These biographical sources present the historian with two very powerful tools: extensive bibliographies of primary and secondary sources appended to the entry of each biographee and the ability to search the full text of every entry for particular events, organizations, and places and thereby bring together information about numbers of people associated with those places and things.
American National Biography offers portraits of men & women from all eras and walks of life whose lives have shaped the nation. Published in 24 volumes in 1999, the ANB is updated semi-annually online, with hundreds of new entries each year and revisions of previously published entries to enhance their accuracy and currency. The ANB Online features thousands of illustrations, hyperlinked cross-references, links to select web sites, and powerful search capabilities.
Credo Reference provides an online reference collection of over 617 reference books. This collection includes various dictionaries and encyclopedias, as well as a broad range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art geography and law to technology.
Full text collection of scholarship focused on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. The core content includes: Africana, which presents an account of the African and African American experience in five volumes, the Encyclopedia of African American History, Black Women in America, 2nd ed., and the African American National Biography.
The Oxford DNB is a collection of over 56,000 specially written biographies of men and women who have shaped all aspects of the British past. Updated three time per year with new material published every January, May and October. LIMITED TO 1 USER AT A TIME.
Scheduling a Research Appointment
Find sources and talk through any aspect of the research process during a research appointment with the subject librarian for history, Amy Barlow. Research appointments can be scheduled for 15 minutes to 1 hour, in person or on zoom. To schedule a research appointment with Amy, use email or the link provided below.