Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 29

Several of our databases include general biographical articles:  Biography in Context, History in Context (for politicians, philosophers, military leaders, explorers, etc.), and Science in Context (for mathematicians, scientists, engineers, computer scientists, and inventors).  The Credo reference database includes biographical articles, as well.  Many of  the well-known very short biographies in theWho’s Who series are included in Credo, also.

 

Our print reference collection includes several biography-specific publications, such as Current Biography, American National Biography, and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.  In addition, subject-specific reference works include biographical articles of significant individuals in a field, such as Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Dictionary of Art, New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and the various literary criticism reference publications.

 

What’s the advantage of these sources over, say, a Wikipedia article?  Because they are written by credentialed authors, professionally edited, and backed by reputable academic publishers, the library’s scholarly resources are appropriate and citable for academic research. Wikipedia articles can give you a quick check of basic biographical information (e.g., spelling variants, dates & places of birth and death, and sometimes bibliographical references), it does not provide the kind of verifiable quality content needed for serious research.

 

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