New records

This update includes nearly 3900 new records; 1765 of these cover publications of 2006-7.

221 of the new records relate to Irish history, including 119 generated by the new Irish History Online project to improve coverage of the Irish Diaspora. All records relating to Irish history are accessible using the Irish material only option on the RHS search menu, or through the Irish History Online search menu.

Although the London's Past Online project is not 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. 226 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.

The complete database, including titles from Irish History Online and London's Past Online, now contains over 427,000 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.

New links with the British Library

In addition to bibliographical data derived from the British Library's inside article database, the RHS Bibliography is now, by kind permission of the British Library, downloading data about monographs from the electronic British National Bibliography. As well as helping to ensure the accuracy and completeness of our bibliographical data, this is enabling us to include more new monographs. We continue, however, to add our own indexing (including an indication of period covered, and terms drawn from our subject classification scheme), and we also continue to obtain bibliographical data from many other sources (including the direct inspection of local and specialized history journals not included in other online services), with the aim of making our coverage as complete and timely as possible.

Links to the British Library from the detailed record display now lead to the Library's new British Library Direct service, which offers electronic delivery of the last five years' articles from the 20,000 most frequently requested journals held by the British Library document supply centre. These links enable you to order the item from the British Library and the bibliographical details needed to complete your order are placed into the British Library form automatically. Copyright and handling fees will be due to the British Library for any items ordered using this service; if you have any questions about the service, please consult the British Library.

ISBNs now shown for articles in books

ISBNs are now shown in the detailed display for articles in books, where we hold the information in our data. This information was always available by following the link to the record for the book containing the article, but we hope that adding the information to the article record will help Google Toolbar users, who can use the AutoLink feature to link ISBNs to relevant pages from OCLC WorldCat or from leading book suppliers. You can learn more about how Google Toolbar works with ISBNs at, where there are links to download pages.

Other news

Ex Libris have included the bibliography in the MetaLib KnowledgeBase. If your library or institution uses MetaLib, but has not yet activated the RHS Bibliography connection, and you wish to see it included, please contact your librarian.

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 to carry out the next data upgrade in autumn 2007 when we hope to include the Writings on Irish History for 2003, compiled by Irish History Online.

Published on: 
3 Jul 2007