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Spring 2014



Welcome back from the Institute Librarian


A reflection for 2014


Introducing the Rosen Collection


Inter Library Loans


WIT Library Information Service


Information Services in Numbers


Spotlight on: Academic Search Complete


Searching Academic Search Complete


New to the Luke Wadding Library – Electronic Dissertations


New to the Luke Wadding Library – TED Talks


Library Learning Support @ WIT


Special Collections at WIT Libraries


Referencing Know-How


Referencing Examples: Harvard/APA)


Book Review



Welcome back from the Institute Librarian WIT library staff say ‘Welcome back and Happy new year!’ Many of you are doubtless rolling around some resolutions for 2014, the usual things like saving the world and getting monster fit. My own pledge is the not especially original one of adopting a “do it now” approach to activities - not so much rolling around the resolutions or (in)decisions as activating them.

Some final advice:

If you have resolved to prepare more effectively for exams/ assignments then read the solid advice in our forthcoming newsletters and get into the library and talk to us. That’s a great step in taking active responsibility for your resolution. Remember that our job as librarians is to contribute to your progression by providing you with the skills and reflexes to evaluate and use information effectively: that’s how we help you to develop yourself. Do it now!

Ted Lynch, Librarian

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A reflection for 2014

What we have in common

Seven billion persons, six continents, two hundred countries, in this place we call earth, the home of humankind.

Before any decision is taken to assume or conceive suspicion, difference or conflict, a less than or a more than, a them and us or us and them, cast sight and sound to what is a between, an inter, a mutual and an equity. There is one race – the human race. A collective humanity of ethnicities and cultures who share a kaleidoscope of languages, dialects, alphabets and numbers. As persons of the planet we share air to breathe, ground to walk on, sights to see and beauty to marvel. Sky and stars do not exist by possession or by purchase but are there freely without interruption. No one complains about the moon. On this earth we are proprietors of word, both spoken and written. Since time began the human hand has marked our being here, existing the records and histories of predecessors and earlier civilisations. Voices create stories and folklore, narratives on our behaviours and attitudes and views of the

beyond. Our mind repositories of memory speak to us directly with intimate details of our everythings. Memory, our individual heritage site of recall, our magna carta of what it means to be human. We are the inheritors of sacred places, both known and unknown. They are places to heal our spirits and to commune with the essence. Existing before any need of denominational credentials, these evocative and magical sites whisper to the passing winds and their ancient stones and landscapes speak to the sacred within. We are of others and because of others. ‘I think therefore I am’ is unthinkable because ‘I am’ is only possible in relation to an other or others. We do not need permission to exist but by virtue of being born the earth is ours in all its fullness. Our lives are of parenthood and family, relationships and encounters, intimacies and love experiences.


A reflection for 2014 Dance – the language of rhythm, and music – the wings of the soul, are beautiful and indispensable to any human life. All humankind shares the common destiny of death and prior to this the experience of the dying and death of others. Vast are the choreographies of dying and broader still the world-wide rituals of leave-taking. The companion of death is the bereavement of the living, the honouring of loss, the giving of time and respect to the adapting and readjusting that the now requires. Those death take from us are now our ancestors, who influence our daily lives far more that we realise. Occasional visitors to our dreams they also are, welcome visits from the realm of the beyond. We share dreams, our other language. Pathways and currents of our subconscious, this nocturnal therapy tracks and engages our deepest thoughts and desires. Deep is the truth of dreams. Our commonalities are like old friends in whose company we can just be, and let life be life. When I acknowledge and revere the humanity of you I can then be a visitor to your imagination and a resident of your mind. Stranger, alien, foreigner are persons created by and for an elsewhere, not examined here.

To say of another ‘we have nothing in common’ is to say we do not exist, and never have.


