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Author Biographies - How to Find Them: Start Looking for Authors

How to find biographical information on authors

Look for Biographies in the Library Search

Add the word biography to the name of a person, for example,

Wilma Mankiller biography

Web Sites

Literature Resource Center Database

Using Literature Resource Center

 Literature Resource Center is a resource you can use to search many sources of literary criticism and biography. It includes journal articles, essays, work overviews, and more. When using  Literature Resource Center from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

For best results, use the Advanced Search. Notice that the advanced search page has spaces for Person where you can put an author's name. Optionally, you can include the name of the work.

picture of artemis search page

The results show literary criticism. You can switch to another source type, e.g., biography, by clicking the facet under Content Types.

picture of artemis results page showing literature criticism and content types facets

Click on an article title to read it.  The toolbar on the article page has options for print, download, and e-mail. There is also a Citation Tools link that will help you write an MLA style citation. For more help, see the  Literature Resource Center handout, below.

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