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Open Education Subject Page

I am the Subject Librarian dealing with Open Education students and staff.
Please contact me if you need any help.       Phone: 700 5210      Email:

General information (tab below) is for all Open Education Students

    BA Humanities - information on this page is specific to your subject area, click on tabs below

    BSc & MSc students should view the Computing or Business subject pages 



The Library E-Tutorial for Students (LETS) is series of online tutorials for students to help you to locate, evaluate and use information effectively. There are 3 modules - LETSbegin, LETSfind and LETScite.

Accessing databases and journals off-campus

Click on the database you wish to consult, enter your computer username and password (issued by ISS).  Frequently Asked Questions

Accessing other libraries

If DCU Library does not hold or have access to any book or journal you can check catalogues of other libraries.  You will need a letter of introduction to visit these libraries.  
Call at the Information Desk to get a letter or phone Janice at 700 8758 or email    Open Education Postgraduate students can avail of the ALCID scheme, more information here.



RefWorks is your own personalized online database for saving your references from database searches. You can use RefWorks to easily insert citations in your papers and create a complete, fully formatted reference list in seconds.
More information on RefWorks.




Search the Library Catalogue

Help -   LETSfind module, access via Loop.  On main menu "Using library catalogue"

DCU Library Catalogue searches for books in DCU library only, to search St. Patrick's College you have to search their catalogue


Search the Library Catalogue to find ebooks.  All our e-books can accessed off-campus.

When you search the library catalogue you can refine your search by choosing "E-books" on the left hand side of screen. When you click on the link to view the book you may be asked to verify yourself as a registered student by logging in with your computer username and password.

E-Book Collections 

 ACLS Humanities E-Book    
 ACLS Humanities E-Book is a digital collection of 1,500 full text e-books including most humanities disciplines.

 Oxford Scholarship Online: Pyschology Collection
 Oxford Scholarship Online provides access to 80 full text e-books in the areas of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive development. It features all titles from the renowned Oxford Psychology Series. Full title list.    Tutorial

 Palgrave Language and Linguistics Collection
 Provides access to 22 E books and spans a range of subject areas including Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and Discourse Studies, Language and Globalization, and Pragmatics

 Palgrave Social and Cultural Studies Collection
 Provides access to 100 E books and spans a large range of subject areas including sociology, social policy, social work, criminology, psychology, cultural studies, media studies, education and gender studies.

 PsycBooks is the APA's full text e-book collection in the area of psychology. It provides access to 778 books published by APA, including 100 out-of-print books from 1950–2002, 1,027 classic resources in psychology and exclusive electronic release of the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.





A-Z of journals is a listing of all our print and e-journals.
It will tell you if the journal you are looking for is available in print here in the library and/or electronically via one of our databases. Search by entering the title of the journal.
Here is a list of journals in your subject area:-

Remember – search by journal title NOT article title.

HELP - take a look Using A-Z of Journals video


The Library provides access to a vast range of national and international newspapers. Some are held in print in our newspaper area on the first floor. Many are available online via our subscription databases. Take a look at our Newspaper page.




The Library subscribes to many databases which allow you to easily search for journal articles, using keywords or author or title.

HELPLETSfind module, access via Loop.  On main menu "Using Databases"

Starting off you can use "Find Artidles" tab on the library homepage, which searches many of the library databases at the same time.

 Databases by subject

History    -    Literature    -    Philosophy    -    Psychology    -    Sociology

Top 10 databases

 Academic Search Complete  (previously known as Academic Search Premier) 
Full-text access to over 5,000 peer-reviewed journals. 
E-tutorials :  Basic Searching  |  Advanced Search  |  Create Search and Journal Alerts

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
ASSIA is an indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education.
E-tutorials: Quick Search   |  Advanced Search 

Cambridge Journals Online
Full text access covering all the main subjects in the humanities, social sciences and hard sciences.

Archive of 117 core scholarly journals in Anthropology, Education, History, Literature, Philosophy, Population Studies, Sociology and Statistics.

Oxford Journals
Consists of 169 online journals from arts, social science, scientific, technical, medical, professional and humanities disciplines.

SAGE journals online
SAGE Publications publishes over 460 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences and Science.

