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  • 1. BiographicalResourcesJamie WinchellLIS 704November 10, 2012
  • 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. •  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. Explore the biographical resources on the backtables. Label the type(s) on your handout.Biographical ResourcesHUNT!
  • 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. 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. DeweyBiographical Resources can be found in these DDCdesignations:•  920-928 Biography (shelved alphabetically by subjectslast name)
  • 8. Evaluating biographicalresources•  scope•  accuracy•  length of entry•  criteria for inclusion•  audience•  authority•  frequency of updates•  photo•  references for further reading
  • 9. Top 10 BiographicalResources &Recommended FreeWebsiteshandout with links available on our 704dom.edu/mydu coursepage.