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Irish Literature and Language Research Guide

This list is not exhaustive. Consult your librarian for further help.


Use the Libraries Catalog

For books containing criticism and interpretation about a specific author, do a "subject" search in the Libraries Catalog using the author's name and look for "Criticism and Interpretation."

  Ex: Joyce, James


Use Google Books Search the full text of over 10 million books in 40 languages. Start your search with a title or author, or use the Advanced Search to browse by language, subject, or date published.  Note: If there is only a preview of the book, check the Libraries Catalog to see if UB owns a copy.


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Select

    Summaries of the lives and works of over 100,000 current writers in fiction, poetry, television, radio, general non-fiction, drama, and movies. Additional entries cover major 20th Century authors.

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB)

    Leads to full-text access to over 9,000 critical and biographical essays on British and American authors from all eras and genres.

  • Humanities Source Provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world; includes original creative works including poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations.


  • Literature Resource CenterA complete literature reference database designed for undergraduate students. Much of the information is full-text. Contains electronic version of biographical, bibliographical and contextual information on authors and their works (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, and journalism).
  • MLA International Bibliography

    The premier resource for locating information on topics in literature, language, linguistics and literary criticism.

  • Literature Online

    A set of databases which provide access to full-text, fully searchable electronic versions of poetry, fiction, drama, and reference works, as well as links to additional relevant web resources, and selected secondary sources.

  • JSTOR (Journal STORage)

    Contains full-text of the most important journals in the social sciences, humanities, general sciences as well as in the fields of mathematics, botany & ecology.

  • Project MUSE

    Contains full-text online editions of over 300 scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences published by The Johns Hopkins University Press and other scholarly publishers.

  • Dissertations and Theses

    Provides title, author, and subject access to virtually every U.S. dissertation; the database also provides access to thousands of Canadian dissertations and U.S. master's theses, and since 1988 selected access to British and European dissertations.

  • Historical Abstracts

    Indexes the literature about world history, excluding the United States and Canada.

  • APS Online

    Searchable access to the full-text images of 1,100 American periodicals, across many disciplines and intended audiences, published from 1741-1900. While the publications are American, the coverage is worldwide.

  • Cambridge Histories

    Provides online access to over 250 Cambridge history volumes.

  • New Hibernia Review/ Iris Éireannach Nua: A Quarterly Record of Irish Studies

    Presents plainly argued scholarship on all aspects of Irish civilization. It seeks to address a readership of both professional scholars and educated readers as it examines, without political agenda, the cultures of the whole of Ireland. All disciplines are represented in the pages of New Hibernia Review; literary studies and history predominate. In addition to fully annotated scholarly articles, the journal also presents new Irish poetry and book reviews, as well as occasional memoirs and informal essays.


Biographical Dictionaries:

Language Resources:

Literary Anthologies:

Literary Texts/Primary Resources Online:

  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)

    Contains over 22 million digital page images of virtually every work printed in the English language as well as works printed in Great Britain and its dependencies from 1473-1700 in any language.

  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

    Provides access to the digital images of every page of books published during the 18th Century.

  • Literature Online

    A set of databases which provide access to full-text, fully searchable electronic versions of poetry, fiction, drama, and reference works, as well as links to additional relevant web resources, and selected secondary sources. You may search the complete Literature Onlinedatabase at once, or choose an individual collection from the list of collections.


  • British Library Newspaper Catalog

    The British Library’s Newspaper Library online catalog, including entries for over 52,0000 newspaper and periodical titles, contains many Irish provincial newspaper titles.

  • Irish Newspaper Archive

    World's largest online database of Irish Newspapers, Search, retrieve and view Ireland's past exactly as it was originally published. The archive ranges from the 1700's to present and takes in many of the seminal moments in the development of New World countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States.

  • National Library of Ireland Newspaper Database

    A listing of newspaper titles held in the National Library of Ireland, including information from the Newsplan Project


Online Catalogs for Irish Libraries and Archives (select list):

Surveys of Irish Literature:

Additional Select Web Resources:

  • British and Irish Authors on the Web
  • CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts

    Ireland's longest running Humanities Computing project.

  • IBIS Manuscript and Text Sources

    From the Institute of British and Irish Studies, University of Southern California. Online materials in British and Irish history.


    A collection of papers on the dispersion of the Irish. This site grew from The Irish Diaspora Studies Web Site at the University of Bradford which is still online, but not updated.

  • Irish History

    Online Resource for Irish History, Literature and Politics.

  • The Irish Playography Database

    A database of Irish plays produced since 1904.

  • Irish Resources in the Humanities

    Developed in 1999 by Dr. Susan Schreibman as a Gateway to sites on the World Wide Web that contain substantial content in the various disciplines of the humanities in the area of Irish Studies.

  • James Joyce Collection, University at Buffalo
    Comprising more than 10,000 pages of the author's working papers, notebooks, manuscripts, photographs, correspondence, portraits, publishing records, important memorabilia and ephemeral material, as well as Joyce's private library and the complete body of significant Joyce criticism, the collection distinguishes UB as the leading resource for Joyce scholarship.
  • Voice of the Shuttle
    List of Irish Literary Sources and Resources on the web.

Citing Resources/Creating Bibliographies:

Additional subject guides.