Biographical Information: Home


Many general and subject specific encyclopedias contain biographical articles within them even if they are not specifically designated as biographical encyclopedias or dictionaries.  Check sources that deal with a particular historical period or region of the world.  Here are a couple of basic places to check:

Encyclopedia Britannica  [Stacks AE5 .E56 2005] -- An online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica listed above.  It includes all articles from the print version, plus links to reputable web sites covering a wide variety of subjects.

Current Biography  [Reference CT100 .C97]     1940 - present
Comes out every month in magazine form, then compiled into a hardbound volume at the end of the year.  Current issues focus on living individuals who are in the news.  There is a cumulative index in each monthly issue and an index at the back of each yearly volume.  Also includes obituaries.


B I O G R A P H I C A L   I N F O R M A T I O N

There are many ways to find biographical information depending on whether you are looking for information about someone who lived long ago, is living today, is prominent in a particular field, or comes from a particular region of the world.  This guide is divided into tabs to assist you in finding the biography you need more efficiently.

The best place to start your search is with the Biography and Genealogy Master Index.  This electronic tool helps you track down where the biographies of particular individuals can be found.  Simply type in the name of the person you are looking for, click on the person's name in the list that pops up and you will be presented with a list of reference works where that person's biography appears.  You can print this list and look for these items in BRIDGE. Click on the icon below to get started:





Use BRIDGE to find book length biographies.  The best way to do this is to do a Keyword search using the name of the individual surrounded by quotation marks followed by the root of the word biography with an asterisk on the end.  For exampled:

"Abraham Lincoln" biograph*

Putting the person's name in quotation marks tells BRIDGE that these two names belong together.  The asterisk at the end of biograph tells BRIDGE to find any form of the word biography, such as biographical, biographer, biographies, etc.

Click on the icon below to begin searching BRIDGE:


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