LOOKING FOR FULL-TEXT
BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL?


Whether you are doing a paper or speech on a person's life or are just doing a little fact checking, the library has many useful biographical resources in both electronic and print formats.

BIOGRAPHY RESOURCE CENTER

This database contains full text historical and contemporary biographies on over 320,000 people from more than 130 respected Gale Group sources and 250 magazines. The scope of this database makes it, in almost all instances, the first place to look for information on people from any time period and from all walks of life.

To Search, go to the library's homepage. Choose Electronic Information Sources and then choose B and Biography Resource Center. If you know the name of the person you are looking for, or the last name of the person you are looking for, choose "start of last name" and type in the person's last name, first name.

Your search results will be arranged in various folders, which will have tabs just like paper folders. Simply click on the appropriate tab to open links to lengthy or brief scholarly encyclopedia essays, magazine articles, or websites:

If you are not looking for a particular person but would like to find information on people who meet a certain criteria, choose a "biographical facts search" from the opening screen and then select from the various criteria.


LEXIS-NEXIS BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

This database provides people-related news stories, biographical sources and stories, and obituaries. These sources date back to the early 1980s so the database is only useful for contemporary figures.

To Search, from the library's homepage, go into shortcuts and choose Lexis-Nexis. Choose Reference from the left-hand side of the page and then Biographical Information from the list of databases. A person's last name is the only required field but it is best to put in the person's first name if you know it.

Also, be sure to select the time period you want, otherwise the database will only provide results that have been published in the past 6 months.

PRINT SOURCES, GENERAL BIOGRAPHY
Current Biography Yearbook-Ref. CT100.C8
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography-Ref. CT103.M27
American National Biography-Ref. CT213.A68

ELECTRONIC SOURCES, SPECIALIZED BIOGRAPHY
CQ Supreme Court Collection - for Supreme Court Justices
Grove Dictionary of Art Online - for Artists
Grove Music - for Musicians
Gale Literature Resource Center - for Authors

PRINT SOURCES, SPECIALIZED BIOGRAPHY
Dictionary of Scientific Biography-Ref. Q141.D5
Contemporary Black Biography-Ref. E185.96.C66
Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music-Ref. ML102.P66.G84
MacMillan Encyclopedia of Architects-Ref. NA40.M25

These are just a sample of the hundreds of reference sources that contain biographical information. If you can't find anything on the person you are interested in, ask a reference librarian for assistance!

 

Last updated: 9/28/2004