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Introduction

The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) grew out of the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History. Since its publication in 2010, BBIH has superseded the RHS Bibliography as an essential tool for researchers working on British and Irish history at every level and throughout the world.

Aims and scope

The Bibliography of British and Irish History Online provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British empire and commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available – from 55BC to the present. As well as providing details of publications, the bibliography offers links to online catalogues to help you find the items that it lists in research libraries in Britain and Ireland. It also provides links to online text where available. The bibliography is a guide to the work of historians – it does not contain original sources, unless they have been edited and republished by historians (except for a selection of key sources published before 1901). The bibliography lists books, articles in books and articles in journals. Over 750 journals and series are regularly checked. Material is included irrespective of place or language of publication. The BBIH is a vital tool for any university library and is invaluable for all levels of academic research, from undergraduate dissertations to the most advanced scholarship.

BBIH: view of a bibliographical record

BBIH: view of a bibliographical record

Key Features

  • A database of over 530,000 records, updated three times per year, with around 12,000 references added annually
  • Covers British and Irish history and relations with the empire and Commonwealth, from 55 BC to the present
  • Includes records from partner projects: London’s Past Online and Irish History Online
  • Bibliographical data drawn from many sources, including (by kind permission of the British Library) their electronic table of contents database and the British National Bibliography
  • Incorporates books, articles in journals (print and electronic), review articles and articles in collections of essays
  • Over 750 journals and series regularly checked
  • Contents reviewed by specialist academics for accuracy and completeness
  • Indexed using a specially designed classification hierarchy
  • Several export formats (EndNote, Zotero, RefWorks, Microsoft Office Word)
  • A metrics component enables users to examine in detail trends in British and Irish history, see journal profiles (e.g. information on subjects and periods covered), and find authors’ publication profiles.
  • Compatible with OpenURL, facilitating linkage to full text
  • Ability to find out more about people covered using the integrated links with the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the National Register of Archives and Who Was Who
  • Also including links to British History Online, Reviews in History, H-Albion Reviews, Google books, and COPAC

Partners

The BBIH is the fruit of a partnership between the Institute of Historical Research, the Royal Historical Society and Brepols Publishers

Subscriptions and contact information

Please contact Brepols Publishers for:

  • a 30-day free trial period for institutional users
  • a price quotation
  • details on, or a specimen of, the licence agreement

Contact information:

Brepols Publishers
Begijnhof 67
B – 2300 Turnhout / Belgium
Fax: +32-14-428919
Email: brepolis@brepols.net

Related blog Posts

For more information or news, please go to the blog Posts.

The Institute of Historical Research has also a blog dedicated to the BBIH.

Related Databases

See also the International Medieval Bibliography.

User help

A PowerPoint tutorial is available here.

Legal

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