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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.

General

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 includes monographs, editions, articles from international, national and local history journals, and essays in collective volumes. 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.

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.

Limitations

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.
  • Unpublished theses were not included in the database prior to 2017. A retrospective project commenced in 2017 to list all PhD theses on Irish historical topics completed in Irish universities. The first phase involves inputting data on completed thesis from the lists published annually in Irish Historical Studies from 1938 to 2010, and this work is ongoing. Further additions will be made in the second phase of the project, to include relevant theses completed in universities outside Ireland, and to list theses completed since 2011.

Currency

Data currently being input (2017) mostly relate to 2016 and 2017 publications, along with further additions and amendments to listings for earlier years.

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