Clare County Library
Free Online Resources
Home | Library Catalogue | Branch Libraries | Children's Services | Special Services | Library Events | Library Account | Book Promotions
Contact Us | Visitors Book

 

Free Online Resources

See also Digital Books and Online Publications and Free eBooks and Links

Divider Line

Converters Dictionaries Bibliographies & Online Catalogues Maps
Newspapers Phonebooks Philosophy, Theology & Mythology History & Genealogy
Biography Archaeology Literature Government & Law
Science & Technology Art, Film, & Music Education Languages
Health & Medicine      


General Reference and Encyclopedias:


Britannica Online Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - Adult Edition

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online is one of the most authoritative sources of information available and includes the complete encyclopedia. It is presented online in three editions, targeting different age groups. You can connect to Britannica from anywhere using your library card. Type 09P and the numbers after CEP on your library card e.g. 09P12345678
Encyclopaedia Britannica: Age Group 18 and Over
Divider Line
Britannica Student
Britannica Online - Student Edition


Britannica Student: Age Group 12 to 18. Type 09P and the numbers after CEP on your library card e.g. 09P12345678

Divider Line
Britannica Junior

Britannica Online - Junior Edition

Britannica Junior: Age Group 5 to 11. Type 09P and the numbers after CEP on your library card e.g. 09P12345678

Divider Line
Wikipedia Wikipedia
  Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. It contains millions of articles in most subject areas.
Divider Line
Encyclopedia.com Encyclopedia.com
  Facts, information, biographies, and definitions from over 100 online encyclopedias and dictionaries
Divider Line
Looklex Encyclopedia Looklex Encyclopedia
  Middle East and North African topics
Divider Line
Ask A Librarian Ask A Librarian
 

Ask A Librarian: Get free expert advice, whatever the problem.

Divider Line
Bartleby Bartleby.com

Bartleby.com is one of the major Internet publishers of literature, reference, verse, quotations and non-fiction works.
Divider Line
Call Costs Call Costs
  Callcosts.ie is an interactive website that has been developed by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) to help consumers to compare the cost of personal/non-business mobile, home phone and broadband price plans.
Divider Line
Great Websites For Kids Great Web Sites for Kids
  Great Web Sites for Kids is a database of web sites for children selected and recommended by librarians in the US.
Divider Line
ibiblio ibiblio


ibiblio is a digital library and archive project comprising a ‘collection of collections,’ hosting a diverse range of publicly available information and source software, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies.

Divider Line
Peak Directory Peak Directory
  Peak Directory is an online resource to aid in searching the internet
Divider Line
Refdesk

Refdesk

Refdesk aims to index, review, and publish quality, credible information-based Web sites and to assist readers in navigating and extracting needed data from these sites. Refdesk is free and family-friendly.

Divider Line
IPL The Internet Public Library

IPL2 - The Internet Public Library

IPL2 - The Internet Public Library: Large selection of links to online resources on all topics. Relaunched in January 2010 as 'ipl2', the revamped online guide to 'information you can trust' on the web is edited by librarians and volunteers, hosted by a consortium of colleges and universities in the US with library science programmes.

Divider Line


Converters:

 

ConvertIt ConvertIt
  ConvertIt converts measurements, currency, time zones
Divider Line
Oanda.com Currenecy Converter Currency Converter
  Currency converter site
Divider Line


Dictionaries:


Focal Focal
  The national terminology database for the Irish language.
Divider Line
Irish Dictionary Irish Dictionary
  A free online collaborative dictionary.
Divider Line
Merriam Webster Online Merriam-Webster Online
  Online Dictionary and Thesaurus.
Divider Line
One Look Dictionaries One Look Dictionaries
  Over 600 dictionaries indexed.
Divider Line
WordReference WordReference
  Online translation dictionary for English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Divider Line


Bibliographies and Online Catalogues:


2020OK 2020OK
  Directory of free online books and free ebooks on all topics.
Divider Line
BorrowBooks.ie BorrowBooks.ie
  BorrowBooks.ie allows you to search across the Irish public libraries’ online catalogues to locate and request an item which is not held in your own library service.
Divider Line
OpenThesis
  OpenThesis is a free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents, coupled with powerful search, organization, and collaboration tools.
Divider Line
Wikipedia Wikipedia’s List of Bibliographic Databases
  Wikipedia’s List of Bibliographic Databases
Divider Line
Wikipedia Wikipedia Lists of Books
  General and selective lists of books. Lists of books by their subject, author and series. Lists of fiction books and manuscripts.
Divider Line


Maps:


