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History: Journals & Databases



Access the digital archives of the Irish Times, The Guardian & Observer, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Defender, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the European Newsstream platform

The Irish Newspaper Archive is the most comprehensive and complete Irish newspaper archive available (1783 - )

The London Times Digital Archive (1785-2014)

Access hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers

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The following databases are just a small number of available databases.


  • Academic Search Complete 
    (provides full text access to over 8,500 journals across a broad range of subjects)
  • Documents on Irish Foreign Policy 
    (provides excerpts from the "Documents on Irish Foreign Policy" series from 1919 to 1957)
  • Humanities Source Ultimate 
    (contains over 1100 full-text journals and has a collection of over 700 open access journals)
  • JSTOR 
    (a not-for-profit organization with a trusted archive of important scholarly journals)

Dictionaries & Reference Books


  • Ancestry Library Edition
    (provides billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more, from the US, UK and elsewhere)

Parliamentary Papers

A full list of relevant databases for your subject area is available by clicking here.

What is?

A journal is an academic publication that is published regularly, which contains research by academics and researchers.

A database is an online collection of information such as journal articles, reports, case studies, ebooks and images which you can use in your studies. Some databases deal with one format (e.g. journal articles) or one subject while others deal with several subjects (known as multidisciplinary) and contain several formats.

An evaluation of professional or academic work by other experts working in the same field.

Open access is a publishing model for scholarly communication that makes research information available to readers at no cost, as opposed to the traditional subscription model in which readers have access to scholarly information by paying a subscription (usually via libraries).


MIRR is the college's Institutional Repository and is an example of what is available on open access. The repository contains research conducted by MIC lecturers and researchers.

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