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Irish History Online Scope and aims

Irish History Online 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.


Irish History Online 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.

Irish History Online 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.

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.

IHO is an essential resource for the study of Irish history at any level, and is free of charge to users.


There are some limitations on content:

  • Review articles are included, but not reviews of individual works unless they are presented as articles in their own right.

  • IHO does not aim to include items on technical topics if the aim of the work is primarily to appeal to enthusiasts in a particular field, rather than to contribute to broader historical understanding: hence, for example, technical items aimed primarily at collectors dealing with the decorative arts, stamps, or coins, may be excluded.

  • Technical reports on archaeological excavations are not included.

  • Entries in biographical dictionaries are not listed individually. The Irish History Online external resources page provides links to a range of online biographical dictionaries including Ainm and the Dictionary of Irish Biography.

  • Unpublished theses were not included in the Irish History Online database prior to 2017. Since 2018, this policy has changed. Theses completed between 1938 and 2010 and previously noted in the lists published annually in Irish Historical Studies have now been included. In a separate strand of the retrospective theses listing project, work has begun on listing relevant doctoral theses completed in universities in Great Britain, and on listing doctoral theses completed in Ireland since 2010. This retrospective thesis listing project is a work in progress. .  

  • For online repositories of full text of some theses completed in Irish and British universities in recent years, see the external links page on this site, which provides links to the relevant institutional repositories for each of the universities in Ireland, north and south.


The most recent data input mostly relate to 2018 and 2019 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. Work will resume when pandemic restrictions are eased.

This page was last updated on 13 January 2021.

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