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Look for Biographies in the Library Search
Add the word "biography" to the name of a person in your search, for example,
wilma mankiller biography
General Biographical Web Sites
Bio - Biography.com
The site for the TV program, "Biography." Has short biographical entries on thousands of persons.
Dead People Server
Answers the question, "Has [famous person] died?" Has dates of birth and death, and sometimes links to other biographical material.
Distinguished Women of Past and Present
Offers biographies of many women throughout history, along with links to biographies on other Web sites. This site has been archived by the Library of Congress.
SNAC (Social Networks and Archival Context)
"A free, online resource that helps users discover biographical and historical information about persons, families, and organizations that created or are documented in historical resources (primary source documents) and their connections to one another. Users can locate archival collections and related resources held at cultural heritage institutions around the world."
General Biographical Reference Books
American National Biography by
Call Number: REF 920.073 Am33
Publication Date: 1999
Current Biography Yearbook by
Call Number: REF 920 C93
Publication Date: 2014-12-01
Famous people alive 1942-present. Look for the most recent Index volume to look up names.
Dictionary of National Biography by
Call Number: REF 920.042 D56
Publication Date: 1921-
Covers dead British nationals.
Who Was Who in Native American History by
Call Number: REF 970.00497022 W14
Publication Date: 1990
Subtitled Indians and non-Indians from Early Contacts through 1900