Introducing the Rosen Collection Dr. Hans Waldermar Rosen was born in Dresden in Germany in 1904. He studied the history of music at the Universities of Leipzig and Innsbruck. When the economy of the country collapsed Hans took a job as a critic in musical journalism. There was a move towards the rediscovery of old music of the 15th, 16th and 17th century. Because Hans had studied the history of music his skills were put to good use in reading old manuscripts. Dr. Rosen’s association with great composers such as Sibelius, Schoenberg and Strauss gives an indication of the high esteem in which he was held. Conscripted in 1939, he was a war correspondent, and was captured by the British and was a prisoner in Wales until his release. He came to Dublin in 1948 living for some time in the Salvation Army hostel on York Street. He set up as a physiological vocal teacher with a studio in Harcourt Street. His pupils of the time are some of the republic’s best known singers, such as Cait Lanigan, Richard Cooper, Frank Patterson, Tomas O’Suilleabhain, John McNally, Charles Mitchel (the former RTE newsreader) and Veronica Dunne. In a very short time he became noticed by the Directors of Music at Radio Eireann and by Erskine Childers then Minister of Post and Telegraphs. In 1953 he became the first Musical Director of the newly formed Radio Eireann Singers. He was a master at preparing choirs and brought energy and powerful expression combined with gentleness and courtesy to their performances.

Dr. Hans Waldermar Rosen

He had a long association with the Singers until his retirement. Although an ardent exponent of the classics he loved, no-one could surpass his advocacy of contemporary Irish music. He gave great encouragement to students in the 50’s and 60’s especially to the emerging school of Irish composers. Dr. Rosen retired to Gleesk, Sneem in Co. Kerry but travelled to his choirs in Dublin and Limerick. In 1988 he formed the South Kerry Choir, his first choir composed solely of amateur singers. He spent the last few years of his life in peace and tranquillity in the Kerry hills while continuing to instil a lasting love of music in people. Dr. Rosen died in April 1994. He had amassed nearly 7,000 music scores and books over his life time. His extensive music collection is located in College Street Campus Library. This special collection is unique as he wished for it to be borrowed and used after his death so that others could enjoy their music.


Inter Library Loans Is there a book, chapter or article you need that WIT libraries do not hold? Our inter library loan service is here to help staff and students source items from other libraries. The inter library loans office is situated at the entrance level in the Luke Wadding Library just across from the library circulation desk. You can submit your requests by choosing the relevant option from the dropdown menu on the inter library loans site Include as much information as possible. We will contact you by email as soon as the items requested arrive. Please note we cannot process article or chapter requests until we receive a signed copyright declaration. This is automatically generated when you submit the request online. If you do not have easy access to a printer, call into the office and we will print it for you.

Inter library loans can be expensive so the library subsidises the cost for students. We charge â‚Ź7.50 for book loans and â‚Ź6.50 for article requests. This is payable when you pick up the item. Staff are given an allocation for each academic year. We would ask all users of the service to return their loans before their due dates to help avoid renewal charges. If you do require an item for longer please contact us for a renewal. Feel free to pop into the office if you have any queries or contact Patricia and Maria on 302826 or We are happy to help.


Got assignments? Not sure where to begin? We’re here to help. Why not make use of your Library Information Service? The information service team is pleased to answer queries and offer assistance and advice on all aspects of your research requirements. Find us directly behind the circulation desk at entry level in the Luke Wadding Library.

We can: 1. Give you an overview of resources for your subject area 2. Show you how to find books, e-books and online databases and more 3. Help you with referencing queries for Harvard and APA 4. Show you how to access the library resources from home 5. Help you to identify keywords and to build a search strategy for researching assignments


Happy New Year and good luck with your research and study in Semester 2

WIT Library

Information Service

Your Information Services Team for 2014:

Opening Hours January 2014

Seamus Ryan

Clare Blount

Monday to Friday

Maria McCarthy

David Jackman

10am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm

John Phelan

John Moloney

Delia Foley

Derek Langford

Patricia Burke

Tina Hurley

Therese O’Neill

Deirdre Falconer

Saturday 10am - 1pm


Information Services in Numbers


Number of Instant messenger queries in Semester 1



Number of prizes given away by the Information Services in Semester 1.

