TITLE: CAIN Web Service (Conflict Archive on the Internet)

ACCESS: http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/

This academic web site provides a wealth of information on the conflict in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present. It contains full-text book chapters, essays and research articles contributed by historians, political scientists, and other researchers on "The Troubles." Also included are bibliographies, chronologies, documents, statistics, photographs, maps, and other images.

The CAIN Project "aims to develop, using Northern Ireland as a case study, a collaborative multi-media database of resources relevant to teaching and research in conflict studies." The project is a partnership between the University of Ulster, the Queen's University of Belfast, and the Linen Hall Library in Belfast, which contains a unique archive of source materials on the Northern Ireland conflict. The CAIN Project Manager is Dr. Martin Melaugh, who is affiliated with INCORE (Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity), located at the University of Ulster. Content for the site is reviewed by a panel of academics, including historians, political scientists, sociologists, and others.

The site is organized in three main categories: Conflict Background, Key Events (civil rights, hunger strikes, peace process, and other events), and Key Issues (discrimination, education, women, and more). For each event or issue, there is background information, a reading list, a chronology, and full-text sources. Many parts of this site are still under construction, but there are already many useful sources available, including full-text documents such as the April 1998 peace agreement, political party documents, briefing papers, and articles on the Irish peace process. Material is regularly added to the site. The Recent Additions page shows an impressive list of book chapters, articles and other publications new to the CAIN archive.

Other useful features are a glossary, a list of organizations, extensive statistical data on society and culture in Northern Ireland, and the CAIN Bibliography, a searchable database of over 3,500 books, journal articles, dissertations, pamphlets, and other materials. There are numerous links to research-oriented web sites on Irish studies and peace studies, plus links to non-governmental organizations, political parties, government sites, news sites, and discussion lists on Irish history and politics. Also helpful to librarians and researchers are several guides to doing research on Northern Ireland. There is an impressive array of information here for instructors, researchers and students.

Susan E Clark
University of the Pacific
March 1999

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