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Resources for Biographies


  • American National Biography
  • This online dictionary "offers portraits of more than 17,400 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the nation." Access limited to 5 simultaneous users.

  • Australian Dictionary of Biography
  • "Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. Here are over 10,000 scholarly biographies of persons who were significant in Australian history." (from website)

  • Biographical Dictionary
  • "28,000+ very brief entries for individuals from ancient times to the present."

  • Biography.com
  • "25,000+ biographies sponsored by A & E's Biography television series."

  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
  • Represents important "persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years."

  • Dictionary of Irish Biography
  • Contains "signed biographical articles which describe and assess the careers of subjects in all fields of endeavour ... ."

  • Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
  • Contains "over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country."

  • Distinguished Women of Past and Present
  • Profiles of prominent women in many fields throughout history.

  • Nobel Prize Internet Archive
  • Copious information about all winners of the various Nobel prizes.

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • 50,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2000.

  • Prime Ministers of Canada
  • "Biographies, pictures and speeches from each of the prime ministers since 1867."

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