Research guides

In the series Centers of legal history I present in random order a number of cities with very active departments of legal history or archives and libraries with interesting collections for research into legal history. They form a kind of research guides in a nutshell. Some other posts here do not focus on a particular town but amount nevertheless also to concise research guides. This page gives an overview of these posts in order of publication.

In the second section of this page you will find a list of online European historical bibliographies, originally created in April 2021. I hope to update and expand it soon.

Posts tagged Centers

Medieval legal manuscripts

Medieval canon law

Other postings

The French Revolution and French Early Modern legal history

European historical bibliographies online

Eastern Europe

– Bibliotheks- und Bibliographie-Portal, Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung, Marburg – – publications since 1994
– The European Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (EBSEES) – – functioning between 1991 and 2007, no longer updated; interface English


– Österreichische Historische Bibliographie (ÖHB), Universität Klagenfurt – – publications from 1945 onwards


– Bibliografie van de Geschiedenis van België / Bibliographie de l’Histoire de Belgique (BGB-BHB) – – covers 1952-2008; interface Dutch, French and English
– BGB-BHB, Archives de l’État en Belgique – –  publications since 2009; interface Dutch, French, German and English –

Czech Republic

– Bibliografie dějin Českých zemí (BDCZ), Czech Academy of Sciences – – interface Czech, English and German – with also digitized bibliographical yearbooks


– Dansk Historisk Bibliografi , Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen-


– Bibliographie annuelle de l’Histoire de France (BHF), CNRS and Bibliothèque nationale de France – – search interface in English


– Jahresberichte für Deutsche Geschichte (JBG), Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften – – publications 1949-2015; interface German and English
– Jahresberichte für Deutsche Geschichte (JDG), BBAW, Berlin – vol. 1-14 (1925-1938) –
– Historische Bibliographie Online, Oldenburg Wissenschaftsverlag and Arbeitsgemeeinschaft historischer Forschungseinrichtungen (AHF) – – publications since 1990, no longer updated since 2015
– Deutsche Historische Bibliographie (DHB), Historicum – – with links to other (regional) bibliographies, and other bibliographic resources – the simple search field in the top menu bar leads to the beta version of an interface in German and English
Virtuelle Deutsche Landesbibliographie, Bibliothek, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology – – for regional history, includes also articles in journals
– Bibliographischer Informationsdienst, Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich – – for 20th century history, access after registration, with a PDF-archive


– Humanities Bibliographical Database (Humanus) – – with a section for history; interface Hungarian, English and German
– EHM: Elektronikus Periodika Archivum (EPA) – Humanus – Matarka (for Hungarian journals since 1800) – – a portal with access to Humanus and three other resources, in particular for journals


Íslandssaga í greinum [Icelandic history in articles], Gunnar Karlsson and Gudmundur Jónson, National University Reykjavik – – a database with 13,500 articles, updated until 2005, for some journals until 2015


– Irish History Online, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin – – with links to external resources for Irish history


– Bibliografia Storica Nazionale (dal 2000) (BSN), Giunta Centrale per gli Studi Storici – – publications since 2000; interface Italian, English, German, French and Spanish
– BSN Catalogo Retrospettivo – – interface Italian, English, German, French and Spanish


– Lietuvos Istorijos Bibliografia – – interface Lithuanian and English


– Digitale Bibliografie Nederlandse Geschiedenis (DBNG), Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague and Huygens Institute, Amsterdam – – interface Dutch and English – no updates after 2016, end of service June 30, 2021
– Historie in Titels (HinT) – – licensed resource, not updated since 2005, originally created at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) – interface Dutch, English and German


– Historisk bibliografi (Norhist), Nasjonalbiblioteket, Oslo – – for the period 1980-1997


– Bibliografia historii polskiej, Instytut Pamięci Narodowej – – access seems to be currently unsafe or disabled; appears with a notice “offline”


– Indice Histórico Español (IHE), Revistes Cientifiques de la Universitat de Barcelona – – a bibliographical journal
– Modernitas: Bibliografia de Historia Moderna, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CSIC) –
– Indices, CSIC – – a general scientific bibliography with attention to the humanities; interface Spanish and English


– Svensk Historisk Bibliografi – digital 1771-2010 (SHBd), Kungliga Bibliotek, Stockholm – – also available as an app


– Bibliographie der Schweizergeschichte (BSG), Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek, Bern – – interface German, French, Italian and English

United Kingdom

– Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) – – licensed resource hosted by Brepols