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Bibliography of British and Irish History

The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) is the most comprehensive and accurate guide available to what's been written about British and Irish history. It's an essential resource for research and teaching.

BBIH is a subscription service and is available remotely via university and research libraries worldwide.

October 2020: Black British History in BBIH

A selection of 400 recent publications (2010-2020) in the field of Black British History, selected from the Bibliography of British and Irish History.

September 2020: Using BBIH for blended learning

We're very aware of the challenges facing students and teachers from September. Our new help pack aims to help you get the most from BBIH when teaching online.

July 2020: BBIH - a guide to online teaching and student research

With teaching and student research now online, here are 3 ways the Bibliography can help and make the most of your institutions existing online resources.

February 2020: a new look for BBIH

From February 2020, a new user-interface makes it easier to browse and search the Bibliography. Quick links also take you to content of interest.

Recent BBIH posts on the IHR blog

The IHR blog, 'On History', includes regular posts about BBIH: notes on latest updates, guides to use in teaching & research, and details of new functionality.

About the Bibliography

The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) is the most comprehensive and accurate guide available to what's been published in British and Irish history over the past 125 years. This makes BBIH a key resource for study, research and teaching: the essential starting point for discovering what's been written in any historical field, when and by whom.

What makes BBIH so valuable and useful? 

  • contains more than 620,000 records of books, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters
  • includes details of history publications from the early 1900s to 2020
  • covers the history of the British Isles, the former empire and Commonwealth, the British world, and Britons' activities on the global stage
  • is searchable via a range of options. These include: author, title of publication, subject area, period and places covered, publication type and date/s of publication

What makes BBIH a unique resource?

  • created using systematic and extensive surveys of data on all relevant new publications, including weekly reviews of 800 academic journals and records of the British Library
  • provides links to individual publications in your library or a union catalogue, along with academic reviews of books listed in the bibliography
  • enables you to create your own comprehensive bibliography on any topic
  • the definitive record of British historical research and publishing in the C20th and C21st

BBIH is updated three times/year by specialist bibliographers at the IHR, working with a team of academic historians to ensure accuracy and comprehensiveness. BBIH is a research and publishing project of the IHR, the UK's Royal Historical Society and the Belgian academic press, Brepols.

Access the Bibliography of British and Irish History

BBIH is a subscription service available through many libraries and archives in Britain, Ireland and worldwide. Use your library login to view BBIH.

Access BBIH and follow the 'Enter databases' link

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The Bibliography in numbers

BBIH is a essential resource for research and teaching, and the best possible guide to what's been written about British and Irish history.

  • 620,000+ : Records of books, chapters and article in BBIH
  • 10,000+ : New records added each year in regular updates
  • 8000 : Thematic search categories with the BBIH taxonomy
  • 800 : Academic journals checked weekly for new content
  • 2020 : Includes records of the latest publications

Learn more about the editorial team at the IHR

The wider academic team

BBIH Academic Director and Section Editors

BBIH Academic Director
  • Professor Roey Sweet, Academic Director, representing the Royal Historical Society; Roey is also Professor of Urban History, University of Leicester
BBIH section editors

Section editors provide specialist advice on new content, by chronology and region, and are an essential part of the editorial process. Years mark start date in this role.

  • Roman Britain Dr Stanley Ireland, University of Warwick, 2010-
  • England 450-1066 Dr David Pratt, University of Cambridge, 2010-
  • England 1066-1500 Dr Adam Chapman, Institute of Historical Research, 2016-
  • England and Wales 1500-1714 Dr Ian Archer, University of Oxford, 2010-
  • Britain 1714-1815 Prof. Rosemary Sweet, University of Leicester, 2010-
  • Britain 1815-1914 Dr Kathryn Rix, History of Parliament 2010-
  • Britain since 1914 Prof. Antoine Capet, Université de Rouen 2010-
  • Medieval Wales Dr Karen Stöber, University of Lleida, Catalonia, 2010-
  • Scotland Dr Christine McGladdery, University of St Andrews [on behalf of Scottish Historical Review Trust], 2010-
  • Ireland before 1640 Dr Colin Veach, University of Hull, 2016-
  • Ireland, 1640-1800 Dr Elaine Murphy, Plymouth University, 2013-
  • Ireland since 1800 Dr Richard J. Butler, University of Leicester, 2019-
  • Empire to 1783 Prof. Trevor Burnard, University of Melbourne, 2010-
  • Empire and Commonwealth post-1783 Dr Esme Cleall, University of Sheffield, 2020-

The BBIH editorial board

Our editorial board provides expert advice in the fields of historical research, university teaching, local history, libraries and archives.

  • Professor Phillipp Schofield (Aberystwyth) - chair
  • Professor Margot Finn FBA (UCL and President of the Royal Historical Society)
  • Professor Jo Fox (Director of the Institute of Historical Research)
  • Professor Joanne Begiato (Oxford Brookes)
  • Professor Arthur Burns (King's College London)
  • Dr Gillian Draper (Kent and British Association of Local Historians)
  • Richard Fisher (Royal Historical Society)
  • Isabel Holowaty (Bodleian Library)
  • Dr Jordan Landes (Swarthmore)
  • Professor Laura Stewart (York)
  • Chris VandenBorre (Brepols Publishers)

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