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Irish Literature Guide

Encylopedias, etc.

In addition to the suggestions below, more reference resources for the field of Irish (and Anglo-Irish) literature can be found by checking UNB WorldCat, and the Reference Materials collection, or may be publicly accessible via the internet. If you are looking for general material relating to English literature, check the Reference  section of the UNB Libraries' Guide to English Literature (Saint John)


Awards and Prizes

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition, RTE Radio 1

Hennessy New Irish Writing, Irish Times

Rooney Prize for Literature, Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College Dublin


Biography and Bibliography

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (DLB Online), licensed resource

An Bunachar Náisiúnta Beathaisnéisí Gaeilge, biographies are in Gaelic, public access

Irish Writers Online, Philip Casey, public access

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), 4 simultaneous users, licensed resource

Irish History Online: a bibliography of Irish history, public access

Bibliography of Irish Linguistics and Literature, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, public access

Bibliography of Gaelic Arthurian Literature, University of Rochester, public access

Literature of the "Troubles", Bill Rolston, CAIN, public access

Bibliography of Nineteenth-Century Irish Literature, Julia M. Wright, public access

Old Irish and Early Christian Ireland: A Basic Bibliography, Charles D. Wright, public access

A Bibliography of Irish Studies in Japan, IASIL-Japan, public access


Dictionaries, Glossaries, ...

The pocket Oxford Irish dictionary (Irish-English), licensed resource

Gaelic Dictionaries, John T. McCranie, public access


Encyclopedias and Guides

Cambridge history of Irish literature, Vol. 1, To 1890, licensed resource

Cambridge history of Irish literature, Vol. 2, 1890-2000, licensed resource

Encyclopedia Mythica, M.F. Lindemans, public access

Concise Oxford companion to Irish literature, 5 simultaneous users, licensed access


Literary Criticism

Literature Criticism Online, includes: Twentieth-century literary criticism, Nineteenth-century literature criticism, Literature criticism 1400-1800, Shakespeare criticism, Contemporary literary criticism, and Children's literature review, licensed resource

Cambridge Histories Online, including Cambridge history of literary criticism, vols. 1-9, licensed resource

Literary Index, Gale, public access

Find Books

UNB WorldCat searches the WorldCat database and offers up-to-date availability information for material held by UNB Libraries. WorldCat contains more than 130,000,000 bibliographic records (including books, journals, videos, music ...) referring to the holdings of libraries world wide. Many of these items may be retrieved for UNB users through the Libraries' Document Delivery Service. WorldCat also catalogues selected journal articles, often available through document delivery, and internet-based resources.

Mobile users should note that although UNB Libraries has moved to a responsive web design, mobile interfaces and apps may NOT yet provide all the functionality of other types of web-based access.

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For members of the UNB/STU community of users, the Library provides access to individual electronic books, through UNB WorldCat. Among these are:

A Blake Dictionary: the Ideas and Symbols of William Blake, licensed access

But the Irish Sea betwixt us : Ireland, colonialism, and Renaissance literature, Andrew Murphy, licensed access

Decolonisation and criticism: the construction of Irish literature, Gerry Smyth, licensed access

Irish impressions, G K Chesterton, licensed access

The politics of language in Ireland, 1366-1922: a sourcebook, Tony Crowley, licensed access


As well, the University community may access several collections of electronic books.


Some internet sites offer full-text, public access books, and book-length works either as collections or as individual linked titles. Some full-text titles are free to view / access, others may not be. Examples of such sites of interest include:

Catalog, Hathi Trust, limit to full-text

CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts, University College Cork

Google Books, limit to free full-text

PR: Literature: English (non-American), Online Books Page, University of Pennsylvania


Find Articles

For those interested in Irish (and Anglo-Irish) literature and related fields, several of the available licensed bibliographic databases are listed in Key and Additional Resources below. These databases will be especially useful when you are beginning a research project and looking for information on a topic.

For all of the Libraries' licensed databases, please see the Article Databases page.

