Biography Reference Center

Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies. 

Content Includes

  • More  than 430,000 full-text biographies
  • More than 9,000 biographies from American National Biography (Oxford University Press)
  • Biography Today's complete collection
  • Biography's complete collection
  • Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography
  • Biographies from Columbia University Press
  • Congressional biographies from the American Reference Library
  • Biographies from Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Hutchinson’s Biography Database
  • Profiles of United States presidents
  • Biographies from Salem Press

Superior Coverage and Search

This resource provides superior coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published).

In addition to keyword searching, Biography Reference Center users can locate biographies of interest by browsing key categories, including occupation, nationality, publication and more than 30 genre categories including actors, artists, athletes, authors, current world leaders, explorers, scientists and many others.

Results can also be limited by reading level indicators (Lexiles) and source types that include concise and detailed biographies, interviews, obituaries and related articles. Users can also limit results according to any combination of subject occupation, activity, gender, birth place, birthday, lifespan, nationality and more. 


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