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Linking to the Oxford DNB

When you link to an Oxford DNB article, anyone with a subscription to the Oxford DNB can follow the link to go straight to that article. We welcome such deep links, whether they are systematic links from corresponding records in an online database, or individual links to articles of interest.

We recommend that you use a DOI rather than a URL to link to an Oxford DNB article.

What is a DOI?

  • DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier. It is a unique and persistent code that identifies online content; in our case, our biography of a person.

What does a DOI look like?

  • The DOI of our biography of Winston Churchill is 10.1093/ref:odnb/32413. The first two parts identify the Oxford DNB, and the third, 32413, is our identity number for Churchill. Every Oxford DNB DOI looks like this; only the identity numbers vary.

How do I find what a DOI is for a biography?

  • At the foot of every article, after the references section, we give the DOI.

How do I link using a DOI?

Some more questions

  • Why is a DOI better than a URL?

    A DOI will always work, even if we rearrange our website. And with a DOI you can link to a co-subject in a biography - http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/89951 takes you straight to Anne Hathaway, discussed in the article on Shakespeare.

  • Where do I find out more about DOIs?

    The International Digital Object Identifier Foundation's web site is at http://www.doi.org/; it has an excellent FAQs section.

  • I have another question. Who do I ask?

    Please email the Oxford DNB electronic publication manager:


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