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BHI: British Humanities Index

An international abstracting and indexing tool for research in the humanities, BHI indexes over 400 internationally respected humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK.

Regular monthly updates ensure subscribers can retrieve the latest material on a wide range of arts and humanities subjects, aided by a completely interactive thesaurus and the capability to link to electronic fulltext of many journal articles.

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Subject Coverage
    Major areas of coverage include:
    • Architecture
    • Archaeology
    • Art
    • Antiques
    • Cinema
    • Current Affairs
    • Education
    • Economics
    • Environment
    • Foreign Affairs
    • Gender Studies
    • History
    • Language
    • Law
    • Linguistics
    • Literature
    • Music
    • Painting
    • Philosophy
    • Poetry
    • Political Science
    • Religion
    • Theatre
Dates of Coverage
    1962 - current
Update Frequency
    Monthly, with approximately 1500 records added
    Over 0 records as of May 2013
Print Equivalent
    British Humanities Index, ISSN: 0007-0815 (Quarterly)
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Sample Record
    TI: Title
    Adapting the modern law novel: filming John Grisham
    AU: Author
    Robson, P
    SO: Source
    Journal of Law and Society; 28 (1) Mar 2001, p.147-63
    IS: ISSN
    AB: Abstract
    The essay looks at the process of adaptation of fiction to film. It seeks to build on earlier work which suggested that this process required to be examined in the political and social context within which the adaptation occurred. It focuses on the work of John Grisham and notes how the fiction of Grisham can be divided into thrillers and social issues novels. These in their turn have been turned into films in which, in the process of adaptation, their themes have become both sharper and more focused. They have also in this process become less critical of the social and political structures within which Grisham's fictional protagonists operate. The essay seeks to provide an explanation for this paradox which relates to the fore-mentioned notion of contextual adaptation. (Original abstract)
    FE: Features
    LA: Language
    PY: Publication Year
    DE: Descriptors
    Law; Themes; Cinema; Book adaptations; Grisham, John; American literature
    SH: Shelfmark
    UD: Update
    AN: Accession Number
Field Codes
    The following field codes are found in the records of this database. Here they are listed in alphabetical order by two-letter code.

    AB = Abstract KW = Keywords
    AN = Accession Number LA = Language
    AU = Author PY = Publication Year
    CD = CODEN SH = Shelfmark (British Library)
    DE = Descriptors SO = Source
    FE = Features TI = Title
    IS = ISSN UD = Update
    JN = Journal Name

    Keywords, KW=
    In this database a Keywords, KW= , search includes the Title, Abstract (where available), and Descriptor fields.

    Abstract, ISSN, Shelfmark Fields
    These fields are not present in records added to the database from 1962-1984.

    Shelfmark, SH=
    Shelfmark numbers for titles held in stock by the Britisth Library and are supplied by the British Library Document Supply Centre.