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Biographies Research Guide - LSC-North Harris


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  1. Think about your topic and what are you trying to answer.  Terms? People? Organizations? Places? Objects?
  2. List terms that best represent the main concepts of your topic.
    • Founding Fathers
    • American Independence
    • George Washington

Biography Reference BankIncludes many profiles of the famous, past and present. (Video Tutorial)


Credo ReferenceIncludes materials from over 650 specialized encyclopedias.


History Study CenterPrimary and secondary aritlces on global history from ancient times to present.  (Video Tutorial)

Contains thousands of articles, from multiple publishers, on almost all subjects. (Video Tutorial)


For more databases, see Research Databases: Biography & Genealogy.

Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID).  Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.


Academic Video OnlineAcademic streaming video resource with thousands of titles on multiple subjects




eBook Collection from EBSCO Multi-subject electronic book collection (Video tutorial)


Physical Books

  • The African American Encyclopedia - REF E185 .A253
  • American Leaders - REF E176 .A495 1988
  • American National Biography - REF CT213 .A68
  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians - REF ML105 .B16
  • Biographical Dictionary of Scientists - REF Q141 .B526
  • Dictionary of African Historical Biography - REF DT352 .6 .L56 1988
  • Dictionary of American Biography - REF E176 .D563
  • Dictionary of Art - REF N31 .D5
  • Icons of Latino America - REF E184 .S75 B78 2008
  • Notable Mathematicians - REF QA28 .N66 1998
  • Popular Musicians - REF ML105 .P66 1999

Library Catalog to search for books.

  1. Enter search terms.
  2. Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
  3. Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
  4. To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number.
  • To request a book from another location, click "Place Hold" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.

Library Catalog Video Tutorials

  • Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress - Search for names from 1774 to the present from the United States Congress.
  • Biography.com - Search or browse for 25,000+ personalities (from A&E Television Networks).
  • The Britannica Guide to Black History-Biographies - Browse notable Black Americans (from Encyclopedia Britannica).
  • Presidents of the United States (POTUS) - Browse by name listed chronologically (from the Internet Public Library).
  • Women in American History - Use to find notable women, past and present (from Encyclopedia Britannica).
  • Authors:  Major Sites
    • Literary Sources on the Net
      This site organizes sites by time period. Use the search engine at the top of the page to type a name of an author to go directly to his/her web pages. (Jack Lynch, English Department, Rutgers University-Newark)
    • Voice of the Shuttle: Literature (in English)
      This extensive scholarly collection is organized into broad categories such as time periods, literary movements or nationality of writers. Within each category are links to authors, criticism, journals and other related topics. (Alan Liu, English Department, University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • British Authors
  • British Authors
    • Minority Literatures
      From the Voice of the Shuttle, this page brings together general resources, biographies, bibliographies, on-line texts and criticism of minority authors. (Alan Liu, English Department, University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Poets
  • Women Authors
    • Celebration of Women Writers
      This comprehensive site is devoted to locating web pages about women authors. Authors can be searched alphabetically, chronologically or by country. (Volunteer Project of Mary Mark Ockerbloom, hosted by University of Pennsylvania Digital Library)
    • Voices From the Gaps: Women Writers of Color
      This site is a work in progress. Writers may be located by name, birthplace, racial or ethnic group, or significant dates. A page includes information on the author's life and work, as well as selected bibliography and links. (Project of faculty and students in English and American Studies, University of Minnesota)
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Citation Help

  1. Keep track of all of the information and sources you used during your research.
  2. Ask your professor about the required citation style.
  3. Consult Citation Help Guide from LSC-North Harris Library to help you construct your citations.

Each citation should answer the questions:

  • Who wrote the material you are using?
  • What did the author(s) entitle the piece he/she/they wrote?
  • Where and when was it published (for a book, what city; for an article, which periodical)?
  • If it's an article or a chapter, what pages is your source on?



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