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Biography in Context

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Biographical Information - Find Articles

Use both multidisciplinary and subject databases for in-depth information and articles. In the database, choose the indexes or subject fields to limit to people and/or biographies.

Academic Search Premier (multidisciplinary database)
Click More in the top menu > click Indexes > For Browse an Index choose People
Academic Search Complete Indexes
America: History & Life (U.S. and Canada)
Key in biography and change Select a Field (optional) to SU Subject Term. In the next text box key in the person's name. (shown below)

America: HIstory and Life
Or, mouseover More in the top menu and click Indexes. For Browse an Index, choose People. Key in your person's name then click Search.
ATLA Religion Database (religion and theology)
Education Source
Humanities Source - Use "Author Profiles" in the top menu bar to browse author names.
Literary Reference Center star
Click Browse Authors in the top menu bar to browse authors by name, culture, country, genre and movement.
LRC Browse Authors
Master File Premier (multidisciplinary database)
MEDLINE (nursing, medical, clinical)
MLA International Bibliography
In the top menu click Names as Subjects to browse the name list. Mark the box in front of the name. Click Search. Then, add relevant terms such as influenc* and socie* or cultur*.
Newspaper Source (multidisciplinary database)
Oxford Music Online
Biographical Information - Books and eBooks

Search the Library Catalog, ebrary and eBook Collection to find books.

For a Basic Search: Key in the person's name or biography for the Subject search option.
For an Advanced Search: Select Subject, key in biography and for Any Field/ Key Fields key in the individual's name.

Use Reference Books for Background Information and Brief Entries.

Credo Reference: Biography ~44 ebooks
Credo Advanced SearchGo to Credo Advanced Search. Key in a name. Under "Limit your search to" click "Entries with the Following features." Mark "Biography" then click Search. Click a title to view the ebook. (shown right)

Example: Advanced Search Results for Alfred Nobe (below)
Example from Credo Reference

ebrary: Biography (~5,230 ebooks)

Funk & Wagnall's World Book Encyclopedia

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Biography

Sample Reference Book/eBook Titles in the Library
General biographical resources are shelved in the CT call number section.
Subject and specialized sources are shelved among related topical works.
For example, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians is shelved in the ML, or music section. While generally defining terms and concepts, some sources may give biographical information for persons important in their particular field.

  • Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology & Counseling, BF31.B25 LRC-R
  • Biographical Dictionary of Psychology, BF109.A1B56 LRC-R
  • Black Lives: Essays in African American Biography, ebook
  • The Book of Women's Firsts: Breakthrough Achievements..., CT3260.R428 LRC-R
  • The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia, CT103.C4
  • The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, CT213.C36 LRC-R
  • Dictionary of Pastoral Care & Counseling, BV4011.D43 LRC-R
  • Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, BR1644.D53 LRC-R
    Many significant religious leaders are described in this book.
  • A Dictionary of Scientists, ebook
  • Encyclopedia Judaica, also available in print, DS102.8.E496 LRC-R
  • International Who's Who, CT120.I5 LRC-R
    Brief resumes of prominent people throughout the world.
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography, CT103.M27 LRC-R
    One to two page descriptions of influential figures from the history of the world. A short bibliography ends each article.
  • Oral Roberts: An American Life, ebook
  • Oxford Dictionary of Saints, ebook
  • Scientists, Mathematicians, and Inventors...People Who Changed the World, ebook
  • Who's Who in America, E663.W56 LRC-R
    Brief resumes of prominent people in the U.S.
  • Who's Who…An Annual Biographical Dictionary, DA28.W6 LRC-R
    Brief resumes of prominent people in Great Britain.
Biographical Information - Periodicals and eJournals

The ORU Publication Finder allows you to search for journals, magazines, trade publications, newspaper and some book titles using a variety of search expressions. (Note: The Publication Finder does not provide a comprehensive list of all ORU books. Use the ORU Library Catalog to find books.)


Publication Finder: Biography Subject/Category Search (~866 results, includes books and journals)
Search: SU "biography"

Publication Finder: Biography Subject Category Search, Peer Reviewed Journals (~4 results)
Search: SU "biography" and limit the results to Peer Reviewed Journals

Publication Finder: Biography Keyword Search (~1,074 results, includes books and journals)
Search: biography

Publication Finder: Biography Resources by Discipline (~49 results, includes books and journals)
Search: Click the Publications link in the top menu bar. Click Biography under Browse by Discipline.

Try a keyword search for biography in the Publication Finder Quick Search box below.

Biographical Information - Websites
Biographical Dictionary
28,000+ notable men and women from ancient times to the present day
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: 1774-present
Biographical information on members of Congress -
Biography Center and
Biography Reference Bank
Catholic Encyclopedia
The Catholic Information Network's (CIN) Saints, Martyrs and Other Holy Persons
Collection of texts on the theology of sainthood, saints' biographies, and more.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography
Distinguished Women of Past and Present
Biographies of women who have contributed to our culture in many different ways.
The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
Forbes' World's Richest People
De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors
Infoplease Biography
Search dictionaries, encyclopedias, and/or almanacs for biographical information.
Jewish Heroes and Heroines in America (Florida Atlantic University Libraries)
Library Spot's Biographies
National Gallery of Art: Index of Artists
National Inventor's Hall of Fame (Go to Keyword Search)
National Women's Hall of Fame
Nobel Prize Internet Archive
Represents every Nobel prizewinner, in every category, with a brief biographical sketch, bibliography, links, and portrait (when available).
POTUS: Presidents of the United States
Background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, etc.
Time 100: The World's Most Influential People
White House's Presidents' Hall and First Ladies' Gallery
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