News release

From the University Library

11 July 2005

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Library has subscribed to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, an illustrated collection of more than 50,000 biographies of the people who shaped all aspects of Britain, from the fourth century BC to the year 2001.

"What is the Oxford DNB?

"An illustrated collection of more than 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the fourth century BC to the year 2001.

"Who is in it?

"Remarkable people in any walk of life who were connected with the British Isles — excluding living people. It includes not just the great and good, but people who have left a mark for any reason, good, bad, or bizarre.

"The continuation project from 2004

"The development of the Oxford DNB has not ceased since publication in September 2004. A team of six university staff led by a new editor, Dr Lawrence Goldman of St Peter's College, Oxford, is working with five OUP staff headed by the director, Robert Faber, to continue to develop and expand the edition. From January 2005 we are publishing online updates three times each year adding new biographies in addition to reference material designed to help readers navigate and interpret the dictionary." - Oxford DNB Website

Accessing the Oxford DNB