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Biography Databases
(see also History and General)

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Indexes to Journals and Books:

Biography and Genealogy Master Index (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available
Indexes biographical dictionaries, who's whos, subject encyclopedias, and other readily available reference sources that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Enables you to quickly determine which publication to consult for biographical information.

LexisNexis People Search (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Biographical articles from newspapers, magazines, reference books, and other publications.

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.


Online Encyclopedias and Books:
General - Arts & Entertainment - Business & Government - Individual Groups & Regions - Literature - Science & Social Science - Women


General:

Dictionary of Literary Influences: The Twentieth Century, 1914-2000 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Traces the reading habits and intellectual development of the cultural giants of the 20th century with entries on people from a broad range of fields, including science, politics, business, literature, religion, performing arts, and popular culture.

Encyclopedia of World Biography (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
vol. 1 - 23, vol. 24, vol. 25. Over 7,000 biographies of those people from every part of the world and from all time periods who, for their contributions to human culture and society, have reputations that stand the test of time. Each biography is approximately 2,000 words in length and includes a bibliography. Many include portraits.

Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Thematic Series: The 1960s (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Biographical sketches of 647 figures from all fields who flourished during the tumultuous 1960s. Each entry includes a chronology, important accomplishments, and a narrative of the subject's life, focusing specifically on their activities during the 1960s, although other key points are also mentioned.


Arts and Entertainment:
(see also: Music - Sports - Literature - Visual Arts & Design - Film, Theater & Performing Arts)

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Includes more than 550 entries focusing on artists active from 1990-2003. Individual artists and groups in all popular styles are covered, including rock, rhythm & blues, rap, country, electronica, jazz, vocal, and crossover classical. Includes select discographies, bibliographies, a glossary of music terms, a table of best-selling music since 1990, and more.

International Dictionary of Film and Filmmakers (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Detailed essays and commentary provide biographies, filmographies, comprehensive credits, production information, major awards, and bibliographies for legendary films, actors, actresses, directors, writers, and other production artists.

Notable Sports Figures (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Features biographies on more than 600 people from around the world and throughout history who have broken records, captured attention, or generated controversy that not only dominated and changed their sport but also had an impact on the society and culture of their times.

Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Thematic Series: Sports Figures (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Biographies of 500 athletes, team owners, sports promoters, and coaches, covering both living and deceased individuals from the 19th century to the present day. Appendices list subjects by sport and by era, it enabling users to do research on a particular sport or decade.


Business and Government:
(see also: Business - Government & Politics)

Business Leader Profiles for Students (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers 350 prominent individuals who have made significant contributions to business and industry. Profiles range from 1,250 to 2,500 words in length.

Canadian Parliamentary Guide (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Biographical sketches of current parliamentarians, including those serving in the Privy Council, Senate, and House of Commons. Includes results of all federal general and by-elections since 1867, current and historical data on provincial and territorial governments (with statistical information), listings for provincial and territorial legislative assemblies (with general by-election results), and more.

International Directory of Business Biographies (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Features in-depth biographical narratives on more than 600 notable businesspeople. Covers the career paths, business achievements, leadership styles, business strategies, and impact of Fortune 500 and Global 500 corporate leaders and entrepreneurs.

Presidents: A Reference History (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Discusses the biography, activities, and policies of each president, as well as the historical perspective that reviews each individual presidency as part of the larger stream of American history, with all of its drama and pageantry. Includes the history of the presidency, the White House, and the role of the first ladies.


Individual Groups and Regions:
(see also: Women - Culture & Area Studies - Ethnic Studies & Multiculturalism)

Canadian Parliamentary Guide (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Biographical sketches of current parliamentarians, including those serving in the Privy Council, Senate, and House of Commons. Includes results of all federal general and by-elections since 1867, current and historical data on provincial and territorial governments (with statistical information), listings for provincial and territorial legislative assemblies (with general by-election results), and more.

Contemporary Hispanic Biography (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
vol. 01, vol. 02, vol. 03, vol. 04. Biographical profiles of the important and influential persons of Latino heritage around the world in a wide variety of fields, including art, business, education, law, literature, medicine, politics, religion, science, and more.

Who's Who Among African Americans (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


Literature:
(see also: Literature)

American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains biographical and critical essays on 1,328 American women writers covering all genres and all periods of American history.

Contemporary Novelists (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains biographical/critical essays on the most important living novelists writing in English worldwide.

Contemporary Poets (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides biographical and bibliographical information on 789 of the world's most important contemporary English-language poets. Entries include personal and career information, addresses, a detailed bibliography, a list of further reading sources, and more. Each entry also includes a signed critical essay covering each poet's career and works, written by an expert in the field.

Dictionary of Literary Influences: The Twentieth Century, 1914-2000 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Traces the reading habits and intellectual development of the cultural giants of the 20th century with entries on people from a broad range of fields, including science, politics, business, literature, religion, performing arts, and popular culture.

Magill on Literature Plus (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Combining MagillOnLiterature and MagillOnAuthors, this database contains over 6,500 biographical essays on more than 3,500 different authors. Also contains editorially reviewed critical analyses, brief plot summaries, and extended character profiles, covering works by more than 8,500 long and short fiction writers, poets, dramatists, essayists, and philosophers, as well as more than 1,000 images, a glossary of 1,310 literary terms, and 376 genre-driven overview essays providing details about important literary genres, time periods, and national literatures.

Major 21st-Century Writers (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides biographical and critical essays on 223 writers connected to or concerned with the Holocaust, as well as separate essays on 307 of their works.

Reference Guide to Short Fiction (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains biographical and critical essays on 376 of the most important writers of short fiction writing in English worldwide, and 403 separate essays on selected works. Also includes some authors of note who did not write in English, but whose works have been widely translated and are often studied, such as Anton Chekhov and Jean-Paul Sartre. Most authors covered were born after 1750, but a few important figures from earlier periods are included as well.

Reference Guide to World Literature (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains biographical and critical essays on authors from throughout the world, as well as essays covering specific work or works of an author, with criticism and analysis of those works.

Writers Directory (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
2005 edition, 2006 edition. This comprehensive resource features up-to-date bibliographical, biographical, and contact information for thousands of living authors worldwide who have at least one English publication. Entries typically include name, pseudonyms, addresses, citizenship, birth date, specialization, career information, and a bibliography. Contact information includes e-mail addresses where available.


Science and Social Science:
(see also: Science - Social Sciences)

Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers over 1,500 key scientists from 40 countries. Fields represented include physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, meteorology, and technology. Special attention paid to pioneering women, recent Nobel Prizewinners, and winners of the Fields Medal for mathematics.

Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides information on the history of science through articles on the professional lives of scientists. All periods of science from classical antiquity to modern times are represented.

Psychologists and Their Theories for Students (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


Women:
(see also: Women & Gender)

American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Contains biographical and critical essays on 1,328 American women writers covering all genres and all periods of American history.


Database descriptions are adapted from each database's website.




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