The AA
The AA
  The AAs routeplanner for Ireland
Divider Line
Google Earth Google Earth
  Explore the world from your computer
Divider Line
Google Maps Google Maps
  View maps and directions
Divider Line
Ordnance Survey Ireland Ordnance Survey Ireland
 

Ireland’s National Mapping Agency

Divider Line


Newspapers:


Elephind Elephind
  Search the world’s historical newspaper archives
Divider Line
The Irish Times The Irish Times
  The Irish Times daily online
Divider Line
Irish Times Archive Irish Times Archive
  Irish Times Archive contains every page of The Irish Times published since 1859
Connect on-site from library
Divider Line
The Guardian The Guardian
  One of world’s premier liberal newspapers
Divider Line
Kidon Media-Link Kidon Media-Link
  Newspapers and news sources worldwide
Divider Line
NewsLink Newslink
  A directory of magazine and newspaper websites
Divider Line
Onlinenewspapers.com Onlinenewspapers.com
  Thousands of newspapers worldwide
Divider Line
World-newspapers.com World-newspapers.com
 

World Newspapers, Magazines, and News Sites in English

Divider Line


Phonebooks:


BT (UK) Phonebook online BT (UK) Phonebook online
  BT (UK) Phonebook online
Divider Line
Infobel World Infobel World
  Links to world-wide white and yellow page listings
Divider Line
Republic of Ireland phonebook online Republic of Ireland phonebook online
  Republic of Ireland phonebook online
Divider Line


Philosophy, Theology & Mythology:

 

Boston Collaborative Encyclopedia of Western Theology Boston Collaborative Encyclopedia of Western Theology
  Articles on Western Christian theology
Divider Line
Catholic Encyclopedia Catholic Encyclopedia
  Topics relating to Catholicism
Divider Line
Encyclopedia Mythica Encyclopedia Mythica
  Contains articles on mythology, folklore and religion
Divider Line
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  Philosophy related articles
Divider Line
Jewish Virtual Library Jewish Virtual Library
  Portals to essential Jewish topics
Divider Line
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
 

Philosophy subjects

Divider Line


History & Genealogy:


AskAboutIreland AskAboutIreland
  AskAboutIreland is an initiative of public libraries together with local museums and archives in the digitisation and online publication of the original, the unusual and the unique material from their local studies' collections to create a national Internet resource for culture.
Divider Line
Bureau of Military History 1913-1921 Bureau of Military History 1913-1921
  Online Witness Statements, Press Cuttings, Photographs and Sound Recordings relating to the revolutionary period in Ireland from 1913 to 1921.

Divider Line
Castle Garden Immigration Centre Castle Garden Immigration Centre, 1830-1892
  CastleGarden.org offers free access to an extraordinary database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.
Divider Line
Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers
  An online catalogue of the registered papers of the Office of Chief Secretary of Ireland from 1818 to 1822 held in the National Archives of Ireland, facilitating public access to one of the most valuable sources of original material for research on Ireland in the first half of the nineteenth century. A catalogue of Papers from 1823 to 1852 will be added as they are completed.
Divider Line
  Clare County Library List of Genealogy Websites
  Clare County Library List of Genealogy Websites
Divider Line
Decade of Centenaries Decade of Centenaries
  A website is dedicated to the programme of commemorations relating to the significant events in Irish history that took place between 1912 and 1922.
Divider Line
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities
  Incorporates text from the 19th century encyclopedia of the same name. Focuses on topics of cultural and historical Greek and Roman significance.
Divider Line

Dippam
DIPPAM: Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration
  DIPPAM is an online virtual archive of documents and sources relating to the history of Ireland and its migration experience from the 18th to the late 20th centuries. The archive includes the Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland (EPPI), the Irish Emigration Database (IED) and Voices of Migration and Return (VMR).
Divider Line
Ellis Island Ellis Island
  Database of immigrants to the USA from 1892-1924
Divider Line
Female Convicts Research Centre Female Convicts Research Centre
  Female convicts were transported to Van Diemen's Land from 1803, when the colony was founded, to 1853, when transportation to the island ceased. Some female convicts transported to New South Wales also made their home in Van Diemen's Land. This website contains a database of transported women with background information on the convicts and on convict institutions.
Divider Line
  Free Irish Genealogy eBooks
  This website lists free Books and Journals on the topic of Irish, Irish-American and Irish-Canadian Genealogy which can all be read online, and some downloaded.
Divider Line
EPPI Guide to the Digitisation of Irish Genealogy Records
  A guide to the current state of play with the digitisation of Irish genealogical records. Includes a summary of the projects currently underway at The Irish Genealogical Project, The General Registry Office, The National Archives, PRONI, The National Library of Ireland, The Valuation Office, The Ordinance Survey of Ireland, Irish Libraries, The Registry of Deeds and Eneclann Ltd.
Divider Line
Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
  A web-based collection of selected historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the US from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.
Ireland’s Memorial Records in Flanders Fields Museum
  This website lists the 49,000 Irish soldiers who died during the First World War or as a result of wounds sustained during battle.
Irish Archive Resources Irish Archive Resources
 

A portal linking to archival collections throughout the island of Ireland.

