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 Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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Purpose[change source]

This template enables the citation of articles from the Wikisource project Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900 or Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement in the manner of non-link references and notes.

To cite the contemporary Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, use Template:ODNBweb.

Usage[change source]

Common fields

{{cite DNB|wstitle=|last=|first=|authorlink=|volume=}}

All fields

{{cite DNB|wstitle=|title=|url=|last=|first=|authorlink=|volume=|pages=|quote=|accessdate=|vb=|supplement=|no-icon=}}

Fields[change source]

  • wstitle or title. Required.
    • wstitle: DNB article name on Wikisource or
    • title: DNB article name (can be coupled with url= see below)
  • url: http://... link to web location. Only works when title is set; unset by wstitle.
  • last: Surname of author. Don't wikilink (use authorlink instead).
    • first: Firstname(s) of author. Don't wikilink (use authorlink instead).
    • authorlink: Title of Wikipedia article about author. Article should already exist. Must not be wikilinked itself. Do not use this on its own, but along with "first" and "last".
  • volume: Volume in which the entry appears. Used to generate the year and editor information.
  • accessdate: Full date when item was accessed. Should be in the same format as the rest of the article.
  • pages or page: These parameters are for listing the pages relevant to the citation, not the total number of pages in the book. "|pages= 5–7" produces "pp. 5–7", while "|page= 5" produces "p. 5". The "pp." notation indicating multiple pages, and "p." notation indicating a single page, are placed automatically when you choose between the plural (pages) or singular (page) form of the parameter. Page ranges should be separated by an unspaced en dash (–).
  • quote: Relevant quote from the article.
  • vb=1: Display advisory that DNB text is copied verbatim into a Wikipedia article
  • supplement=1: The article comes from the 1901 supplement.
  • no-icon=1: Remove the lead icon.

Examples[change source]

Using wstitle[change source]

{{cite DNB|wstitle=Sheldon, Gilbert|last=Hutton|first=William Holden|authorlink=William Holden Hutton|volume=52}}

displays as:

 Hutton, William Holden (1897). "Sheldon, Gilbert" . In Sidney Lee (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 52. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

Using title and url[change source]

{{cite DNB|title=Abbadie, Jacques|first=Arthur|last=Grant|url=https://archive.org/stream/dictionarynatio43stepgoog#page/n15/mode/1up|volume=1|page=1}}

 Grant, Arthur (1885). "Abbadie, Jacques". In Leslie Stephen (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 1. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 1.

Using no-icon[change source]

{{cite DNB|wstitle=Sheldon, Gilbert|last=Hutton|first=William Holden|authorlink=William Holden Hutton|volume=52|no-icon=1}}

displays as:

Hutton, William Holden (1897). "Sheldon, Gilbert" . In Sidney Lee (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 52. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

Using supplement[change source]

{{cite DNB|wstitle=Müller, George|last=Johnstone|first=Thomas Boston|volume=3|supplement=1}}

displays as:

 Johnstone, Thomas Boston (1901). "Müller, George" . In Sidney Lee (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography (supplement). 3. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

Using vb[change source]

If text is incorporated verbatim into an article, the vb parameter can be used to tack on a notice appropriate to the policy in Wikipedia:Plagiarism.

{{Cite DNB|wstitle=Hartlib, Samuel|vb=1}}

displays as:

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Hartlib, Samuel" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

This example also shows the resulting display when no value for volume is specified. In this case, the range of possible years is displayed instead of just one year value.

Other parameters; add a comment[change source]

{{cite DNB|wstitle=Sheldon, Gilbert|last=Hutton|first=William Holden|authorlink=William Holden Hutton|volume=52|pages=24–26|accessdate=29 November 2009|quote=Sheldon was placed at the head of the English church at a very critical time}} Archbishop of Canterbury, 1663–1677.

displays as:

 Hutton, William Holden (1897). "Sheldon, Gilbert" . In Sidney Lee (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 52. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 24–26. Sheldon was placed at the head of the English church at a very critical time |access-date= requires |url= (help) Archbishop of Canterbury, 1663–1677.

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