The Irish Times Archive is a new electronic library acquisition since September 2008. The archive is a major source of research and general interest alike. It can be accessed via the LIT Library Website http://mislibsrv.lit.ie/ (select the Online Databases link). The archive also contains both a digital version of the newspaper back to 1859 and a text version of articles back to 1996. Phrase searching To find an exact phrase place quotation marks at either side of your search term, e.g. “active learning” . If you are searching for an event use the term that may have been used in the report of the day, e.g. World War 1 was known as the Great War. Terms that are used in modern day language may differ from those terms used at the time when the article was published. Search Weighting Higher weighting can be given to more important words by placing a plus (+) sign in front of them. Less important words are preceded by a minus (-) sign. For example to search for documents on wind energy but not about systems you would specify the following search string: +wind +energy –systems. Sorting Options You can determine how the results of your search are displayed; by the closest match, newest or oldest articles. Refine Options Search results can be refined by newspaper section, e.g. finance, education or property. Results can also be further refined by date or by inserting additional words into the relevant fields.
Olive Vaughan, Business & IT Subject Librarian, Email : firstname.lastname@example.org