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Biography: Getting Started

Biography Guide Introduction

Welcome to the Biography Guide! If you are pressed for time (meaning, if you are in a hurry!), then check out our "best bets" resources below.

However, we encourage you to explore further by checking out the tips and links in our Background Resources, Books, and Articles & Videos sections.

Not finding what you need, or need some extra coaching? Check out our "Help" page.

Important Terms

Biographical Information can be found in the following types of sources:

Biography: "An account of a person's life written, composed, or produced by another."

Autobiography: "The biography of a person written by that person."

Memoir: "An account of the personal experiences of an author."

Correspondence: "Communication by the exchange of letters, e-mails, or other forms of written messages."

Diary: "A usually daily written record of personal experiences and observations; a journal."

Definitions credit:

The American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, edited by Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries, Houghton Mifflin, 5th edition, 2011. Credo Reference


Best Bets

Our "all biography" database:

For books (both print and ebooks) and streaming video, search the HACC Catalog:

TIP: When searching in the catalog for biographies: search for your person as a subject and combine their name with the word biography:

Example: Sonia Sotomayor Biography

HACC Library: Books and Media Catalog Search

The HACC Library: Books and Media catalog is a searchable database of books, periodical titles, and audio-visual material available at Harrisburg Area Community College.