Tuesday, November 10, 2009

TRIAL: Irish Newspaper Archives (1760-Current)

Our trial of the Irish Newspaper Archive has now been extended until the end of June 2010.

The Irish Newspaper Archive contains over 6 million pages in over 500,000 issues of Irish Newspaper publications. With national daily editions such as the Irish Independent, regional weekly editions including the Connacht Tribune, Kerryman and Anglo-Celt and out of print publications such as the Freeman's Journal and The Nation. Spanning back as far as 1763 with issues been convertedfrom microfilm and running right up to current date where more recent issues are presented in full color. The contents of all issues are fully text searchable and reflect the full context and layout of each page.

To access this trial go to
http://www.irishnewsarchive.com.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/.

After using the Irish Newspaper Archive please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.

22 comments:

Frank Shovlin said...

This is an extraordinary resource -- certainly the best and most significant digital archive I have ever come across. It will revolutionize research for Irish historians of the past two hundred years by giving quick access to an almost unbelievably rich array of sources.

Dr Frank Shovlin, Irish Studies, Liverpool

Maria said...

This is an outstanding resource and I think that it should be aquired for the library. It contains newspapers that can only currently be accessed at Colindale (and even then access is difficult) but these newspapers are vital for anyone seriously studying Ireland. As well as being a great research resource, it will also be useful for teaching as well as students from first-year undergraduates to PGRS will be able to enrich their work with it.

Frank said...

A superb, indispensable resource for anyone working on Irish history and culture over the past 200 years.

Terry Bucknell said...

Just to mention that we already have some Irish titles in British Newspapers 1600-1900, bit I think the only one that is in both these products is Freeman's Journal:

Belfast News-Letter
Northern Star
Dublin Gazette
Dublin Journal
Dublin Mercury (1722)
Dublin Mercury (1766)
Freeman's Journal
George Faulkner the Dublin Journal
Hibernian Journal or Chronicle of Liberty
Hoey's Dublin Mercury
Public Register or The Freeman's Journal
Limerick Chronicle

Anna Pilz, MPhil student, Irish Studies, Liverpool said...

This is a very important resource for students both of Irish Studies, History as well as Literature. Not only is this archive of great relevance to my own research, but it will also offer a great opportunity for Undergraduate students to have a quick access to primary material and get used to evaluating newspapers as a pivotal source of research.

Niall Carson said...

This is fantastic, I've just had a quick look through and I think it will enrich my research deeply.

Niall Carson.

Research Student, University of Liverpool.

Lauren Arrington said...

Access to newspaper archives is vital for scholars of Irish literature, history, and politics. This digital archive will certainly be utilised by scholars at all levels; it will significantly reduce research expenses for post-graduates and academic staff, and it will facilitate the inclusion of primary source material in undergraduate lectures.

Dr Lauren Arrington, Irish Studies, Liverpool

cheshiregecko said...

This is going to be a very valuable resource. Newspapers are vital source of evidence for any any researcher. I am looking forward to making the maximum possible use of this archive.

David Shaw, MPhil student, Institute of Irish Studies, Liverpool

Anonymous said...

Even for those of us researching "English" history, this is a valuable resource. It's easy to forget that that there was either an Irish angle or an Irishman in most political or commercial issues and I've already found a couple of little gems.

Ciaran said...

Access to this particular database is now a prerequisite for anyone researching Irish history and literature in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Aside from the national dailies (unavailable elsewhere), access to a more local perspective through regional newspapers like the "Anglo-Celt" makes this database even more valuable to the Uni.

cheshiregecko said...

Please tell me we are going to keep this!

David Shaw MPhil Student Irish Studies University of Liverpool

Carmen said...

This is a wonderful resource allowing access to a wealth of information that has hitherto been difficult to obtain. I will certainly be using it for research and teaching.

Elaine Roberts said...

I certainly hope this is going to be a permanent resource within the library. It will give access to sources which probably have been difficult to access.
Elaine Roberts M.A.student. Irish Studies Liverpool

Peter Day said...

Is there a limit on searches in the trial version or is it broken? Having done one search it now tells me there is no reference to 'Liverpool' in any publication, any date??

Paddy Hoey said...

This is an incredible archive for anyone studying Irish history, as important as the Linen Hall collection on micro fiche. We'll be wondering how we ever did without it in a couple of years' time. I think I'll also 'waste' far too much time reading this as a displacement activity for something more pressing.

Angela said...

O frabjous day! I've wanted us to get this for ages, so I'm enchanted. Also, it's even better than when I first discovered it. No time to write more - I've got to make the most of it just in case we don't buy it. But, from a purely selfish point of view, we must!

Carmen said...

This is a wonderful resource. I will certainly be using it.

Ian said...

A very valuable resource for staff and students - well done UoL for trialling this. I shall be using it

Anonymous said...

I really hope that we keep this, it's a wonderful resource and would be of great use for everyone.

Sean McCann said...

I had the good fortune recently to use this resource and was astounded by the quality and the relative ease with which it could be effectively searched. I was able to track meetings of Irish Nationalists in St. Helens in the early decades of the last century which received either no attention from the British media or such a scant interest as to be of no use (other than in confirming this absence of interest). I found stories on prominent people like an Irish MP for St. Helens who appears to have received more atttention from the Irish media than even his home town media. The point is that the activities and aspirations of the Irish community in Britain is not reported in any significant degree in the British media unless it is negative. Online access to the back catalogue of Irish media in this context becomes critical to research. I was horrified to hear that our access to this resource was not permanent. Please do what you can to reinstate access to this superlative resource.
Sean McCann
M.A. student, Irish Studies.

Anna said...

This is an invaluable resource for any Irish Studies student. I have never come across such a wealth of information in one place.

Stacey said...

An excellent resource that has proved to be invaluable for my undergraduate dissertation.