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How to Find Biographical Information

There are three types of biography according to The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Term: Autobiography, biography and memoir.  See our study guide for information on each of these.

Watch Video

  • Biography.com
    This is a commercial site, but informative short biographies on famous people are available. (ex. search Albert Einstein)
  • Learner.org
    Search biography in the search box in the upper right and retrieve links to free, educational videos.

Look Here First

Biography in Context database icon

  • Biography in Context
    Biography in Context provides thumbnail & narrative biographies on over 500,000 people from standard library reference books. There are also full-text biographical articles from about 265 magazines. Gale/Library Subscription
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography  Icon
    Critical biographies of literary authors from all time periods, genres, and national literatures. This database can be searched by itself or simultaneously with Contemporary Literary Criticism and Contemporary Authors. Gale/Library Subscription
  • Oxford Reference Online
    Covering the full spectrum of subjects: from General Reference & Language to Science & Medicine, from Humanities & Social Sciences to Business and Professional, Oxford Reference Online is a full & authoritative resource of over 100 dictionaries and reference titles. Library subscription provides access for 5 simultaneous users.Oxford U. Press/Library Subscription
  • Contemporary Authors  Icon
    Contains the full text of critical biographies of literary authors from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.Gale/Library Subscription
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index
    Indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Gale/Library Subscription

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  • Academic Search Complete  Icon
    Provides full text for nearly 5,318 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, biological & ecological sciences, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. EBSCO/TexShare

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