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Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)


Reference Sources (Background)

Oxford Reference Online (full text; current)
A collection of over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference books published by Oxford University Press. Includes several biographical sources such as Dictionary of Scientists, Who's Who in the Classical World, Kings and Queens of Britain, Dictionary of Political Biography,
Oxford Dictionary of Popes, Oxford Dictionary of Saints, Who's Who in the Twentieth Century, Dictionary of Writers and their Works, and Who's Who in Opera. Biographical articles are included in most of the subject sources as well.

Current Biography (1940 to present)
Ref CT100 .C8
An annual compilation of relatively lengthy articles on newsmakers for the year.

Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) (2004; 60 volumes)
Ref DA 28 .O95 2004
Biographies of over 50,000 prominent individuals in British history.

Who Was Who in America
Ref E176 .W64
Covers deceased americans from 1607 to the present.

Who's Who in America
Ref E176 .W63
Gives brief biographical entries on living figures of importance in the United States.

Locating Books

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

Biography Index
Ref CT100 .B55
Indexes biographical articles in magazines.

Reader's Guide Retrospective (index only; 1890-1982)
Index covers nearly 100 years of articles from popular magazines in all subject areas.

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to critical analyses and biographical information on more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, and other writers from around the world. Search by author, title, genre, literary movement and literary theme. Includes full-text of several reference sources such as the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Authors, and several biographical book series.

Websites (Biography Channel)
Covers both historical and current notables

In the First Person (Alexander Street Press)
An index of more than 3,350 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world. Many indexed items are freely available online.

Nobel Prize (Nobel Foundation)
Provides biographical information for all Nobel laureates.

People (Librarians' Index to the Internet)
Links to a variety of biographical web sites

Telephone & Address Directories (Internet Public Library)

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