Template:DNB

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

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This page is about links to the Dictionary of National Biography. For the template that links to the German National Library (DNB) portal, see Template:DNB portal.


Quick explanation (aide-mémoire)

The template can be placed in different locations and depending on the what it is required the parameters can be mixed and matched:

Location Parameters Example Note
==References== {{DNB|wstitle=DNB name}}  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Abbadie, Jacques". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.  DNB name is the name of the article on Wikisource. All all DNB articles are available there.
==References== {{DNB|wstitle=|first=|last=|authorlink=|volume=|page=}}  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainFirth, Charles Harding (1896). "Reynolds, John (d.1657)". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 48. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 47.  some additional information: first and last names of the author of the article, link to the author's page on WP, the volume and page [number].
inline citation {{DNB|inline=1|wstitle=DNB name}}  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Abbadie, Jacques". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.  inline=1. Alters the prescript from "This article..." to "One or more...". Suitable for noting that a paragraph is copied from DNB.
inline citation {{DNB|prescript=|wstitle=DNB name}}  "Abbadie, Jacques". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.  prescript=. Removes the prescript suitable for a citation where a paragraph is a summary of a paragraph from an DNB article and not a copy. title= for no copy on Wikisource. NB. {{Cite DNB}} is more appropriate for this task.
==Further reading== {{DNB|no-icon=1|prescript=|wstitle=DNB name}} "Abbadie, Jacques". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.  no-icon=1 remove the lead icon, prescript= removes the prescript. NB. {{Cite DNB}} is more appropriate for this task.
==External links== {{DNB|no-icon=1|prescript=|wstitle=DNB name}} "Abbadie, Jacques". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.  no-icon=1, remove the lead icon prescript= removes the prescript as the source is not used in the article. NB. {{Cite DNB}} is more appropriate for this task.

Deprecated historical template usage

The DNB template predates the availability of the DNB articles at Wikisource and has evolved over time. In the past, editors used the "title=" and "url=" parameters to point to articles in non-Wikisource copies of the DNB, often scans of marginal quality. As of 2013, all DNB articles are available at Wikisource, so pointing non-Wikisource articles is deprecated: use wstitle instead to point to the Wikisource DNB article. If you encounter one of these older template instances, please convert it. If you feel that the pointer to a non-wikisource instance is better for some reason, please put a wiki comment next to the template to explain why and comment on the talk page at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Dictionary of National Biography. Except for a very few anonymous articles, each article has an attributed author. Please use the information at Wikisource to fill in the "last=", "first=", and (when it exists) "authorlink=" parameters. The "volume=" and "page=" parameters are also easy to fill in, but are less critical.

Detailed notes

This template is wrapper around {{Cite DNB}}. In its default mode it attributes text to an article from the [Old] Dictionary of National Biography.

{{Cite DNB}} automatically sets some of the parameters before calling {{Cite encyclopedia}} for example "publisher = Smith, Elder & Co". Over and above the standard parameter passed into {{Cite encyclopedia}} there are some additional parameters and those are listed below in a separate table from the table of parameters passed into {{Cite encyclopedia}}.

Minimum is: {{DNB|wstitle=DNB article name}}[nb 1] Full set is:{{DNB|wstitle=|prescript=|no-icon=|inline=|author=|last=|first=|authorlink=|coauthors=|title=|url=|accessdate=|volume=|page=|pages=}}

Additional parameters
Parameter Note
wstitle=name of the article on wikisource Should always be present. Sets link to DNB article on wikisource. (unsets title and url if they are also set.)
inline=1 Changes the default prescript from "This article" to "One or more of the preceding sentences". Useful for inline citations (see inline examples in the previous section).
no-icon=1 Suppresses the lead icon (useful with {{Wikisource-inline}}).
prescript=alternative prescript prescript can either be set to an alternative string of text (in which case add   to the end of the string as a separator from the first word of the citation); or if set with no string it will remove prescript string from in front of the citation.
Parameters passed into {{Cite encyclopedia}}
Parameter Set to Notes
last= author= or last= Set the value of last= or not set.
first= first= Set to the value of first= or not set
authorlink= authorlink= Set to the value of authorlink= or not set
coauthors= coauthors= Do not use. each DNB article has a single author
editor= Sidney Leslie [or Stephen Lee] Not set, unless the volume parameter then the editor parameter is automatically set within the template.
encyclopedia= Dictionary of National Biography Automatically set within the template
title= wstitle= or title= Set to wstitle= if set, if not to title=, if not set then left blank.
url= url= Set to the value of url= unless wstitle= is set in which case it is not set.
accessdate= accessdate= Set to the value of accessdate= or not set
language= Not set
edition= Not set
date= Not set (see year)
year= Not set, or if the volume parameter is set, then set to the year that the volume was first published.
month= Not set
publisher= Smith, Elder & Co automatically set within the template
volume= volume= Set to the value of volume= or not set
location= London Automatically set within the template
id= Not set
isbn= Not set
oclc= Not set
doi= Not set
page= page= Set to the value of page= or not set
pages= pages= Set to the value of pages= or not set
quote= quote= Set to the value of quote= or not set
ref= harv automatically set within the template. It means that {{sfn}} and {{harvnb}} link to this template. (If you need to ask don't worry about it)

Hidden category

This template includes one of three hidden subcategories of category Category:Wikipedia articles incorporating text from the Dictionary of National Biography.

The categories do not appear at the bottom of the article page, but the article is listed on the category page.

Notes

  1. ^ It will also work with no parameters, but that set a category flagging that no article name has been given, as it is not much use to the reader to inform them that a Wikipeda article contains some text copied from somewhere in the 64-volumes of the Dictionary of National Biography!

See also