biog (automatically searches for any word beginning with that string)
on the Databases search page in the Enter Title of Resource search box (2nd search box) -- this will produce a list of resources that have biographical content as their main focus.
in the Enter Keyword(s) search box on the same page (first search box) to find a larger group of resources that have a biographical component. (The asterisk is necessary in this search to search for any word beginning with that string of letters.)
Many journals and magazines contain biographical information, including interviews and profiles.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) indexes Biography Index, which covers magazine and journal articles. For online access to many of the articles indexed in Biography Index and additional publications, search the person of interest in
Biography Reference Bank (BRB).
BRB includes biographical information from a wide range of publications, covering over 500,000 people and including over 36,000 images.
When you get a results list in BRB, select the person in whom you are interested and go to the descriptive record. Select Related Biographies: entries (if available) to see biographical full-text from selected publications.
For additional material, use the box to the left of the entry:
Select the format(s) you wish to see to get to citations and full-text material.
You can search for book-length biographies in our Libraries using InfoKat Discovery. Change 'All items' to 'Books' and 'anywhere in the record' to 'in subject' before submitting your search--this will get you a list of books ABOUT the person. It is not necessary to include the word 'biography' if you search the individual as a SUBJECT.
It's also useful to look in specialized encyclopedias and other reference works, e.g., like those listed in the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). You can use GVRL's various subject searches to find biographical reference works:
You can also sometimes find brief biographical information in books written BY your author. It can also be useful to examine what your author has written--search WorldCat, a collection of millions of books housed in thousands of libraries, to see what your author has written. You can also search the individual as a subject in WorldCat to find books we don't own but that you can borrow from other libraries using the Interlibrary Loan service.