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Biographies: Home

This guide provides an overview of the biographical resources at the BC Library.


The resources listed in this guide will help you find biographies and biographical information about a particular person. On this page you'll find resources for obtaining credible biographical articles, websites, and books. On the other page of the guide, you will find a list of encyclopedias in the library that contain biographical information.

Gale Biography in Context

Search for biographies of a particular person by typing in their name last name first (i.e., Angelou, Maya). After clicking on their name, click on the "Biographies" section for a list of the biographies about this person contained in the database.

Searching for Biographies on the Internet

To search for information on the internet (using Google, etc.), narrow your search to only look for websites that end in .org, .edu, or .gov. For biographies, the best ending is probably .org or .gov. To do this, type the person's name within quotation marks, then type "" or "". Example: "Maya Angelou" 

Searching for Biographies in the Library Catalog

Look for book biographies in the library catalog by typing in the person's name with the last name first (i.e., Angelou, Maya). Make sure the drop down menu to the left of the search bar is set to "subject begins with." After hitting search, click on your person's name if it appears and you will be shown a list of the book that the library has about that person. These will mostly be biographies. 

If your person's name does not appear when you search like this, try searching for their name with the drop down menu set to "subject keywords" or "word anywhere." If you still don't find anything, your best best is to look for an encyclopedia entry on your person.