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

Parliament’s Web Archive – a useful source for historians

Parliament’s Web Archive provides access to previous versions of the parliamentary website dating back to 2009.

The page has a very useful list of archives held on external websites, such as YouTube, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook.

You can also browse an archive for the ‘legacy websites‘ which are websites that are no longer available on the live web, for example, ‘Parliament and the British Slave Trade 1600-1807’

An A-Z index is also available, where you can search by type of publication as well as by provider of the archive.

[re-blogged from OfficialPapersUK]

List & Index Society publications now accessible in Duke Humfrey’s Library

LIS Society logoIf you are a British historian and a regular user of the important List & Index Society publications in the Bodleian Library, then you will be pleased to know that all 350+ volumes in the hitherto dispersed set of L&I Society volumes are now reunited on the LIS Society in DHopen-shelves in the Duke Humfrey’s Library under shelfmark LISoc[vol no.]

They include the Standard Series as well as the Special Series which are all shelved in volume order and can be found in close proximity to other local and regional English history sources (class R.Top).

The List & Index Society publications are an invaluable source for British historians, specialising in “publishing texts, editions and tabulations of historical manuscripts that are outside the range of the online catalogue, but judged to be unremunerative by academic and other presses.” http://www.listandindexsociety.org.uk/about.html

The publications are relevant to medievalists, early modernists as well as modernists:

LIS Society screenshot

Useful links:

Trial until 4 Dec: English Historical Documents Online

Oxford users are now invited to trial English Historical Documents Online (EHDO).

English Historical Documents Online homepageEHDO provides online access to the very well-known English Historical Documents series, essential to historians engaged in the study of British history from the early medieval ages to the 20th century and US history from 1776.

The selection of documents includes a wide range of sources, such as government and cabinet proceedings, military dispatches, newspaper articles, pamphlets, personal and official letters and diaries, covering political and constitutional history, religious, cultural and economic history.

As well as searching by keyword in the full-text, you can browse by volume (ie by period), but you can also find documents by themes, such as economic history, military history, social history, etc.

There is a handy list of abbreviations of sources selected and the editors’ prefaces.

English Historical Documents

The trial ends 4 December.  Please send feedback to isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk  or leave comments on the History databases desiderata & trials site.

Did you know that…

… we already have bought e-access to many of the EHD volumes. Search SOLO or follow the links:

Magdalen Library Talk Wed 27 Feb

Title cover of 1563 edition

Title cover of 1563 edition

Magdalen Library Talk

Wednesday 27 February, 5.30pm

Dr Tom Freeman will talk about how one of the most influential publications ever, John Foxe’s “Actes and Monuments” or “Book of Martyrs,” came into being. There will be a chance to examine close up the three editions owned by Magdalen College: the first two editions (1563 and 1570), which were presented to the College by Foxe himself, as well as the copiously illustrated edition of 1631, which the College recently acquired.

The exhibition of early medical books continues in the Old Library too, and will be available for viewing.

Related Publications

Related Links Magdalen College Library and Archives | Special Collections at Magdalen College | johnfoxe.org

Trials: Churchill Archive / The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels Online

Trials to two eresources are now available to Oxford users via OxLIP+ and History databases desiderata & trials webpage. Staff and students of the History Faculty are encouraged to leave comments on the History databases desiderata & trials webpage or to email the History Librarian. Feedback will be collated and presented to the Committee of Library Provision in History which advises on the prioritisation of funds.

The Churchill Archives

Churchill Archive

Churchill Archive

This provides access to nearly 800,000 documents such as speeches, private letters, telegrams, manuscripts and government transcripts. Accompanying the resource are specially-commissioned articles, as well as reading lists and bibliographies. Readers can search the collection by topic, by person, by place or by period. This resources is relevant for students and researches of modern history, politics and international affairs.

The trial ends 9 January 2013.

The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels Online

The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels Online (trial)

The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels Online (trial)

Thisinclude a transcription of all handwritten entries from the years 1923 to July 1941 and the subsequent dictations up until 1945. This edition, issued by the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, is based on the reproduction of the entire diaries on glass microfiches – commissioned by Goebbels himself – that was discovered by Elke Fröhlich in the former special archive in Moscow. For the first time, the database gives researchers the chance to access the diaries of Joseph Goebbels electronically using the valuable subject index that until now was available in print only.

Ignore the option to arrange a trial and click on “Search database” underneath the image.

The trial ends 30 November 2012.

Early English Books Online offers free training webinar

Early English Books Online (EEBO) – Training Webinar
 
Hosted by Rebecca Price, ProQuest Training and Support Team

EEBO homepage

EEBO homepage

Digitised directly from the UMI Early English Books collection in microform, Early English Books Online (EEBO) presents classic early English works as they appeared in their original format and includes works ranging from Galileo to Purcell to Shakespeare. Join an online session to get an introductory overview of this database and interface or to refresh your awareness of how Early English Books Online (EEBO) can support your research into early modern literature, language, culture and history. This webinar covers content, functions and features, as well as tips for using Early English Books Online (EEBO) on the Chadwyck-Healey interface. It will also try to answer any questions and show you how to access support, including tutorials, help pages and documentation. The session is scheduled for 60 minutes to cover:

  • Print to electronic – the EEBO collections
  • Content examples
  • Key and specialist functionality
  • Live demo
         – Basic, Advanced searching
    – Variant spellings & Variant forms
    – Browsing by author, Thomason Tracts, Periodicals
    – Output options
  • Review & questions

Dates and times

Two sessions are being held in March and both will cover the same material. Select whichever session suits you best:
– Tuesday, 13 March 2012 10:00, GMT Time (London, GMT)
Participants will need to register here:
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– Thursday, 15 March 2012 14:00, GMT Time (London, GMT)
Participants will need to register here:
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?d=718043094&t=a

On registration, you will be sent an email with full instructions on how to join the online meeting. Following the session is easy – just listen via our audio broadcast or call in to the teleconference. All details will be provided in the registration email. Participation is free of charge.

 Early European Books, the acclaimed sister resource to EEBO, allows researchers to extend their survey of early modern printed sources into continental Europe.
A free Early European Books training webinar is also now open for bookings – click here for details.

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.