British History Online and the Bibliography of British and Irish History – not just British

Read this great blogpost from the Institute of Historical Research on the global coverage of British History Online and the Bibliography of British and Irish History.

They are wonderful resources and easy to use. Take a look now!

From the titles of some of the IHR’s digital resources, you might think that they have limited geographical reach: British History Online…the Bibliography of British and Irish History. …

Source: British History Online and the Bibliography of British and Irish History – not just British

The global reach of the Bibliography of British and Irish History

[re-blogged from with kind permission of Sara Charles, Editorial Assistant, Bibliography of British and Irish History.]

“For this blog post, we wanted to present the global scope of the Bibliography.  Despite being called the Bibliography of British and Irish History, material covering the rest of the world makes up a significant proportion of our resources. Using data visualization tools, we mapped the number of resources available onto a global frame using the figures from the latest update in June 2016 and the place names listed.

The expansion of the British Empire explains the large amount of resources concerning North America, the Indian Subcontinent, Australia, South Africa, but other less obvious areas also feature prominently. Russia has 2,257 resources, China has 1,674, and Japan 876.

As expected, European relations account for a large chunk of material, with France being the highest European candidate with 9,337 resources, followed by Germany (5,222), Italy (2,808), and Spain (2,384). Interestingly, these figures highlight the close links that Britain and Ireland have had with the continent, and shows that our political and cultural relationship with Europe has continuously shaped our nation, as part of a wider historical legacy.

The resources are as diverse thematically as they are geographically; a brief search on ‘Crete’ reveals not just a selection of resources on the World War II campaign such as The Ariadne objective : the underground war to rescue Crete from the Nazis, but The man who deciphered linear B : the story of Michael Ventrisand Did Greek wine became Port? Or why institutional interventions matter (c. 1350-1780), an article exploring Cretan wine in medieval England.

Even more intriguing are the countries who have merely one resource to their name, Belarus has scraped in with the cosily titled Prince Potemkin and the Benthams, Mali has one resource called Barrow’s Boysa book about exploration in the early nineteenth century, and Christmas Island gets some recognition in British imperialism and Australian mini-imperialism in the 1950s

The visual representations of our resources really highlights the global reach of the BBIH, please click on the interactive links above to explore the full range of material.

Sara Charles, Editorial Assistant, Bibliography of British and Irish History.

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New: Bibliography of British & Irish History (BBIH)

We are pleased to announce that we now have access to the successor of the RHS Bibliography: the Bibliography of British & Irish History (BBIH).

From a Brepols blurb:

“The Bibliography of British and Irish History Online (BBIH) has grown out of, and will supersede, the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History. Over the last ten years the RHS Bibliography has established itself as an essential tool for researchers at every level and throughout the world working on British and Irish history from the coming of the Romans to the present. Following the cessation of Arts and Humanities Research Council project funding at the end of 2009, a change has been introduced in order to secure the long-term future of the Bibliography. From now on, the BBIH will be published by Brepols Publishers and will change from a free access to a subscribed service, with institutional and individual subscriptions available.

Key features

A database of around 470,000 records, updated 3 times per year, with around 10,000 references added annually.

• Covers British and Irish history and relations with the empire and Commonwealth, from 55 BC to the present.

• The bibliography lists books, articles in books, and articles in journals.

• Over 600 journals regularly checked.

• Multi-lingual interface (English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish).

• Simple or advanced search options.

• Numerous search fields: author, title, year of publication, place, period, person, etc.

• In-depth hierarchical indexes and cross-references.

• Several export formats (Endnote, Refworks, Microsoft Office Word).

• Use of Boolean and truncation operators.

• 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, BLArticles Direct, Google books, and COPAC.”

BBIH is now available on OxLIP+. Remote access is with SSO.

OxLIP+ will provide parallel access to BBIH and RHS Bibliography until the end of the year, but will withdraw RHS Bibliography in January. Dr Ian Archer will demonstrate this database, explaining the difference to the RHS version, on Thurs. 19 November, 12:45, Lecture Theatre, History Faculty. Staff and students are all warmly invited to come along.