Recommended Online Resources

Recommended open access resources by subject

To complement the library’s subscription database collections, we recommend a number of the many open access and professional practice websites available. These can provide access to invaluable material across all disciplines.

These resources should not be seen as an alternative or replacement to the subscription academic databases. Rather, they are a further valuable support for assignments or when researching current, best practice in teaching and learning.

Included here are some that we recommend at present, we update these as we encounter new resources. We are always open to recommendations by faculty and lecturing staff.

Open Access Databases

Open Access, electronic scholarly research outputs are made freely available on the Web with no license restrictions.

What is Open Access? An introduction | Jisc


A not-for-profit service delivered by The Open University and Jisc. Gives you access to millions of scholarly articles aggregated from over 600 Open Access repositories

Google Scholar

A Google database focusing specifically on scholarly literature.


A peer-reviewed, open access journal in natural sciences, humanities & multidisciplinary.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Covers all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities.

arXiv e-Print Archive

arXiv is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for nearly 2.4 million scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics. Materials on this site are not peer-reviewed by arXiv.

OpenDOAR: Directory of Open Access Repositories

ROAR: Registry of Open Access Repositories

Open Access Books

Open Book Publishers

An open access academic book publisher based in the United Kingdom. It is a non-profit social enterprise and community interest company that promotes open access for full academic monographs, critical editions and textbooks in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Science.

OAB: Directory of Open Access Books

Legal Studies Online resources


Access to Freely Available British and Irish Public Legal Information.

IRLII – Irish Legal Information Initiative

Cardiff Index of Legal Abbreviations

A very useful service. It allows you to translate the citation title of a source into the full named journal or court. It also will clarify the relevant jurisdiction of court.

The Irish Courts Service official website provides information on Irish cases, a high court search facility, judgements and determinations as well as a legal diary.

Irish Statute Book

Constitution of Ireland

European Union Law

For European Union Law consult the Eur-Lex database link located under external sources in the Irish Statute Book

EU Law European Union website

Covers EU by topic, regulations, decision making, applications of EU Law, EU legislation, EU Case Law, European Policy Making and the Lisbon Treaty.

Irish Government Website

UNODC Human Trafficking Knowledge Portal

The Portal is an initiative to facilitate the dissemination of information regarding the implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and specifically the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.

The Human Trafficking Knowledge Portal hosts a Case Law Database on officially documented instances of trafficking in persons crime.


Architecture Ireland

Architecture Ireland is the journal of the RIAI. It is a platform for the dissemination, discussion, and critique of architectural culture and practice in Ireland. Here, you can explore their digital archive of past issues or search through a selection of articles only available online.

Paddi – Planning Architecture Design Database Ireland

A bibliographic database which aims to provide wide access to information on all aspects of the built environment and environmental planning in Ireland, north and south.

Riba – British Architectural Library catalogue

The largest and most comprehensive resource in the United Kingdom for research and information on all aspects of architecture. Related subjects such as construction, engineering, landscape architecture, interior design, planning and law are also represented in the collection.


The Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Ireland’s national statistical office. It’s purpose is to impartially collect, analyse and make available statistics about Ireland’s people, society and economy. Statistics inform decision making across a range of areas including construction, health, welfare, the environment and the economy. At European level they provide an accurate picture of Ireland’s economic and social performance and enable comparisons between Ireland and other countries.

Amárach Research

Irish Market Research and Data Specialists covering a wide range of topics specific to an Irish demographic, a number of their reports may be accessed through their website.



While we do not subscribe to ieee, if you find an article of interest we can arrange getting you access. Just send the citation to [email protected].

Media Studies

Irish Times – Free student account

Irish Times free student account

  • Unlimited access to The Irish Times + iOS & Android Apps
  • Expert advice, competitions & features from Student Hub
  • Contribute to Student Hub articles
  • Subscriber only articles, emails * & online comment
  • Informative podcasts on politics, culture and sport
  • Over 160 years of Irish Times archives
  • The Irish Times Crossword Club


Pharmaceutical Business & Technology

In addition to searching our paid subscription databases such as SCOPUS, Sage and EBSCO for resources in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology, the below open-access databases provide access to large amounts of useful material.

arXiv is an open-access archive for several million scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics

BioMedCentral Open Access 

Open access peer-reviewed articles in biomedical research

Hindawi Publishing Open Access 

Hindawi publishes nearly 500 peer-reviewed open access journals covering all areas of Science, Technology and Medicine.


Teaching and Learning

National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

“…a national body, to lead the enhancement of teaching and learning in partnership with students, staff and leaders in Irish higher education to develop an inclusive, collaborative and innovative culture that maximises learning impact for the success of all students.”



National Photographic Archive

The Archive houses the photographic collection of the National Library of Ireland, of over 630000 photographs. The Reading Room Photographic Archive is open by appointment.

National Library Digital Collections Online


Leinster School of Music and Drama

Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland

The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) is Ireland’s archive and resource centre for new music, supporting the work of composers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. We can arrange access though the Music Pal Access Card

Irish Traditional Music Archive | ITMA – Digital Library

Explore individual sound recordings, books, videos, manuscripts and images selected from the collections and digitised by ITMA

Music PAL Access Card 

Membership opens doors to a wealth of music resources and will get you into some of the best music libraries anywhere in Ireland. Contact us in Griffith library and ask about the Music PAL Access Card, and we will set you up with your account.

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