Using the Bibliography

Introduction

The BHE bibliography is accessed via the Search button at the top-centre of the home page.

The search fields are arranged in two groups, one relating to business/industry entities and the other relating to the publication

Business/industry entity fields

Business/industry entity name: Add here the name of the business or industry being searched. A schedule of business/industry entity names is returned which relate in some way to the data added. Tap on an entity and full details of the entity are returned - business sectors,/subsectors in which it operated; geographical locations of its main activities; and a text field providing a short narrative of its history and at least some of the names under which it operated. A list of publications relating to the entity is also returned and tap on these to return full publication details.

Sectors/subsectors: Each business/industry entity has been allocated one or more business sectors/subsectors. To search for these either add text or tap on the browse add button to return a schedule of sectors. Tap on the relevant sector to return a schedule of subsectors. Tap on the search button at base of screen to return results.

City: This is the city, town or village - or one of them - at which the entity carried on its principal activities. Enter the place being searched or tap on the browse all button to find a full list of places. Tap on the search button at base of screen to return results.

Local authority: This is the 2012 unitary, county or administrative area in which the City is located. These are defined as a unitary, county or administrative area. Enter the local authority being searched or tap on the browse all button to find a full list of local authorities. Tap on the search button at base of screen to return results.

County (1974): This is the county in which the City is located. These are the traditional counties either established or confirmed by local authority reorganisation in 1974 and now, in several instances, abolished and replaced by unitary authorities. The reason for the inclusion of this seemingly redundant location is that several traditional counties – such as Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Strathclyde, Tyne & Wear, West Midlands and West Yorkshire – coincide with areas of historic economic activity which makes them relevant in the context of BHE. Enter the county being searched or tap on the browse all button to find a full list of counties. Tap on the search button at base of screen to return results.

Region: This is the region in which the City is located. Enter the region being searched or tap on the browse all button to find a full list of regions. Tap on the search button at base of screen to return results.

Country:  This is the country in which the City is located. These include England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Countries outside the UK are included when a business has its principal operations there. Enter the country being searched or tap on the browse all button to find a full list of countries. Tap on the search button at base of screen to return results.

Publication fields:

Title: Enter an expression. Tap on the search button at base of screen to return results.

Topic:  Enter topic name or tap on the browse all button to find a full list of topics. Tap on the search button at base of screen to return results.

Author: Enter name of author or tap on the browse all button to find a full list of authors. Tap on the search button at base of screen to return results.

Publication Type: Enter publication type or tap on the browse all button to find a full list of types. Tap on the search button at base of screen to return results.

Year published. Enter date and tap on the search button at base of screen to return results.

Publisher: Enter publisher's name or tap on the browse all button to find a full list of publishers. Tap on the search button at base of screen to return results.

Periodical: Enter periodical name or tap on the browse all button to find a full list of periodicals. Tap on the search button at base of screen to return results.

Keyword search:

This searches four key fields - 1] Business/industry entity name; 2] Publication title; 3] Notes field linked to business/industry entities [text field]; 4] Notes field linked to publications. Enter search term and press return.

Entity and publication notes field:

Notes on businesses: This text field provides a short account of a business’s history to assist the searcher in assessing its significance. It presents key information such as dates of formation and closure; names under which the business traded; details of founder; reasons for closure; etc. It is important to note that these short histories are not authoritative and are often based on easily obtained information, acquired, say, via the internet. No histories are given for some groups of business entities, most notably co-operative societies and livery companies. Nor are histories provided for industries

Notes. This is a text field where, sometimes, particular details of the publication and its content are given. These might include dates of earlier editions; whether the book is largely pictorial; etc. Sometimes a short description of contents is provided.

Library location:

Wherever possible, a library or archives location is given for each publication. This is because much of the bibliography’s content is privately printed or had small print runs and therefore a library location might be relatively difficult to locate. Where a publication is known to exist in more than one library – which is very often the case – the library selected is based on the following order of preference: British Library; National Library of Scotland; National Library of Wales; other copyright libraries; leading specialist libraries – eg Library of Centre for Business History in Scotland, Glasgow, and Guildhall Library, London; local authority reference libraries; private collections. When no library location can be found, wherever possible the source of information about the publication is given in the Notes field.