Irish Famine Memorial Sydney: Famine Orphan Girl Database Irish Famine Memorial Sydney: Famine Orphan Girl Database
 

A database of the 4112 destitute young women from Workhouses throughout Ireland who emigrated to the Australian colonies during the Famine years of 1848 to 1850 under Earl Grey’s Famine Orphan Scheme.

The women from Clare are selected here.

Irish History Links Irish History Links
  Links to Irish history sites and newspapers
Irish Lives Remembered
  Irish Lives Remembered acknowledges Irish friends, family and those who shaped our Irish heritage. It provides an online facility to those living at home and abroad to remember their deceased loved ones, celebrate their life and honour their Irish roots.

Irish Manuscript Commission

Irish Manuscript Commission
  The Irish Manuscript Commission. Digitised versions of many of The Irish Manuscript Commission’s backlist of publications including The Inchiquin Manuscripts, Calendar of Ormond Deeds, The Civil Survey, Abstracts of Wills from the Registry of Deeds and the Correspondence of Daniel O’Connell.
Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland
  This project aims to index all of the names that appear in the memorial books at the Registry of Deeds which is a repository of records of wills and land transactions in Ireland and other deeds from 1709.
Young Irelanders: Exiles in Paradise Young Irelanders: Exiles in Paradise
  This site is a portal which allows people interested in the Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848 to exchange information and build up a more complete understanding of the activities of the Young Irelanders in Tasmania and abroad. It aims to bring together community groups, descendants, historians and scholars to consolidate the knowledge that exists in Tasmania and elsewhere about the Young Irelanders’ time and stories.
Divider Line


Biography:

 

Australian Dictionary of Biography Australian Dictionary of Biography
  Entries on notable Australians who have died
Divider Line
Dictionary of Canadian Biography Dictionary of Canadian Biography
  Entries on notable Canadians
Divider Line
Dictionary of National Biography Dictionary of National Biography
  The original 19th century version; a biographical reference for deceased persons notable in British history
Divider Line
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
vol. 1: (Abaeus – Dysponteus)
vol. 2: (Ea'rinus, Fla'vius – Nyx)
vol. 3: (Oarses – Zygia and Zygius)
  Focuses on topics dealing with Greek and Roman mythology and people
Divider Line


Archaeology:

 

Seanda: The National Roads Authority Archaeology Magazine
  Seanda is an annual publication of the NRA Archaeology Section, which was first published in December 2006. Its role is to communicate the results of NRA-funded archaeological investigations to the general public in a non-technical, easily understood format.
Divider Line


Literature:

 

Ainm.ie
  Ainm.ie contains a collection of Irish-language biographies featuring the lives of those who have made a unique contribution to the Irish language over the last five centuries.
Divider Line

CELT

CELT
  The Corpus of Electronic Texts, brings the wealth of Irish literary and historical culture to the Internet. It has a searchable online textbase consisting of 11.5 million words, in 1016 contemporary and historical documents from many areas, including literature and the other arts.
Divider Line
  Clare County Library List of Literary Websites
  Clare County Library List of Literary Websites
Divider Line
  Clare County Library List of Literary Websites for Children
  Clare County Library List of Literary Websites for Children
Divider Line
  Clare County Library List of Library Websites
  Clare County Library List of Library Websites
Divider Line
Project Guttenberg Project Guttenberg
  The first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks with over 25,000 items (July 2008) in its collection. The collection consists primarily of works of literature from the Western cultural tradition in English. In addition to literature such as novels, poetry, short stories and drama, Project Gutenberg also has cookbooks, reference works and issues of periodicals.
Divider Line
Today in Literature Today in Literature
  A daily calendar of engaging stories about literary history
Divider Line
The Universal Digital Library The Universal Digital Library
  The Million Book Project provides access to 1.5 million online texts
Divider Line


Government & Law:

 

