John Johnson Ephemera collection

John de Monins Johnson (1882-1956), Printer to the University of Oxford, was interested in preserving the things people glance at and then throw into the bin. To describe them Johnson adopted the term ‘ephemera’, originally a word for an insect that lived only for a day; and he defined printed ephemera as: “Everything which would ordinarily go into the waste paper basket after use, everything printed which is not actually a book … The items provide an insight into life in 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Visit the John Johnson collection in our databases via the library portal

Engineering Index Backfile Makes Historical Search Possible

A major historical archive has been acquired by the Library at the University of Ulster.

The Engineering Index Backfile has been added to Compendex, one of the most comprehensive engineering literature databases. This means you can now search from 1884 to the present.
The Backfile provides a comprehensive, historical view of engineering developments and innovations described in literature from 1884-1969.
Available via Engineering Village, over 1.7 million records have been digitized from the original Engineering Index print indexes for the backfile. They are fully searchable, allowing researchers to easily access virtually every major engineering innovation of the 20th century.
The combined searching capability of Compendex and the Ei Backfile offers the most comprehensive resource for engineering available anywhere. Compendex contains 11.3 million records from 1969 to the present. The library has added the Historical Irish Times 1859 – 2009 to its database collection.   The Historical Irish Times is fully searchable and provides digital reproductions of every page from every available issue.

Historical Irish Times Online

The library has added the Historical Irish Times 1859 – 2009 to its database collection.   The Historical Irish Times is fully searchable and provides digital reproductions of every page from every available issue. 

You can access all library databases, including this valuable new resource, from the Learning Resources page in the Portal.

RIAN – Ireland's National Portal for Open Access Research

Rian is a searchable catalogue of full-text research material from DCU, NUIG, NUIM, TCD, UCC, UCD, UL.

Its aim is to harvest to one portal the contents of the Institutional Repositories of the seven university libraries, in order to make Irish research material more freely accessible, and to increase the research profiles of individual researchers and their institutions.

British Newspapers 1600-1900

The British Newspapers 1600-1900 is the most significant digital collection of British historic newspapers. New conservation and imaging techniques and a new cross-searchable platform adopted by the British Library offers unparalleled access and discoverability to this valuable historical and cultural archive. In addition one will find specially commissioned essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars intended to help non-specialist users with perspective and analysis.  This is now available as one of the library databases. (Log in to the Portal to gain access.)