Key Resources

  • Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography & Directory of Periodicals (EBSCO)
    MLA International Bibliography is a subject index for books, articles and websites published on modern languages, literature, folklore, film, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included. Dating back to 1925, the database contains more than 2.7 million citations, over 6,000 journals and series, 1,200 book publishers and over 372,000 subject names and terms and adds over 66,000 records annually (May 2018).

    Coverage is international and includes titles and full-text links from online publishers including JSTOR, Project MUSE, Wiley-Blackwell and Taylor & Francis.

    The MLA Directory of Periodicals contains all information available on the journals and series on the bibliography's Master List of Periodicals.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Literature Criticism Online
    Provides Online access to the content of the following reference works on literature: Twentieth-century literary criticism, Nineteenth-century literature criticism, Literature criticism 1400-1800, Shakespeare criticism, Contemporary literary criticism, and Children's literature review.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Literature Online
    Literature Online offers full text access to rare and inacessible works, up-to-date, reference resources, in addition to the full text of poetry, drama, and prose fiction from the seventh century to the present day. Materials are included from almost every period and genre of English literature as well as many works by 20th century authors. Contemporary criticism is available through the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL).
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • JSTOR Archival Collection
    JSTOR provides access to back issues of a variety of scholarly journals. UNB Libraries currently subscribes to the Arts & Sciences (I through X) collections, along with the Life Sciences and Ireland collections.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Additional Resources

  • Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)
    Based on the annual print publication by the Modern Humanities Research Association, the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature provides bibliographic records for monographs, journal articles, doctoral dissertations and book reviews published since 1920, with selected materials included from 1892 - 1919. Part of the Literature Online collections.
    4 simultaneous users.
  • Project Muse
    "Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, and many others." UNB subscribes to almost 400 eJournals, and provides access to select Open Access eBooks.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • JSTOR Current Collection
    In addition to being an archive, JSTOR offers current access to a range of titles from various publishers. UNB has access to current and archival content for almost 50 of these journals.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

UNB/STU users should take particular note that the JSTOR Archival Collection includes the Ireland Collection.

Other textual databases, bibliographic databases and citation indexers for Irish (and Anglo-Irish) literature  include:

Literary Index, Gale, public access

JSTOR, freely searchable and offers some free access to selected material. Search and then choose "Content I can access"

Sources: database for Irish research, National Library of Ireland


There is also a wide variety of individual periodical titles available to UNB/STU users. You can locate these by searching UNB WorldCat or through the UNB Libraries' Journals & Newspapers list. These include:

Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, licensed resource

Érui, licensed resource

Irish Studies Review, licensed resource


Some periodicals may be publicly accessible via the internet offering complete or selected full-text , including:

Early Modern Literary Studies, public access

English Language and Literature Studies, public access

Estudios Irlandeses : Journal of Irish Studies, public access

Hypermedia Joyce Studies, public access

Irish Quarterly Review, selected volumes, public access

James Joyce Online Notes, public access

Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, public access on free registration

Studi Irlandesi : a Journal of Irish Studies, English / Italian, public access

Studies in Bibliography, public access


Citing Your Sources

Citations are a natural by-product of a good literature or bibliographic search -- they come from the results your search produces. They may be found, collectively, in bibliographic databases and citation indexes. They may be derived from statistical databases and other data collections. They may make reference to individual books, periodicals (journals, magazines and newspapers), working papers, and technical reports. They may be gathered from compilations such as bibliographies or appear in lists of works cited and references. Citations may also be produced in reference to material you read or heard, to images you discover, and to all kinds of electronic files which are displayed, read, played, or otherwise accessed.

To structure citations appropriately it helps to have a good guide. There are several standard guides from which you may choose. In university, choosing the "best" one will depend on the requirements of the assignment, the nature of the contents and the preferences of the individual professor. Some guides emphasize a particular discipline, some are cross-discipline and some may emphasize a particular form of material.


Style Guides

Chicago Manual of Style, HWK-REF Z253 .U7 2010

MLA handbook, HWK-REF LB2369 .G52 2016

MLA Formatting and Style Guide, Purdue, public access

APA Style Guide to Electronic References, 2012 edition, licensed resource

APA Style, American Psychological Association, public access


Citation Management Software

Zotero, public access

UNB Libraries' Guide to Zotero, public access


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