British and Irish Legal Information Institute British and Irish Legal Information Institute
  British and Irish Legal Information Institute and Irish Statutes from 1922 to the present, Statutory Instruments, 1922-1998, case law (decisions of the Supreme Court, 1999-, the High Court, 1996-, Competition Authority, 1991- and Information Commissioner, 1998-) and the Irish Law Reform Commission papers and reports, 1976. This site is complemented by the Irish Legal Information Initiative which offers Statutes from 1999 to the present, Statutory Instruments, 2002 to the present, a comprehensive index to High Court and Supreme Court judgements and an index to articles in Irish legal periodicals.
Divider Line
Central Statistics Office of Ireland Central Statistics Office of Ireland
  Extensive databank of statistics on Ireland available.
Divider Line
Children's Database Logo Children's Database
  Childrensdatabase.ie containing Irish Government policy documents and annotated websites was created by the Office of the Minister for Children. Its purpose is to provide access to research and information on children for policy-makers, Government departments, academics, voluntary organisations and the general public.
Divider Line
Citizen’s Information Citizen’s Information
  Public Service information provided by the Citizens Information Board
Divider Line
Government of Ireland Government of Ireland
  Information and links to the web sites of all government departments, the Dáil and the Taoiseach..
Divider Line
Houses of the Oireachtas Houses of the Oireachtas
  Access to Parliamentary debates in full text from 1919. Committee debates are available from 1999 and reports from 2002. Acts are available in full text from 1922 and bills with explanatory memoranda from 1997.
Divider Line
Iris Oifigiúil or Official Gazette Iris Oifigiúil or Official Gazette
  Website contains the presidential assent to bills, lists of statutory instruments and the texts of some government orders, court notices, bankruptcy notices, regulations, etc. from 2002 to the present.
Divider Line
Irish Statute Book Irish Statute Book
  A database comprising the Acts of the Oireachtas, Statutory Instruments and Chronological Tables of the Statutes.
Divider Line
Clare County Council Logo Register of Electors, County Clare
  Register of Electors, County Clare
Divider Line
 


Science & Technology:

 

ARKive ARKive
  Visual and audio recordings of the world's species
Divider Line
CiteSeer CiteSeer
  A public search engine and digital library for scientific and academic papers in computer and information science.
Divider Line
Clare Biodiversity Clare Biodiversity
  The natural heritage of County Clare
Divider Line
CNET CNET
  Extensive coverage of computers and technology
Divider Line
Dictionary of Irish Architects Dictionary of Irish Architects
  The Dictionary of Irish Architects contains biographical and bibliographical information on architects, builders and craftsmen born or working in Ireland during the period 1720 to 1940, and information on the buildings on which they worked.
Divider Line
Directory of Open Access Journals Directory of Open Access Journals
  DOAJ provides free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals covering most subjects and languages. There are over 3,000 journals in the directory, over 1,000 of them searchable at article level.
Divider Line
Encyclopedia of Life Encyclopedia of Life
  Seeks to categorize all 1.8 million known species on the planet
Divider Line
Encyclopedia of Mathematics Encyclopedia of Mathematics
  Encompasses articles on the topic of mathematics
Divider Line
Google Scholar (GS) Google Scholar (GS)
  A freely-accessible Web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. The GS index includes most peer-reviewed online journal of the world's largest scientific publishers. GS allows users to search for digital or physical copies of articles, whether they be online or in libraries.
Divider Line
Met Eireann Logo Met Eireann
  Weather forecast for County Clare from Met Éireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service
Divider Line
ScienceWorld ScienceWorld
  Covers astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics.
Divider Line
Scirus Scirus
  A comprehensive search engine focused on scientific information. Not all of the results include full text.
Divider Line
Wikipedia Wikipedia’s List of Academic Databases and Search Engines
  Wikipedia’s List of Academic Databases and Search Engines
Divider Line


Art, Film, & Music:

 

allmusic Logo allmusic
  A large, informative site covering multiple styles of music
Divider Line
Art History Resources on the Web Art History Resources on the Web
  Links to resources for the study of art history
Divider Line
  Discogs
Discogs   Database of audio releases
Divider Line
IMDb Logo IMDb
  The Internet Movie Database A searchable database of actors and films and TV programmes
Divider Line
Irish Arts Review Logo Irish Arts Review
  First published in 1984, the Irish Arts Review is the definitive journal of art and design in Ireland.
Divider Line
The Irish in Film The Irish in Film
  A database of Irish films
Divider Line
ITMA Irish Traditional Music Archive ITMA Irish Traditional Music Archive
  A national public reference archive and resource centre for
the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland.
Divider Line
LyricWiki LyricWiki
  Encyclopedic database of song lyrics
Divider Line
MusicBrainz MusicBrainz
  Database of audio albums
Divider Line
Music Matters
  Music Matters brings together the entire music community to talk about why music matters to them and to help you, as music fans, connect with the music you love both on the high street and online.
Divider Line
MusicMight MusicMight
  Biographies and discographies of rock bands
Divider Line
Rotten Tomatoes Rotten Tomatoes
  A searchable database of films. It provides reviews and it scores films based on the reviews that that film has received. This site gives you an idea whether or not it is worth taking the trouble to see a particular movie.
Divider Line


