Explore the lives of over 58,000 people in the multi-award-winning Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. This vast biographical resource contains specially commissioned articles on people who have shaped British history and culture from the Romans to the present day. International in scope, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography covers not just the British Isles, but also includes people from the former British colonies, the Commonwealth and beyond.

The award-winning Oxford Dictionary of National Biography offers:

  • the full text of the 60-volume print edition plus the full text of the original 33-volume dictionary, allowing you to research noteworthy figures in British history and culture
  • over 10,800 portrait illustrations - a fantastic resource for art lovers and picture researchers alike 
  • an expanding range of themed articled, reference lists and special articles – from the gunpowder plotters to the suffragettes – allowing you to discover the wealth of the dictionary content
  • versatile searching which allows you to make your own connections 
  • extensive bibliographies, and a growing number of direct links to other, selected, websites 
  • content updates, published three times a year offering new and updated biographies, illustrations, and themed articles and features 

Further information 

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