Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - ODNB

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What is it?

  • ODNB is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century.
  • It contains nearly 60,000 biographies of people who died in or before the year 2010. Biographies are written by named specialist authors.

Why should I use it?

ODNB exists in print in many libraries but the online version offers you much more:

  • 3 updates per year
  • Powerful searching capabilities
  • Links to other relevant entries
  • Lists of references used to write the biography, linked to Oxford University library holdings
  • Links to external sources, for example, images in the National Portrait Gallery, National Register of Archives for details and location of archives, Bibliography of British and Irish History for further articles and books about the subject
  • Quick reference lists, for example, a list of Archbishops of Canterbury, with links to their biographies
  • Reference groups, for example, The Inklings. Contains an introduction to the topic with links to relevant biographies
  • Feature essays, for example, The Home Front, 1939-1945. An essay on the topic with links to relevant biographies

How can I access it?

  • All registered library users can access ODNB using PCs in the Library or at Ewert House - just enter Oxford Dictionary of National Biography in the SOLO search box
  • If you have an Oxford Single Sign On, you can access it from any internet connection by signing in to SOLO
  • If you are a member of a public library, you will probably be able to access it both in branches and at home. See you library's website for more information.
  • Anyone can access parts of ODNB free. For example, you can receive a 'Life of the Day' by email, listen to podcasts and view selected biographies. For more information see On the Open Shelves on the ODNB website

Are there other biographical resources?

Go to OxLIP+ and click the Subject tab. You'll see a link to Biographical resources.



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