Tools and Resources

Whether you are a researcher, lecturer, student, or just interested in the lives of people from across history, the American National Biography Online (the ANB) allows you to meet thousands of men and women — from all eras and walks of life — whose lives have shaped American history and culture.

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If you already have access, then discover some small, highly selective lists of articles recommended by Oxford editors to jump-start yours, or your students, research.

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