Our own story and its telling is as vital to our sense of well-being as a good meal and a warm bed."On Monday the Library hosts a talk by Maurice O'Keefe about his Irish Life and Lore series, a collection of over 1,800 audio recordings from various parts of Ireland which makes up a rich oral history of the island.
The presentation takes place in E233 at 12 noon on Monday, May 9 and all are welcome. To find out more about the project visit http://www.irishlifeandlore.com.
This event is the latest offered by Síol, our Information and Research Support service.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
The resource was created by Sal Khan in 2008 and has since mushroomed in both size and popularity to the point where it now contains over 2,100 educational videos which have been viewed over 43 million times.
More recently the site received funding from Bill Gates and Google which has enabled the addition of some excellent interactive tools. These complement the video tutorials by gauging the level of each user and guiding them towards the next stage. They also enable the teacher to see live data on how their class members are progressing, what videos they have watched and what lessons they have completed successfully.
See the video below for an explanation of some of how the site works both for the learner and educator or go to the full website for more information.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Mon, April 18 9am-5pm
Tue, April 19 9am-5pm
Wed, April 20 9am-1pm
April 21-26 Closed
Wed, April 27 9am-5pm
Thu, April 28 9am-5pm
Fri, April 29 9am-5pm
Sat, April 30 Closed
Sun, May 1 Closed
Mon, May 2 Closed
We return to normal term-time hours on Tuesday, May 3.
From this evening (after 5.15pm) all 24hr loan items will be issued until May 3.
We wish all staff and students a very happy Easter!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Other titles shortlisted include The Vagrants by Chinese writer Yiyun Li and The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. Kingsolver's novel, set in 1930s Mexico, includes depictions of seminal artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera who are subject of a new exhibition in the IMMA which opened last week.
The IMPAC award, managed by Dublin City Public Libraries, is voted for by libraries in over 100 cities across the globe. You can see the full shortlist and the libraries that nominated them here.
There was further Irish success in the nominations for the Orange Prize for Fiction announced today, with Dublin-born writer Emma Donoghue's novel Room among the shortlisted titles.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
As well as daily articles and videos on current issues, the site includes fully searchable archives of magazines such as Magill and The Village which can be accessed from the Magazines or Archive links on the main navigation bar and the search results link to full text digital facsimiles of the original articles.
The resource is available from the links above or via our databases a-z on our website.
If you have any problems, questions or comments about using this resource please let us know at our information desk or by phone/ email at 01-8842170 / email@example.com.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Apologies in advance - there will be some noise & commotion in the Library during the visit (particularly in the Junior Books section!) as our visitors will be involved in various activities while they're with us - finding books, reading books and even making their own books!
Any students or staff who wish to help out or just want to observe the chaos from afar are more than welcome to join in!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
As Library productions of course they're silent (shhh...), and we won't be packing for the Oscars just yet, but we hope they'll be of assistance to some users.
For starters we've covered the following areas
(if they're too small to follow just click on the full screen option on the bottom-right of each window)
How to renew a loan
How to reserve a book that's out on loan
How to find and read an ebook on the Catalogue
How to search, copy and print with an ebook
These clips can also be found on our website by clicking on Online Tutorials in the Online Resources page.
They were made using free software so if you think you'd like more of the same (for other tasks) let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see if we can get Spielberg in again...
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The searchable records and objects include contents of 11 County and 3 City archives as well as the Guinness Archive, Irish Film Archive and Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
You can limit your search either to a single repository or to 'Collection Types' with options including Literary Papers, Theatre, Folklore, Trade Unions and Archives of Private Clubs and Societies.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Good library and information services are an essential underpinning for research, just as they are for successful teaching and learning. Success in research depends critically on the quality of the information services to which researchers have accesss. We would like to invite you along to our refresher courses and basic demonstrations in using our Online Resources.
Over the next three weeks we are offering basic and refresher demonstrations in
- RefWorks Bibliography Manager
- Online Databases
- Using the Catalogue
- Journal searches
- Accessing Ebooks
Monday, February 21, 2011
Filí Comhaimseartha na Gaeilge agus an Traidisiún
Gné lárnach de chuid na filíochta comhaimseartha sa Ghaeilge is ea an úsáid chruthaitheach a bhaineann filí áirithe as foinsí dúchasacha. Agus iad ag tarraingt go comhfhiosach as acmhainní na scéalaíochta liteartha agus an bhéaloidis, ath-insíonn siad na scéalta sin i gcomhthéacs comhaimseartha, díríonn siad isteach ar phearsana, ar eachtraí agus ar théamaí ar leith, agus músclaíonn siad ceisteanna nua faoi bhrí agus faoi thábhacht na mbunsaothar féin.
