Biography

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Scholarly biographical articles on people who have influenced American history and culture. (Does not include information on people still living.)

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Web version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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Biographical information on the men and women who shaped Africa's history from earliest times to the present.

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Biographical dictionary covering the "lives of Irish men and women who made a significant contribution in Ireland and abroad, as well as those born overseas who had noteworthy careers in Ireland."

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Scholarly, biographical articles on noteworthy people who inhabited or were connected with the British Isles. (Does not include information on people still living.)

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Electronic versions of Oxford dictionaries and other reference works covering many disciplines.

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Resources for genealogical research from the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.K. and other European countries. Includes census, immigration, and military records, city directories and church histories, court documents, as well as some maps, photos, and oral histories.

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Two databases--Literature Resource Center and LitFinder--for researching authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Contains full text of literary works, journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, and biographical information.

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Short biographical sketches of Senate and House members from 1774-present. Includes photographs.

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Biographical dictionary published in the 1870s. Contains many persons not found in other biographical dictionaries; especially strong for French persons. Full text available via Hathi Trust. In French.

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Electronic versions of the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) and the Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB). Searchable by name, birth/death dates, religion, occupation, and author of article.  The ADB includes people from early times to the end of the 19th century.   Skillman has the complete 56-volume print version of the ADB ( CT1053 .A5 in Storage). The NDB includes people who died between 1815 and 1950.

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A biographical dictionary of women who lived in France or had an important connection to the French language from the 5th through the 18th century (up to women born in 1780). Although world-famous women are represented, the dictionary's main value is for its entries of women little-known outside their regions or fields of activity. There are two types of entries ("notices"): the "notices modernes" written by contemporary scholars; and the "notices anciennes", which are reproduced from biographical works published since the 16th century. The editors warn that the information from these older published works is not always reliable. Finding entries by browsing is more efficient than searching names directly.

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Scholarly biographical encyclopedia containing information on prominent men and women from Italian history. In Italian. Note that the project is still in progress; entries are complete only through Pazienza (as of 2014).

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Encyclopedia covering the history of Jewish women. Includes thematic essays (e.g., abortion, Hadassah) as well as biographical entries.

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Biographical articles from news and business publications as well as some directories of U.S. and European government officials. Useful for people currently in the news -- particularly those active in the field of business -- rather than historical figures.

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The full text of several academic literary reference sources. Especially useful for finding lengthy, critical biographies of widely studied authors. Note that when you perform a subject search for an author's name you must enter the author's last name first.

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Textbase for researching major figures and time periods in British women's fiction. The collection contains profiles of authors' lives, career chronologies, and in-depth bibliographies (but NOT full text of individual works of literature).

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Provides individual pages for 'identities' based on the personal and corporate names found in WorldCat. Typical entries show lists of the most common works written by and about an author, the genres in which they worked, subjects associated with them, and a graphical timeline showing their publication history.