Council for British Archaeology launches new online bibliographic service

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A fully upgraded service of biab online – the primary research resource for British and Irish archaeology – has now been launched by the Council for British Archaeology.

This free online service now contains c.200,000 records on a huge range of subjects from Palaeolithic DNA to post-medieval housing, and from sources as wide-ranging as published books, journals and post-graduate theses (http://www.biab.ac.uk/). Powerful new search and browse facilities mean that the dataset can be interrogated far more closely – plus users can now create their own accounts and store their searches and retrieved results, building a reference bibliography as their research takes shape.

The launch of the new service also brings with it an astonishing c.60,000 new references with the addition of not only over 5,000 new publication references but also over 55,000 grey literature references from England’s Archaeological Investigations Project (AIP), including technical reports deposited by archaeological contractors in Historic Environment Records.

A new and improved interface means that users can search for the references they need, in many cases read abstracts that summarise the content and, where the publication is available online, click through to the source.

biab online is an essential tool for anybody carrying out archaeological research from:

  • undergraduate essays to postdoctoral work
  • HERs to archaeological contractors
  • television screenwriters to archaeological scientists
  • national organisations to local societies

biab online is a free service provided by the Council for British Archaeology and funded by all major heritage agencies in Britain and Ireland.

Source: Council for British Archaeology

Sharan Newman