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Biography Research Guide: Finding Biographical Information

What is a Biography?

A biography is an account of the significant events and accomplishments in a person's life. A biography may be brief, covering only basic information about a person's life, such as dates of birth and death, or a biography may be very detailed, offering an analysis of a person's life in a broader cultural and historical context.

Biographical sources cover both living and deceased persons, notable persons in various countries and in various time periods, and persons in specific occupations.

Use the tabs at the top of this guide to find biographical sketches or essays, as well as book-length biographies.