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EXPERT TIP: Many Library Guides include information about biographical sources. In addition to these guides the Library Catalog is helpful in identifying sources.

  • Biography Reference Center
    More than 461,000 full-text biographies, including the complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography
  • Dictionary of National Biography
    Biographies of noteworthy people, no longer living, who inhabited or were connected with the British Isles. Portraits included for more than 10,000 entries. Also known as the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Gale biography in context
    More than one million thumbnail biographies from sources including The Complete Marquis Who's Who (with chiefly American content), the Encyclopedia of World Biography, The Scribner's Encyclopedia of American Lives, Who's Who Among African Americans, the Dictionary of American Biography, as well as information from magazines and journals. Coverage is international
  • Biography and genealogy master index
    Indexes current, readily-available biographical reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Provides over 12.7 million citations.
  • American national biography
    Biographical entries on more than 17,400 men and women, from all eras and walks of life, whose lives have shaped the nation. It features thousands of color and b/w photos, hyperlinked cross-references and links to select web sites.
  • Who's who & Who was who.
    British-based Who's Who provides current information on over 33,000 influential people in all walks of life, in the UK and worldwide. The added content from Who Was Who provides over 100,000 additional entries for people, now deceased, from the archives of Who’s Who, dating back to 1897.
  • World biographical information system
    Biographical information on over 6 million people worldwide, from the 8th century BC to present. All areas of society and professions are covered. This database serves as an index to several microfiche sets including the British Biographical Archive, Archives Biographiques Françaises, Archivio Biographico Italiano, Archivo Biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica, Biografisch Archief van de Benelux, and Scandinavian Biographical Archive all of which can be found in the online catalog.
  • Marquis who's who
    Includes professional and personal profiles of key U.S. and international figures. Combining biographies included in twenty print volumes since 1985, roughly one million entries.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica online
    Authoritative references, including Britannica's latest article database; articles on individuals of note with related bibliography.

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