Number of information desk queries in Semester 1

The winner of the e-reader drawn from our Mug Shot competition entrants is Karel Aija. Thanks to Centra/Campus Services for sponsoring prizes.


Spotlight on: Academic Search Complete Academic Search Complete is a multidisciplinary research database of full-text journals. Academic Search complete is a leading source of peer-reviewed, full-text journals for STM research, Social Sciences and the Humanities. This scholarly collection spans a broad range of important areas of academic study, including, business, education, engineering, law, health sciences, social sciences and more.

To access Academic Search Complete: Open the library homepage Click on the Resources drop-down menu and select databases. Select Academic Search Complete from the list of databases.


Searching Academic Search Complete Basic Search

Advanced Search

n Type your search term (single word or phrase) into the Search box.

n Click on the advanced search link.

n Use Boolean operators to combine search terms E.g. climate change AND environment. n Click on Search.

n Advanced Search lets you build up a search by entering search words and phrases into the boxes and selecting from the ‘select a field’ box where you want to search e.g. abstract. n You can join search terms together by using AND (default), OR or NOT. n Click on search to get your results

n Refine your results by using the menus on the left hand side of the screen. n Click on the PDF full text to open the article.

n Refine your results by using search options on advanced search page or by using the menu on the left hand side of your results page.

Results Page n Click on the folder icon to email, print or save a record. n Click on the title to read the abstract of an article. n Click on the PDF Full text to open the document.

Call to the Information Desk for more information and help using any of our Databases.


New to the Luke Wadding Library

Electronic Dissertations Doctoral and Masters Degree theses are now hosted electronically on the Institute’s Repository. Up until last term, undergraduate and postgraduate taught theses were stored in print format only in WIT Libraries. Due to increased demand for electronic access and diverse user learning needs, WIT Libraries now offer the option of hosting undergraduate and taught postgraduate theses in electronic format on the Ebrary database accessible through the WITCat Library catalogue. The Ebrary DASH platform offers a secure and user friendly means to access electronic documents. Current collections that are housed on Ebrary include dissertations from the School of Business and the School of Health Sciences.

Key benefits of electronic access include: n Secure access for registered WIT staff and users only, using WIT logins n 24/7 off campus access for registered WIT staff and users n Elimination of the risk of damaged/missing dissertations We hope in the near future to store all dissertations from all schools/departments electronically through the Ebrary platform. If you’ve got any queries in relation to electronic dissertations, please contact Kieran Cronin, Email: or Derek Langford, Email: Please visit WIT Libraries’ OPAC at


New to the Luke Wadding Library

TED Talks now accessible through WITCat

WIT Libraries are delighted to announce the integration of TED Talks into our library collection. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit forum devoted to ‘Ideas worth Spreading’. TED started out as a conference bringing together people from three disciplines: Technology, Entertainment and Design. Since then the conferences’ scope has become ever broader. TED Talks are short talks from some of the world’s most inspired thinkers, which are designed to prompt enlightenment and greater awareness. Currently 1500 talks are freely available on TED Talks and they have collectively been viewed over 1 billion times worldwide. A full list of TED Talks is available from:


Undergraduate library users can now borrow up to 6 long loan items at any one time (as well as 2 short loan items)


Library Learning Support @ WIT

“It was very useful as the database is very large and confusing without having some direction. The direction was very clear and interactive”*

“a very clear and helpful hour of info ...glad I attended!”*

“I found it very worthwhile to attend this tutorial and found it eased my confusion a lot around databases and referencing”*

For semester 2 we are pleased to offer the following training sessions: n Using Library Print and Electronic Resources Introductory & refresher sessions n Referencing: when, how and why Introductory & refresher sessions n Research Skills for Postgraduates n Tailored library skills sessions as per class requirements

If you would like any further information or to book a library tutorial, please contact the Library Learning Support team: n Luke Wadding Library: 2837/ Email: n College St Campus Library: 2262/ Email: *student feedback forms S1 2013/2014


