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


Happy searching!

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

112 biographies new in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: history of British motoring

[based on text from Dr Philip Carter, Publication Editor, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

Yesterday’s update from the wonderful Oxford Dictionary of National Biography adds 112 biographies of men and women active between the 11th and late-20th century, with a special focus on the history of British motoring.

There’s a page of ‘highlights’ ; a full list of new lives, and an introduction which explains who’s been included and why.

A number of Oxford History Faculty members have contributed to the latest additions:

1.  Dr John Davis on Maurice Levinson (1910-1984), taxi driver and author: having arrived in the East End of London in 1918 as a refugee, Levinson found taxi-driving an escape from unemployment in the depression of the 1930s; he documented a lifetime’s experience behind the wheel in several popular books

2. Dr Simon Skinner on Steve Hislop (1961-2003) racing motorcyclist, best known for his Isle of Man TT victories, of which his last (1992) is considered by ‘the greatest in TT history’.

3. Dr Mark Curthoys on Goldie Gardner (1890-1958), racing motorist and land speed record holder: Gardner was closely associated with the MG motor works at Abingdon, whose marques he raced in a series of record speed attempts. Record attempts were held over the ‘flying mile’ on German autobahns in 1930s

4. Dr Philip Carter on Albert Durrant (1898-1984), chief mechanical engineer at London Transport and designer of the Routemaster double-decker bus. The Routemaster was designed as a lightweight, efficient, modern bus which (for first time) offered passengers private motor car comforts, such as heating and coil spring suspension. The RM was intended to run for c.18 years but remained in service from 1959 to 2005. (We’ve also made a podcast audio recording of it, which is likewise on free access

The ODNB publishes 3 updates annually, in January, May and September so look out for these updates. With the new update, ODNB has biographies of a staggering 58,664 people. The scholarly biographies are useful to track down archives, likenesses, probate, and key publications.

Here is an archive of more ODNB podcasts for each of these sections:

  1. Wartime lives
  2. Criminal lives
  3. Stage and screen
  4. Literary lives
  5. Political lives
  6. Science and invention
  7. Explorers and pioneers
  8. Sporting lives
  9. One-offs
  10. Mystery and fictitious lives

Enjoy! The next ODNB update is due in September 2013.

New: online Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL)

Oxford users now have access to the online version of Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL).

A well-known printed reference work, the Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) is a German biographical encyclopedia related to the history of the Church, founded 1975 by Friedrich Wilhelm Bautz. It contains more than 20,000 biographical articles with bibliographies of the person’s work and selected secondary readings.

It is listed in OxLIP+. If you are on-campus or have logged in with SSO, click on “Zugang für Bibliotheken” on the publisher’s website.

Other related biographical sources: Allgemeine / Neue Deutsche BiographieHistorisches Lexikon der Schweiz

New: Dictionary of Irish Biography online

We are pleased to announce that we now have online access to the Dictionary of Irish Biography.

DIB is a collaborative project between Cambridge University Press and the Royal Irish Academy. An important reference work, it offers biographical information about Irish men and women who made a significant contribution in Ireland and abroad. It also includes information about the lives of people born outside Ireland, but who made a significant contribution in that county. You have a choice of full-text searching, advanced searching, browsing  or trying the lucky dip (“Read a random life”).

DIB is now on SOLO and OxLIP+. Use your Single Sign On or VPN for remote access.