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Irish Studies Resources for Graduate Research

A guide to accompany an information session for graduate students, January 2016. Reference sources and primary sources for Irish studies.

It is useful to become familiar with the reference sources most often used in your field of study, and to know also where to find information on other sources. Subject bibliographies, dictionaries, biographical sources, catalogs and indexes, are increasingly available online, but not always in the same format or accessible through the same kind of search.

Finding Articles and Books

For more databases, see the following guides on the Hesburgh Libraries website: Databases by Subject and  Irish Studies.


Oxford Bibliographies

These online bibliographies serve as good general introductions to their subjects.  They aim to provide the most accurate and reliable resources for the topics covered, and each article is, according to their website, 'an authoriitative guide to the current scholarship, containing original commentary and annotations'. The collection can be searched and browsed under general categories.. The list below is of those Bibliographies devoted to Irish subjects, but many others are relevant to Irish studies.


Bibliographies specific to Irish studies:

1916. by Clair Wills.

Anglo-Irish Poetry, 1500-1800.  Andrew Carpenter.

Beckett, Samuel. Luke Thurston.

Book of Kells. Carol A. Farr (Medieval Studies).

Bowen, Elizabeth. Eibhear Walshe.

Butler, Hubert. Robert Tobin.

Celtic and Irish Revival.  Michael McAteer.

Dracula. Jarlath Killeen.

Drama, Northern Irish.  Eva Urban.

Famine.  Margaret Kelleher.

Friel, Brian. Shaun Richards

Goldsmith, Oliver. Michael Griffin

Heaney, Seamus. Eugene O'Brien.

Ireland. James H. Murphy (Victorian Literature).

Ireland and Memory Studies. Oona Frawley.

Writing of the Irish Famine. Marguérite Corporaal.

Irish Gothic Tradition. Jarlath Killeen.

Irisih Life Writing. Muireann Leech.

Irish Modernism. Lauren Arrington.

Irish Poetry of the First World War. Gerald Dawe.

The Irish Short Story. Heather Ingman.

Irish Travel Writing. Raphaël Ingelbien

Literature of the Bardic Revival. Mary Ann Constantine.

Literature of the Irish Civil War. Brian Ward.

McGuckian, Medbh. Adam Hanna.

Muldoon, Paul. Anne Karhio.

Ní Chuilleanáin, Eiléan. Philip Coleman.

Novel, The Contemporary Irish. Liam Harte.

O'Casey, Seán. James Moran.

O'Faoláin, Seán.  Paul Delaney.

Post-war Irish Drama.  Eva Urban.

Post-war Irish Writing. Guy Woodward.

Shaw, George Bernard. Brad Kent.

Sterne, Laurence. Paul Goring.

Swift, Jonathan. Gregory Lynall.

Synge, John Millington. Soudabeh Ananisarab.

Tonna, Charlotte Elizabeth. Ella Dzelzainis (Victorian Literature).

Wilde, Oscar. Anne Varty (Victorian Literature).

Women Writers in Ireland. Marie-Louise Coolahan (Renaissance and Reformation).

Yeats, W. B. Lauren Arrington.

Irish Cinema. Kevin Rockett.

Irish Civil War, 1922-1923. Bill Kissane.

The Irish Revolution, 1913-23. W. H. Kautt.

Ireland and the Atlantic World. David Gleeson.

Ireland. Axel Klein (Music).

Hiberno-Latin Literature. Charles D. Wright (Medieval Studies).

Cambridge Histories

The Cambridge History of Ireland, (four volumes, general editor, Thomas Bartlett), is available in the Hesburgh Library and online. DA 910 .C29 2018.

The Cambridge History of Irish Literature, edited by Margaret Kelleher and Philip O'Leary is available online and also in the Library: PB 1306 .C36 2006 v.1-v.2. There are copies with this call number both in the Reference Area (non-circulating) and on the circulating shelves.

Within the Cambridge Core database, you can search for books and chapters across a variety of Cambridge publications.

Books, Dissertations and Theses Online


Individual e-books are listed in the Library catalog. There are, however, collections that can be searched in different ways. JSTOR, for example can be searched by keyword and includes books, chapters and journal articles.