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Biography Subject Guide LRC@TCC

Scope of this guide:  find books, articles, and other resources with biographical information.

Using the online library catalog

There is no "biography" section in the TCC libraries. A biography of Beethoven would be classified with other books about music, Einstein with science, Steinbeck with literature, etc.  Use the library catalog to do a subject search using the person's name (last name first).  Here you will find a list of books the library owns about this person.

Reference books in print that may be useful include:

American National Biography             REF CT213.A68

Dictionary of American Biography      REF E176.D562

Dictionary of World Biography           REF CT104.D54

Encyclopedia of World Biography      REF CT103.E56

Gale Virtual Reference Library Access to electronic reference books that may contain biographical information.

Keywords to search: biography and the person, place or event, or class of person you are seeking. e.g. Lincoln and biography, e.g. New York and biography, e.g. Civil War and biography, e.g. Scientists and biography.

Databases: (use My TCC ID to login from off-campus)

Academic Search Complete A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.

Biography Reference Bank Searchable full text database of more than 30,000 biographies and 8,000 obituaries.

Lexis-Nexis Academic  Covers public figures.

Literature Resource Center Full text biographies of authors and literary persons. 

OmniFile Full Text Select Indexes, abstracts, and provides full text for over 900 periodicals. Coverage includes art, education, and the humanities and social sciences.

Oxford African American Studies Center Over 4,000 biographies on African Americans.

Selected resources from the web::  
4000 Years of Women in Science  Lists biographies alphabetically by last name, by time and by field of study.

Biographical Dictionary Includes more than 25,000 notable people from ancient times to the present day.

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-present provides more than 13,000 persons who served in the U.S. Congress, including the Continental Congress. 20,000 of the greatest lives, past and present.

Biography Index of Mathematicians

TIME 100 Most Important People of the Century