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BBIH for Students

The Bibliography provides a powerful tool to identify key publications in your area of research. BBIH is therefore an essential resource for undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

Why is BBIH useful for students?

The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) is a powerful resource for getting to grips with a new area of historical research. BBIH provides detailed information on more than 605,000 books, collections, journal articles and book chapters published during the 20th century and up to to the current year.

The Bibliography is therefore a quick and easy way to get a picture of what's been written on a particular topic, theme, person or place. This is of great value when studying a new subject or preparing an undergraduate or graduate thesis, especially when it comes to identifying and assessing the existing literature

BBIH covers the history of Britain and Ireland, from the Roman occupation to the present day; this means not just the British Isles, but also the British empire, Commonwealth and global histories.


What's special about BBIH?

The Bibliography of British and Irish History is a curated research compiled by specialist bibliographers and historians. This means it's much more accurate and comprehensive than other online resources and much more reliable than searching the open web for secondary content.

BBIH offers a custom search engine that guides you towards the best search terms to use to find the most relevant results; there's a video tutorial on how to use this feature.  You can also search by place or by historical period, using years of your choice, as well as by the more usual bibliographical criteria, such as author, title and date of publication.

BBIH includes OpenURL and Digital Object Identifier links to online text, as well as links to Google Books, to British History Online and to COPAC (the combined online catalogues of British and Irish research libraries). This means that, having found articles or books that you want to consult, you can easily move to online text if you have access, or establish where to find the items in a library. 

You can also export your results to various reference manager tools, such as Zotero and EndNote in order to build a personal bibliography.

London is Calling: search 1260 PhD theses on London history

BBIH provides details of 1260 PhD theses on aspects of London history: searchable by topic, theme and region or landmark within the capital.

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 databses' link

Guides to using BBIH in research

BBIH for Eighteenth-Century StudiesPDF2.83 MB
BBIH for International HistoryPDF1.33 MB
BBIH for Social HistoryPDF1.29 MB