Wednesday, May 16, 2007

New Online and In Print: The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

A standard work of biographical reference since the first edition was published between 1885 and 1900, the Dictionary of National Biography has been completely updated in a new 60-volume print edition [Call Number: REF DA28.O95], and the entire work is now also available online for easy searching and browsing.

The Dictionary contains over 55,000 biographical essays covering the lives of (deceased) individuals who played notable roles in the history of the British Isles and the British Empire, from earliest times to the present. Some 10,000 contributors, including distinguished scholars in every field, provided the high-quality essays in the Dictionary. Entries range in length from a few paragraphs to 35,000 words, and most also include useful bibliographies of primary and secondary sources for further research. An essential tool for any topic that touches on British history and culture.