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New online contents, January 2016

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

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

New from January 2016

222 lives of people who shaped modern British history, and who died in the year 2012.

> Full list of new lives

Corrections and additions to existing biographies

247 additions and amendments have been made within the dictionary's 70,000,000 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, January 2016 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/123, accessed 26 March 2016]

Previous versions of amended biographies are also available online.

The Oxford DNB from January 2016

  • 54,716 articles in which are told the life stories of 59,879 individuals
  • 6638 entries on women: that is 10 per cent of all lives and 28 per cent of first-time entrants to the dictionary across all periods
  • 11,412 subjects with a portrait image
  • 14,188 contributors (including contributors to the first DNB where they remain as signatories of revised entries)
  • 527 Theme articles (reference lists, groups and feature essays)

ISSN 1747-1001      ISBN 0-19-861412-8

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