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Irish History Online Scope and Aims

Irish History Online (IHO) provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with Ireland during all periods from prehistoric times to the present. It is a guide to the work of historians rather than to original sources, unless they have been edited and republished by historians.


IHO provides listings of books and articles dealing with Irish history of any period from early historic times to the present. It is a guide to the work of historians rather than to original sources, unless they have been edited and republished by historians. The catalogue is not an exhaustive list of every known publication relating to Irish history. However, we will continuously strive to make it accurate, up to date and an essential resource for the study of Irish history at any level, and is free of charge to users. 

IHO lists monographs, editions, articles from international, national and local history journals, and essays in collective volumes. It provides indexes of subjects, places and people. Its strength lies in its near comprehensive coverage of publications since the 1930s. It includes not just monographs, editions and journal articles, but also provides comprehensive bibliographic coverage of the individual chapters in edited books, conference proceedings and essay collections. 
Selected material from electronic databases and electronic-only journals is being incorporated.

In a significant new development, work was undertaken in 2018 and 2019 inputting data on theses on Irish history that were completed since the 1930s. This is a work-in-progress and the thesis listings are not yet complete. 

Material is included irrespective of place or language of publication, although coverage is most comprehensive for works published in Ireland and Britain.


IHO is a catalogue of bibliographic information focused on the broad area of the history of Ireland. Through the dedicated work of volunteers and the online submissions by authors and historians of their published material, IHO will continue to up date its database and be free of charge to users. Searches can be made by author, editor, title of book or article, journal title, series, subject classification, place, person as subject, date of publication, etc. 

There are numerous online resources that complement IHO, a comprehensive list of which can be found here


The most recent data input mostly relate to 2018 to 2020 publications, along with further additions to listings for earlier years. Due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions on access to research libraries, inputting of new data was suspended from mid-March 2020. This work has now resumed with the help of the IHO volunteers.  


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