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Biography: Reference Books

Learn about print and online resources for biography available through the library.

Reference Books

There are a wide variety of reference books that may be useful when searching for biographical information. Below is a list of some of the more widely used biographical reference books we own. Books are arranged in call number order. Annotations are provided for some books.

Biography Indexes

General Biography

Literary Biography

Other Biographical Reference Works

General Biography and Indexes

Biographical Indexes

Biographical indexes can be particularly useful in identifying biographical information from many different sources. They are often a good starting point if you're not finding larger biographical works such as full length books in the library's collection.

General Biography

These reference books cover a wide range of biographical subjects from a broad spectrum of society.

Literary Biography

The library has an excellent collection of biographical reference works for literary figures. Much of the best literary biography information are found in Gale publications, which you can search via the Literary Index database (link is to database LibGuide).

Other Biographical Reference Books

There are numerous other reference books for biography. This list does not pretend to be all-encompassing. Remember, even if "biography" isn't specifically stated in the title, it may still contain information on notable figures related to the book's subject.