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Biographical Information Resources: General, by period, topic and finding tools

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 on people current and historical (Credo)

Bibliographies of biography and autobiography

Notable American women in Credo


Related Guides

National biographies

Database of British biographies

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

Article databases

Find Biographical articles in popular and scholarly magazines and journals. 

Selected sources for popular, news articles