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Biographies (how to find)

Find information about people; a guide to library resources for biography.

Databases for Biographical Information

Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Biographies of scientists from all historical periods.The electronic edition includes the contents of the Dictionary of Scientific Biography and the New Dictionary of Scientific Biography.

Gale Literary Databases
In addition to literary criticism you'll find biographies of literary figures.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Includes Encyclopedia of World Biography, Contemporary Hispanic Biography, Dictionary of Scientific Biography, and more.

Sabin Americana
Historical books, pamphlets, serials, and other materials about the Americas. See the box below for more information.


Newspapers are tremendously useful for biographical research. You'll find articles and obituaries on famous and obscure people from all walks of life.

Databases with a large selection of newspapers:

Sabin Americana 1500-1926

Sabin Americana is an online collection of books, pamphlets, serials, and other materials about the Americas. You can search the collection by keyword and other parameters but an easy way to find biographical information is to select Advanced Search and change the drop down selction to Person as Subject.

Sabin Americana Advanced Search