Monday, February 21, 2011

Taispeántas Leabharlainne

The Library is currently exhibiting a selection of poems from contemporary Irish poets. The poems revisit traditional Gaelic folklore in a contemporary way. See below for more information.

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

New Literature Resource

Staff and students of the English Department should try out Literary Encyclopedia, a new online database we have obtained access to.

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 or 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

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Mar chuid de cheiliúradh Sheachtain na Gaeilge an tseachtain seo, táimid ag cur na leabhar Gaeilge agus na leabhar Béaloidis is fearr linn ar taispeáint.

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

T*ps for Search?ng

When searching on our Catalogue, 'wildcard' characters which can be useful to find the book or journal you're looking for - the two to remember are ? and *
  • ? represents a single character
  • * represents many characters.
These can be used in different ways, either in the middle of a word or at the end:
  • 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.
These wildcards work similarly in many of our online resources though there are some variations in how they are treated.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

British State Prayers Project

Staff or students in Religion and History departments may be interested in a project being undertaken by researchers in Durham and Reading Universities involving a study of British state prayers and holy-days from the 1540s to the 1940s. Their work includes analysis of how the occasions were marked in Ireland and will explore their wider significance for politics, religion and culture over the four centuries. The website notes of the occasions that they "commanded considerable popular reverence but...could also be a focus for expressions of religious and political dissent".

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.