Biography: Background/Reference Sources
The purpose of gathering background information is to help you understand your topic in more depth, or perhaps think about a different view or a subtopic that you had not previously considered.
Reference Books | Electronic Reference Resources
Using reference sources in the library’s Reference Collection can be very useful.
After looking at the titles that follow, you can use the reference collection to help you locate additional information on your topic in the circulating collection, or you can note the call number of a Reference book that is useful for your topic. Drop the REF and use the initial letters and numbers as a guide to finding similar material that circulates. For example, if you wanted to find circulating books similar to the Encyclopedia of Leadership, you would go to the second floor and browse the HD57 section.
Electronic Reference Sources
- Searchable online database of 25,000 persons, past and present.
- Dead People Server
- Brief biographical information for people who have died since 1970, primarily celebrities.
- For additional resources check the Reference Collection in the library.
Except for this Electronic Reference Sources page, this topic guide is currently unfinished (our apologies).
Please ask a Research Assistant for assistance in finding the other resources (books, journal, articles, websites, etc.).
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