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Biographical Information: Biographical Research @ UK
This guide will show you the best ways to find information about people, be they authors, scholars, historical figures or contemporary newsmakers.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) is a database that tells you where to find information on over 13 million individuals, both living and deceased, in who's whos, encyclopedias, literary criticism, and indexes (but not in journal articles or books focusing on an individual, except through its indexing of Biography Index entries).
To see if we own items cited in BGMI, search the InfoKat Discovery Library Catalog (e.g., search for Contemporary Authors as a title)--this will locate both paper and online materials. You can also search for the item as a database to see if we have online access.
Below are some of the major resources that provide a way to search for biographies and then see the full-text (and images, when available) of the information about the person you found in your search. The tabs above will tell you about other resources you can use to find biographical information.
Biographies from Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated and many periodicals covered in Biography Index, including full-text articles, page images, and abstracts (including biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, or obituaries). Covers over 500,000 people and includes over 36,000 images.
With over 18,000 full-text biographies, many of which include illustrations. In addition 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references and links to selected websites are available. Also includes articles from The Oxford Companion to United States History to provide historical and social context.