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New online contents, May 2016

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Online edition
Edited by David Cannadine
Current version: May 2016


Preface to the online release, May 2016   |   List of editors and staff


New from May 2016

93 lives of people who shaped British history, from the 14th to the 21st century.

9 new theme articles on historical groups, from the 16th to the 20th century.

> Full list of new lives


Corrections and additions to existing biographies


250 additions and amendments have been made within the dictionary's 72,000,000 words. Revisions include:

  • corrections to known factual errors
  • addition of new information (for example family members' life dates) to keep the Oxford DNB continuously up to date

Revised biographies are identified by a citation at the foot of the article screen:

  • J. A. Smith, 'Brown, Jane (1900–1950)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2016 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/123, accessed 26 June 2016]

Previous versions of amended biographies are also available online.


The Oxford DNB from May 2016

  • 54,798 articles in which are told the life stories of 59,972 individuals
  • 6660 entries on women: that is 11 per cent of all lives and 28 per cent of first-time entrants to the dictionary across all periods
  • 11,440 subjects with a portrait image
  • 14,199 contributors (including contributors to the first DNB where they remain as signatories of revised entries)
  • 536 Theme articles (reference lists, groups and feature essays)

OXFORD DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY (ONLINE EDITION)
ISSN 1747-1001      ISBN 0-19-861412-8


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