As of December 31, 2014 the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography will be cancelled and will no longer be available through the Rutgers University Libraries. The Libraries deeply regret any inconvenience to our user community.
You may find the following print and electronic resources of some utility to your research:
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography [print version] Alexander, Dana, and Robeson Ref DA28.O95 2004. (60 volumes).
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The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the classic source for biographical information on the United Kingdom and the British Empire, with nearly 58,000 biographies and nearly 11,000 portraits. Typical entries include a brief bibliography and relevant archival sources. Full-text searching makes the Oxford DNB much more than simply a biographical source. A search on "Chartist" for example returns more than 200 entries on individuals plus thematic articles. Also includes reference lists of office holders (e.g., prime ministers), reference groups (i.e., clubs, factions, and movements) and feature essays. One can search images by artist's name, by year, or by institution.
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Biographical essays-often quite substantial-including the subject's life, accomplishments, and influence, with cross references to people and themes. Links to related articles in Grove Music Online and other digital resources acquired by Rutgers from Oxford University Press are also included in many entries.
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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004).
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