What’s new in BBIH? 

The February 2022 update to the Bibliography of British and Irish History adds 1648 new publications. The new content includes books, journal articles, book chapters and edited collections covering all areas of British and Irish history, from 55 BCE to the present day. 

These updates bring the total number of BBIH records to 634,693. The February 2022 update include: 

  • 1062 titles that were published in 2020-2022 
  • 95 publications relating to Scottish history 
  • 93 publications about the history of Wales 
  • 161 publications focusing on Irish history, including 23 publications focusing on Northern Ireland 
  • 278 new records for ‘Imperial and Commonwealth’, of which 37 records refer to the histories of Australia and 59 records refer to histories of the colonial America 


LGBTQIA+ histories and BBIH 

February was LGBTQIA+ History Month and the Bibliography contains over 1100 resources for LBGTQIA+ and queer histories. 

The Bibliography’s editors and Brepols also updated the LGBTQIA+ History Month online reading list, which can be viewed online here. The full reading list contains 533 books, articles and chapters published between 2010 and 2022. 

Intersex-inclusive redesign of the Progress Pride flag by Valentino Vecchietti (2021). Source: Wikimedia

Women’s histories and BBIH 

March is Women’s History Month and the Bibliography contains over 33,900 resources for women. The February 2022 update contains 195 new publications focusing on a wide variety of topics within women’s history. 

For Women’s History Month, the Bibliography’s editors and Brepols have created a new reading list,  which is available to view online here. The full reading list contains 553 books, articles and chapters published between 2010 and 2022. 

Joyce, Thomas Athol and Thomas, Northcote Whitridge, 1868- (1908) Women of all nations, a record of their characteristics, habits, manners, customs and influence. London, New York : Cassell and Company, p. 48. Source: Internet Archive

You can learn more about using BBIH by visiting our page of online tutorials, which include: 

  • The basics for searching 
  • How to use your results 
  • How to keep up-to-date with the latest published research in your field or manage your reference lists or bibliographies 
  • Behind-the-scenes guide to how BBIH is compiled. 

Short video guides are designed for: 

  • New undergraduates and those planning and researching a final year dissertation 
  • MA and PhD students for whom BBIH is essential for writing a literature review and studying secondary fields of interest. 

For lecturers, teachers and librarians, there are also tutorial videos the Bibliography’s online tutorials can all be embedded in a virtual learning environment (VLE). Presentations are also available here to promote the Bibliography to your students and staff. 


About the Bibliography of British and Irish History 

The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) is the largest and most comprehensive guide available to what’s been written about British and Irish history, from the early 1900s to 2022. 

It’s an essential resource for research and teaching, providing up-to-date information (and links) on over 634,600 history books, articles, chapters, edited collections and theses. New records are added in three annual updates. These records are searchable by a wide range of facets including: title, author, chronology, date and form of publication, historical topic and geographical region. 

The Bibliography is a research project of the UK’s Institute of Historical Research and the Royal Historical Society, and is published by Brepols. BBIH is a subscription service and is available remotely via university and research libraries worldwide. 


Jenny Lelkes-Rarugal is the Editor for the Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH). Before joining the IHR, Jenny worked in a wide variety of library roles within the galleries, libraries, archives, and museums sector.