Once you identify your subject for research, you'll want to discover some basic background information to answer the following questions:
You can grab these details from your textbooks as well as online through general encyclopedic-type sources.
Armed with names, dates, and other details from the background sources, you'll dive into Primary & Secondary Source search tools. This page will highlight Secondary Source tools and the following Key Resources page will outline how / where to find Primary Sources.
* Special thanks for the librarians at Loyola Marymount University (LA) with their creation of much of the content regarding primary source searching on this guide.
Be sure to review the "Search Strategies for Databases" page under Guides in the left menu. It will highlight proactive ways to increase the relevancy of your search results and make you a more efficient researcher.
Much of your research will focus on the intersection of history and culture. Social science tools will help to uncover a plethora of articles, books, essays, etc. Dive in!
Studying overseas can require some creative exploration of resources. Try these eBook tools, which cover a variety of disciplines.
In addition to social science-based databases, it's important to explore multidisciplinary databases to discover what content they hold on the aspects of Ireland that you're studying. Try these Library tools.