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Reference Resources

General Biographical Reference Sources

The library has a wide variety of resources that include biographical information in electronic and print formats.

Specialized Biographical Sources

Finding Information about People

Look for biographies in the Library catalog.

To find a whole book about a person, search the name with the word biography:

  • Thomas Jefferson biography

To find books with a section or chapter on a person, try a keyword relating to their life or career, such as:

  •  musician biography or
  • presidents United States biography

Finding Biographical Articles

General databases such as Academic Search Premier may include biographical information.

  • Use the word "biography" in a keyword search with a person's name

Example searches:

  • Thomas Jefferson and biography
  • Thomas Jefferson and family
  • Thomas Jefferson and philosophy

Specialized databases relating to the individual's profession may include information about his/her life, career, and significance.