Biographical Information

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Biography in Context

Includes videos, images, magazines, news, and more for "600,000+ biographical entries -- on more than 528,000 individuals -- spanning history and geography." Gale More...

Biography in Context (Gale)

Search for a person or persons with similar demographics. View the Tip Sheet

Use the Browse People link, located in the top menu bar, to view newly added name entries or choose a category to browse.

Use Advanced Search (top right, under search box) to set search limits for place name, company name, author/creator, person name-about, and more. Example: Company Name= Apple

Biography in Context

Click on a document title to view full content.

Tools Box (right sidebar)
Tools are available in the document view, or full text. Includes bookmark, download, share, email and more. Use Citation Tools to copy/paste/edit citations.

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)
Humanities International Complete star
Use Author Profiles-- Humanities in the top menu to browse for 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
1000 CEOs1000 CEOs
Call Number: Ebook available online, Credo
"Definitive biographies deliver all the essential information on each CEO's career, their highs, lows, management style, vision and distilled wisdom, providing vital lessons that will give YOU the competitive advantage." [Credo Reference Collection]
Searching the Library Catalog, ebrary and eBook Collection Search: Type the person's name or biography for the Subject search option.
Try Advanced keyword search: select Subject, type biography and for Any Field/ Key Fields type the individual's name.
Reference Materials
Use to find background information and brief entries.
Credo Reference ORU database
Credo Reference: Biography ~44 ebooks(Click a title to view the ebook.)
Using Search Limits: Go to Credo Advanced Search and key in the name. Under Limit your search to click Entries with the Following features. Mark Biography then click Search.

Advanced Search Results
for Alfred Nobel
Credo Reference

Concept Map Results
for Alfred Nobel
Credo Reference Concept Map
ebrary: Biography (~4,980 ebooks)
Funk & Wagnall's World Book Encyclopedia
Sample 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

A-to-Z Journals List: Biography as subject (~1,016 periodical titles)

To search for journals, magazines, trade publications and newspaper titles that include biographies, try a title keyword search for biography in the Journals List Quick Search below.


When searching for journal titles, select the title "contains" option for the most results.

A-to-Z example

Database QuickLinks

OneSearch (EBSCO's Integrated Search Interface)   More Information = vendor's database description

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.
Composer Biographies
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 Heorines in America (Florida Atlantic University Libraries)
Library Spot's Biographies
National Gallery of Art: Index of Artists
National Inventor's Hall of Fame
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