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Biographical Information Resources: Search tools and links

A guide to biographies available from Lane Library and beyond. Biographical writing ranges from short articles to book-length works and of course, spans history and includes contemporary figures.  The resources listed are not exhaustive, but provide a start. Please ask a librarian about your person of interest. 

Eleonora of Toledo with Son, Giovanni
de' Medici by Agnolo Bronzino (1545)

By period

Getting started articles on current and historical (Credo)

Keywords used in library catalogs



Personal narratives

[Name] e.g. Jefferson, Thomas--Biography

[Group, time period] e.g. Women -- Biography --To 500 or Nurses--Biography

[Place] e.g. Sudan--Biography

Library catalogs for books

Bibliographies of biography and autobiography

Related Guides

Notable American women in Credo


Article databases

Find Biographical articles in popular and scholarly magazines and journals. 

Selected sources for popular, news articles

National biographies

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