New records

This update contains just over 8,000 new records. 3,150 of these relate to Irish history, most of them being provided by Irish History Online. As a result, the bulk of Writings on Irish History for 2006 are now available, as well as Writings on Irish History for 1936-2005 and many additional titles on the Irish diaspora. The number of records in the database relating to Irish history now totals nearly 70,000; all these records are accessible using the Irish material only option on the RHS search menu, or through the Irish History Online search menu. A final batch of data from the second phase of Irish History Online will be included in our next update (which will itself form part of the new Bibliography of British and Irish History). There are plans to continue the Irish History Online project at the Royal Irish Academy; it is hoped that a formal announcement can be made soon.

Of the remaining new records, 3,100 relate to publications of 2008 and 2009. The RHS Bibliography is continuing the policy, introduced at the end of 2008, 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 be made available by the Royal Historical Society and (where titles concern the Irish in London) by Irish History Online. 270 of the new records in this update relate to London and are available using the London material only option on the RHS search menu, or through the London's Past Online search menu. These include records for newly completed theses on London history based on information provided by the Centre for Metropolitan History.

The complete database, including titles from Irish History Online and London's Past Online, now contains nearly 470,000 records.

You can browse all the latest additions, including those from Irish History Online and London's Past Online, by broad period/country categories (based on the sections previously used for the printed RHS Annual Bibliography) by going to our browse page.

Other news

We have added a list of the series published by record societies and similar bodies that we include in the Bibliography to our list of regularly searched journals.

As in all updates, the indexing of many records initially published in the CD-ROM version of the RHS Bibliography has been improved.

This is the last RHS Bibliography data upgrade before the launch of the Bibliography of British and Irish History on 1 January 2010. This new service will be a partnership between the Royal Historical Society, the Institute of Historical Research and Brepols Publishers. Trial subscriptions are now available from Brepols Publishers: email: ; web:

Published on: 
10 Oct 2009