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Biography: Reference Shelf
Trustworthy biographical data is a cornerstone of research, whether one needs to place a person in historical and cultural context, verify birth date and place, or introduce a speaker to an audience.
Brief profiles are useful when starting your research to determine the standard spelling of names, significant dates, occupations, nationality, and notoriety of the individual. Use the brief sources listed here for fact checking or when minimal information is required.
Brief biographies of over 1.4 million people from government, business, science, technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports. (U.S. focus)
Access available to the following titles:
Who's Who Among Human Services Professionals
Who's Who in 20th Century America
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in American Art
Who's Who in American Education
Who's Who in American History
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who in American Nursing
Who's Who in American Politics
Who's Who in Asia
Who's Who in Corporate America
Who's Who in Entertainment
Who's Who in Finance & Business
Who's Who in Media & Communications
Who's Who in Medicine & Healthcare
Who's Who in Religion
Who's Who in Science and Engineering
Who's Who in the East
Who's Who in the Midwest
Who's Who in the South & Southwest
Who's Who in the West
Who's Who in the World
Who's Who of American Women
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America
Over 200 dictionaries, encyclopedias, and subject reference books published by Oxford University Press. One search provides results from all sources. Includes historic and contemporary profiles for all nations, professions, and affiliations.
A collection of online biographical encyclopedias and dictionaries. One search provides results from all sources. Includes historic and contemporary profiles for all nations, professions, and affiliations.
London [Eng.]: Debrett's Peerage, 2011 via Credo Reference, 2012.
A comprehensive study of contemporary Britain's most notable and successful people. Entries include details of career, education, family, recreations and membership of clubs as well as contact addresses.
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