Explore the lives of over 55,000 people worldwide who have shaped the British past over the last 2,400 years – from the 4th-century BC Greek explorer Pytheas to Princess Diana, and from the founding fathers of America to the Nawabs of Bengal. Over 50,000 biographies, 62 million words, 10,000 portrait illustrations – now available online, and in a 60-volume print edition.
- Fast desktop access to over 50,000 biographies from the new ODNB plus access to the original 33-volume DNB
- Quick search by name or word from every web page
- Advanced search options open up wide research avenues – search for people by date, field of interest or occupation, place of birth, education, residence, death or burial (from country down to street and even building), religious affiliation, and more
- Powerful full text search enables searching within all text for places, people, institutions, organizations, and works of art, music, and literature – as well as within the bibliographies and listings of archives and likenesses
- Browse alphabetically or by birth date
- Extensive internal cross-referencing
- External links to the National Register of Archives, National Portrait Gallery, and more
- Themes: new online features give readers accessible ways into the Oxford DNB – for example, identifying events, achievements, monarchies, or movements, and the lives associated with them (such as the Pilgrim Fathers)
- Extensive online help
- Detailed usage statistics
- Regular updates – new biographies, revisions, and features will begin in 2005 and continue indefinitely
- 140 NEW biographies
- 8 new feature articles – Including 'Political refugees in Britain, 1826-1905' and 'British entrepreneurs and brand names'
- 18 new reference lists – Including 'Editors of The Times (1788?-2001)' and 'Captains of the England cricket team (1877-2001)'
- Email articles and search results – Users can now send articles by email, giving the recipient access to the article for five days, even without a subscription! Search result lists can also be emailed
- OpenURL and DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) – Users now have the ability to search for bibliographic sources in their library's online catalogue. With a view to enabling further linking between online resources in the future, DOIs have been introduced for all biographies