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Finding Biographical Books in the Library Catalog

Find biographical books and ebooks on your research topic by searching the Library Catalog using an appropriate Library of Congress Subject Heading (search LCSHs). You can also try adding the term biography as a subdivision at the end of your subject heading string.

Example: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, d. 30 B.C. or Queens -- Egypt -- Biography.

When searching the catalog using keywords, simply add the term biography into your search statement.

Example: Alexander Hamilton biography.

Note: Daemen's catalog search not only searches records of items held at Daemen, but also through the catalog records of other institutions.

Useful Online Biographical Resources

Dictionary of World Biography (access through Literary Reference Center)

  • Selective coverage of biographies covering the Ancient World, Middle Ages, Renaissance, 17th & 18th Centuries, 19th Century, and 20th Century.
  • Resource tips: Click 'Publications' tab to select the desired publication(s) to search.

Literature Resource Center

  • Database whose coverage includes biographical dictionaries covering primarily writers, such as Dictionary of Literary Biography and Contemporary Authors. Biographies are available for fiction and nonfiction writers (including historians).
  • Resource tips: Use the 'Person Search' tab to find an author and quickly navigate to all related content. Use the options on the right to limit your results to just biographies.

Selected Biographical Dictionaries