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General Reference: Biography


The following annotations describe biography-related databases. The use of databases marked [Ferris Only] is restricted to Ferris-affiliated faculty, students, and staff. Click here for instructions for off-campus use.

Biography Index     [Ferris Only]
Biography Index contains citations to English-language articles and books which contain biographical information on persons of all fields and nationalities. Coverage is 1984 to present. Sources indexed include autobiographies, biographies, critical studies, interviews, and obituaries.

Current Biography Illustrated     [Ferris Only]
Profiles give users the information they want on celebrities, politicians, business people, writers, actors, sports figures, artists, scientists, and many others.


African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
This site contains biographies and autobiographies of notable African American writers of the nineteenth century. Entries are alphabetized by last name.

Biographies of Famous African Americans
Contains biographical information on famous African American men and women.

American Presidents
Part biography and part travelogue, this superb site profiles the personal and public lives of each President of the United States. The biographical information provided is brief, but resources for further study are included.

Distinguished Women of Past and Present
Searchable by name and subject, this site includes biographical information on women writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights activists, artists, and entertainers. Additional links to related sites and a subject index are included on this site as well.

Women in Sports
This site contains biographies of female athletes indexed by sport and by name as well as biographies of women in the sports business.

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Research Guide: Biography (PDF)