The latest update to the Bibliography of British and Irish History, launched on 4 June 2010, includes compatibility with Zotero, and 9,774 new records.
The Bibliography is now compatible with Zotero, an extension to the Firefox web browser produced by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University which enables you to collect, manage and cite information. A new section of help explains how Zotero can be used in conjunction with BBIH: to view this, follow the link in the right-hand pane of the BBIH search page.
Of the 9,774 new records, just over 2,500 relate to Irish history, including the final batch of material from the second Irish History Online project, which ran from 2006-9. This batch completes the coverage of Writings on Irish History for 2006, as well as Irish History Online's project to extend coverage of the Irish diaspora, which involved research in libraries in the United States and Spain, as well as in Ireland. The number of records in the database relating to Irish history now totals 73,000.
3,244 of the new records relate to publications of 2009 and 2010. BBIH is continuing the policy, introduced by the RHS Bibliography, of including records as soon as we have confirmed that a book or article has been published and relates to British or Irish history. These records carry provisional indexing which has not yet been checked by our team of academic section editors (such records can be identified by a note: 'Record not yet reviewed by RHS section editor').
Although the London's Past Online project is no longer itself creating new records, new material on London history continues to appear in BBIH. 329 of the new records in this update relate to London.
The complete database, including titles from Irish History Online and London's Past Online, now contains nearly 490,000 records.
As in all updates, the indexing of many records initially published in the CD-ROM version of the RHS Bibliography has been improved.
We plan that the next update will appear in early October.