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Biography Help Guide


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Biography Help Guide

  1. 1. Circulating Collection Databases W&J has many biographies in its We have several databases that provide circulating collection. biographical information. U. Grant Miller To find a biography in the library’s 1. Contemporary Authors Database: Library catalog, go to Includes biographical and bibliographical information on around 130,000 current Click on “Geotom Catalog” in the gray authors in many genres from around the Quick Links box. world. 2. Current Biography Illustrated: The electronic version of the reference book Help Guide Current Biography. Includes thousands Biography of entries and photographs of people from 1940 to present day. 3. WorldAlmanac: Contains brief biographies of various U.S. and interna- tional people. Resources Finding the biography of an Try using the Advanced Search form. historical or modern figure is often an important step in  Check out the research process., Biographies provide a website by A&E. necessary background  has articles and videos providing information about specific biographical information on people throughout history. a wide variety of people. This guide provides useful resources to consult when Try a search with the name of the person you want a biography for in the first box searching for a biography. and “biography” in the second box. Washington & Jefferson College 60 S. Lincoln St. Washington, PA 15301 Phone: 724-223-6070 User Services Phone: 724-223-6072 Research Services Fax: 724-223-5272 This will return a list of the books in our library that contain a biography for that Washington & Jefferson College person.
  2. 2. What is a biography? Reference Books Science A biography is a recording of “the events There are several sets of books in the library’s Dictionary of Scientific and circumstances of another person’s life, Reference Section with biographical Biography esp. for publication” (OED). information on literary, scientific, and historical Q141 .D5 1981 A biography “seeks to re-create in words figures throughout the ages. This set provides biographies of the life of a human being-as understood scientists from antiquity to modern from the historical or personal perspective times. of the author–by drawing upon all available Literature evidence, including that retained in memory as well as written, oral, and pictorial Notable Twentieth-Century material” (Encyclopedia Britannica). Dictionary of Literary Biography Scientists PN 451 .D53 v.10-v.365 Q141 .N73 1995 This large-volume set provides This set provides biographicalWhere can I find biography resources? biographies and criticism of writers profiles of scientists from the 20th from all eras and genres. Volumes century. At W&J’s library, we have many resources are specific to types of literature, available that will provide accurate time periods, and writers. biographies of a wide range of individuals. There are three main locations to find American Men & Women of biographies: Science 1. The Reference Section, located on American Writers PS 129 .A4 1974 Q141 .A51 2010 v.1-v.8 the far wall behind the Research This set provides biographies of This set provides biographies of Services desk on the first floor American writers. Supplements today’s leaders in the physical, 2. The Circulating Collection, located cover writers not included in the biological, and other sciences. on the first floor (A-E) and original set. downstairs (F-Z) 3. Databases, located on W&J’s library website at History British Writers There are also online resources you can PR 85 .B688 1979 consult to find biographical information. This set provides biographies of Current Biography Yearbook British writers. Supplements cover CT100 .C8 1940-2009 writers not included in the original This set provides biographies of Tips people in the news, including set. politicians, athletes, businessmen, To find similar titles to the ones listed in this and entertainers. guide, check the shelves around the call numbers given here. Books are shelved by subject, so you might find a different book Contemporary Authors better suited to your needs. Z 1224 .C58 v.1-v.191 Dictionary of World Biography Remember: reference books can’t be This set provides biographical CT104 .D54 1998 v.1-v.10 checked out and must be used in the sketches of the world’s most This set provides biographies of library. Items in the circulating collection popular authors. This New Revision people who have shaped world can be checked out. Series is up-to-date about many history, from ancient times to the Don’t hesitate to ask a librarian for help! modern authors. 20th century. Just stop by the Research Services desk.