Biography databases & online encyclopedias
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Biography collections covering specific subject areas
Here's a listing of online collections the Library offers that contain full-text articles or essays on those well-known in their field.
Ah! Perhaps you're now fascinated by someone and you want to read more!
- Skyline for books and ebooks in the Auraria Library
- Prospector for books in many Colorado libraries. You can request that these books be shipped, in generally 2 to 4 working days, at no charge* to the Auraria Library.
- Worldcat for books all over the country. You can request that these books be loaned to you via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) at no charge. Not signed up for ILL? Do it here.*
Find books about people in Skyline, Prospector, or Worldcat by
- Combining either a person's name, subject, or other descriptive word or phrase with either:
Keyword search examples: native americans autobiography - scientists biography - anthropology (or anthropologists) biography - architecture encyclopedia - Michael Jackson biography
Hint: Sometimes just a persons name, either as a subject search or keyword search, will bring up books with biographical information
*There is no charge for Prospector or interlibrary loan for students, faculty, and staff of the three institutions on the Auraria campus.
Articles that talk about people
Newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and journals frequently profile famous and historic figures. Find those articles using the Library's databases.
Search the Library's article databases using the word biography or obituary combined with the name of a person (such as Julius Caesar biobgraphy).
Use another descriptive word or phrase if you don't have a particular person in mind, such as biography photographer, for example.
Nearly all of the article databases Auraria subscribes to have some biographical information. Here are a few examples of databases you could try:
- OneFile or Academic Search Premier. For articles about people from magazines and journals.
- Readers' Guide Retrospective. Profiles from popular general interest periodicals between 1890 - 1982.
- America's News. Sketches of those profiled in local and national papers.
- Historical Abstracts or America: History and Life. Writings from journals and historical magazines on worldwide and U.S. figures of note.
- Philospher's Index. For biographies of great thinkers.