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Recommended databases for biographies

  • Biography in Context
    Find biographies of current and historic people throughout history. Searchable by name, occupation, nationality, place of birth, and place of death.
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography
    Explore biographies of notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
    Find full-text portraits of men and women who have shaped British history from the earliest times up to the present.

Biography databases for specific subjects

Many subject-specific databases also include biographical information. Some good ones include:

  • Grove Art Online
    Find biographical articles on artists and others in the art field throughout history.
  • Grove Music Online
    Find biographical articles on musicians and composers from all periods of history.

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