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Changes to Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) recently unveiled a new look and new features. ODNB is one of the best resources for anyone interested in the history and culture of Britain and its former Empire. Here are a few changes worth knowing. 

Login

If you have logged in via the Library you do not need to login for a second time. The 'Sign In' options on the left-hand side are for creating a personal account with the ODNB; it doesn't unlock the content for you. (It could be a good idea to create an account however, as it will allow you to save searches and annotations.) 
ODNB already knows I am from Leicester.


There are more ways to browse the content.

 You can now browse biographies by Occupation and Religious Affiliation. For example, browsing by Occupation > Law and crime > Crimes of deception reveals 90 biographies of forgers, fraudsters and swindlers. This includes the intriguing entry for "Carter, Henry [Harry] (1749 1829), smuggler and Methodist preacher". https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/38740  

Reference groups, reference lists and themed essays

The contextual material is now listed under Tools and Resources > Themes. Here you can find essays on historical groups like 'Salem witches and their accusers'; authoritative lists, such as Captains of the England cricket team; and broader contextual essays e.g. Britons in south-east Asia. 

More Advanced search options

You can now search the biographies on many more criteria than before, including: aristocratic title, organisation, archive and wealth at death. 


You can also search the entries by Life Event e.g. Baptism or Burial. This will be useful for anyone interested in families and demography. 


One small plea to the team at OUP: please could we have the link to the advanced search on the home page!


Download references and cite 



Clicking on the Cite option near the title of an entry will create a copy-able citation in APA, MLA or Chicago. There are also options to download references for RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero. 







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