Is éard atá sa taispeántas seo ná blaiseadh beag den phróiseas atá i gceist agus léiriú ar an gcaoi ar cuid bheo dhinimiciúil dár gcultúr na scéalta Rúraíochta agus na scéalta Fiannaíochta a bhfuil athleaganacha díobh tagtha anuas chugainn i lámhscríbhinní agus ó bhéal. Feicfear sa taispeántas seo: eagráin scolártha de na bunsaothair Ghaeilge; leaganacha do pháistí óga de chuid de na scéalta is cáiliúla; aistriúcháin go Béarla; leabhair thagartha; agus samplaí ó shaothar filí ar leith.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
This resource is a unique collection of specially commissioned articles written by university teachers and academics around the world and relating to authors, works, and themes of English literature.
Use the left-hand navigation bar to browse or search the collection by author, work or topic. Alternatively the 'bookshelves' tool provides clusters of articles based on time period, literary movement, or theme.
You can also create an individual account using your @mail.dcu.ie or @spd.dcu.ie email address. This allows you to create your own custom bookshelves for easy retrieval at a later date.
Check it out by clicking on the links above or from the databases a-z on our website.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tá siad le fáil in aice bhealach isteach na Leabharlainne agus tá an chuid is mó acu ar fáil do mhic léinn agus do bhaill foirne a dteastaíonn uathu iad a léamh. Mar sin, buailigí isteach chugainn!
Friday, February 4, 2011
- ? represents a single character
- * represents many characters.
- If you didn't know whether an author's surname was spelt Smith or Smyth, you could include results for both spellings by typing Sm?th.
- In a Keyword or Title search entering educat* would return results for education, educator, educating etc. This can be useful if you're not sure of the title or if you just want to broaden your search to include variations of a word.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The researchers are also studying the publication of the prayers and texts through the period including those published by the royal printers for the Church of Ireland before disestablishment.
The project will result in a book considering the significance of these occasions, typically summoned by the ruling monarch or government of the time, and their effect on all aspects of culture in Britain and Ireland. In addition, they will produce an authoritative edition of the original printed forms of the prayers and related texts.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Rugadh an tAthair P.S. Ó Duinnín Lá Nollag 1860. Tá taispeántas sa leabharlann faoi láthair, lena shaothar a chomóradh. Thosaigh an taispeántas an Nollaig a d'imigh thart, agus beidh sé ann go deireadh Eanáir 2011.
Bhí baint mhór aige le hAthbheochan na Gaeilge. Ba bhall é den Irish Text Society augs bhí sé mar chathaoirleach ar Chraobh an Chéitinnigh de Chonradh na Gaeilge. Rinne sé eagarthóireacht ar thrí cinn de cheithre imleabhar de Foras Feasa ar Éirinn. Ach ba é foilsiú an fhoclóra Gaeilge-Béarla, a tháining ar an saol sa bhliain 1927, a thuill clú agus cáil dó agus áit speisialta i measc scoláirí mhóra na tíre.
Bhronn Ollscoil Náísiúnta na hÉireann céim oinigh air sa bhliain 1930. Chuir sé sraith leabhar ar fáil do mhúinteoirí bunscoile - stair na hÉireann ina measc.
The library is currently running an exhibition to celebrate the work of the Rev. P.S. Dinneen who was born 150 years ago on the 25th December 1860.
The exhibition has been running since December and will remain in place until the end of January 2011.
P.S. Dinneen was a very important contributor the Revival of the Irish Language. He was a member of the Irish Text Society and Chairperson of the Keating Branch of The Gaelic League. He edited three of the four volumes of Foras Feasa ar Éirinn. It was the 1927 edition of his Irish-English Dictionary which earned him a place among the Great Irish scholars. He was awarded with an honorary D.Litt from the National University of Ireland in 1930. He also produced a series of booklets designed for Primary School teachers which included – a history of Ireland.
Friday, January 14, 2011
The online archive of the 35th American president provides immediate access to hundreds of thousands of digital files such as documents, speeches, phone conversations and photographs.
A quick browse found an audio clip of JFK at Dublin Castle during his visit here in 1963, speaking about the importance of education to democracy and paying tribute to Ireland's educational heritage.
See an article in today's Irish Times about the resource here or go straight to the archive itself here.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
We apologise for any incovenience to our users.
We will reopen next Monday at 9:00 (please note also that our opening hours during vacation week Jan 16-21 are 9am-5pm Monday to Friday).
Friday, January 7, 2011
If there is a particular title you require access to, you could try DCU's SerialsSolutions link resolver tool to see if there is an alternative provider.