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A biography is a work about an individual person that focuses on the personal aspects of the individual's life. Biographies may be found in books, articles, or dictionaries/directories. To find books, search our catalog; to find articles, begin with the Indexes and Bibliographies below, then search databases in the appropriate subject area. See our Subject or Topic guides for suggestions
Books with biographical information as assigned "Biography" as part of the subject heading. Normally, about 50% of the content of a book must be about the person's life, and the book may include biographies of one to three people.

To find a book with biographical information, search our catalog, ConnectNY, or WorldCat by:
  • the person (last name, first name)
  • "Class of person" -- Biography, e.g. Musicians -- Biography
  • Location -- Biography
  • Event -- Biography
  • Organization -- Biography
To get a sense of the variety of biographies in our collection, look at this list of subject headings that contain Biography.

And So to Bed: A Bibliography of Diaries Published in English CASE Ref CT25 .H38 1987 Unrestricted Access

Biography and Genealogy Master Index CASE Ref CT214.B56 Unrestricted Access
1992-2003 and supplementsA consolidated index to biographical sketches in current and retrospective biographical dictionaries

Biography Index CASE Ref CT100.B56 1946-1999 Unrestricted Access
"A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines."

New York Times Obituaries Index CASE Ref CT213 .N47 Unrestricted Access

In the First Person: Index to Letters, Diaries, Oral Histories, and other Personal Narratives Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. An index to personal narratives of diverse groups and ordinary people as well as those of the well-published and famous.

Entries vary in length from a paragraph to several pages

American National Biography Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 900-present. This is the authoritative biographical source for Americans who died prior to 1996.

Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Restricted Access Some full text available
2008 ed.

Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography Restricted Access Some full text available
Provides information on the history of science through articles on the professional lives of scientists. All periods of science from classical antiquity to modern times are represented.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Explores the history of Canada's inhabitants and their culture.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Restricted Access Some full text available
2004 ed. with updates. Biographies of people who have shaped the British Isles and beyond, from earliest times to 2001.

Who`s Who among African Americans Restricted Access Some full text available
2005 ed. (18th ed) Provides biographical and career details on more than 20,000 notable African American individuals, including leaders from sports, the arts, business, religion and more.

Literature Resource Center Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Covers biographies, literary criticism and journals in fields of literature, language, linguistics and folklore for all modern languages.

Marquis Who`s Who on the Web Restricted Access Some full text available
1985+ Features comprehensive profiles on over 1.4 million of the most accomplished individuals from all fields of endeavor including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports. Includes most of the Marquis Who`s Who titles such as Who`s who in America, Who`s who in the world, Who was who in America, and many other titles.

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