English Resources & Databases

Includes entries on more than 500,000 individuals spanning history and geography. This curriculum-aligned resource offers media-rich content in context so that users can perform research on individuals and learn about their significance within their time and place. Updated daily and includes multimedia content and information culled from various resources such as reference books, magazines, and websites. The database is designed for librarians, teachers and students to assist them with their information literacy, curriculum, and research needs.
NOTE: Available through INSPIRE.

This biographical database offers the in-depth, original profiles from the Current Biography and World Authors series, the thorough periodical coverage of Biography Index and the specialist biographical content of Junior Authors & Illustrators. It provides biographical full-text articles, page images and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals.
NOTE: Available through INSPIRE.

This database offers a collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies. Including coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published).
NOTE: Available through INSPIRE.

Contemporary Authors
Provides complete biographical and bibliographical information and references for over 130,000 U.S. and international authors whose entries appear in Contemporary Authors and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series. Users can search for an author by name, title of work, nationality, date and place of birth and death, subject/genre, personal and career information, awards and honors, and more. Updated monthly.
NOTE: Available through INSPIRE.

FactCite Biographies
Access over 10,000 biographies of famous people from around the world.  This collection includes Shapers of Societies, Sports Champions, and World Biography.
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NewspaperARCHIVE is the world's best resource for historical and genealogical information. This unique archive spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more.  Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content.

Famous People
We have a huge selection of biographies in our library.  If you're not sure where to start, take a look at this list of famous people.  You can search the list by name, category of profession, ethnicity, gender, and nationality.  Once you find a person you're interested in, use the library search box in the upper right hand corner of this page to find the biographies available on your subject.