Information Portal

Title: Northern Ireland and The Troubles

Introduction: The purpose of this information portal is to provide resources for students researching aspects of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. This information portal deals with Northern Ireland during the Troubles (1968-1998), also known as the Northern Ireland conflict. It also includes major events and issues that led up to the Troubles and the aftermath of the Troubles.  Another aspect of this information portal is the peace process and the results of that process.

Browsing:

    1. Subject Headings:
      1. Hunger strikes – Northern Ireland
        1. This is an important part of the Troubles as the hunger strikes helped influence the direction the Troubles went in.
      2. Northern Ireland—History
        1. History is important because it shows why the Troubles began and what led up to it. One cannot understand the Troubles without understanding their history.
      3. Civil rights—Northern Ireland
        1. The conflict in Northern Ireland revolves around civil rights (or lack thereof) and it is those civil rights that played into the Troubles and led up to the Troubles (similar to our own civil rights movement).
      4. Ireland—History
        1. For most of their history, Ireland was one country. It was not until the past hundred or so years that it split into Northern Ireland and Ireland. Knowing some of the history of Ireland will help understand what led to the conflict in Northern Ireland.
      5. Peace movements-Northern Ireland
        1. Deals with the aftermath of the Northern Ireland conflict.
  • Library of Congress (LCC) Call Number Ranges:

 

DA 963 – 1922-Republic or Ireland, Irish Free State

DA 949.7-965 – 19th-20th centuries, Irish question

DA 990.U45-U46—Northern Ireland (Ulster)

HM 146—Sociology (as it relates to Northern Ireland)

HM 881 – Social Change (there are some books dealing with the Troubles

HN 440.3 – Social History and conditions. Social problems

JN 101-1371 – Political Institutions and public administration: Great Britain

JN1395-1572 –Political institutions and public administration: Ireland

KDE 21-580 – Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland: Northern Ireland

KDE 21-1950 – Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland: Ireland

LF800-957—Individual institutions: Ireland

 

 

Reference:

  1. BBC History-The Troubles (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/troubles)

This gives basic information about The Troubles and includes links to related BBC material like The Troubles: Politics and Bloody Sunday. Good introduction to the Troubles and can be useful if you do not know where to start.

  • Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook 2011, 2010

 

This is an introductory history of Northern Ireland as well as other information, political conditions, defense and foreign relations, etc. The one thing that should be noted about this resource is that information about Northern Ireland is found under Great Britain. You should also look at the Ireland page because it has information about the history of The Troubles, since Ireland and Northern Ireland were one country up until in the last several decades.

  • The Encyclopedia of Ireland: an A-Z Guide to its People, Places, History and Culture; Edited by Ciaran Brady

 

Call Number: DA 906.E53 2000

While this encyclopedia is not specifically about Northern Ireland and The Troubles, it does have some articles about The Troubles as well as the history leading up to it. It includes some chronologies, biographies, and quotations as well as in depth essays.

  1. Irish History Online (http://www.irishhistoryonline.ie/)

This resource is a bibliography that deals with Irish history from ancient times till present. If you go the search page and type in Northern Ireland in the Subject Classification box or Places Index box, you will come up with plenty of results. It also has links to external resources that are worth checking out.

  1. Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Troubles)

It may seem like a bad idea to consult Wikipedia, but for the purposes of a starting point or to get ideas about what to research, it is a great resource. It is also up to date and has 178 references that you can consult. It may be overwhelming at first because of the amount of information, but it is worth at least browsing through.

 

E-resources

 

This e-book deals with the impact of the peace process and what can be learned from the peace process.

  1. The A to Z of the Northern Ireland Conflict by Gordon Gillespie (http://uky.worldcat.org/oclc/667271477)

This resource does what it says it will, which is provide an A to Z explanation of the conflict in Northern Ireland with major people, ideas, places, and plenty of other information. He also includes a chronology and an introduction to the conflict.

 

Most of the resources included deal with the Troubles and the history of the Troubles, but this one deals with the aftermath and compares Northern Ireland to other divided continents.

 

This contains essays by the two authors that cover the Northern Ireland conflict from beginnings of it to present. This is published by Oxford Scholarship.

 

This deals with the Troubles by going back to the beginnings of what led up to it which starts with Divided Ulster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Databases:

  1. Academic Search Complete (http://infokat.uky.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=3990984)

This database provides access to 8,500 full-text periodicals across many disciplines.

