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UL Special Collections and Archives launches 8 new thematic Research Guides

Author: Special Collections
Categories: special collections archives research guides
When: Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 14:00

The Special Collections & Archives department is pleased to announce the launch of a suite of new online research guides, which highlight the strengths of its collections in line with 8 key research themes: architecture; the Bolton Library; archival diaries; the Dunraven Papers; estate and family history; literature; military history; and the National Dance Archive of Ireland (NDAI).

Each guide begins with an outline of the department’s main holdings in relation to each theme from its wide-ranging archival, rare book and reference collections. The guides provide an in-depth overview of the research strengths of these collections, outlining the types of records researchers can expect to find, illustrated by document and photograph samples.

‘Research tips’ are provided throughout the guides to draw attention to important research considerations, such as information relating to access to individual collections, or recommended related holdings in other archival institutions. The guides also include links to further reading and resources under each of the respective themes, encouraging researchers to use the guides as a starting point for their own research journey. In this way, the department hopes that these guides will be of valuable benefit for students at all levels who wish to research a topic further, for undergraduate coursework, Final Year Projects, postgraduate theses or publication.

Please note that the research guides are not designed as exhaustive sources on the department’s holdings under each research theme. Watch this space, as the guides are expanded and new thematic guides are added as more collections are catalogued. As always, if your particular research topic is not included, please do not hesitate to make enquiries to a member of staff.

The guides can be found under the new ‘research’ tab on the main Special Collections website, and are complemented by supplementary resources such as:

A summary of each research guide is outlined below, while an alphabetical list of all 8 research guides is available here.

Any faculty and students interested in using the research guides and associated collections in their teaching and coursework, please email specoll@ul.ie