Common Assignment & Research Questions: Where are your biographies?

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Biography Reference Center Tutorial

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online brings you complete online access to all volumes of Gale's award-wining reference set, Dictionary of Literary Biography, the main series, as well as Dictionary of Literary Biography Documentary Series and Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook Series. Featuring comprehensive literary biographies written by recognized literary scholars and critics, you'll find profiles of more than 143,000 past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights. The biographies discuss the lives and careers of the literary figures profiled, along with the critical response to their works.

While Gale strives to replicate print content, some content may not be available due to rights restrictions.

Spiva Library Catalog Search

To determine if Spiva Library has books containing biographical information on a particular person conduct an subject search with the name of your person.

For example, in the search box below, change 'Keyword' to 'LC Subject' and type the name (last name, first name) of the person in the 'Search for:' field.  Then look for entries that contain, biography in the subheading listing.

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EXAMPLE:  Shelley, Mary

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