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This page is the gateway to books, journal articles, and web resources for research in Irish and Anglo-Irish literature, film, and theatre.
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This is a selective guide to some of the many resources available for the study of Irish and  Anglo-Irish Literature, Film, and Theatre at NYU. This page will be your gateway to books, journal articles, and web resources. If you have any problems, just click on the Chat with me link, email me or just stop by my office. I'm here to help!

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Search for books, journals, videos, etc. in our local libraries and special collections.

NYU Libraries' online catalog.


Subject headings

Subject headings are words and phrases which consitiute a "controlled vocabulary" to categorize books by subject field.  Subject headings often indicate the contents of books in terms that their titles do not use, which often may be very general. Subject headings in online databases are often referred to as descriptors, but they serve the same purpose in locating valuable resources. Using a "keyword" search will identify catalog entries that contain those specific terms which can add value to a search; however, the terms can be found anywhere - author, notes, publisher, etc. - therefore there is no indication of the value of the term(s) as content matter of the items in a results list.

Use general subject headings for searching a broad topic or more specific subject headings for a specific text, film, or play. You will find (more) headings specific to the subject category within the left-hand facets in our online catalog, Bobcat.  If you want to see the subject headings for a specific title, click on the "details" link in the title record.  Here are some you may want to try:



Ireland - Literary Collections

Authors, Irish

English fiction--Irish authors

English literature - Irish authors

English literature - Irish authors - history and criticism

Literature and history--Ireland

Irish literature--20th century


Motion pictures - Ireland - History

Ireland - In motion pictures

Film genres - Ireland

Documentary films - Ireland - History and criticism

Motion pictures - Ireland - 21st century - History and criticism


Theatre -  Ireland

English drama - Irish authors - history and criticism

Irish drama - 20th century

Irish drama - History and criticism

Theatre - Ireland - History - 20th century

Theatre and globalization - Ireland - History - 20th century

Glucksman Ireland House


Glucksman Ireland House provides access to Irish and Irish-American culture and fosters excellence in the study of Ireland, Irish America, and the global Irish Diaspora.

Irish Resources in the Humanities

Irish Resources in the Humanities was developed in 1999 by Dr. Susan Schreibman as a Gateway to sites on the World Wide Web that contain substantial content in the various disciplines of the humanities in the area of Irish Studies.

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