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How to make best use of library resources for your teaching and research for spring semester

Author: Michelle Breen
Categories: reading lists library resources online training research
When: Wednesday, January 5, 2022 - 16:15

Through IReL eLibrary and UL’s own subscriptions, the library provides UL faculty and students many hundreds of databases that you can use for your research and teaching.

This January, the library is running training sessions on some of these resources; introducing you to some new and some already familiar platforms.

The library will also give workshops for faculty who wish to build or update online reading lists for the semester ahead.

Booking links for each of the sessions is included below. All will take place on MS Teams and be recorded and made available afterwards to all that are registered.  


Event name and booking link




Introduction to using Ancestry for your family history research


Ancestry is a major source for genealogical records including census, church, military, immigration, marriage and birth records. Ancestry allows students and scholars to develop their skills in enquiry, information retrieval and critical thinking.

For beginners who wish to learn how to use Ancestry, we suggest visiting the Ancestry LibGuide online and visiting the search tips section of this guide.


Monday January 17th

12:00 – 13:00

Ali Nazari-Nouri, Proquest

Browsing UL’s academic journals using the Browzine app  


BrowZine creates the online equivalent experience of browsing a newsstand and reading a print journal. BrowZine consolidates thousands of peer-reviewed journals that the University of Limerick subscribes to and delivers them to your phone, tablet or computer.  The BrowZine service is available for all UL students, faculty, researchers and staff to use, and the app is free to install, through UL’s subscription. Instructions about getting started using Browzine are detailed here


Tuesday January 18th

12:00 – 13:00

Bridgette Comanda, ThirdIron

How to update or build your module reading list (see across for booking links)


A hands-on workshop for teaching staff, to help you use the Library's Leganto reading lists software and give you some new ideas and tips for building your reading list for any of your semester 2 modules.


You may wish to get started on this work yourself. If so, please consult the library's guide to reading lists .


Wednesday January 12th


Repeated on


Wednesday January 19th

11:00 – 12:00




11:00 – 12:00

Michelle Breen, UL

Using LexisNexis for legal research


This session will guide you through  key components of UL's Lexis subscription relevant to your research, and will cover:

  • Legislation
  • Halsbury’s laws of England
  • UK cases
  • UK Journals
  • Common law and international platform.

In advance of the session, you can explore Lexis here 


Thursday January 20th

12:00 – 13:00

Claire Black, Lexis Nexis

Irish Newspaper Archives – gateway to Irish historical research


Irish Newspaper Archives is the world’s largest and oldest online database of Irish newspapers and provides a fast and easy way to access newspapers from 1738 all the way up to current day.


The archives give you a way to research Irish history both contemporary and modern with legacy newspapers presented as they were printed in black and white full page format and a current newspaper archive through the full colour PDF archive.


This training will also introduce UL’s new access to The Radical Newspaper Archives, part of the Irish Newspaper Archives, provided by IreL from January 2022.


Friday January 21st

12:00 – 13:00

Andrew Martin, Irish Newspaper Archive