Scopus is one of the largest multi-disciplinary abstracting and indexing databases of research literature and quality web sources. It offers access to over 16,000 titles from more than 4000 international publishers, with abstracts available back to 1966. Citation data is available from 1996. Coverage includes scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature including, arts and humanities. There are also 23 million patent records from 5 patent offices as well as links to 'Articles in Press' from over 3,000 journals.
   E-tutorials and demos  

SpringerLink offers electronic access to journals from Springer-Verlag and others with access over 1100+ fully peer reviewed journals.

Taylor & Francis Online   
Access to 1000+ peer reviewed journal titles published by Taylor and Francis, and a selection of journals published by Routledge and Psychology Press, covering arts & humanities, social sciences, sport, physics, mathematics, and chemistry.
Database tutorials 

Wiley InterScience
Full-text access to nearly 400 Wiley journals covering subject areas including: business, computer science, law, life sciences, psychology and social sciences.

 Web of Science

Web of Science is a multi-disciplinary citation database providing access to 9,760 of the world's highest impact research journals. 
It consists of three databases: Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-present), Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present) and Science Citation Index Expanded (1945-present). Database Guide (pdf)



Bibliography of British and Irish History  
The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present. As well as providing details of publications, the Bibliography provides links to online catalogues to help you find the items that it lists in research libraries in Britain, Ireland and the USA, and it provides links to online text where available.

Historical Abstracts
Published since 1954, Historical Abstracts is recognised as a leading bibliography for historical study. It provides resources from 1,700 journals published throughout the World and includes content related to History from countries outside North America and Canada. 20,000 new citations are added to the databases annually.

Patrologia Latina
A complete electronic version of the first edition of Patrologica Latina, a collection of early Christian theology first published between 1844 and 1855.

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Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts
LLBA provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations.

Literature Online
With over a third of a million full-text works of poetry, prose and drama in English, together with the definitive online criticism and reference library, Literature Online is the world's largest cross-searchable database of literature and criticism. It runs from the 8th Century to present and includes 340,000 works of poetry, 6,000 works of Drama, 2,250 works of prose as well as 210 journals.

MLA International Bibliography  
Provides a classified listing and subject index for books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It comprises a collection of 1.6 million citations drawn from 4,400 journals and other key global sources. Runs from 1963 to the present.

Project Muse  
Covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science and gender studies, Project Muse offers over 348 full text titles from over 60 scholarly publishers.

Women Writers Online
The Brown University Women Writers Project is a long-term research project, providing access to texts by pre-Victorian women writers and covering a period from 1400 to 1850.

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Philosopher's Index
A bibliographic database with informative, author-written abstracts covering scholarly research in all areas of philosophy. Updated quarterly, The Philosopher's Index monitors over 550 journals from more than 40 countries.

Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy
REP covers Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental and contemporary philosophy. It includes over 25,000 hot-linked cross-references between articles and new links to other editorially reviewed websites.

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PsycArticles is a definitive source of searchable full text articles on current issues in psychology. It covers general psychology and specialized, basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology. The database contains more than 35,000 searchable full text articles from 41 journals published by the APA and 8 from allied organizations. It contains all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each of the 49 journals. You can also access the fulltext of this database via linked abstracts in PsycINFO database (see below).
NOTE: To view this database you must use Internet Explorer (do not use Netscape)

PsycINFO contains nearly two million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in the field of psychology. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law. This database also allows seamless linking to the fulltext of articles contained in PsycArticles database (see above)
NOTE: To view this database you must use Internet Explorer (do not use Netscape)

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Social Services Abstracts
Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.
E-tutorials : Quick Search | Advanced Search

Sociological Abstracts
Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioural sciences.
E-tutorials : Quick Search | Advanced Search





History Co-operative Website

CAIN  - Conflict and Politics in Northern Ireland (1968 to the present)

CELT   - Digital Humanities Resource for Irish history, literature and politics.

Cork Multitext Project in History

Irish History Online

National Archives of Ireland

Irish Penal Laws

Census of Ireland 1901/1911

Irish Resources in the Humanities

Histpop - the online historical population website



InteLex - catalogue of books and articles in philosophy

Intute - philosopy

Internet for Philosophy - Intute tutorial

Internet Encylopedia of Philosophy

EpistemeLinks - over 19,000 categorized links to philosophy resources on the Internet

Philosophers' Imprint