A rich written resource of Edinburgh’s past
Our online Bibliography of Edinburgh History brings together an extensive collection of more than 2000 items – books, chapters, journal articles, and dissertations – covering the rich heritage of the city, dating from Maitland’s 1753 History of Edinburgh and Leith.
Its rich content covers prehistory to modern times, taking in a range of themes – social, cultural, economic and architectural – and featuring all communities in the city.
We made it freely available to encourage anyone – casual or dedicated – to pursue their interest in the city’s history.
The collection is regularly updated and expanded, and recently added a further 144 articles, 113 books, 28 chapters and 11 dissertations.
How to use the Bibliography
The Bibliography is curated on Zotero, a widely used resource for collecting, organising, citing and sharing research.It opens with a display of all records ordered alphabetically. You can then:
- browse by document type (ie “journal article”) or within subject categories (ie “biography”) by following the directory tree in the left-hand pane
- search in either the full list or a subject or document type by using “title”, “creator” or “year” keywords in the top-right search box, or
- order your list by double-clicking a heading in the heading bar above the list.
Clicking on any entry in a list displays a bibliographic record in the right-hand pane.
Select either a single entry by clicking on it to see full bibliographic records, or multiple entries using <ctrl/click> (or <command/click> on a Mac); or a sequence of entries with <shift/click>.
You can view your selection by clicking on the bookshelf icon above the heading bar.
Download your entries using the “copy to clipboard” button. You can choose another citation style for your list.
For best results, ensure “English (UK)” is selected as the language.
Obtaining documents in the Bibliography
If you want copies of any documents contained in the Bibliography, you can try libraries and bookshops or go online. Much is available electronically – follow our tips here.
Maintaining the Bibliography
We can never expect this Bibliography to be entirely comprehensive as new publications come out and older ones are discovered.
It was compiled by Dr Malcolm Noble and we thank him for his dedication and expertise and have commissioned him to undertake a further update. You can read more about his task in assembling the Bibliography in the Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, New Series, Volume 16.
Please report any missing items either via the online form or by email. We also welcome any suggestions for improvement or any issues you may experience in using the Bibliography – please get in touch.
The information in the Bibliography is made available for the purpose of research and private study only. For any other uses, please contact us.