Languages:

 

Busuu Busuu
  Busuu provides free online language learning in 12 languages including free connection with native speakers worldwide.
Divider Line
Duolingo Duolingo
  Free language courses in Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese and Italian
Divider Line


Education:

 

Alison Alison
  An eLearning company, based in Galway, offering free online courses and certification in a wide range of disciplines
Divider Line
ERIC Education Resources Information Center ERIC Education Resources Information Center
  The world’s largest digital library of education literature
Divider Line
Live Excel Questions Live Excel Questions
  A free online course in Microsoft Excel
Divider Line
Science.ie Science.ie
  Resources and activities in science for Primary and Secondary schools. Also Home of Science Week.
Divider Line

Education: Junior & Leaving Cert

Clevernotes Clevernotes
  Aimed at 5th and 6th year students, this site offers notes, exam tips, tricks, sample questions and advice on a variety of Leaving Cert courses.
Divider Line

English:
Leaving Cert English Leaving Cert English
  This site has notes, links, resources and a blog aimed at Leaving Cert English students.
Divider Line
SCC English SCC English
  An English blog with useful resources, links and insights into the English Junior and Leaving Cert courses. It also publishes pupils’ writings. Run by the English Department of St Columba’s College, Whitechurch, Dublin.
Divider Line

Irish:
Saorshuíomh Gaeilge Saorshuíomh Gaeilge
  A website for anyone studying Irish for the Junior or Leaving Cert. Run by the Irish Department of St Columba’s College, Whitechurch, Dublin
Divider Line

French:
Divider Line
My French Teacher My French Teacher
  Useful resources and links for students of French. Run by an Ireland-based French teacher.
Divider Line

Maths:
Maths Ireland Maths Ireland
  This site consists of previous year's exam questions and their suggested model answers for the Junior and Leaving Cert maths papers. The site started by a father – Peter Lee - when his own children were doing the Leaving Cert.
Divider Line

Science:
The Frog Blog The Frog Blog
  The Frog Blog contains short & snappy science articles on a rich array of topics, from astronomy to zoology. Run by science teachers at St Columba’s College, Whitechurch, Dublin.
Divider Line
Leaving Certificate Biology Leaving Certificate Biology
  This website is a guide through the main topics covered in the Leaving Certificate Biology Course. Plenty of notes and diagrams.
Divider Line
The Physics Teacher The Physics Teacher
  This site has Leaving Cert physics, biology and applied maths, with notes for Junior Cert physics, chemistry and biology. Run by physics teacher, Noel Cunningham of King’s Hospital School, Palmerstown, Co Dublin.
Divider Line

Geography:
Leaving Certificate Geography Leaving Certificate Geography
  A website developed for Leaving Cert students of geography at Presentation School, Wexford
Divider Line

History:
Leaving Cert History Leaving Cert History
  Run by Dominic Haugh, a history teacher at St Patrick’s Comprehensive School in Shannon, Co Clare for his Leaving Cert history pupils, the site deals with course topics, research projects and past exam papers.
Divider Line


Education: Higher Education

Coursera Coursera
  Coursera partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
Divider Line
EdX EdX
  EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web.
Divider Line
Khan Academy Khan Academy
  Set up by Salman Khan, this online academy has over 10 Million students offering courses in Maths, Science, Computer Science, Finance & Economics and the Humanities.
Divider Line
Mooc List MOOC List
  A complete list of Massive Open Online Courses (free online courses) offered by the best universities and entities.
Divider Line
Online Courses Online Courses
  Free online courses from the world's leading universities. Yale, MIT, Stanford, Harvard, and many others are sharing lectures and videos with lifelong learners from all around the world.
Divider Line
Udacity Udacity
  An online University which aims to provide mass higher education for free.
Divider Line


Health & Medicine:

 

British Medical Journal British Medical Journal
  Full text, searchable articles from January 1994 to present
Divider Line
Free Medical Journals Free Medical Journals
  Provides access to 430 medical journals
Divider Line
PubMed PubMed
  Access to bibliographic information including MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.
Divider Line