Special Collections at WIT Libraries preserving the

past, for the present and future generations

WIT Libraries bring the past, present and future together in one learning sphere at the Luke Wadding Library. While increasingly moving to electronic books and resources, we continue to preserve artefacts of immense heritage and cultural value from the past. As this year 2014 marks the 1100 birthday of the City of Waterford, it is only right and fitting that WIT Libraries plays a central role in the ongoing preservation of artefacts from Waterford’s remarkable history. WIT Libraries are proud custodians of two rare collections which are synonymous with the south east and Waterford, namely the Christ Church Cathedral Collection and the Bonaparte-Wyse Collection.

Christ Church Cathedral Collection Since 2006, WIT Libraries have been home to the esteemed Christ Church Cathedral Collection. Significant resources have been invested in the creation of an environment appropriate for the preservation, protection and promotion of over 3,300 historical artefacts. The Church of Ireland Christ Church Cathedral which is located on the Mall in Waterford City’s ‘Viking Triangle’ is steeped in Irish history. The original cathedral was the setting in 1170 for the marriage of Strongbow and Aoife, the daughter of Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster. This wedding union established a Norman settlement in Ireland and consequently changed the course of Irish history. The current Cathedral Building was built by the renowned architect John Roberts in 1775. The library collection owes its origins to Bishop Charles Este, who upon his death in 1745 donated his library of books to the Mayor and Corporation of Waterford. It was later to be housed in the newly constructed Cathedral, where the collection continued to grow over

the following two centuries, largely due to the donation of materials from the local congregation. It is a collection which consists of invaluable ecclesiastical, legal, historical and philosophical books in a range of languages including English, Latin, Greek and French.

List of poll election Waterford City 1837

An online catalogue for the Collection was launched in July 2013. The completed project has taken over 5 years and resulted in the creation of an electronic catalogue which is searchable from anywhere in the world through the Library catalogue


Special Collections at WIT Libraries preserving the

past, for the present and future generations

Bonaparte-Wyse Collection The Bonaparte-Wyse Collection comprises over 1850 individual historical artefacts spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection consists chiefly of letters and correspondence from the personal archives of the Bonaparte-Wyse family of Waterford. The most famous of the family members was Thomas Wyse who served as an MP in the House of Commons from 1830 to 1847. In 1821 Thomas was to marry Letitia Bonaparte, the niece of the famous French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte thus establishing the Bonaparte-Wyse dynasty. Their story is a tale of love, politics and ultimately an acrimonious separation. The Bonaparte-Wyse’s are synonymous with the history of Waterford. Subject matter in the collection includes signed correspondence from Daniel O’Connell, letters from Cardinal Thomas Newman and letters from Alfred Wyse relating to Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War. WIT Libraries are committed to facilitating and assisting academic researchers and scholars with an interest in our special collections. Going forward, greater emphasis will be placed on the digitisation of important items from our collections. It is our philosophy to utilise the very latest information technologies and platforms to maximise the value of our special collections.

Access to these Collections is by appointment only for and can be arranged by contacting Kieran Cronin, Deputy Librarian at Email: or TEL: 051 302845.

Bagge Handwriten Pamphlet


Referencing Know-How

Referencing is the standardised system for acknowledging the information you use in your assignments

References help readers to locate the source of the information you have used

Quick guides for Harvard and APA style referencing are available at the Circulation Desk in the Luke Wadding Library. Advanced guides and quizzes are available on the Referencing Section on WIT Libraries on Moodle (listed under My Modules)

Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2010) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 8th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillian. Available at Call No.: 808.02

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Available at Call No.: 808.06615


Referencing Examples


Referencing an Online Journal Article

Author surname(s), followed by first initial(s). (Year of publication) Title of article in single quotation marks, Journal Title, volume(issue), page numbers, Database [Online]. Available at: URL (Accessed: date). Hurley, M. (2011) ‘Waterford’s Viking footprint’, Irish Arts Review (2002-), 28(3), pp. 97-98. JSTOR [Online]. Available at: (Accessed: 09 January 2014).

