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Just getting started?

Start by doing some background research. Take time to engage in some brainstorming exercises that will help you identify key subject terms. Encyclopedias and other reference resources can be used to help you refine your subject terms and the citations in these sources can be used to find more information on your topic.

If you are finding your research difficult to manage, narrow your topic or break your research down into manageable sub-topics. If you are not finding enough information on your topic, try using broader subject terms.

Other Useful Guides

Guide to the Library Using Databases Citation Guide

Library Catalog: Books, Videos, e-Books and more!

Call number areas to browse

Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Irish History DA900-DA995 Ireland Travel DA969-DA988 Ireland Atlases G1791-G2196
Ireland Politics JN1395-JN1571.5 Irish Literature PR6000-PR8000

The books in the library are organized by subject. You can browse these call number areas to find related books. So, if you are searching the library catalog and find a book that looks interesting or particularly relevant to your research, you can search the shelves in the library in the same call number area to find related items.

Reference Sources

Title Call Number
Atlas of the Great Irish Famine DA950.7 .A85 2012
A Dictionary and Glossary for the Irish Literary Revival PE2406 .W35 1995
The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature PR8706 .O88 1996

The reference collection is located at the back, right-hand side of the library. Items in this collection cannot be checked out, but a copier is conveniently located so you can make copies of the resources you find.

To search the Library Catalog for reference books about Ireland, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Ireland" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search by selecting "Collection: Reference Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Circulating Books

Title Call Number
McCarthy’s Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland DA909 .M3 2000
How the Irish Saved Civilization DA930.5 .C34 1996
Modern Ireland, 1600-1972 DA938 .F67 1989
Rebels: The Irish Rising of 1916 PR6054.E754 R4 1992

Find More on Ireland


To search the Library Catalog for books about Ireland, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Ireland" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Circulating Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

E-Books

Title Call Number
A Political History of the Two Irelands: From Partition to Peace EBSCO eBooks
The First World War in Irish Poetry netLibrary eBook
Contemporary Irish Cinema: From The Quiet Man to Dancing at Lughnasa netLibrary eBook
Irish Folk History: Tales From the North netLibrary eBook

Find More eBooks on Ireland


To search the Library Catalog for e-books about Ireland or a related subfield, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Ireland" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Electronic Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items available to Montgomery Library patrons only, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Audio/Visual Materials

Title Call Number
Ireland by Frank Delaney PR6054.E396 I74 2011ab
The Great Poets: W. B. Yates PR5900.A3 Y43 2007
Irish Writers PR5823 .I74 2000
Famous Authors: George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950 PR5366.A5 F36 1996

Find DVDs on Ireland Find More Audiobooks on Ireland


To search the Library Catalog for DVDs about Ireland, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Ireland" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Media: Videos, DVDs, films, slides, etc." from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Research Databases: Find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles

Recommended Databases

Database Description
JSTOR Irish Studies Collection : Once in JSTOR, browse by subject to “Irish Studies” for access to historical and current Irish serials and journals ranging from the late 1700s to present day.
Project MUSE Irish Studies Collection: Once in Project Muse, browse by Area and Ethics Studies in “Irish Studies” to view a noteworthy collection of e-books and also academic journals.
World History Collection Database filled with global history titles, including peer-reviews journals. Once in World History Collection, search by subject for “Ireland” and your desired subject area.
Literary Reference Center Collection of criticisms, synopses and reviews of authors. Once in Literary Reference Center, “browse works” by location of Ireland and “browse authors” by name or from Ireland.

Tips!

Finding the right database:

If you’d like to explore a subject area: Access the Research Databases: www.lonestar.edu/library ->Find Articles Tab -> Select a category that is relevant to your topic.

If you know the title of the journal you’re looking for, use the A to Z Electronic Journal Search to find out which database provides access to that journal: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> A to Z Electronic Journal Search -> Select “Search” tab

If you know the database title: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Find Database by Title

If the full-text/PDF version of an article is not available, select the “Check LinkSource for more information” link to see if another database offers full-text access.

Accessing Databases from Home:

You can access these databases from home using your library barcode number. If you have problems accessing the databases, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

If you are not able to find a resource that you need in the databases or in the library catalog, you can request the item via the Interlibrary Loan Form: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/interlibrary-request.htm

Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed Sources

Scholarly articles are written by an authority on the subject and are meant to share primary research with others in the field. Unlike popular sources, scholarly sources generally have a narrow audience and include a clear author or sponsoring association. These documents are very structured and usually include a literature review, methodology, and extensive citations. Many scholarly sources are also peer-reviewed which means others in the field reviewed the work before it was published. Many databases will allow you to limit your search to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources – look for this option.

Websites

Occasionally the librarians at LSC - Montgomery library will find a website they consider exceptional or particularly useful for academic research.

Suggested Websites:

Irish History Online National Library of Ireland Database The Irish Times Newspaper Irish Virtual Research Library & Archive
DHO: Discovery (Irish digital collection) National Archives of Ireland Discover Ireland Ireland Tourism

Getting research assistance . . .

Subject Librarian

Sarah Palacios-Wilhelm
Email: sarahpwilhelm@lonestar.edu Phone: 936 273 7393 Office: bldg. F-161

Reference Desk

Email: mclr@lonestar.eduPhone: 936 273 7390

Department Contacts

Phone Number Dominic Beggan, Professor 936-271-6219 A-220H


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