New: Prosopography of the Middle Byzantine Period / Byzantinische Bibliographie

I am pleased to announce that Oxford Byzantinists now have access to two online resources:

The Prosopography of the Middle Byzantine Period (The Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit Online)

The PMBZ Online is a comprehensive biographical dictionary for the ByzantineProsopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit Empire in the early Medieval Period (641-1025 AD) documenting more than 20,000 persons. PMBZ Online is based on the print edition of the Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit which appeared in two parts 1998 and 2013. PMBZ Online documents all persons mentioned either by name or anonymously in the relevant Byzantine and non-Byzantine sources, and secondly all persons mentioned in the Byzantine sources both from Western Europe and from the Arabic and Slavonic areas, together with those from the Christian East. The individual articles/lemmata offer the reader a summary of a person’s biography (where possible) and state all sources pertaining to this person as well as relevant modern scholarship. The contents of an article/lemma include: name in translation and in Greek, title/occupation, place, period, sex, clergy/laity, life, works, sources, and references.

Related resource: Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire

Byzantinische Bibliographie

The Byzantinische Bibliographie is important for literature searches.

Byzantinische BibliographieIt includes the bibliographic sections of the Byzantinische Zeitschrift from volume 98 (2005) up to the present day. It contains around 30,000 entries in total, and each year about 4,000 entries will be added. The entries are organized systematically by subject area and enriched by short discussions and references to relevant review articles.

Users can either browse the bibliography by subject category (down to the fourth level) and organize the results by title, author, publication year, and relevance, or do a search by (key) word, author, publication type, publication year, publisher, ISSN, and ISBN, and combinations thereof.

Related resource: International Medieval Bibliography

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If you have any problems, get in touch with library staff!

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Military History – now available

Looking for secondary critical publications?

Back in October 2011 I announced that Oxford users had access to three Oxford Bibliographies Online modules relevant for history: Medieval Studies, Atlantic History and Renaissance and Reformation.

I am pleased to report that Oxford Bibliographies OnLine (Military History) is also available.

OBO - Military historyThe study of military history has evolved into a multidisciplinary effort to go beyond the history of military operations to consider broader political, cultural, and social questions. It spans across several disciplines and genres, including sociology and political science, biography, war and battle narratives, the history of technology, foreign affairs and international relations, and various national histories. From ancient military history to contemporary studies of international conflict, a great deal of this work has moved online with the most recent scholarship, research, and statistics appearing in online databases and often only discoverable through online search tools.

Looking for more online bibliographies

There are many more online bibliographies available in Oxford. Key ones are:

Other modules in the Oxford Bibliographies Online series are:

OBO Medieval Studies: “The field of Medieval Studies explores European and Mediterranean civilization from the 4th to the 15th centuries. This period, which has a critical importance for the understanding of Western culture, can best be approached through a combination of several disciplines from history to English literature. “

OBO Reformation and Renaissance: “The period of the Renaissance and Reformation, which spans roughly from the 14th through 17th centuries, is rich in history and culture. The field of Renaissance and Reformation studies, which has a critical importance for the understanding of Western culture, can best be approached through a combination of several disciplines including history, the arts, and literature.”

OBO Atlantic History:  “The study of Atlantic History examines the transnational interconnections between Europe, North America, South America, and Africa, particularly in the early modern and colonial period. Through this lens, a wide range of national perspectives must be considered. Thus, there are consistently new discoveries, new interpretations, and new theoretical ideas to take into account.”

HFL Delicious lists also many free and specialists online bibliographies.

New: Oxford Bibliographies Online: medieval studies, Reformation & Renaissance, Atlantic History

Looking for which primary and secondary sources?  Oxford users may now find help in Oxford Bibliographies Online which Bodleian Libraries has newly subscribed to:

“OBO is a library of disciplined-based subject modules. In each subject module, leading scholars have produced a literary guide to the most important and significant sources in an area of study they know best. The guides feature a selective list of bibliographic citations supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult. Each topic has a unique editorial commentary to show how the cited sources are interrelated. The citations promote discoverability as they link out to the sources via your library collection or through Google books and more.” About Oxford Bibliographies Online.

There are 3 modules which are of interest to historians:

  Medieval Studies: “The field of Medieval Studies explores European and Mediterranean civilization from the 4th to the 15th centuries. This period, which has a critical importance for the understanding of Western culture, can best be approached through a combination of several disciplines from history to English literature. ”

  Reformation and Renaissance: “The period of the Renaissance and Reformation, which spans roughly from the 14th through 17th centuries, is rich in history and culture. The field of Renaissance and Reformation studies, which has a critical importance for the understanding of Western culture, can best be approached through a combination of several disciplines including history, the arts, and literature.”

  Atlantic History:  “The study of Atlantic History examines the transnational interconnections between Europe, North America, South America, and Africa, particularly in the early modern and colonial period. Through this lens, a wide range of national perspectives must be considered. Thus, there are consistently new discoveries, new interpretations, and new theoretical ideas to take into account.”

Military History is now also available. See this announcement of 3 May 2013 for details.

Electronic Enlightenment version 2 launched

“Electronic Enlightenment reconstructs the extraordinary and vital web of correspondence that made the long 18th century the birth place of the modern world.”  With over 55,000 letters and 6,500 correspondents it is more than an electronic archive of printed sources but presents a searchable network of interconnected documents.

The new release features a new content, functionality and a new look:

New content:

  • the correspondence of the Swedish king Gustavus III, from the edition of Gustave III par ses lettres published by Norstedts Förlag of Stockholm.
  • Unpublished Adam Smith letters

New functionality: and ability to do more complex and powerful searches.

New options for letters include searching by:

  • language (11 languages to choose from);
  • age of writer or recipient (from 4 to 99);
  • date range of letters.

New options for lives include searching by:

  • occupation (nearly 700 occupations);
  • nationality (40 nationalities);
  • birth & death information.

New options for sources include searching by:

  • archive & country of manuscript (over 500 archives in 30 countries);
  • title & publisher of early printed editions.

New browse options include browsing:

  • all lives by occupation;
  • all lives by nationality;
  • all source editions by main author;
  • all source editions by publisher.

New look: The clear, intuitive design makes it easier to find your way round the site and underlines the wealth of information and the network of links between documents and people, times and places.

Oxford users can access EE via OxLIP+.

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.