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bi·og·ra·phy (noun): a usually written history of a person's life (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

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Library Card Required Databases

  • Biography Reference Center
    Biographies of well known figures from all fields and countries.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online
    An online version of the entire print encyclopedia. The encyclopedia is updated daily and has special added features including Internet links.
  • History Reference Center
    A great place to research historical figures. Provides articles from magazines, journals, reference and non-fiction books, biographies, documents and speeches.
  • Infotrac Student Edition
    A student-friendly database for searching all subjects.
  • World Book Encyclopedia
    Find all the encyclopedia entries from the print World Book as well as current events and research articles. Sections include Today in History, Search the Ages and Special Reports.


  • Biographical Dictionary of the United States
    Provides biographical information on those who have served in the United States Congress. Search by Congressional member name, position, and state for listings since 1774.
  • Biography Channel
    A great site for biographies on historical and current, notable people.
  • Library of Congress Research Guides
    Search the LOC Research Guides & Bibliographies for online resources on historical figures.
  • National Portrait Gallery
    Search more than 100,000 portrait records from the Catalog of American Portraits (CAP), a survey of American portraits in public and private collections across the United States and abroad.
  • NY Times Literary Biographies
    Literary biographies reviewed by The New York Times Book Review since Dec. 31, 2000.

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