New: International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance (IBHR)

I am pleased to report that Oxford users now have access to the online International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance via SOLO or Databases A-Z.

The IBHR is an international bibliographical resource of academic publications on the Renaissance and the early modern period. It continues the printed Bibliographie internationale de l’Humanisme et de la Renaissance.

IBHR screenshotThe core of the Bibliography focuses on European history and culture that spans the 16th and 17th centuries, and encompasses a broad spectrum of subjects, ranging from religious history through to philosophy, science and the arts; and from military and political history through to social and gender studies.

IBHR includes publications on the European interactions with the wider world through exploration, colonisation, slavery and the Christian mission and extends its coverage to the modern period with the inclusion of modern hermeneutics, reception studies and the 21st-century teaching of texts written in the target period. It covers publications written in various languages such as English, French, German, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Romanian, Dutch and Japanese.

The Advanced search screen allows you to select a geographical area and academic discipline as well as limit your search to a particular century. Users of the International Medieval Bibliography and Bibliography of British and Irish History will find the interface very familiar already.

Trial until 12 Nov: Dictionary of Renaissance Latin from Prose Sources / Lexique de la prose latine de la Renaissance Online

The Classics Librarian, Charlotte Goodall, has set up a month-long trial of Dictionary of Renaissance Latin from Prose Sources  (Lexique de la prose latine de la Renaissance Online) which is also accessible via SOLO and Databases A-Z.

An online version of the first dictionary of Renaissance Latin, based on its second revised print edition. It records the vocabulary of over 230 Latin prose authors from different regional backgrounds who wrote between c. 1300 and c. 1600, and gives translations in French and English in approximately 11,000 entries. A standard tool not only for latinists and neo-latinists, but also for historians, philosophers, theologians, historians of law, and intellectual historians working in the fields of Humanism, the Renaissance, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.

Additional material is included in the online dictionary: Introduction, explanation of abbreviations and signs used in the dictionary and bibliography (in html format); Latin authors and texts of the Renaissance used in the dictionary, recapulative appendices of words of non-Latin origin, diminutives, and words classified by certain endings, as well as the original article by René Hoven, ‘Essai sur le vocabulaire néo-latin de Thomas More’ (in French only) are available in PDF format.


  • Search entry in Latin with auto-suggest once two letters have been input.
  • Full text search options in Latin, as well as in French and English.
  • Word wheel gives neighboring entries and quick browsing options
  • Search terms are highlighted in the entry.
  • Definitions are given in French and in English.
  • Source references and abbreviations are expandable upon mouse hover (indicated by underlining).
  • Etymological information is given.
  • Clickable cross-references to other entries.

Please send any feedback to by 12 November 2015.

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.