From the first volume to the fortieth, Anglo-Saxon England concluded with a comprehensive bibliography of publications across the wide range of Anglo-Saxon studies, which has become one of the most important of scholarly resources available to the practising Anglo-Saxonist. The remarkable expansion of the field over these forty years is reflected in the growth of the bibliography, which in this time increased in average length from about 30 pages to about 125 pages; if reprinted, the bibliographies would now cover over 2,500 pages (1971-2010).
From Volume 41 onwards these bibliographies ceased to appear in print, in part thanks to this outstanding growth, but efforts were redirected towards converting the references into an electronic database with the intention of launching a cumulative bibliography as an online research tool.
What can you expect?
The references in the bibliographies are in the process of being consolidated, revised, tagged and updated, so that they can become accessible through an interface that takes full advantage of advances in digital technology:
- Advanced search, browse and filtering capability
- All references carefully tagged and categorised for easy navigation
- Online references that maintain the formatting precision of print
- Multiple reference export functions for personalised bibliographies
- Links to full-text online versions of journal articles
- Options to search your local library for hard copies
What will the bibliography cover?
In every respect, efforts are being made to preserve the traditional 'look and feel' of the _Anglo-Saxon England_ bibliographies, right down to the level of the typography. The opportunity to revisit the overall classification, however, will allow us to introduce new sections wholly devoted to Anglo-Saxon art, diplomatic, and source study; the ability to search for individual manuscripts; refined taxonomies of artefacts in the area of Archaeology, as well as a streamlined approach to designators in the treatment of Old English linguistics. Drop-down menus addressing 'Names and Titles' and 'Places and Regions' (as well as authors, journals, and dates of publication) will simplify the construction of searches, including Boolean searches, that achieve a high degree of precision. A robust Keywords interface will also facilitates access to specialised studies.
How can you get access to the bibliography
Access to the online bibliography will be available as part of an electronic subscription to Anglo-Saxon England. Over 3,000 institutions globally subscribe to the journal in this way. Many scholars will be able to access for free through their institutional library.
Where to go for more information?
Contact that bibliographer should you have queries about the content or would like to be involved in future content curation.
Professor Paul Remley
University of Washington