Bibliography of British and Irish History

The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) is the most extensive guide available to published writing on British and Irish history.  It covers the history of British and Irish relations with the rest of the world, including the British empire and the Commonwealth, as well as British and Irish domestic history.  It includes not only books, but also articles in journals and articles within collective volumes. It offers a wide range of search options, including period covered, geographical coverage and subject; search criteria can be combined making precisely targeted searches possible. It is updated three times a year (usually in February, June and October) and now includes nearly 590,000 records.

BBIH is the result of a partnership between the Royal Historical Society, the Institute of Historical Research and Brepols Publishers, and is a subscription service, although both the Society and the Institute are making a financial contribution to the Bibliography in order to keep subscriptions as low as possible. It replaced the RHS Bibliography on 1 January 2010; it contains all of the data previously available in the RHS Bibliography, including its partner projects, London’s Past Online and (up to the end of 2009) Irish History Online.

Subscriptions are available to institutions and individuals. Click here for more information on subscriptions. Institutions wishing to assess the Bibliography can obtain one-month free trials from Brepols.

If you are in a subscribing institution or have your own username and password, you can search directly below:
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For more information about the scope of BBIH, its editorial team and its history, please use the links on the left. News about the Bibliography can be found in the IHR Digital blog and in the IHR's Twitter feed.

You can also see our answers to Frequently Asked Questions about BBIH.

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