The best print biographical resources!
These are available in the Reference Section of Waidner-Spahr (located behind the Biblio Cafe on the Main Level).
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General Biography Sources
Why use biographical resources?
Biographical reference sources provide information about people who are or were well-known: their birth and death dates and descriptions of their lives and accomplishments. There are two basic types of sources: sketches or essays containing biographical information; and indexes which refer the user to other biographical materials.
This information is helpful when researching any event or subject involving people-- and can provide excellent background information that can lead you to other sources pertaining to your research.
There are countless sources for biographical information. Before searching for a biography, it is helpful to determine
1) possible name variations
2) type of information you need, i.e. short vital statistics, an article, or a book
3) if the person is living or dead
4) profession, subject or topic area
This information will help you determine which biographical source is best to use.
Below is a list of comprehensive biographical databases with a wide range of entries.
Click here to see a list of biography databases for more resources, and check out the list of specific biographic databases on the next tab.
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