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HIST 803: Irish History, 1798 to the Present

Finding Books

Look for resources by searching Omni to find books, journals, videos and other materials owned by the Library.  You may search by keywords, author, title or subject headings. 
To find books by a particular author/person, search Omni by author using the Advanced Search option.
o'connell daniel  
To find books about a particular author/person, search Omni by subject heading using the Advanced Search option.
o'connell daniel 
To find a specific known item, search by title or author.  To find books on a topic, either try a subject or keyword search.

Subject Headings versus Keyword Searching

Subject headings allow you to search for resources on a particular author or topic and are often more productive than keyword searches. 

Keyword searches work best if you have multiple concepts or topics and need only a few books. 

For a comprehensive subject search, search with subject headings as well as keywords.

Searching Omni

Start with a keyword search, but expect to revise it. 

Keyword Searching TIPS

Search Technique  

What It Does

quotation marks

Searches for exact phrase

Truncation *

Searches for all forms of a word

Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)

Lets you broaden or narrow your search

For example:
(poverty OR poor) AND ireland AND (19th OR nineteenth)
When searching Omni for books, use the limiters on the left side under Modify Your Results to limit your search results to books & ebooks.
Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings.
Poor Ireland History
Ireland History Famine 1845-1852
Land tenure Ireland History 19th century                           
Useful subject headings for an overview of the historical period include:
Ireland Civilization
Ireland Economic conditions
Ireland History 1837-1901
Ireland History 1910-1921
Ireland History 20th century
Ireland Politics and government 1901-1910
Ireland Politics and government 1922--1949
Ireland Social conditions 19th century
Ireland Social conditions 20th century
Land League (Ireland)
Unionism (Irish politics)

Advanced Searching in Omni

Use the advanced search option for more precise searching. Using the drop-down options within the Advanced Search screen you can limit your search to specific fields and/or a combination of fields (Author, Title, Subject, Call number). For example:



The Library subscribes to a number of e-book packages which can be accessed via Databases. Packages that are of interest to history students are:
Provides full-text access to major works in American, European and Middle Eastern history. Topics covered include many aspects of history plus archaeology, area studies, art, folklore, literature, music, philosophy, political science, religion, and women's studies. Records for these books should be in Omni.
Historical reference compendium allows access to the texts of the Cambridge Histories series. Search or browse by topic. Relevant for undergraduates, graduates, lecturers and researchers.
Blackwell publishes a series of books of historiographic essays on many topics in history. They are available online through Blackwell Reference Online.
A collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
Oxford Scholarship Online                    
Offers full-text access to scholarly publishing in 20 subjects from around the world,
Provides access to about 600,000 electronic books (ebooks) Prom a wide variety of publishers.
UPSO includes titles from Oxford University Press and other partner presses.  QUL has access to selected titles, indicated by a green open lock icon on search results screens