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Welcome to Oxford DNB subscriber services. These pages contain information on accessing the Oxford DNB, managing your subscription, and getting help if you have a problem. But you might want our how to subscribe page.

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Marc Records

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Please note, you will require MARC record reader/loader software to add these .mrc files to your library system.

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The COUNTER 4 code of practice provides an international, extendible Code of Practice for e-Resources that allows the usage of online information, products, and services to be measured in a credible, consistent, and compatible way using vendor-generated data.
COUNTER reports are released on a monthly basis and are available for Online resources and Journals.
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Oxford University Press is committed to ensuring that non-profit institutions in developing nations have access to critical research. The Developing Countries Initiative program offers free or deeply reduced rate access to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as well as other scholarly content. For eligibility and participating countries, click here.

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