New records, new download in EndNote format, links to online text and services and other news

In response to comments from users, we have adopted a new policy towards releasing new records from the RHS database. We are 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'). As a result, this update is much larger than previous ones, and includes nearly 10,900 new records; just over 3000 of these cover publications of 2008. We would be very pleased to know whether users find this earlier release of provisionally indexed records helpful. You can contact us by using our feedback form, or by e-mail.

Nearly 1127 of the new records relate to Irish history. These include virtually all of the remaining records from Writings on Irish History for 2005, provided by Irish History Online, of which the first part was included in our previous release. The number of records in the database relating to Irish history now totals over 66,000; all these records are accessible using the Irish material only option on the RHS search menu, or through the Irish History Online search menu.

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. In addition, this update includes information on newly completed theses relating to London history supplied by the Centre for Metropolitan History. 687 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 456,000 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 download in EndNote format

On the detailed record display, you can now choose to download records in EndNote format, and save the file for import into the EndNote bibliographical software package.

Links to online text and services

We have extended our links to the full text journal articles freely available in the online library of the Archaeology Data Service by including links from our records for articles in Berkshire Archaeological Journal, 35-70 (1931-80). We continue to update our links to other online resources, including the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford Scholarship Online and British History Online, as new material appears there.

Other news

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

An article on the history of the RHS Bibliography by the General Editor, Ian Archer, has been published on the Institute of Historical Research's Making History website.

We plan to carry out the next data upgrade in spring 2009.

22 Dec 2008