APA Style

Referencing an Online Journal Article

Authors’ surnames, followed by initials. (Year of publication). Article title. Journal title, volume(issue), page nos. doi:...

Pempek, T. A., Yermolayeva, Y. A. & Calvert, S. L. (2009). College students’ social networking experiences on Facebook. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 30(3), 227-238. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2008.12.010

If you would like any further information or to book a referencing tutorial, please contact the Library Learning Support team: Luke Wadding Library: 2837/Email:


Book Review

The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín At 101 pages, the shortest book on the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist, the Testament of Mary is an intense first-person narrative filled with quiet rage and intense grief. According to the Bible, Mary’s role in salvation history is small but mighty. Through the agency of the Holy Spirit, she conceives the Messiah, gives birth to Jesus and raises him to adulthood. In a voice that is both tender and filled with fury, The Testament of Mary tells the story of an event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, years on from her son’s crucifixion and living in exile and in fear, she tries to weave together the memories of the events that led to her son’s brutal death.

The novel starts with the words “They appear more often now, both of them, and on every visit they seem more impatient with me and with the world.”

At the wedding at Cana, where Jesus changes the water to wine, Mary tries to talk to him and Jesus replies brusquely: “Woman, what have I to do with thee?”

Mary is speaking of her son’s followers, whom she refers to as ‘misfits’, whose task is to record her recollections of the Crucifixion, the events leading up to it and those that followed.

Recalling his sermons she reflects ‘my son would insist on silence and begin to address them as though they were a crowd, his voice all false and his tone all stilted, and I could not bear to hear him’. Mary suspects her son is “out of his mind”, just as the Gospel of Mark tells us Jesus’s family did.

Unable to bring herself to say the name of Jesus, she is resistant to the disciples’ request for a simple factual account that meets their needs as authors of the Gospel, intent on establishing the martyrdom of the man they call the Son of God. The tradition is that Mary knew his divinity from the start, and she remains still a potent figure in Christian myth and worship, but tradition is not text. We’re reminded by Tóibín that when we go back to the gospels we find an irritable, not loving, relationship.


She finds him frightening and distant. Though Tóibín mostly follows the Gospel stories faithfully, the gaps in Mary’s narrative give him room to explore. The novel doesn’t challenge Jesus’s miracles but does present them as disquieting as much as glorious. We’re told: “Lazarus, it was clear to me, was dying. If he had come back to life it was merely to say a last farewell to it. He recognised none of us, barely appeared able to lift the glass of water to his lips as he was handed small pieces of soaked bread by his sisters” thus undermining the notion of resurrection as revelation. While the apostles are engaged in the process of myth-making, the narrative she tells, finally, is not to them, it is to us, and throughout the novel Tóibín keeps us aware that this small narrative is as much a reality as the metanarrative handed down over the years, thus warning us of the dangers of myth-making. The stillness of the prose befits the melancholic subject matter, the pain of remembering juxtaposed with an urgent need to remember. In her effort to tell the truth in all its contorted complexity, Mary emerges as a fully realised figure. Tóibín’s narrative, though at times unsettling, humanises Mary and offers us a profound and universal story of loss and grief. Reviewed by Christa De Brun Lecturer in English

Colm Toibin, born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955, is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. In April 2013 ‘The Testament of Mary’ opened on Broadway with Fiona Shaw, directed by Deborah Warner and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best New Play. The Broadway production will transfer to the Barbican in London in May 2014.


Newsletter Team:


Contact details:

Seamus Ryan Clare Blount Therese O’Neill Tina Hurley

John Moloney

WIT Library,

Kieran Cronin

Waterford Institute of Technology,

Fr. David Keating

Cork Road,

Patricia Keegan


Ted Lynch


Maria McCarthy

Tel: 051 302840

Patricia Burke Derek Langford Christa De Brun Claire Kennedy Delia Foley Kevin O’Hanlon @witlibraries

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