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Biography: Biographies in Books

Find quality information about people using print and online materials from libraries and the Web.

Find Biographies

To locate full length biographical books, or biographies within books, use the Start My Research search box, on the Library's home page, limiting the search to Books Only. 

  • Combine a person's name, a subject or other descriptive word or phrase, such as a profession, event, or ethnicity, with one of these words:
    • biography
    • autobiography
    • encyclopedias
  • Just typing in a person's name will also, frequently, bring up biographical information.

Keyword search examples:

  • Native Americans autobiography
  • Chefs biography
  • J.K. Rowling biography
  • Hispanic Americans encyclopedias
  • Anthropologists biography
  • Activists biography

If the library doesn't have the book you are looking for, we can borrow books from other libraries with one of these two options:

Sample Biographical Sources

Biographies are sometimes gathered in collections.
Sample biographical compilations:

Sample Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs: