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This research guide is designed for use particularly by undergraduate students in the Celtic Studies Program. It is maintained by Richard Carter. It was last updated August 2011.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture

Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture.

Edited by James S. Donnelly, Jr. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2004. 2 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA 912 .E53 2004]
Over 400 articles on periods of Irish history, social institutions, organisations and important individuals. Also includes the full-text of over 150 primary documents.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Dictionary of Irish Biography: from the Earliest Times to the Year 2002.

Edited by James McGuire and James Quinn. Cambridge: Royal Irish Academy and Cambridge University Press, 2009. 9 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area – CT862 .D53 2009]
With more than 9,000 articles on subjects ranging from politics, law, engineering and religion to literature, painting, medicine and sport, this widely-praised encyclopedia is the place to start for Irish biography. Articles are signed and contain bibliographies. So detailed is the 9-volume set that you get thorough articles on a wide range of people, from internationally-famous figures such as the poet W.B. Yeats to lesser-known persons such as Denis Kilbride, a 19th Century agrarian campaigner and MP.

Celtic Culture

Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia.

Edited by John H. Koch. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 2006. 5 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area CB206 .C45 2006]

The Oxford Companion to Irish History

The Oxford Companion to Irish History.

Edited by S.J. Connolly. Oxford: University Press, 2002, 2nd Edition.
[Available online for UofT use.]
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA912 .O94 2002]
Key events, institutions, movements, organizations, and personalities in Irish history are alphabetically arranged in the print version, and easily searchable in the online one.

Ireland and the Americas

Ireland and the Americas.

Edited by James P. Byrne, Philip Coleman, and Jason King. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2008.
[Available online for UofT use.]

The Ecyclopedia of Ireland

The Encyclopedia of Ireland.

Edited by Brian Lalor. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2003.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area DA 906 .E52 2003]
With more than 5,000 articles on a wide range of topicsincluding art, biography, politics, and religion, this encyclopedia is more comprehensive than Brady's Encyclopedia of Ireland (below). Regrettably, there are no bibliographical references.

Ireland

Ireland: A Reference Guide from the Renaissance to the Present.

By John P. McCarthy. New York: Facts on File, 2006.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area DA911 .M34 2006]

Medieval Ireland

Medieval Ireland: An Encyclopedia.

Edited by Sean Duffy. London: Routledge, 2005.
[Available online for UofT use.]
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area DA933 .M43 2005]

The Encyclopedia of Ireland

The Encyclopedia of Ireland.

By Ciaran Brady. Oxford: University Press, 2000.
[St Michael's 1st Floor reference Area - DA906 .E53 2000]
Brief articles about people, places, institutions, and events. No bibliographical references.

Illustrated Dictionary of Irish History

Illustrated Dictionary of Irish History.

General editor, Seamas Mac Annaidh. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 2001.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area DA912 .I48 2001]
This dictionary contains many colour illustrations.

The Concise Encyclopedia of the Revolutions and Wars of England, Scotland, and Ireland

The Concise Encyclopedia of the Revolutions and Wars of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1639-1660.

By Stephen C. Manganiello. Toronto: Scarecrow Press, 2004.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area DA405 .M35 2004]

A New Dictionary of Irish History from 1800

A New Dictionary of Irish History from 1800.

By D. J. Hickey and J. E. Doherty Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 2003.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA950 .H5 2003]
Brief articles cover both Irelands since 1800. Besides including articles on political, economic and military history, the editors devote space to the arts, literature, folk customs, and religion. The single-volume work includes cross-references.

A Dictionary of Irish Archaeology

A Dictionary of Irish Archaeology.

By Laurence Flanagan. Dublin : Gill and Macmillan, 1992.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA920 .F57 1992]
Coverage is from the Mesolithic Era to the end of the Medieval period providing definitions and descriptions of artefacts and sites. Includes many illustrations and references to other, more in-depth sources.

Companion to Irish History

Companion to Irish History, 1603-1921: From the Submission of Tyrone to Partition.

By Peter R. Newman. Oxford: Facts on File, 1991.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area DA912 .N485 1991]

Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture

The Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture.

Oxford; Malden, MA : Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA 925 .B47]
This encyclopedia covers arts, artists and intellectuals, and ideas in Ireland from 1450 to the present.

Conflict in Northern Ireland

Conflict in Northern Ireland.

Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, 1999.
[St Michael's 1st Floor reference Area - DA 990 .U46]
Includes a detailed chronology and dictionary of Northern Ireland politics.

Encyclopedia of Dublin

Encyclopaedia of Dublin.

Dublin : Gill and Macmillan, 1991.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA 995 .D8 B48 1991]
This single volume encyclopedia includes an index and a bibliography.

Handbook and select Calendar of Sources for Medieval Ireland in the National Archives of the UK

Handbook and select Calendar of Sources for Medieval Ireland in the National Archives of the United Kingdom.

Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005.
[Robarts Library 4th Floor Reference Area DA905 .H25 2005]

Cambridge Historical Encyclopedia of Great Britain and Ireland

The Cambridge Historical Encyclopedia of Great Britain and Ireland.

Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
[DA 34 .C28 1985 Victoria University, Pratt Library Reference]
Articles are arranged chronologically with an introductory overview for each historical period. Emphasis is on political, economic, social and diplomatic history. This 392 page single volume encyclopedia includes maps, illustrations, photographs, biographies and bibliographies. Cross-referenced with a subject index.

Collections of Historical Documents

Irish Historical Documents

Irish Historical Documents, 1172-1922.

Edited by Edmund Curtis and R.B. McDowell. London: Methuen, 1943.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks- DA 905 .I7 1943]

Irish Historical Documents

Irish Historical Documents Since 1800.

Edited by Alan O'Day and John Stevenson. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1992.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks - DA 950 .I69 1992]
A collection of 142 documents of radio broadcasts. The period covered is broken down into eight chronological periods and an introductory chapter is provided for each period.

Sources for the Early History of Ireland, Ecclesiastical

The Sources for the Early History of Ireland, Ecclesiastical.

By James Francis Kenney. Dublin: Padraic s Taillizir, 1979.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA 931 .K46 1979]
An introduction and guide to the manuscript and printed sources for the ecclesiastical history of Ireland up to the 12th century.

Sources for Early Modern Irish History

Sources for Early Modern Irish History, 1534-1641.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
[Robarts Library 10th Floor Stacks - DA 905 .E38 1985]
A collection of primary source documents and a guide to using them for research purposes. Includes chapters on historiography and archival collections.

Atlases and Gazetteers

Atlas of the Celtic World

Atlas of the Celtic World.

By John Haywood. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2001.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area CB206 .H29 2001]

Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland

Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland.

New York: Murphy & McCarthy, 1902.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA975 .J6]
Part I of this work includes a survey article, maps and photographs of the thirty-two counties. Part II is a general history of Ireland from ancient times to 1867.

Atlas of Irish History

An Atlas of Irish History.

By Ruth Dudley Edwards. 3rd ed. London: Routledge, 2005.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks – G1831 .S1 E3 2005 SMC]

Atlas of Irish History

Atlas of Irish History.

General editor, Sean Duffy. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1997.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA911 .A84 1997]
Historical maps are accompanied by scholarly text, photographs and reproductions of artistic and textual primary sources. Includes a section on the Irish abroad.

Dictionary of Irish Placenames

Dictionary of Irish Placenames.

[Baile Atha Cliath] : Brun agus S Nuallain, [1935].
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA979 .F6 1935]

Onomasticon Goedelicum

Onomasticon Goedelicum.

Dublin : Hodges, Figgis, 1910.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA979 .H6 1910]
An index with identifications to Gaelic Place names and tribes.

Guide to the National Monuments in the Republic of Ireland

Guide to the National Monuments in the Republic of Ireland.

By Peter Harbison. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1975.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA980 .H26]
[Robarts 4th Floor Reference Area - DA980 .H37 1992 (3rd ed.)]
Includes illustrations, maps, and photographs.

Ireland's History in Maps

Ireland's History in Maps

[Available online for free.]
This website contains a collection of approximately 20 historical maps charting the history of Ireland from 150 BC to the famine of the 1840s.

Atlas of Irish Place-Names

Atlas of Irish Place-Names.

Newcastle West, Co Limerick: Oireacht na Mumhan Books, 2001.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA 979 .O274]
Detailed descriptions of the meaning of geographic place names in Ireland, such as abbey and ville.

Chronologies

A Chronology of Irish History Since 1500

A Chronology of Irish History Since 1500.

Savage, MD: Barnes & Noble Books, 1990.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA 910 .D66 1990]
A listing of events arranged by date as opposed to a historical narrative. Emphasis is on the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to political history, this work includes coverage of religious, social and cultural events. Includes an excellent subject index.

See also: Conflict in Northern Ireland in the Encyclopedias & Dictionaries section.

Biography

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Dictionary of Irish Biography: from the Earliest Times to the Year 2002.

Edited by James McGuire and James Quinn. Cambridge: Royal Irish Academy and Cambridge University Press, 2009. 9 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area – CT862 .D53 2009]
See the listing in the Encyclopedias & Dictionaries section.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Dictionary of Irish Biography.

3rd Edition. Niwot, Colo. : Roberts Rinehart, 1998.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - CT862 .B69 1998]
This 462-page work includes a bibliography.

Concise Dictionary of Irish Biography

Concise Dictionary of Irish Biography.

Dublin : The Talbot Press, 1937.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA916. C7 1937]
Contains 290 pages of biographical sketches.

Who's Who, What's What and Where in Ireland.

London : Geoffrey Chapman, 1973.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - CT793 .W48]
A handbook and biographical reference for Ireland and the Irish.

Women of Ireland

Women of Ireland: A Biographic Dictionary.

Kinvara, Co. Galway : Irish Books and Media, 1996.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - CT3650 .I73 O24 1996]

Irish Celts

Irish Celts: A Cyclopedia of Race History.

Detroit : L.F. Kilroy, 1884.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - DA916 .A1 O2]
Contains biographical sketches of more than 1,500 distinguished Irish Celts, with both subject and geographic indexes.

Who's Who in the Irish War of Independence

Who's Who in the Irish War of Independence.

Dublin : Mercier Press, 1980.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA962.035]
Contains a chronology of main incidents, and separate lists of the dead for both sides in the conflict.

Modern Irish Lives

Modern Irish Lives: Dictionary of 20th-century Irish Biography.

New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference area - CT862 .M63 1996]

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Ireland

A Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Ireland 1600-1720.

London: J. Murray, 1981.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA916.8 .L63 1981]

Bibliographies

Guide to Irish Bibliographical Material

A Guide to Irish Bibliographical Material.

Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1980.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA906 .E16 1980]
A bibliography of bibliographies for Irish history and area studies.

Writings on Irish History.

Dublin: Irish Committee of Historical Sciences, 1986-
[Robarts 4th Floor Reference - Z2041 .W75 1984]
A microfiche collection. Annual updates are organized by chronological period. This work includes books, articles and essays on all periods of Irish history.

Irish Research

Irish Research: A Guide to Collections in North America, Ireland, and Great Britain.

New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - DA906 .L47]
A guide to library collections, private collections, and bookdealers' catalogues of interest to those involved in all areas of Irish research.

Medieval Ireland

Medieval Ireland, c. 1170-1495: A Bibliography of Secondary Works.

Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 1971.
[St Michael's 1st Floor reference Area - Z2041 .A8]
A classed bibliography of more than 700 items.

Bibliography of Irish History

Bibliography of Irish History.

Dublin : Published for the Department of Education by the Stationery Office, 1936-1940.
[St Michael's 1st Floor reference Area - DA960 .N38]
A two volume set. Volume 1 covers the years 1870-1911 and volume 2, the years 1912-1921

BUBL

BUBL Link Ireland

[Available online for free.]
BUBL LINK, based in England, is a respected catalogue of selected Internet sources covering all academic areas. This directory provides links to websites about Ireland. See also:
Irish Archaeology
Irish History
Irish Literature

Women in Ireland

Women in Ireland : An Annotated Bibliography.

By Anna Brady. New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - HQ1600.2 .B7 1988]

Historical Newspapers
19th Century British Library Newspapers

19th Century British Library Newspapers.

[Available online for UofT use.]
Eleven 19th Century Celtic newspapers (five from Wales, two from Ireland, and four from Scotland) are now partially available online at UofT in this collection, selected by the British Library.

America's Historical Newspapers

America's Historical Newspapers, 1690-1876.

[Available online for UofT use.]
This source is excellent if you are researching the Irish population in 19th Century America. Besides searching this database in e-resources, you can look up the many small 18th and 19th Century newspapers it covers individually in the UofT Libraries Catalogue.

Finding Journal Articles

To find articles in scholarly journals, the best place to go is an article database. To find articles related to your subject area, go to www.library.utoronto.ca/ and under the Subjects A to Z tab scroll down to your subject area —i.e. Celtic Studies—and click GO. You'll find a list of online databases containing relevant articles, as well as other online resources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and research guides.

Besides finding articles, article databases round up book reviews, book chapters, dissertations and even book titles. In most cases, you can limit your search to articles if you wish.
How do I find articles?

Historical Abstracts

Historical Abstracts.

[Available online for UofT use.]
Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. The database contains over half a million annotated entries.

Humanities Abstracts

Humanities Abstracts.

[Available online for UofT use.]
Humanities Abstracts provides comprehensive abstracting and indexing of 400 English-language periodicals covering the areas of archaeology, classical studies, art, performing arts, philosophy, history, music, linguistics, literature, and religion.

British Humanities Index

British Humanities Index.

[Available online for UofT use.]
The British Humanities Index provides coverage of a number of British periodicals and is a good source for local history in the British Isles.

IMB

IMB: International Medieval Bibliography.

[Available online for UofT use.]
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - D 117 .I55]
The major index to journal articles about medieval studies.

ITER

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

[Available online for UofT use.]
Bibliographical references to over 135,000 journal articles published in over 300 journals, from 1843 to the present.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (through the Web of Knowledge)

[Available online for UofT use.]
Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multi disciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It indexes 1,100 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals. Cited reference searching, unique to ISI, lets you use a given work as if it were a subject term to identify more recent articles on the same topic. This type of searching often locates relevant articles that cannot be retrieved through traditional subject-author searching.