Find biographies

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Use our catalog subject search to find book-length biographies. Search by last name, first name of the person you are interested in (e.g. Jefferson, Thomas). 

Biography databases

Biography in Context
Find biographies of current and historic people throughout history. Searchable by name, occupation, nationality, place of birth, and place of death.

Encyclopedia of World Biography
Explore biographies of notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.

American National Biography
Search for full-text portraits of now-deceased men and women from all eras and walks of life whose lives have shaped America.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Find full-text portraits of men and women who have shaped British history from the earliest times up to the present.

Other databases

Many subject-specific databases also include biographical information. Some good ones include:

Oxford Art Online
Find biographical articles on artists and others in the art field throughout history.

Oxford Music Online
Find biographical articles on musicians and composers from all periods of history.