Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

An engaging reference work providing over 50,000 signed biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online allows students to explore the lives of the people who have shaped the British past for the last 2,400 years, from the 4th-century BC Greek explorer Pytheas to Princess Diana, and from the founding fathers of America to the Nawabs of Bengal. This extensive online resource includes over 56,000 biographies and 10,000 portrait illustrations, with new content added three times a year.

  • Fast desktop access to over 56,000 biographies
  • Quick search by name or word from every web page
  • Advanced search options open up wide research avenues — search by field of interest, date, place and date of birth/death/baptism/education/residence, full text, or religious affiliation. Results lists can be further refined
  • Each article contains main article text, references including likenesses and bibliographies, and cross-references to other biographies and web resources
  • Fully-featured text search enables searching for places, organizations, people, institutions, as well as general text search, and authors and titles of reference works
  • Browse alphabetically or by date
  • Excellent links — extensive internal cross-referencing, and external links to the National Register of Archives, National Portrait Gallery, and more
  • Regular updates — updates will continue indefinitely, and new biographies, revisions, and new features will be added on a regular basis.

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