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ENGL 150 (Deurloo)
This class help page is designed to guide you through a variety of resources that may be helpful to you as you research your topic for your biographical paper. Information on people can be found in books (electronic and print) and journals as well as reliable web sites. Be sure to check your assignment for the exact requirements in regards to the types of sources you can use!!
The Biography in Context includes information on over 525,000 people from throughout history and around the world from over 1,000 volumes of more than 135 reference titles. Results may include lengthy and/or short biographies, magazine articles, and relevant websites. Sometimes a photo or portait is included.
Biography Index contains citations from over 3,000 English-language articles and 2,000 books which contain biographical information on persons of all fields and nationalities published from 1984 to the present. Sources indexed include autobiographies, biographies, critical studies, interviews, and obituaries. People covered range from antiquity to present day. Additionally, this database indexes The New York Times Biographical Service and obituaries from the New York Times Late New York Edition
The Oxford DNB includes over 57,000 biographies of people "who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond from the 4th century BC to the 21st century." Some entries can be quite lengthy and/or include illustrations.
Credo Reference includes articles and essays from nearly 450 reference books. If you are researching someone with a very common name, you may wish to limit your results to the subject field related to that person. Additional resources are listed at the bottom of each essay.
Sage Reference Online includes information from over 80 Sage social science encyclopedias. If your person is associated with a specific social science field, check here.
Historic Daily Life
- The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life (Reserve Desk - normally 3rd Floor) - GT31 .G74 2004
- Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (Reserve Desk - normally 3rd Floor) - GN333 .W67 1998
- American Decades - Volume 1-10 Online and Volume 11 Online and in print ((Reserve Desk - normally 1st Floor) - E169.12 .A419
- St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture - Online and in print (1st floor - E169.1 .S764 1999)
Also try searching the catalog for books specific to daily life in your time period and/or geographic region. For example:
daily life and victorian England
daily life and China
daily life and nineteenth century
Are all websites created equal?
Use one of these guides to help evaluate websites.
Internet Resources Evaluation
Web Page Evaluation Checklist from University of California at Berkeley
For books and documents in the circulating collection (Main Stacks), use the Online Catalog. If you are having difficulty finding things, try our Classic Catalog search. Search either using keyword or subject.
Use MelCat to look up books in other Michigan Libraries. MelCat items will be delivered to the circulation desk and you will receive an Email when the items arrive. If materials you need aren't available via MelCat try Inter-Library Loan.
Librarians are available to help answer research questions and provide other library assistance. You can find librarians at the Oval Information Desk located on the First Floor of FLITE, by phone at 231-591-3602, by email (netref at (@) ferris.edu), or via chat http://www.ferris.edu/library/reference/helppagechat.html.
Contact: Mari Kermit-Canfield/ Email / Phone: 231-591-3636 / Office: FLITE 140G
Contact: Kristy Motz/ Email / Phone: 231-591-3625 / Office: FLITE 140H
Last update: November 12, 2012