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Biographical resources

  1. 1. BiographicalResourcesJamie WinchellLIS 704November 10, 2012
  2. 2. Common reference questions:•  Where were they born?•  How old are they?•  How many times were they married?•  How many children do they have?•  and so many more...Answering questions aboutwell-known people
  3. 3. •  Indexes•  Biographies of Contemporary People•  Retrospective Biography•  One-Volume Biographical Dictionary•  Obituaries•  Subject-based Biographical Tools•  Biographical Resources featuring Ethnic/Cultural HeritageTypes of BiographicalResources
  4. 4. Explore the biographical resources on the backtables. Label the type(s) on your handout.Biographical ResourcesHUNT!
  5. 5. Discussiontitle type of biographical resourceBarack Obama: The StoryBefore They Were Famous: How SevenArtists Got Their StartBlack Pioneers of Science and InventionMarilyn Monroe: The Final YearsMore than Petticoats: Remarkable IllinoisWomenThe New Biographical Dictionary of FilmRemember Me When I’m GoneTales of Famous AmericansWomen Building Chicago: 1790-1990
  6. 6. Disclaimer*note: all resources used in this assignment arecirculating (via Oak Park Public Library).Many high-quality biographical resources arestored in the Reference section, some ofwhich might be the most appropriateresources to use when helping a patron witha query about a well-known person.
  7. 7. DeweyBiographical Resources can be found in these DDCdesignations:•  920-928 Biography (shelved alphabetically by subjectslast name)
  8. 8. Evaluating biographicalresources•  scope•  accuracy•  length of entry•  criteria for inclusion•  audience•  authority•  frequency of updates•  photo•  references for further reading
  9. 9. Top 10 BiographicalResources &Recommended FreeWebsiteshandout with links available on our 704dom.edu/mydu coursepage.

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