      1. Example Keywords for searching
        1. Northern Ireland AND The Troubles; Northern Ireland AND Conflict
        2. It is important to use boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) with these keywords because if you use either of these terms by themselves, you will get many results you cannot use.
        3. Boolean Operators
          1. AND helps narrow the search by including both terms in the search.
            1. Ex: Northern Ireland AND The Troubles
            2. EX: Northern Ireland AND Conflict
          2. OR helps broaden the search because it searches for either term or both
          3. NOT helps excludes words you do not want to show up in your search.
        4. Use quotes for exact phrases
      2. Example thesauri descriptors (subject headings) and how to use them
        1. Northern Ireland Riots, 1969
        2. To use the subject headings in this database, click the Subject Terms Then type in the term you are looking for and click Browse. After that, check the boxes you want to include and combine them with OR, AND, or NOT and click Add and it will add it to your search.
      3. General Instructions
        1. Wildcards
          1. Use question mark (?) or pound sign (#)
          2. It replaces a single character in the search
        2. Truncation
          1. Use asterisk (*)
          2. Use the root word and add the asterisk and it will look up any form of the word.
        3. The advanced search options include options for limiting your results to full text, scholarly journals, if references are available, publication, document type, language, and date. It can also expand the search by applying related words, and searching within full text of articles
        4. Keep trying different keyword searching techniques and play around with it. You won’t know what will or will not work if you do not try different things.
  • Historical Abstracts
    1. Starts with events from 1450 to events in the present.
    2. Keyword Searching
      1. Examples:
        1. Northern Ireland
        2. Northern Ireland AND conflict
        3. Northern Ireland AND The Troubles
      2. Boolean Operators
        1. AND helps narrow the search by including both terms in the search.
        2. OR helps broaden the search because it searches for either term or both
        3. NOT helps excludes words you do not want to show up in your search
      3. Use quotes to search for exact phrases
    3. Thesauri descriptors
      1. Examples
        1. Northern Ireland—history
        2. Northern Ireland –politics & government
        3. Northern Ireland—social conditions
      2. How to Use
        1. Click on the Indexes tab at the top. In Browse an Index, select Subject Terms (or you can search any of them) and, for example, type Northern Ireland in the Browse for box. Finally, click Browse. Click the boxes next to the subjects you want to use. You can add them to the search with OR, NOT, or AND.
    4. General Instructions
      1. Wildcards
        1. Use question mark (?) or pound sign (#)
        2. It replaces a single character in the search
      2. Truncation
        1. Use asterisk (*)
        2. Use the root word and add the asterisk and it will look up any form of the word.
      3. The advanced search options include options for limiting your results to full text, scholarly journals, if references are available, publication, document type, language, and date. It can also expand the search by applying related words, and searching within full text of articles

 

 

Periodicals/serials:

  • Belfast Telegraph

 

This newspaper is read by both sides of the conflict and it comes out daily. Not every article is on The Troubles or the results of the Troubles, but if one looks through the newspaper, you will find articles on The Troubles as well as information of what Northern Ireland is going through in the present.

 

This covers all aspects of Irish life happening today.

  • The Guardian

 

This is a United Kingdom newspaper that has a section on Northern Ireland. Not everything has to do with the Troubles, but there are plenty of articles about the impact the Troubles has had on the present. The conflict is not really over even though there has been a peace agreement.

  • The Journal of Conflict Studies           

 

To access: go to libraries.uky.edu and click on the e-journals tab and type in the title of the periodical.

While this periodical has ceased publication since 2009, it still has many articles on the Troubles in Northern Ireland (though that is not the only conflict they covered). It has articles on America’s influence on the peace process to articles on the Irish Republican Army. You should type Northern Ireland into the search field to find articles.

 

Websites

  1. http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/index.html

This database is one of the most important resources when it comes to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. They have a great amount of information that covers everything that is connected to the troubles. They also offer links to other resources.

  1. http://www.ark.ac.uk/

ARK (Access Research Knowledge) Northern Ireland is a joint resource that connects two Northern Ireland universities. This is a good resource for anyone (researchers to schoolchildren) to access if they are interested in the social issues of Northern Ireland.

  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/troubles

This also has general information about the Troubles as well as related links from the BBC, including the latest news.

 

This is a list of resources from general to international and government organizations, news sources, and a conflict profile. You can even sign up for their newsletter.

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