Database List

The following 18 databases are best for: Biography

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African American Studies Center (AASC)    
The Oxford African American Studies Center provides students, scholars and librarians with articles from Africana; the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895; the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present; Black Women in America, Second Edition; and the African American National Biography. Also contains resources from Oxford's reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, the Oxford Companion to Black British History, and selected articles from other major reference titles.
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  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
American National Biography (ANB)    
Biographies of non-living people who were influential in the United States. Biographies cover all professions. Includes bibliographic lists for further research.
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  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Ancestry Library Edition    
Important database for genealogy and advanced biographical research. Includes census data, military records, birth/death/marriage records, immigration records, slave narratives, historic maps, photographs, and biographical dictionaries and directories.
  • Coverage Range: 1790-present
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Benezit Dictionary of Artists    
Nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day with regular updates. In addition to concise biographical essays, it includes thousands of auction records, museum holdings, and bibliographies. Provides entries on famous and lesser known artists, and includes images of artists’ signatures, monograms, and stamps.
  • Coverage Range: Antiquity to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press

 
Biography and Genealogy Master Index    
Indexes biographical sources that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. IMPORTANT NOTE: This database allows only 2 simultaneous users. Please remember to log out of this database when you are finished using it.
  • Coverage Range: Current and retrospective works
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning
  • 2 Simultaneous Users

 
Biography Reference Center    
A collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies, including the complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.
  • Coverage Range: Current and retrospective works
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Ebsco

 
Black Studies in Video    
Features award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. Includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
  • Coverage Range: Scope – 20th century to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press, LLC.

 
Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography    
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.
  • Coverage Range: All time periods
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Congress A to Z    
Offers a complete picture of the organization, history, processes, and personalities of the U.S. Congress. Entries explain the origins and development of Congress, the power division between Republicans and Democrats, the role of Congress in the federal system, how Congress passes legislation, and include topics such as the line-item veto, incumbency, C-SPAN, and congressional leaders.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Contemporary Authors    
A database that includes full-text biographic details on approximately 100,000 modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists and scriptwriters. Featured are current writers, the most-studied literary figures of the early 20th century and authors from around the world whose works have been translated into English or published in the United States. Included are the author's writings, media adaptations, works in progress sidelights, interviews, excerpts from secondary source articles, and bibliographies.
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  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television    
Biographical reference providing information on individuals active in the theatre, film, and television industries. Covers not only performers, directors, writers, and producers, but also behind-the-scenes specialists such as designers, managers, choreographers, technicians, composers, executives, dancers, and critics from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and the world.
  • Coverage Range: Varies
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale

 
Credo Reference    
Includes more than 800 encyclopedic titles from respected publishers in all disciplines taught at Dickinson, including various language dictionaries, the Marquis Who’s Who series and numerous other biographical sources, economics and business encyclopedias, food and agriculture sources, publishing sources, atlases, and many encyclopedias covering the arts, history, literature, science, technology, religion, philosophy, politics, psychology, geography and country studies, and more.
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  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Credo Reference
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Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB)    
Career biographies and criticism of writers from all eras and all genres of literature. Includes photos of many authors.
  • Coverage Range: All eras of literary history.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB)    
Biographies of non-living people who shaped the British Isles, including bibliographic lists for further research.
  • Coverage Range: 4th century B.C. to 2000
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable
  • 3 Simultaneous Users

 
Marquis Biographies Online    
Who’s Who features comprehensive profiles on more than1.4 million of the most accomplished individuals from all fields of endeavor including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports. Subjects are identified for potential inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who by their in-house staff, by nomination from prominent people in the relevant field, and from nominations by professional associations & organizations. Unlike vanity look-alikes, Marquis Who’s Who has long been considered a respectable and credible source for basic factual biographical information.
  • Coverage Range: 1985-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Marquis Who's Who LLC

 
Oxford Art Online    
Access to both Grove Art Online and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other Oxford art reference resources. Excellent reference source for art and art history, including biographical information, thumbnail art images, and bibliographies.
  • Coverage Range: Antiquity to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Women and Social Movements in the United States    
Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection advances scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history generally at the same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible. The collection currently includes 94 document projects and archives with more than 3,750 documents and 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, and almost 2,100 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools. Includes access to the online version of Notable American Women and the database on Commissions on the Status of Women.
  • Coverage Range: 1600-2000
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press, LLC.

 
Yomidas Rekishikan (Yomiuri Shimbun)    
Over 11 million articles from every issue of Japan’s major newspaper, The Yomiuri Shimbun. In four parts: 1) The Meiji, Taisho and Showa Eras section (1874-1989), 2) The Heisei Era section (September 1986 onwards),  3) The Daily Yomiuri section (September 1989 onwards), and 4) The Contemporary Who’s Who, with searchable biographical data and articles on over 26,000 prominent individuals. Includes photos, images, advertisements. Search in Japanese or English. English versions of modern articles are available.
  • Coverage Range: 1874 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Yomiuri Shimbun
  • 3 Simultaneous Users