How to Locate Biographies

Getting Started

A good starting point for finding biographical information is the Library Catalogue. The most effective way to search for information about a person is to search by Subject Heading.

Knowing a few basic facts about the person you are researching will make your search for more in-depth information much easier. How many of these facts do you already know?

Determine how much information you need about the person (a few brief facts or a lengthy account of the person's life) and whether you need Primary or Secondary Sources.

Primary Sources are works generated by the person you are researching. Examples of primary sources include: letters, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, photographs, interviews, creative works, and newspaper accounts of events in the person's life.

Secondary Sources are works written by others about the person's life and the times in which they lived. Examples include: book-length biographies, essays in reference books, articles published in journals or newspapers, films or videos about the person's life, obituaries, bibliographies of sources about the person's life and works, and reviews and criticisms of the person's creative works.

For a more in-depth discussion about Primary vs Secondary Materials, click here.

Additional Resources in the University of Lethbridge Library

Links

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Reference Sources in the U of L Library

National Biographies

CANADA

UNITED STATES

GREAT BRITAIN

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International Biographies

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Biographies by Occupation or Group

AUTHORS

SCIENTISTS

THEATRE

MUSICIANS

POLITICAL FIGURES

BUSINESS PEOPLE

WOMEN

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Indexes/Databases

Listed below are selected indexes/databases on which to search for biographical material. The indexes can be accessed by clicking on Indexes/databases on the Library's homepage. Please contact the Information & Research Assistance (Reference) staff on level 10 of the Library for assistance in accessing these as well as other appropriate indexes. Note that anyone can access these in the Library but only U of L students, staff and faculty can access these from off-campus.

ELECTRONIC INDEXES/DATABASES

PRINT INDEXES

The following sources are located on Level 10 of the Library in the Reference area. For assistance in locating and using these sources, please contact the Information & Research Assistance (Reference) staff.



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