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How Do I... find biographies?

 

  • U.S.
  • International
  • Literary, Music, Art
  • Politics, Science
  • Women

These sources include biographical information on a wide variety of individuals from different time periods.

 

American National Biography CU

Full text biographies of current and historical figures who have shaped the United States.

 

Biography and Genealogy Master Index CU
Citations for biographies of current and historical figures from the United States and all areas of the world. Once you've retrieved the list of books where individual biographies appear, follow the steps to finding a book to see where the book you're looking for is located.

 

Biography Index CU
Full text biographies of current and historical figures from journals, magazines and reference books.

 

Oxford African American studies center CU

Biographies on African American topics (arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences)

 

Marquis Who's Who on the Web CU

Full text profiles of accomplished individuals from all areas, including: government, business, science & technology, the arts, entertainment and sports.

 

MasterFILE Premier CU

Full text biographies of current and historical figures from journals, magazines and reference books.

 

Biography.com (from the A&E Television Channel)

Includes ~25,000 biographies searchable by name, keyword or category. Entries may include videos, links to related works, people and websites.

 

Biography (from Infoplease.com)

30,000+ biographies available; search by name or browse by subject. Includes lists of biographies of notable women, biographies of famous americans by race/ethnicity, and recent deaths (by year, from 1998 - present).

 

Reference Universe is a searchable database that indexes information from specialized subject encyclopedias. CU

 

+ Finding Biographical Books at CU's Libraries

 

Try the following books:

Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia

Norlin Reference Stacks, call number CT103 .C26 1994

 

Current Biography / Current Biography Yearbook (Annual, 1940 - present)

Norlin Reference Stacks, call number CT100 .C8

 

Dictionary of American Biography

Norlin Reference Stacks, call number E176 .D563

To find individual biographies written about a specific person, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Chinook, the CU Library Catalog
  2. Select the "Advanced Keyword Search " option
  3. Enter your keywords (More information on keyword searching)
    • Example: Searching for a biography of John Muir
    • You may want to include both forms of his name: ("John Muir" OR "Muir, John")
    • Also include the keyword "biograph*" to find biography, biographies, biographical, etc.

     

     

     

  4. Click the "Search" button near the bottom of the screen
  5. Note: If your search returns no results, you may want to search Prospector or request the book through Interlibrary Loan (for more information, consult the How Do I? page on how to find a book)

 

+ Finding Colorado Biographies

 

Colorado Biographical Dictionary : People of All Times and All Places Who Have Been Important to the History and Life of this State

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number F775 .C635 1999

 

Colorado Who's Who

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number CT226 .C64 1984

 

The Historical Encyclopedia of Colorado

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number F775 .H57 1975

 

Who's Who in Colorado : a Biographical Record of Colorado 's Outstanding Civic, Business, Professional, Religious, Labor and Government Leaders

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number F775 .W58 1967

 

Women of Consequence : the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number CT3260 .V37 1999

 

 

 

Try the following tools to find international biographies:

 

Biography and Genealogy Master Index CU
Citations for biographies of current and historical figures from the United States and all areas of the world. Once you've retrieved the list of books where individual biographies appear, follow the steps to finding a book to see where the book you're looking for is located.

 

ADB/NDB Gesamtregister

Combined online index to the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) and Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB), standard biographical dictionaries on important personalities in German-speaking Europe from the Middle Ages on. All articles in the ADB and most in the NDB are also accessible online through this index.

 

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

Full text biographies of Canadians who died died between the years 1000 and 1930.

 

Dictionary of Irish biography

Biographies of Irish people who made a significant contribution in Ireland and abroad, as well as those born overseas who had noteworthy careers in Ireland

 

Dictionary of International Biography

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number CT101 .D5

 

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography CU
Full text biographies of people who shaped Britain's past, from the fourth century BC to the year 2000.

 

Who's Who in the World CU

Profiles on over 1 million of the most accomplished individuals from all areas including: government, business, science & technology, the arts,entertainment and sports).

 

Dictionary of International Biography

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number CT101 .D5

Literary

Contemporary Authors CU
Biographical details on approximately 112,000 modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists, and scriptwriters.


Dictionary of Literary Biography CU

A contemporary 300+ volume literary encyclopedia with substantive 2 to 5 page biographical introductions, critical evaluations, and bibliographic essays on authors, critics, journalists, screenwriters, publishers and scholars, a majority of whom have published in the 20th century.

 

Oxford Companion to English Literature

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number PR19 .D73 2000

Music

Oxford music online CU

Biographies from the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The Norton/Grove Dicitionary of Women Composers, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.

Art

Oxford art online CU

The best source for encyclopedia entries on artists, styles, periods, or techniques. Entries include extensive bibliographies.

Politics

Dictionary of Political Biography

This dictionary covers all the major figures in world politics of the twentieth century, describing and assessing the lives of more than 1000 men and women who have shaped political events across the world. Each entry includes an account of the background, career, and achievements of the individual concerned.

 

The Presidents of the United States

Brief biographies of the US Presidents from the White House website.

 

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (1774 - present)

Search the directory by name, state, position, party, year or Congress. Includes brief biography, with additional biographical citations available through the "Bibliography" link.

 

Biographies: First Ladies of the United States

From the National First Ladies Library, the entries include biographical information, bibliographies of other works written about the first ladies, and an historical timeline.

 

Arlington National Cemetery

Includes biographical information about some of the individuals buried in Arlington National Cemetery, including presidents, Supreme Court Justices, historical figures, minorities and more.

 

Biographical Dictionary of Modern World Leaders, 1992 to the present

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number D412 .B55 2003

 

Columbia Dictionary of Political Biography

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number D108 .C65 1991

 

First Ladies of the United States : a Biographical Dictionary

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number E176.2 W369 2001

 

Presidential Facts : Topical Lists, Comparisons, and Statistics

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number E176.1 .S614 2006

 

The United States Executive Branch : a Biographical Directory of Heads of State and Cabinet Officials

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number E176 .U575 2003

Science

Who's Who CU

A biographical dictionary of notable scientists and engineers. Part of the information available through Marquis Who's Who on the Web.

 

Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences

Profiles of African Americans in many scientific disciplines. Includes notation for women scientists and the scientists who were the first to be awarded a PhD in that field.

 

American Men and Women of Science

Located in Science Reference, call number Q141 .A48

 

Biographical Dictionary of Scientists

Located in Science Reference, call number Q141 .B528 2000

 

Dictionary of Scientific Biography

Located in Science Reference, call number Q141 .D5

 

Encyclopedia of World Scientists

Located in Science Reference, call number Q141 .O25 2001

Native American Women : a Biographical Dictionary

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number E98.W8 B38 2001

 

Notable American Women, 1607-1950

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number CT3260 .N57

 

Notable American Women : a Biographical Dictionary Completing the Twentieth Century

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number CT3260 .N5735 2004

 

Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Women's Biography

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number CT3260 .N5735 2004

 

Updated 11/08 SA, 05/13 AH

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