Just what is a biography?A good biography brings a real person to lifeand makes us care about what he or she did.
The three types of biographies are:- Biographies - books about the lives of famous people.- Autobiographies - written by people about themselves.- Collective biographies - books about two or more famous people
This individual biography is the story of Harriet Tubman, a courageous woman who helped slaves escape to freedom. It was written by Judy Carlson. Individual biographies and autobiographies are shelved in the biography section by the person they are about—not the author. B Biography (individual)TUBMAN The person’s last name.
Gary Paulsen, author of Hatchet,wrote this autobiography. Anautobiography is when a personwrites a book about his or herown life. Gary tells about hislife by telling stories about someof the dogs he has known.The shelf label looks like this. B Biography (individual) PAULSON Person’s last name.
Ten Kings and the worlds they ruledDiscusses ten kings fromaround the world. We call thisa collective biography becauseit contains information aboutmore than one person. It waswritten by Meltzer.Look at the shelf label 920 Collective Biography MEL First 3 letter of the author’s last name
Biographies are found in THREE difference areas of our library:1) 920 – Collective biographies in the Reference and Non-Fiction section2) B – Autobiography and Individual biographies are at the end of the Non-Fiction3) INDIA 920 & 921 – Collective /Autobiography/Individual biographies Non-fiction INDIA collection
Biography B (Individual)SHAKA The person’s last name• By shelving individual biographies this way, all of the books about one person will be together.
Most biographies are about:PoliticiansAthletesScientistsReligious leadersEntertainers
When you search for a biography, it is best to search by:• person’s name eg. Michael Jackson• topic eg. Baseball• monarch’s first name eg. Queen Elizabeth IIf you type in biography, you will get hundreds of listings!