Browsing and searching the collection

The following browsing and search facilities are available on the Portráidí.ie website:

Browse Writers

Links to this section can be found in both the header and footer (top and bottom) of all pages on this website. Writers are listed in alphabetical order by their first names in this section. You can click on any letter A-Z to view a list of all writers whose first name begins with that letter. Click on a particular writer's name or photograph to open that person's portrait.

Browse Genres

Links to this section can be found in both the header and footer (top and bottom) of all pages on this website. All genres practiced by the writers in the collection are listed, in alphabetical order, in this section. You can click on any genre to view a list of all writers who have produced works in that genre. Click on a particular writer's name or photograph to open that person's portrait.

In addition, the genres associated with a particular writer are listed on that person's portrait page. You can click on any of these genres to view a list of all writers who have produced works in that genre.

Full text search

There is a search box at the top of all pages on this website, where the label 'Search Portraits of Irish-Language Writers' is visible. You may write words or phrases in this box and search for them by clicking the search button (the magnifying glass icon to the right of the search box) or by pressing the ENTER or RETURN button on your keyboard or touch screen device. The system will attempt to retrieve the entered terms within the first names, surnames and pen names of the writers in the collection; biographical texts (in both Irish and English), and; extracts from authors' works. A new page will display the search results.

Query expansion

An important aspect of the Portráidí.ie search facility is the manner in which search terms are linguistically processed with the aim of improving users' search experience:

Open-source resources used

In order to provide these advanced language processing functionalities, the Portráidí.ie search system makes use of the following open-source resources:

COMHAR is grateful to the aforementioned parties for making these data sets publicly available.