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Biography: Core Resources
Biographical questions are very popular with all types of reference services and audiences. The library offers other biographical resources you can find through the biography resources page.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Identifies biographical material on people from all time periods, geographical locations and fields of endeavor. Covers reference sources such as biographical dictionaries, who's who guides, subject encyclopedias, and volumes of literary criticism. BGMI contains no full text, but the library may subscribe to the resources. Names are not normalized, so there may be multiple entries for an author under different names. You can combine them by checking the boxes next to each variation.
Literature Resource Center
Literature Resource Center contains essay-length entires on over 145,000 authors and their creations. It includes full-text, covers all time periods, and you can limit searches to include only biographical entries. It is formed from a combination of two Gale series: Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online
Provides biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.
Biography In Context
Draws from over 170 eBooks including such titles as Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, and St. James Guide to Children's Writers.
Something About the Author Online
A long-standing series which currently comprises over 290 volumes. It contains biographical sketches of children's and young adult authors and illustrators. Includes author images and a comprehensive list of books written or illustrated. Obituary citations are also included, which may point to newspapers or others sources owned by the library.
Biographical Information in Obituaries
Beyond the resources listed above that may include citations for obituaries, check newspaper sources for obituaries as well. Listed below are two database to search for obituaries:
See a sample search of ProQuest Historical Newspapers in the Reviews tab. For more historical newspapers, see the guide from the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library.
Biographical and Other Background Information in Archival Collections
For the most part ArchiveGrid covers collections in U.S. archives, museums, and libraries. The searchable database is open access allowing you to identify archival collections and their descriptions. The information comes from web-based finding aids and WorldCat records. Searching by author's name or book title may offer a connection to primary source materials such as personal papers, manuscripts, and related correspondence. Some finding aids lead to scanned documents within the inventory of items.
Encyclopedias and Handbooks
You may be find relevant background information in one of the following encyclopedias and handbooks, which are all available from the library catalog. Many are only available in print, so you may want to request a scan of a section via DocExpress if you are a distance student.
- M. O. Grenby. Children’s Literature Studies: A Research Handbook
- Handbook of Research on Children’s Literature and Young Adult Literature
- International Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature
- Reading Children’s Literature
- The Pleasures of Children’s Literature
- The Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature
- Oxford Companion to Children’s literature
- Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature
- Keywords for Children’s Litrerature
- Children’s Literature by Grenby
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