Saturday, 14 November 2009

National Library of Ireland Sources database

From the National Library of Ireland, a new Sources database:

Sources: A National Library of Ireland database for Irish research, contains over 180,000 catalogue records for Irish manuscripts, and for articles in Irish periodicals.

You can search across:

All of the National Library's manuscripts catalogued up to the 1980s
Irish manuscripts held in other libraries and archives in Ireland and worldwide, listed between the 1940s and the 1970s
Articles, reviews and other content that appeared in over 150 Irish periodicals (download a full list of the journals) up to 1969

Article records give details of the author, the title, and the citation, as well as information about how to access the periodicals in the National Library of Ireland or elsewhere. Manuscript records provide key details about the manuscript including the title, in addition to where it is held and its manuscript number. All records have subject headings, which can themselves be used as searches.

Record contents generally represent the decisions taken during the original cataloguing and indexing project, and reflect the holdings of libraries and archives as they were when that work was carried out. Read more about the history of Sources.

Copies
Copies of any periodical articles that the National Library of Ireland holds can be ordered through our Reprographics department, using the citation details (including page numbers) and the call number given in the records. Copies of the Library's manuscript material need to be requested through our Manuscripts department. Full details on ordering material, including pricing, are available on the Copying Services section of the National Library's main website.

When the record indicates the manuscript in question is held in another library or archive, all copying or other requests should go directly to that organisation.

The database is available at
http://sources.nli.ie, whilst a family history guide is also available from the NLI at www.nli.ie/en/family-history-introduction.aspx.

(With thanks to the
Genealogy in Time newsletter).

Chris

www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk
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