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British History

This guide covers article databases, encyclopedias, biorgraphical sources, and other resources useful for research in British history.

Find biographical information

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography   
An online, authoritative source containing over 57,000 substantive articles on noteworthy people of the British Isles and their connections overseas.  Also available in hardcopy (60 vols.): Ref DA28 .O95 2004.

Biographical Dictionary of British Prime Ministers   London; New York: Routledge, 1998
An online, authoritative guide to the poltiical lives of Britain's prime ministers, from Sir Robert Walpole to Tony Blair.

Compendium of British office holders   Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
Location:  Ref DA28.4 .V46 2005
Identifies political personages from before the Roman conquest to the present day.

Historical Dictionary of British Women  London; New York: Europa Publications, 2003
Location:  Ref CT3320 .H57 2003
Entries cover women whose place in history is recognized or whose work has had public impact.

History Today Who's Who in British History   London : Collins & Brown, 2000
Location:  Ref CT773 .H57 2000
Gives 4,000 concise entries on figures from political, social, economic, and cultural spheres over 2,000 years of history.

Who's Who   London [etc.]: A. & C. Black [etc.]
Location:  Ref DA28 .W6  (Latest edition in Ref; earlier editions in stacks)
Issued annually; contains short, condensed entries. Gelman Library has, with some gaps, editions from 1910.


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