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Biography Reference Center

Using Biography Reference Center


Superior Coverage and Search

This resource provides superior coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published).
In addition to keyword searching, Biography Reference Center users can locate biographies of interest by browsing key categories, including occupation, nationality, publication and more than 30 genre categories including actors, artists, athletes, authors, current world leaders, explorers, scientists and many others.
Results can also be limited by reading level indicators (Lexiles) and source types that include concise and detailed biographies, interviews, obituaries and related articles. Users can also limit results according to any combination of subject occupation, activity, gender, birth place, birthday, lifespan, nationality and more. 

Content Includes

  • More  than 400,000 full-text biographies
  • More than 9,000 biographies from American National Biography (Oxford University Press)
  • Biography Today's complete collection
  • Biography's complete collection
  • Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography
  • Biographies from Columbia University Press
  • Congressional biographies from the American Reference Library
  • Biographies from Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Hutchinson’s Biography Database
  • Profiles of United States presidents
  • Biographies from Salem Press

When searching, you can perform a basic search, or select 'Advanced Search" for a variety of narrowers including occupation, ethnicity, and place of birth or death.



For more options in searching, select either Publications, Names or Indexes from the top of the screen.


When searching under either Publications or Indexes, be sure to select "Add" after choosing your search options.



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