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Biography: Background Information

Short Biographies

The resources listed on this tab provide access to short biographies: anywhere from a paragraph long to several pages long. They are great starting places. For more comprehensive information, check out our links for Books, and Articles & Videos.

Online Reference Books

The collections below consist of reference books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks.

Web Sites

Credit for all quoted annotations:

Skarl, Susie. "This is Your Life: a Collection of Online Biographical Resources." College & Research Libraries News, July/August 2014,